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Review: “The Haunting of Hill House,” Shirley Jackson

Pros: Holy hell this story sucked me in! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) has Dr. Montague preparing to spend some time in the supposedly-haunted Hill House. He finds two

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Review: “The Invited,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Fantastic sense of place and wonderful characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s The Invited: A Novel introduces us to Helen and her husband Nate, circa 2015. They’re both teachers–Helen’s a historian–and they’ve gotten it into

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Short Take: “The Copycat Murders,” William Meikle

Pros: Taut and intriguing Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s work always seems to migrate to the top of my TBR pile. His novella The Copycat Murders is no exception! It starts several steps into the story,

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Review: “Dragon Rising,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Great adventure and action Cons: Formulaic; a few details Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Dragon Rising (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 4) continues the story of Aerdeca, a blood sorceress and Dragon Blood who lives in the

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Review: “Demon Curse,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Definitely a fun adventure Cons: Formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Demon Curse (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 3) is her latest book about Aeri/Aerdeca, blood sorceress and Dragon Blood living in the magical town of Magic’s

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Review: “Cursed Lands” Collection

Pros: A seriously large urban fantasy collection! Cons: Incredibly scattershot quality Rating: 3 out of 5 Cursed Lands: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian Collection includes more than 20 tales by a wide array of authors. To

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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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