Paranormal

Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Seconds

Bryan Lee O'Malley
4
Friday, Jan 9, 2015

Katie is the talented young chef running the kitchen in a critically acclaimed restaurant. But she is ready for the next adventure...starting her own restaurant. She has a partner, she has the building, now she just needs to make her dream a reality. But things just keep getting messed up! A delay from the contractor renovating the building throws a wrench in the works, overdue bills and collectors calling, her partner not picking up his phone! Everything begins to fall apart until Katie is visited by a house spirit who offers her a chance to change the past.

blue face looking through leaves

Affliction

Laurell K. Hamilton
5
Rated by
Melody M.K.
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015

—An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel—

Before there was Sookie Stackhouse, before the Twilight movies and Vampire Diaries, there was the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It is one of my favorite vampire series and, although this book is #22 in the saga, I still found it engaging enough to tough out reading 569 pages in a week.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious

V.E. Schwab
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

I love superheroes and I like them colorful, weird, larger than life, heroic and good, inspirational and insightful. I don't generally go for deconstructions of or dark takes on the genre. But I liked Vicious. A LOT. It strips down the idea that people with superpowers see themselves as above us mere mortals and it tears apart the whole Good vs Evil, black-and-white tradition of superheroes and supervillains, but it does it with compelling, charismatic characters and an exciting, enthralling plot.

Dreams of the Golden Age

Carrie Vaughn
4
Rated by
Lisa J.
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

Continuing the story of Celia West following the death of her superhero father and the retirement of the superheroes of her beloved city, Celia continues to look out for the best interests of her city and has carefully been watching the grandchildren of the superheroes waiting to see if there is a new generation of powerful superheroes in the making. Two of these new superheroes may be her own daughters Anna and Bethy but so far they aren't exhibiting any signs of superpowers or at least they're not sharing with her if they are developing powers.

Burn Bright

Bethany Frenette
5
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

An excellent sequel of the book Dark Star. Audrey needs to sort out her feelings, She is torn with the decision of staying safe, as her sort-of boyfriend/guardian wants, or following what her instincts are telling her.

An excellent follow-up to the first book, Burn Bright picks up right where Dark Star left us. Audrey struggles to protect the people she cares about, and that just might be the problem. Her Guardian/sort-of boyfriend, Leon, is who she cares about the most, next to her mother, would sacrifice himself for her, but Audrey refuses to let that happen. Torn between her...

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Book Review: Beware the Wild

Natalie C. Parker
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

Local author Natalie C. Parker's first novel has come out and it's a fantastic debut. Beware the Wild is a Southern Gothic fairy tale, with the quaint European village replaced by a rundown Louisiana town called Sticks and the fairy forest replaced with an eerie swamp infested with magic that's dark, rich and strange. The story manages to be both a fast-paced car-ride and a slow, creepy stalk through weird, shadowy territory, with breakneck twists and turns along the way.

Shadow Spell

Nora Roberts
4
Rated by
Lisa J.
Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014

Book Two of the Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy finds the cousins and their friends planning their next move against the evil Cabahn. This time the story focuses on Connor and his sister's best friend, Meara. Following a surprise kiss which awakens unacknowledged feelings the two have for each other, things get interesting as each tries to deny the feelings they have and Cabahn uses their emerging romance to try to come between them. Will love triumph over evil? Don't miss this installment of Shadow Spell. Also check out Book Three, Blood Magick, which wrap

Sandman Slim cover art

Sandman Slim

Richard Kadrey
5
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Life hasn’t been easy for Jim Stark, the protagonist of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. His old apartment isn’t his anymore, his lover Alice has been murdered, and, oh, yeah, he’s just spent the last 11 years in hell. Returning to Los Angeles to murder the cohorts who sent him to hell, Stark finds himself in the middle of something bigger, with the fate of the world at stake. In this showdown, the bad guys are terrifying and the good guys are only good by comparison. And Stark?

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Paper Valentine

Brenna Yovanoff
4
Friday, Nov 7, 2014

Things have been complicated for Hannah Wagnor since her best friend Lillian died six months ago, because her best friends ghost still haunts her, and because someone in their sleepy town is killing girls and leaving their bodies in the woods behind Hannah’s house. Lillian has become obsessed with the murders and to appease her friend’s spirit, Hannah begins to investigate the crime scene photos developed at the photo store where she works.

Nighttime, behind the title and author's name is a male vampire in a long cloak with a blonde-haired woman inside the cloak with him

Dead Until Dark

Charlaine Harris
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Friday, Oct 10, 2014

I’ve long enjoyed reading Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series. So long that I barely remembered what happened in the first book, Dead Until Dark. Instead of rereading it, I decided to listen to the audio. I’m glad I did.

The narrator, Johanna Parker, captures the essence of Sookie in all her different moods – perky, angry, scared, nervous, ecstatic, and so on. It was a treat to hear Sookie come alive.

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