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reviewed Dreamwatcher. February 20, 2013
Dreamwatcher
   A cleverly unsettling novel, Dreamwatcher by Sylvia Shults slips into the heads of siblings, Ryan and Stephanie, just as their world’s threatening to fall apart. Ryan seems too young …
reviewed Don't Fear the Reaper. March 05, 2013
Don't Fear the Reaper
Keely’s twin sister’s dead. Her parents are grieving. And reformed bad-girl Keely has had enough of being left to sorrow alone. Her moods have driven everyone away. Now she drives herself …
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 …
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Kingdom Come: The Mayan Answer. August 17, 2013
Kingdom Come: The Mayan Answer
Last of a trilogy, this book is about a new age on Earth with the coming of the Mayan Sixth World. This time, something is really going to happen.      Several years previously, Amy …
reviewed The Writer. August 26, 2013
The Writer
June is your average resident of the planet Pren. It's a beautiful place, with colorful trees and flowers, and birds who tweet Mozart. According to June, it's also really boring. Out of frustration, …
reviewed The Fractured Boy. September 04, 2013
A wonderfully haunting short story, Meredith Skye’s The Fractured Boy vividly juxtaposes two worlds—a past or future land of peace and serenity, and a present-day concrete jungle—placing …
reviewed Destiny, by Andrea Buginsky. September 04, 2013
Lonely Elena’s looking forward to seeing her Godmother Isabel when she turns 16. But her family has some surprises in store as Arthurian myths become Pagan reality in the modern world. The effects …
reviewed Psyche's Prophecy (Transformation Ser.... September 04, 2013
Psycho-analyst Lara lives in a near-future resource- poor Seattle where she tries to restrict her use of psychic abilities to the minimum. But sometimes she’s pushed too hard to keep her powers …
reviewed Into the Spiral. September 04, 2013
Ronnie’s about to start high school and celebrates by getting a spiral tattoo, without her parents’ permission. She makes a very believable 15-year-old protagonist as she switches from breathless …
reviewed Rogue Hunter: Gaia #1: Into the Abyss. September 26, 2013
Rogue Hunter: Gaia #1: Into the Abyss
Life is cheap in the far-future world of Rogue Hunter, Gaia #1. Hormonal impulses are the stuff of jokes as female protagonists conquer the opposition, only to fall prey to each other. Readers might wonder …
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