LitStack Review: Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

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Phantom Pains The Arcadia Project, Book 2 Mishell Baker Saga Press Release Date: March 21, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4814-8017-8 Millie Roper, the central character in Mishell Baker’s Arcadia Project urban fantasy series, is a very intriguing hero, not because of her virtues, but because she perseveres despite her challenges. In the initial book in the series, [….]

LitStack Review – Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

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Shadowshaper Daniel José Older Arthur A. Levine Books Release Date:  June 30, 2015 ISBN 978-0-545-59161-4 I am not a teenager (nowhere near).  I am not Puerto Rican (or even a person of color).  I am not a native New Yorker (been there quite a few times, but never longer than a week; I grew up [….]

LitStack Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders Tor Books Release Date:  January 26, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7994-8 A young girl who talks to birds; a young boy who builds a two second time machine in his room.  Two hideously awful middle school experiences.  A member of the Nameless Order of Assassins who knows 873 [….]

LitStack Encore Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown  Holly Black Little, Brown Books Release Date:  September 3, 2013 ISBN:  978-0-31621-310-3 In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, here is a slightly updated review of one of our favorite spooky novels.   Enjoy!   Now THIS is what a vampire tale should be like.  Forget that it’s written for [….]

LitStack Review: Nightwise by R. S. Belcher

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Nightwise R. S. Belcher Tor Books Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-7460-8 Wow.  What a difference a bit of experience makes. I read R. S. Belcher’s debut novel, The Six Gun Tarot, shortly after it came out, and was very impressed with this supernatural Western thriller/morality tale, and especially with Mr. Belcher’s skill in [….]

LitStack Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

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Lock In John Scalzi Tor Books Release Date:  August 26, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-7586-5 It just isn’t right. Every time I read a synopsis of a new John Scalzi book, I think to myself, this just ain’t gonna work.  It’s either too simplistic of a premise (Redshirts), or too convoluted of a premise (Old Man’s War), [….]

LitStack Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

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Owl and the Japanese Circus Kristi Charish Simon & Schuster Release Date:  January 13, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4767-9499-0 Alix Hiboux is a thief, specializing in antiquities.  Well, thief is a somewhat suggestive term, but she has built a reputation for acquiring ancient artifacts for discerning (and wealthy) clients.  It wasn’t always that way.  Not so long [….]

LitStack Review: The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

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The Witch With No Name Kim Harrison Harper Voyager (September 9, 2014) ISBN-10: 006195795X ISBN-13: 978-0061957956 I imagine meeting Rachel Morgan would leave me frightened, fascinated and overwhelmed. It would likely have to happen in the Hollows, where the Inderlanders are. Maybe at a coffee shop where she’d sip on a hot, hot brew with [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘The Given’ by Vicki Pettersson

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The Given Vicki Pettersson Harper Voyager ISBN-10: 006206620X After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw, no matter the cost. Yet his obsession comes at a price. Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, [….]

Featured Author Review: The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

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The Lost (Celestial Blues, Book 2) Vicki Pettersson Harper Voyager ISBN-10: 0062064657 Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death… if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost. Souls like [….]