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Review: “Acca,” Christina Bauer

Pros: Sassy Cons: Sass at the expense of other elements Rating: 3 out of 5 Christina Bauer’s Acca (Angelbound Origins Book 3) is sassy and snarky, all right–sometimes at the expense of character smarts, worldbuilding, and more. Main character Myla

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Review: Nate Temple Supernatural Series Books 1-3 (Boxset), Shayne Silvers

Pros: Total young male wish fulfillment fantasy Cons: Total young male wish fulfillment fantasy Rating: 2.5 out of 5 The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series: Books 1-3 (The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series Boxset), by Shayne Silvers… I don’t remember

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Review: “Marked in Flesh,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Continues our fascinating tale Cons: Too many characters to keep track of Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Marked In Flesh: A Novel of the Others is book four in the series. While there’s a well-done summary of

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Review: “Sweep in Peace,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Humor, long odds, intricate relationships Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Sweep In Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles) (Volume 2) tells the story of Gertrude Hunt (a sentient inn, apparently) and her keeper, Dina. Gertrude only has one

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Review: “Ex-Isle,” Peter Clines

Pros: Visiting all the classic genre add-ins with fresh eyes on each one Cons: Why did they take Corpse Girl with them for a meet-and-greet? Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Peter Clines’s Ex-Isle is book five in his fantastic “Ex-Heroes”

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Review: “Revisionary,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Fantastic wrap-up for the series Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 There’s really no way to talk about Jim C. Hines’s Revisionary: Magic Ex Libris: Book Four without spoilers for the previous books, so go read them first.

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Review: “Magic Shifts,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Fantastic storytelling, world-building, and character creation Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Magic Shifts is book eight of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. In this installment, Kate, Curran, and Julie have separated from the Atlanta Shifter

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Short Take: “Chupacabra’s Song,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Brought me to tears Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chupacabra’s Song is a short story set in the backstory of Jim Hines’s wonderful “Magic Ex Libris” world (roughly 20 years earlier). It details the introduction of Nicola

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Review: “Nevermore,” Rob Thurman

Pros: Picks up beautifully toward the end Cons: Meanders and wanders, and I’m fond of neither time travel nor cliffhangers Rating: 3 out of 5 Nevermore is the tenth book in Rob Thurman’s Leandros series. Things by this point are

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Review: “Clean Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Clean Sweep, the first book in a new series, reminds me superficially of Tanya Huff’s Keeper series. Dina runs a bed and breakfast that caters to unusual

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