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Review: “Return of the Phoenix,” Heath Stallcup

Pros: Standard but decent storyline and a couple of decent characters Cons: Slapstick humor bits; inappropriate humor bits; forced humor bits; writing so-so Rating: 2 out of 5 Heath Stallcup’s Return of the Phoenix: A Monster Squad Novel (Volume 1)

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Review: “Monsterland,” Michael Phillip Cash

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: Some definite plot holes Rating: 2.5 out of 5 In Michael Phillip Cash’s Monsterland the tone of the tale starts out… overwrought. Purple. Melodramatic. Thankfully this improved over the course of the story. The melodrama is

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Review: “Sweep in Peace,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Humor, long odds, intricate relationships Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Sweep In Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles) (Volume 2) tells the story of Gertrude Hunt (a sentient inn, apparently) and her keeper, Dina. Gertrude only has one

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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: “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: “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: “Blood Lines,” Eileen Wilks

Pros: Wonderful worldbuilding, delightful characters, and engaging plot Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Eileen Wilks’s Blood Lines (The World of the Lupi) is book three in the series, following Tempting Danger and Mortal Danger. I started the series

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Review: “Tempting Danger,” Eileen Wilks

Pros: Fascinating; great world-building; excellent characters Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Thanks to the vagaries of receiving review books, I started reading Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi with book five, Mortal Sins. I’ve loved it ever since,

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Review: “Fool Moon,” Jim Butcher

Pros: Character conflict and tension Cons: Mild werewolf confusion Rating: 4 out of 5   Lieutenant Karrin Murphy no longer trusts Harry Dresden. The last time he consulted with the police he failed to tell her about some things pertinent

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