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reviewed Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch (Vol. 1). July 27, 2013
Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch (Vol. 1)
This young adult novel is about your average high school student who really isn't so average.      Aradia is the "new kid" at Salem (Massachusetts) High School. She can't …
reviewed An Unexpected Adventure (The Distania.... July 20, 2013
An Unexpected Adventure (The Distania Chronicles)
Chris wants to play with his friend Alex, but Alex’s family has moved away and playing together by computer just isn’t the same. Or is it?      Two schoolboys, computers …
reviewed Book of Death. July 19, 2013
Mythology and a 60s spy story combine as the Transylvanian prologue to S. Evan Townsend’s Book of Death gives way to an intriguing first chapter set in the States in 1968. Well-chosen details bring …
reviewed Nature's Unbalance (The Chosen). July 09, 2013
Second in the Chosen series by Andrea Buginsky, Nature’s Unbalance returns readers to the world of Phatasmna, where the brave warriors and spell-casters of the Chosen are heading out on their next …
reviewed Lagrange Point (The Progeny of Evolut.... July 09, 2013
Author Mike Arsuaga brings the subspecies series full circle in the novel Lagrange Point. The story’s set further in the future than its predecessors. Convincing future history has led to colonies …
reviewed Lone Wolf. July 09, 2013
Set in distant future, Dellani Oakes’ Lone Wolf combines space flight, mining guilds, treachery and romance into an exciting action adventure with sensual and mystical overtones. Backstories are …
reviewed Grace Through Blood (The Holy Damned). July 09, 2013
Ranging from secret chapels of ancient France to high-tech military establishments in the modern world, but centered firmly in Charleston, A. J. Lee’s Grace Through Blood combines multiple storylines …
reviewed Search for the Fallen: Angels of the .... July 09, 2013
With an oddly different take on Heaven and Hell, J.E. Hudson’s Search for the Fallen is the first in a series—Angels of the Sword. A prank gone wrong results in Esca’s enslavement to …
reviewed The Journey (Guardians, #1). July 09, 2013
The Journey (Guardians, #1)
A nicely symbolic imagining of the afterlife underlies Michael Abayomi’s The Journey, first in his Guardians and Lost Paradise series. Daniel wakes to a strange and dangerous world where surprising …
reviewed The Forbidden Trilogy (Special Omnibu.... May 24, 2013
The Forbidden Trilogy (Special Omnibus Edition)
Reminiscent of X-Men, The Forbidden Trilogy introduces readers to seventeen-year-old Sam, a genius artist and student in a special school for children with paranormal powers. The students have been gathered …
reviewed Between Dark and Light. May 14, 2013
Enter a world of dwarves, ogres and more, of dark powers and light hope, of tortured (sometimes literally) protagonists, politics, rebellion, friendship, loyalty and more—the world of the Brotherhood …
reviewed Trilogies: 18 sets of short fiction. May 14, 2013
The stories are short and fun, grouped into intriguing sets of three by location, time, topic and genre; all very organized, like licensing baby-strollers and charging them for parking (as in the story …
reviewed Mask of the Macabre. May 06, 2013
Historical London, where King Cholera kills while magicians entertain with imagined death, is the backdrop for these short stories. But there’s something stronger than imagination in the magic act …
reviewed Sword's Call (The King's Riders). May 06, 2013
The sword’s magical, the wolf is delightful, and the woman bravely pursues her valiant quest. When she meets a quiet half-elf her generous nature compels her to offer him help, but perhaps he’ll …
reviewed Fields of Elysium. May 06, 2013
Moving cross-country can feel a bit like moving between worlds, but the narrator of this novel finds herself accidentally transported through a haze of curious lights after the move, and she’s not …
reviewed Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. May 01, 2013
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
With a nicely modern—normal and paranormal—take on the noir detective genre, Christine Amsden sets her novel, Cassie Scott, ParaNormal Detective, among the magic-wielders of small-town America, …
reviewed The Return of General Drake (Azra's P.... May 01, 2013
The Return of General Drake (Azra's Pith)
Starting right where book one ended, with young Alexander missing in action, his talking frog friend distraught, and the world about to fall apart, Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows’ second Azra’s …
reviewed Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursu.... May 01, 2013
Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit (Azra's Pith)
Memories of Gulliver’s Travels and Narnia bubble up as I enjoy this fast-action middle-grade novel of a lonely young man discovering his heritage. An absent mother and a father who seems almost …
reviewed The Chosen. April 25, 2013
The Chosen
Phantasma is in shock and grief after attacks by Prince Gastle. Queen Laurali of the Elves sends her valiant group, including the short, stout and beautiful Dwarf Halli. There’s a lot young Halli …
reviewed THE RAPTURE OF WILLARD. April 19, 2013
Twisting zombie fiction into a curiously different direction, James Paul Caiden's The Rapture of Willard imagines a dysfunctional family, united in an isolated farmhouse while the zombie apocalypse …
reviewed The Time Weaver (The Time Weaver Chro.... April 14, 2013
The Time Weaver (The Time Weaver Chronicles)
   With the same appeal as Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and a thoroughly intriguing premise, Thomas A. Knight has created a fascinating parallel world in his novel …
reviewed Trilogy: A Collection. April 14, 2013
   Smooth, confident, amiably detached prose characterizes Prudence MacGregor’s Trilogy, which perfectly complements the smoothly confident, amiably detached protagonists of these tales. …
reviewed AfterLife. April 14, 2013
AfterLife
Cross Twilight with Inception and you’ll approach the intriguing feel of S. P. Cloward’s pleasingly original Afterlife. The newly, but not totally dead, otherwise known as Mortui, need training …
reviewed Tales From Earthsea. March 31, 2013
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Tales From Earthsea
What a disjointed mess of a film this is. Studio Ghibli has made a handful of sub par films in the past, nothing bad just a few films that don't quite live up to their incredibly high standards. For a …
reviewed Mulogo's Treatise on Wizardry - A Wiz.... March 18, 2013
Occasionally wise in spite of himself, the self-absorbed wizard with the enormously long name offers clever aphorisms on life to the reader while his reluctantly obedient scribe provides a cynical commentary …
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