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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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Review: “Revelations,” Jessica Meigs

Pros: Much more is revealed Cons: Couldn’t understand some character actions at all Rating: 3.5 out of 5 The Becoming: Revelations is book three in Jessica Meigs’s zombie apocalypse tale, after The Becoming and Ground Zero. Our heroes have settled

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Review: “Ground Zero,” Jessica Meigs

Pros: An enjoyable outbreak/not-quite-zombie tale Cons: Couldn’t get into the characters for some time Rating: 3 out of 5 In Jessica Meigs’s “The Becoming” series, a plague escaped from Atlanta. While it kills and brings back the dead–i.e., zombies–these zombies

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Review: “The Becoming,” Jessica Meigs

Pros: An enjoyable outbreak/not-quite-zombie tale Cons: One or two rough spots Rating: 3.5 out of 5 The Becoming (The Becoming Series Book 1) isn’t quite a zombie tale. But let’s back up for a moment. A plague has gotten loose

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Review: “Grave Memory,” Kalayna Price

Pros: Nice tough tale with plenty of danger Cons: Perhaps Alex needs to consider polyamory… Rating: 4 out of 5 Grave Memory is book three of Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series. Alex is a “grave witch”–she can interact with the

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Review: “Ashley Bell,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Fascinating, whimsical, dark Cons: Some details that still confuse me a little Rating: 4 out of 5 Dean Koontz’s Ashley Bell is the story of Bibi Blair, a children’s book author who gets swept up in a very strange

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