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Review: “The Last One,” Alexandra Oliva

Pros: This is a debut novel?! Wow! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Getting books for review is a gamble–you never know whether you’ll be reading crud or a literary diamond. Most books fall into the middle ground, but

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Review: “Threshold,” Jeff Olah

Pros: A few neat details Cons: Stilted and inconsistent delivery Rating: 2 out of 5 I’ve developed a weird fascination with post-apocalypse or prepper fiction, particularly with a biotech twist. This means I read a lot of bad–and some good–zombie

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Review: “Madelyn’s Last Dance,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Love the characters, especially Madelyn Cons: Confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Madelyn’s Last Dance comes after book one: Madelyn’s Nephew and book two: Madelyn’s Mistake. I absolutely love the entire series. In Madelyn’s Last Dance the

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Review: “Risen,” M.T. Miller

Pros: Some interesting concepts Cons: Combat and setting issues Rating: 2 out of 5 M.T. Miller’s Risen: First Book of the Nameless Chronicle asked more questions than it answered. In it, a man with amnesia climbs out of his grave

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Review: “Partholon,” D. Krauss

Pros: Fascinating nearly-stream-of-consciousness style Cons: At times confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 Partholon is by D. Krauss. An “Event” has killed most people in the U.S., and John Rashkil–ex-campus security officer and ex-cop–has taken it upon himself to fortify

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Review: “The Last Road Home,” Hope Erica Schultz

Pros: Fascinating concept; plenty of tension Cons: The concept comes on too suddenly near the end; is too readily accepted Rating: 4 out of 5 In Hope Erica Schultz’s The Last Road Home, Josh has heard voices all his life:

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Review: “Madelyn’s Mistake,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Madelyn is a fascinating character who gets into all the trouble. Cons: Some small bits of confusion Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I’ve been waiting for Ike Hamill’s Madelyn’s Mistake ever since reading Madelyn’s Nephew. I’ve enjoyed the Ike

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Review: “Fall of the Cities: Putting Down Roots”, Vance Huxley

Pros: So beautifully detailed! Cons: Small bits here and there Rating: 4 out of 5 Vance Huxley’s Fall of the Cities: Putting Down Roots is the sequel to his Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard. Now we get to

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Review: EMP Blackout Super Boxset part 1: James Hunt

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: A handful of odd choices Rating: 2.5 out of 5 James Hunt’s portion of the EMP Blackout Super Boxset poses the question: what happens when the power goes out? An EMP has been used to wreck

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Review: “Promise: The Scarred Girl,” Maya Shepherd

Pros: Could be worse Cons: So many details (large and small) don’t make sense; unlikable characters Rating: 2 out of 5 Note: as I understand it what I read was a translation of a book that was originally published in

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