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Review: “Ex-Heroes,” Peter Clines

Pros: Breathes new life into the zombie survival genre Cons: Can’t avoid a few pieces of well-worn territory Rating: 4 out of 5 I discovered Peter Clines’s work when I received a review copy of The Fold and followed it

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Review: “Downfall,” Rob Thurman

Pros: Book nine and I’m still enthralled! Cons: I feel like I missed some things Rating: 4 out of 5 Rob Thurman’s Downfall, book nine in her Leandros Brothers/Cal Leandros series, could see the end of Cal and his brother

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Review: “Ghost,” Laura Cardinal

Pros: Plenty of wrinkles in the plot Cons: One-dimensional characters; not advertised as YA; some ridiculous plot developments Rating: 2 out of 5 Laura Cardinal’s Ghost is about a high school that seems to suddenly come down with a haunting.

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Review: “Rising Darkness,” Thea Harrison

Pros: Great pacing and dangerous stakes Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 It’s going to take me a long time to catch up on old review books. This time I picked Thea Harrison’s Rising Darkness to dive into; I

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Review: “Lord’s Fall,” Thea Harrison

Pros: Plenty of action and surprises; good chemistry; stands alone well Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 It’s going to take me a long time to catch up on old review books since that time when I was so

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Non-Review: “Yokai Blues: Part 1,” John LaTorre

In John LaTorre’s Yokai Blues: Part 1 paranormal creatures came out of the closet about a generation ago (standard urban fantasy timeline). Nick has friends in that community, and one of them is dead–murdered. My kindle tells me I made

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Review: “Written in Red,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Wonderful characters, plot, pacing… Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Written in Red is the first book in her series “The Others”. The terra indigene include such creatures as werewolves, vampires, and some far more frightening

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Review: “In the House of Leviathan,” B.D. Bruns

Pros: Fascinating locale and time period Cons: Occasional word salad Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley.   B.D. Bruns’s In the House of Leviathan takes place in 1860s Amalfi, Italy. Giuseppe, whose nickname

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Review: “Gunmetal Magic,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Both the novel and the novella are delicious! I love getting to see more of Andrea. Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Gunmetal Magic is set in the same world as Andrews’s Kate Daniels novels. Only

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Review: “Night Season,” Eileen Wilks

Pros: Cynna and Cullen’s relationship Cons: This volume reminds me more of other urban fantasy worlds Rating: 4 out of 5 Eileen Wilks’s Night Season (The World of the Lupi, Book 4) didn’t catch me up quite as much as

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