The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Mind-bending and awesome are the words that come to mind after reading this book. Mind-bending in the different turns that the book takes (it goes to very unexpected places) and awesome in finding out the fate of different characters and the events that led to their destination.

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The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

An entertaining and well done novella. Scalzi/Quinto drop you into the story and keep you interested from the start. It has an interesting hook and some well done twists. For such a short story, the characters were developed and seemed quite believable in their actions and motivations. Part urban fantasy, part police procedural, part mystery.

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The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

This is the kind of book where you want to lose yourself in the story and are compelled to read it whenever you have free time. But instead I had to force myself to finish it after I had invested time in starting. If you like big, messy, sprawling stories about a secret history with lots of violence and sex then this may be for you. Just didn't work for me.

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The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

The mythical elements are mixed well with a sort of coming of age story about friendships, family and loss. While it isn't exactly a thriller there is a nice mix of mystery, suspense and reflection. The characters are filled out enough to make the story work but there isn't a constant attempt to fill in the details and give everyone a complete backstory.

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