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The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

If you are in the habit of leaving your doors unlocked, you might turn over a new leaf after reading the first couple chapters of The Killing Lessons by Saul Black.  Rowena Cooper and her kids Nell and Josh live out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado.  Rowena’s baking cookies, Josh is upstairs with [...]

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Claire

Callum Hunt has been warned by his father to stay away from magic, but on his 12th birthday, Callum has no choice but to take the entrance exam for the Magisterium, as his family is known for their magical powers. Callum tries valiantly to fail the test, but still he is chosen to attend the [...]

Alice by Christina Henry

While Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is considered to be a children’s story, I have always found it to be an odd, non-nonsensical tale with more than its fair share of darkness. The Tim Burton movie version is closer to how I see this story, as many of the characters clearly show more of [...]

The Searcher by Simon Toyne

A plane crashes near the town of Redemption, in the Arizona desert, and out of the smoke walks a bare-footed albino without any memory of who he is. The only clue to his identity is a label in the back of his jacket giving the name of Solomon Creed. His only possession is a memoir [...]

The Animals by Christian Kiefer

I usually can’t handle reading any books in which animals die but I was able to get through Christian Kiefer’s The Animals without bawling my eyes out.  I actually hated taking breaks from it even as it was breaking my heart.  I found a kindred soul in the main character, Bill Reed, who owns and [...]

The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1880s, Li-Lin sees ghosts with her yin eyes. This supernatural gift is considered to be a curse by her father, a powerful Daoshi exorcist.  Li-Lin honors her father, but embraces her gift in spite of his disapproval. Now widowed, Li-Lin must make her own way in the world, [...]

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Devon Ravenel had no plans to become an earl, but unfortunately for him, the title falls to him upon the death of his cousin. Arrogant, charming, and more than a little wicked, Devon is a scoundrel who thinks only of himself. His new title brings with it a dilapidated country estate, disgruntled tenants, and the [...]

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

In Brian Panowich’s Bull Mountain, Sheriff Clayton Burroughs is trying his best to be a better man than everyone else in his extended family of criminals.  He is not corrupt, he is married to a good woman, and he tries to be a good boss.  Burroughs has messed up occasionally because he loves to drink [...]

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I love heist movies and adore clever criminals. I suspect many others like them too, or “Robin Hood” would not continue to be such a beloved tale. So when I read the blurb for Six of Crows and understood that it was a novel about a dangerous heist undertaken by six young, clever people, I [...]

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Imagine Louie L’Amour meets the paranormal. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen has components of Native American myths, legends, and western history, as well as elements of the paranormal: werewolves, vampires, shape-shifters, and many others. Nettie Lonesome is an orphaned and abandoned half Native American, half African-American young woman. The family that “raised” her treated [...]

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