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Review: “Blood Ties,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Blood Ties (Elis O’Connor Book 1) is an intriguing start to a new series. 22-year-old witch Elis O’Connor is a serial killer. She kills “garbage men”–men who molest, abuse, and terrorize their

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Review: “A Taste of Honey,” Kai Ashante Wilson

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Kai Ashante Wilson’s A TASTE OF HONEY, young Aqib, who takes care of the animals in the Prince’s Menagerie, catches the eye of a soldier from a different land–and finally Aqib understands why women

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Review: “The Demon Prince,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: Such a delicious couple! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 After reading Anne Aguirre’s The Leopard King (Ars Numina book one), I was so eager to read The Demon Prince (Ars Numina) (Volume 2) that I didn’t even

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Review: “Machine’s Last Testament,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s brilliant novel Machine’s Last Testament, Suzhen is just a petty bureaucrat. She’s a “selection agent,” who gets to decide which immigrants will get to join society in Anatta. Most immigrants have been

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Review: “Rules for Vanishing,” Kate Alice Marshall

Pros: Incredibly intense and imaginative! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Kate Alice Marshall’s young adult horror story Rules for Vanishing is an utterly fascinating ride. Sara Donoghue’s sister Becca went missing a year ago, and Sara overheard her

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Review: “Playing Possum,” Stephanie Rabig

Pros: So much fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 You may or may not remember Alan Baxter’s The Roo [review], a classic-horror-style, terribly fun novel that started as a joke based on an article about an aggressive kangaroo

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Review: “Gideon the Ninth,” Tamsyn Muir

Pros: Absolutely stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy Book 1) is a stunning blend of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I first became interested in it when I heard

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Review: “Honor Lost,” Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine

Pros: Wonderful conclusion to the trilogy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 NOTE: A website glitch caused me to lose this review, so I’m recreating it partially from memory and partially from what I have on Amazon. Ann Aguirre

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Short Take: “Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Pros: Fantastic worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s novella Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster takes place in the same world as her book And Shall Machines Surrender [review]. In this story, a woman named Panthida

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Review: “Laughter at the Academy,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: These stories made me feel things Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Laughter at the Academy is a book of stand-alone short stories by Seanan McGuire (you don’t need to have read any of her series in order

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