The Paranormal Bibliophile











{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.

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{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.



{November 14, 2012}   Kitty Norville Series

Carrie Vaughn‘s hero would fit my criteria to a T.  She is a woman with a backbone and a heart.  The protagonist, Kitty Norville, is a closet werewolf that decides to run a tongue-in cheek late-night radio show about the occult.  This is a great series for anyone that enjoys the writings of Laurel K. Hamilton or Kim Harrison.  I have but one complaint; the titles of each book are beyond ghastly:

1.  Kitty and The Midnight Hour

2.  Kitty Goes To Washington

3.  Kitty Takes A Holiday

4. Kitty and The Silver Bullet

and on and on and on…

The first time I bought a Carrie Vaughn book, I hid it in a pile of other books so no one would see the title.  Thank God for ereaders!  So, I add this caveat, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t judge a book by it’s title!  😉



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 8, 2012}   Rachel Morgan Series
dead witch walking

dead witch walking (Photo credit: cdrummbks)

In this series about a witch who works for the non-human version of the FBI, Kim Harrison delivers a delightful tale in which humans humans co-exist with all sorts of paranormal living creatures.  The lead character, Rachel Morgan, works with her vampire partner to chase down all sorts of nasty paranormal criminals.  In betwixt this crime fighting, Rachel struggles to come to terms with her own sense of self and morality.  The characters are well developed and deal with issues of loyalty, morality, friendship and love.  Interspersed within Kim Harrison’s great story-telling is a sense of humor that can’t be beat.  Her characters witty verbal repartee challenges the reader not to grin and chuckle while reading each passage.  Currently, there are 10 books in the series with a likelihood of more to come.   Dead Witch Walking is Book #1.



Cover of "Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1...

Cover of Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1)

This series is very unique in it’s writing and perspective on paranormal fiction.  Some readers may find it difficult to begin with, but I promise that if you stick to the end of Book 1: Dark Fever, you’ll be hooked.  MacKayla Lane is the main hero.  She is a strong female character with a bit of a gutsy, humorous, sarcastic streak.  She doesn’t take “no” for an answer, even when it gets her into trouble.  MacKayla is paired with a mysterious leading male character,  Jericho Barrons.   As MacKayla travels to Ireland to uncover the truth about her sister’s murder, she meets Mr. Barrons and uncovers more questions than answers.  This is a well written book with complex twists and turns bound to keep readers on their toes.  A bit of warning, though.  This isn’t a fluffy popcorn book.  You just might learn a few new vocabulary words and a little folklore mixed in with the fiction.  There are 5 books in the series to complete the tale of Mac.  In addition, the author recently released a spin-off series that tells the story of a character from the Fever Series: The Dani O’Malley Series.



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