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Review: “A Terrible Beauty,” Nancy Baker

Pros: Intimate, engaging relationship drama Cons: A little predictable, but it’s the journey that matters Rating: 4 out of 5 Nancy Baker’s A Terrible Beauty is a gender-swapped “Beauty and the Beast” in which the Beast is a two-thousand-year-old vampire

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Review: “Archangel’s War,” Nalini Singh

Pros: Stunning, apocalyptic climax to the Cascade Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s War (A Guild Hunter Novel) is book twelve in the epic and stunning Guild Hunter saga! In a modern-day world where nine archangels

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Review: “Bloodliner,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Very out-of-the-box thinking; fascinating take on vampire physiology Cons: Needs a continuity edit; a couple of iffy “messages” Rating: 2 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Bloodliner: A Young Adult Horror Novel is, like the other books I’ve read of

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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: “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: “Darkest Hour,” Rob Cornell

Pros: Good story Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Rob Cornell’s Darkest Hour: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (The Lockman Chronicles Book 3) starts up six months after the previous installment. Craig Lockman, the ogre Adam, and Teresa are

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Short Take: “I Am Drusilla,” Lucille Moncrief

Pros: Interesting mythology Cons: Confusing in places Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Lucille Moncrief’s I am Drusilla, An Original Short Story explores an interesting bit of mythology within the author’s world. It deals with the children of a mother goddess,

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Review: “Archangel’s Prophecy,” Nalini Singh

Pros: Characters, story, tension Cons: Slow start; ENDS TOO SOON Rating: 5 out of 5 ARGH. This is why I used to try to avoid series books. I hate it when a book ends in the middle of something important.

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Review: “The Night Inside,” Nancy Baker

Pros: Interesting vampire novel Cons: Didn’t entirely hold my attention Rating: 4 out of 5 Nancy Baker’s The Night Inside is a 1990s vampire tale. Dimitri Rozokov has been asleep for 90 years, only to wake up and be taken

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Review: “Forged in Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Fantastic extended fight scenes; moving ending Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Forged in Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Protector Book 5) is an excellent conclusion to both the five-book “The Protector” sub-series and the fifteen-book collection

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