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Fantasy & Fangs

by Kathleen Costa


The evening at Le Chat Rose is filled with reverie, but drama is never too far away. First issue…Gachet, the night chef, and Linnea, the maid, are locked in a disagreement over Gachet’s connection to the Friday the Thirteenth Club. Her strong Catholic background lends itself to superstition, and the Club flaunts their efforts to challenge superstitions at every opportunity.

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by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Lorie Lewis Ham


Another year has ended, and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2018. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10 favorite books they reviewed in 2018. Our newest reviewer, Katherine Costa, wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post.

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by Sharon Tucker


The Dark Mirror series by Barb Hendee delivers in terms of intriguing and well-developed characters, complex plots, and the creation of a believable world. This is certainly true with her newest, A Choice of Secrets (2018), where the younger daughter of White Deer Lodge sees something happen that she should not have seen, and then has knowledge of a secret that will dramatically affect her family and their future alliances.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Jeri Westerson


Deadly Rising is the second book in Jeri Westerson’s new fantasy Booke of the Hidden series featuring tea and herb shop owner Kylie Strange. The series takes place in Moody Bog, Maine.

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by Cynthia Chow


Just like it says on her business card, Ellie Wilde’s Eleanor’s Cleansing Service rids homes of whatever is haunting her clients. If that happens to be rats in the attic or mischievous teenagers playing pranks, at the end of the day everyone is still satisfied. It, of course, helps that Ellie dresses for the part and enhances her efforts with a cold-air blasting portable air conditioner and 21st century technology.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite being a practicing Wiccan, attorney Keli Milanni isn’t really feeling the Halloween spirit. Literally not feeling it, as despite her client Grace Hammerlin’s fearful declarations that her new home is haunted, Keli doesn’t believe in ghosts.

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by Sharon Tucker


Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977) was a best-selling British novelist for at least thirty years, and he is still quite a storyteller even by today’s standards. His black magic books are my favorites, particularly the adventures of the Duke de Richleau, in which he works to attempt restoring the monarchy in France in The Prisoner in the Mask (1957) or rescuing a friend from the designs of a Satanist in The Devil Rides Out (1934).

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by Kathleen Costa


Jayce, one of three Bonheim sisters, is relieved that life has settled down. Her coffeehouse restored, a curse lifted, her relationship with knees-weakening Brayden a joy, and her sister recuperating, but there’s that niggling sense, a vision, a warning, and the odd couple across the street.

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Welcome to Brakebills…The Magicians TV Review

IN THE October 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Trista Holmes


Welcome to Brakebills…
This phrase started Quentin Coldwater on a journey he won’t soon forget…if he survives, that is. After his acceptance into the prestigious college, Quentin, and his best friend Julia, part ways when she is denied entry. This sets the tale of the SyFy television series The Magicians into motion.

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by Jessica Ham


We LOVE John and Hank Green here at KRL. We have watched their videos on their YouTube channel vlogbrothers, listened to their podcast Dear Hank and John, read all of John Green’s wonderful books, and attended VidCon several times (which they created).

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by Sharon Tucker


How pleasant it is to spend a bit of time in a world without our 21st century distractions of social media, IT, traffic jams, and cell phones. Welcome back to the medieval world of Barb Hendee’s Dark Glass fantasies.

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by Sharon Tucker


When we last left our small group of scholars, soldiers, and students at the end of Ash and Quill (2017), the third in the Great Library series, we knew they had been betrayed.

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by Sharon Tucker


Discovering an engaging author is the best experience a reader can have, but discovering an engaging author with eleven series already to her credit is even better.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Jane is older than she looks, and far more dangerous. She was a child on the Trail of Tears, taught to kill, and made a shapeshifter by her Cherokee grandmother.

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