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Review: “Pandemic,” A.G. Riddle

Pros: Impressively grand scope! Cons: I hope some coincidences get resolved in the next book! Rating: 4 out of 5 A.G. Riddle’s long novel Pandemic (The Extinction Files, Book 1) dumps us straight into the realm of pandemic apocalypse. Dr.

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Review: “Allison,” Jeff Strand

Pros: Had me on the edge of my seat! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jeff Strand’s Allison takes the girl-with-supernatural-powers-gets-pushed-too-far trope and makes it delicious again. Allison found out the hard way that she can move people with

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Review: “From Twisted Roots,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Absolutely excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper brings us From Twisted Roots: Thriller, Horror, and Mystery Short Stories. I absolutely love this collection. Each story packs a punch, even though they’re all

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Review: “Thunderbird,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Deeper and deeper into the worldbuilding… Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Thunderbird (Miriam Black 4) picks up about a year after The Cormorant left off. Miriam is trying to find Mary Stitch, also known as

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Review: “The Cormorant,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: A fascinating bloody mess! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s The Cormorant (3) (Miriam Black) is book three after Blackbirds and Mockingbird. In book one, we discovered that Miriam Black has an unusual power: the first

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Review: “Mockingbird,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: The world has gotten so much stranger! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Mockingbird (Miriam Black Book 2) is the follow-on to the wonderful Blackbirds. Miriam Black is a psychic with one, very obnoxious ability: the

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Review: “Blackbirds,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Raucous, whirlwind adventure Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig brings us Blackbirds (1) (Miriam Black), book one of a six-book series. Miriam Black has a unique ability: when she touches someone skin-to-skin, she sees how that

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Review: “The Cult Called Freedom House,” Stephanie Evelyn

Pros: Excellent ideas Cons: Execution is a bit rough Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephanie Evelyn’s The Cult Called Freedom House: Sophia Rey Book 1 has some very solid ideas and concepts behind it, but the narrative style is a

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Review: “Golden in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: Excellent and enjoyable traditional-style “In Death” book Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 When J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) Golden in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 50) picks up, a pediatrician–Dr. Kent Abner–is killed by a

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Review: “Whiteout,” Adriana Anders

Pros: Fascinating struggle for survival Cons: Changes tone toward the end Rating: 5 out of 5 Adriana Anders’s Whiteout (Survival Instincts Book 1) definitely worked for me! It takes place in Antarctica. Ford “Coop” Cooper, a handsome (but not entirely

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