The Paranormal Bibliophile

{January 4, 2013}   Top 13 Books to Read in 2013
Good Morning Texas recommends 13 books to read in 2013. Several of them are paranormal in nature. I haven’t read any of them yet, but if any fit my criteria I’ll be sure to provide reviews.



{December 14, 2012}   Women of the Otherworld


Author Kelley Armstrong delivers a winning cast of characters in this series, including werewolves, vampires, witches, warlocks, and demons.  In each volume, we meet a new woman with steel determination and a heart of gold.  In the first 2 books, Armstrong develops here world with a werewolf named Elena.  The following characters are introduces and then spin off into each successive book, as characters that conflict learn that they must work together, and love takes hold in the most unlikely places.


{December 13, 2012}   Black Dagger Brotherhood

Dark Lover

This series is one of my favorite.  The reader is fully engaged on multiple fronts: 1. the battle between good (the vampires!) and evil (their undead slayers); 2. the protection of innocent bystanders; 3. the characters’ growth and struggle with their own inner demons; and 4. blossoming love.  The best part of these books is that the J.R. Ward ha written strength into all her characters, both male and female.  I also note that the characters know when to laugh as well.  There are a few places where the author uses a certain term more often than necessary, but that is easily overlooked.  Grab a glass of Lambrusco, find a nice cozy niche by the fireplace, and plan to sit for a while.  You won’t want to put this one down.

{December 13, 2012}   Lords of the Underworld

the darkest night

This next recommendation comes to us from New York Times Bestselling Author Gena Showalter.  Her Lords of the Underworld series feature an unlikely bunch of roguish males, who silently suffer the gods’ punishment for unleashing the contents of Pandora’s box on humanity.  Each immortal “lord” is punished to carry one unleashed demon imprisoned within his body, suffering its vices and living forever separate from humanity.  What happens when you throw a beautiful young woman with a special “gift” haunting her into the mix?  I won’t tell.

{December 12, 2012}   Midnight Breed

kiss of midnight

Midnight Breed is a series about, you guessed it, Vampires, by New York Times Bestseller Lara Adrian.  In this series, vampires actually originate from an alien species and are only male.  The series revolves around a group of Breed Warriors.  These warriors are dedicated to the task of wiping out vampires gone rogue to blood-lust.  Woven into each novel is the story of how one Breed Warrior meets and falls madly in love, sometimes against his own machinations, with a Breed Mate: a rare human women with the correct genetic makeup to procreate with a vampire male.  For added fun, each Breed Mate often has her own unique paranormal gift that unfolds throughout the story.

Cover of "Good Omens"

Cover of Good Omens

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (or Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) deliver with this outrageous book about the apocalypse. What happens if the Anti-Christ gets misplaced, is raised by the wrong parents, and the angel and demon meant to bring about the end of days decide they actually like living on Earth?  This is a tale guaranteed to keep you rolling your eyes, roaring in laughter and turning pages.  After all, nobody’s perfect!

{November 1, 2012}   Next stop adventure!

I have one true passion in life: books.  I read many genres and am often asked for recommendations on a variety of subjects.  With the current paranormal crush—Vampires and Werewolves and Demons, oh my!—well, it can be hard to figure out which authors are worth their salt.  So, I am starting this blog and I will begin posting authors you can count on for a great paranormal read.  I’ll tell you what my criteria is and if you disagree, you can check elsewhere.  I look for books with a strong central male or female character that doesn’t give up.  If the central character is male, he has to have a good sense of humor and he must be able to laugh at himself.  If the central character is female, she has to be strong and independent, but still have the ability to love and cherish humanity.  In my experience, characters lacking these traits end up appearing one dimensional and bland.  They don’t do enough to encourage your willing suspension of disbelief.  I hope you will find my recommendations helpful.  Please feel free to share your own recommendations if you believe they fit my criteria.

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