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Review: “Arena,” Holly Jennings

Pros: Fascinating world and characters Cons: Shaking a serious addiction seemed to come a little too easily Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Holly Jennings’ Arena takes us to the 2050s, when virtual reality gaming has become a huge sport. A

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Review: “Extinct,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Too many leaps of logic; feels rather random Rating: 2 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Extinct is part one of a three-book series, but I don’t plan to read the next two books. Of the handful

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Review: “Madelyn’s Nephew,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Completely fascinating from start to finish! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Madelyn’s Nephew, by Ike Hamill, is my favorite so far of the books I’ve read by this author (I think I’ve read six or seven of

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Review: “Accidental Evil,” Ike Hamill

Pros: I love the idea of performing ‘accidental’ evil Cons: The tech angle doesn’t quite mesh with the rest of it Rating: 3 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Accidental Evil is about fifteen-year-old Ricky, who really wants to amaze people

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Review: “The Wired Man,” David Adam Suski

Pros: The use of social media is potentially fascinating Cons: Wanted more social media content; things don’t add up Rating: 2 out of 5 The Wired Man, by David Adam Suski, is about a society in which your social score

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Review: “Girl from Above: Betrayal,” Pippa DaCosta

Pros: Wonderful characters Cons: Could have been taken a bit further in some quarters Rating: 4 out of 5 Girl From Above: Betrayal (The 1000 Revolution), by Pippa DaCosta, includes some fascinating ideas. There is a corporation that has figured

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Review: “Alive,” Scott Sigler

Pros: Psychologically fascinating Cons: Overly reliant on secrets and surprises Rating: 4 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 7/14/2015.   Scott Sigler’s Alive (The Generations Trilogy) starts with a woman waking

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Review: “Innocent in Death,” J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Great suspense and drama Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Craig Foster, a well-liked young teacher, is found dead in his classroom, the victim of a horrific poisoning. He’s found by two young students, Melodie and Rayleen. The

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Review: “Eden,” Nathan Evans

Pros: Intriguing Cons: Could use more editing Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Eden, by Nathan Evans, takes place in a dystopian future. Much of the city the story takes place in is burned out, ruined, and eroded away. There’s an

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Review: “Rarity from the Hollow,” Robert Eggleton

Pros: It’s unique! Cons: Confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Review book provided by publisher/author   Rarity From the Hollow, by Robert Eggleton, is a bizarre and unique tale. It involves a gigantic alien mall, telepathic roaches, a ghost

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