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Review: “Ashes of Raging Water,” Michael J. Allen

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and interesting characters Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael J. Allen’s Ashes of Raging Water: An Urban Fantasy Action Adventure (Blood Phoenix Chronicles) is an enjoyable and interesting urban fantasy. Water phoenix Quayla is

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Review: “Daughter of Dragons,” A.J. Flowers

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Details that don’t add up right; weird ending Rating: 3 out of 5 A.J. Flowers’s Daughter of Dragons: An Urban Fantasy Dragon Shifter Romance (Dragon Queen) is an interesting tale, but it never quite settled right

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Review: “Orion’s Kiss,” Claire Luana

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Claire Luana’s Orion’s Kiss introduces us to Meriah Carmichael. She’s a modern-day teenager who runs track in high school, and whose mother is the school psychologist. She’s also the

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Review: “Middlegame,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: Stunning, maddening alchemical tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The premise of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame didn’t immediately call out to me, but I figured it’s a Seanan McGuire book, so it would certainly not be a waste

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Review: “Dragon Blood,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Interesting characters and plot Cons: Formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall has just put out Dragon Blood (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 2). The Dragon’s Gift universe has more than 30 books in it at this point,

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Review: “Demon Slayer,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Plenty of enjoyable action and snark Cons: Still predictable; some missteps Rating: 3 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Demon Slayer (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress) is book one of “The Sorceress,” but past book 30 of her “Dragon’s Gift” universe.

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Review: “Wild Country,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world and society building; great characters Cons: A couple of setting details feel off; too many characters Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Wild Country (World of the Others, The) introduces us to the town of Bennett.

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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Review: “Ink,” Sabrina Vourvoulias

Pros: Vivid; amazing characters; scary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m floored by Sabrina Vourvoulias’s dystopian fantasy Ink. Journalist Finn Riordan is covering immigrant-related stories in a world where immigrants are required to wear identity tattoos and speak

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Review: “Lake Silence,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Creative and original Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Lake Silence (World of the Others, The Book 1) takes place in the same world as her other “The Others” books, but it doesn’t follow Meg, Simon,

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