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Review: “The Vampire Queen,” Veronica Shade

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding and characters Cons: Incomplete, and a bit matter-of-fact Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Veronica Shade’s The Vampire Queen: A Young Adult Paranormal Romance opens with Hadley discovering that her best friend Iris has been kidnapped by vampires.

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Review: “Dead Silence,” K.G. Reuss

Pros: Interesting characters Cons: Genre-twisting Rating: 4 out of 5 K.G. Reuss’s Dead Silence: A Dementon Academy of Magic Novel (The Everlasting Chronicles Book 1) introduces us to Everly (Ever), a high-school-aged girl who’s seeing things. When she was little

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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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