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Review: “A Discovery of Witches,” Deborah Harkness

Pros: Some interesting world-building Cons: Kind of a mess; unlikable characters Rating: 2 out of 5 Diana Bishop is a history professor who studies alchemy. She’s a witch from a long line of powerful witches, but she uses her magic

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Non-Review: “Yokai Blues: Part 1,” John LaTorre

In John LaTorre’s Yokai Blues: Part 1 paranormal creatures came out of the closet about a generation ago (standard urban fantasy timeline). Nick has friends in that community, and one of them is dead–murdered. My kindle tells me I made

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Review: “Transcendence,” Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Pros: Some fascinating stories Cons: A few that felt as though they ended early; some confusion Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/22/2015. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Transcendence is a collection

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Review: “Unbinding,” Eileen Wilks

Pros: Interesting premise with plenty of action Cons: I missed some of the series main characters Rating: 4 out of 5 Unbinding, by Eileen Wilks, follows

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Review: “Ritual Magic,” Eileen Wilks

Pros: Interesting new stakes and threat Cons: Later on in the book I would have liked to see a little more of Julia Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ritual Magic is book ten in Eileen Wilks’s “World of the Lupi”.

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Review: “Vision in Silver,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Harrowing and delightful Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 There are two major plot threads in Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver: A Novel of the Others. In one, Meg is helping the Others and the Intuits figure out

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Review: “Devil Said Bang,” Richard Kadrey

Pros: Plenty of Stark attitude! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Devil Said Bang: A Sandman Slim Novel is book four in Richard Kadrey’s delightful series. Do not try to jump into the series here. Go back and

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Review: “Murder of Crows,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Tension between Others and humans definitely going up a notch Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Meg Corbyn has found a place among the terra indigene (the ‘Others’) of Lakeside. She acts as their day-to-day liaison to the

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Review: “Written in Red,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Wonderful characters, plot, pacing… Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Written in Red is the first book in her series “The Others”. The terra indigene include such creatures as werewolves, vampires, and some far more frightening

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Review: “A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark,” Harry Connolly

Pros: Older protagonist; fun quirkiness Cons: Aunt Marley starts out a little too precious Rating: 4 out of 5 Aunt Marley Jacobs just lost one of her nephews–Aloysius–to murder, and one of her employees is in jail for the crime

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