The Paranormal Bibliophile











{January 1, 2013}   Bitten by Deceit

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Shawntelle Madison’s novella, Bitten by Deceit, is a fun and well written story about a werewolf who reaches out to her estranged mate when things go wrong with her pack. This is a great tale that fits my criteria of a strong female character who never gives up.  This is a creative mix of love conquers all with a little werewolf-zombie hybrid going on.  Oh, what’s not to love?  A note of caution, there were a few syntax issues later in the book, and the ending could have been slightly more thoroughly developed. All in all, I really liked the characters and was left wanting more.

Shawntelle Madison’s Site



{November 23, 2012}   Maker’s Song

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The Maker’s Song series mixes urban, punk, goth and paranormal genres. Who can resist a story about a half vampire, half-fallen youth with the potentials if a God? The hero, Agent Heather Wallace, gets an A+ for her kick-butt, strength of character and her heart!

Adrian Pheonix’s Blog



{November 21, 2012}   Bloodhound Files

I’ve been deliberating for a while now about the next book to add to my list of must reads.  In all honesty, it’s a tough call.  This next series is a little different for my female paranormal junkies out there.  The main character fits all of my criteria and yet, she’s a little bit other.  D. D. Barant’s first book, Dying Bites, introduces us to a young FBI profiler named Jace Valcheck.  Jace is a tough, no nonsense women used to playing with the big boys.  Jace’s reality is torn asunder when she is ripped from her universe where people are human and the laws of physics are necessary into an alternate realm where humans are all but extinct.

My warning to female readers:  This is not chick lit.  This is a series that a guy could easily get involved in.  While there are a few touchy-feely, romantic interludes, the book is equal parts mystery, humor, adventure, and science fiction.  Each book tends to add a new and interesting twist on your understanding of the occult.  The first book is OK, but they definitely get better as the characters develop throughout the series.  There are currently 5 books written.



{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!  😉



{November 7, 2012}   Odd Thomas
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Dean Koontz writes this series about an unlikely young protagonist who receives clues from the dead in order to prevent catastrophe.  On the surface, Odd Thomas seems like an unremarkable individual with a dead-end job flipping burgers with no aspirations.  He speaks to the reader as the quintessential definition of average, except for his ability to see the dead.  Koontz’s deliberate portrayal of Odd Thomas as ordinary in the beginning of the series is an amusing and flippant contrast to his title of the series.  In addition, it allows the reader to empathize with Thomas as he has quite reasonable responses dilemmas throughout the story.  The best parts of the series are Odd Thomas’ personal reflections, which are quite humorous, and the surprising dead people he meets along his journeys.  Here is another great hero that is loyal to his friends and never fails to place himself in harms way to protect them.  There are five books in the series so far, with Odd Thomas as book #1.



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