Anastasija Ramses Parker, better known as Ana, has never been popular. In fact, most kids at school would call her a freak. Ana has pale skin and dark hair which, in a time when the goth look is in, is no big deal, but her eyes are what make people nervous. One is ice blue and the other is amber. Oh yeah, and she is a true witch. True witches can do real magic — only, Ana cannot. Read More »
I always have a bit of trepidation approaching paranormal novels not vampire or were- based. They’re often a bit inaccessible to me, especially those based on witches, loaded down with spells and difficult-to-follow lore.
But as with the others of Smith’s “Night World” I have read thus far, “Spellbinder” is much easier to approach than the norm, written for young inductees into the paranormal phenomenon. Read More »
Blair has lived in Moonstone Lake for many, many years, long enough to buy most of the land surrounding the town and keep it from being developed. A were pack arrives in town and begins to make threats to the witches who have owned the land for hundreds of years. Blair, her friends, and her boyfriend, Jake, (the town’s resident were- border collie) will do whatever it takes to protect the town from the big bad wolves. Read More »
This compelling first novel in the Cin Craven series grabs the reader on the very first page and does not let go. Descending from the line of powerful Macgregor witches in early nineteenth-century England, Dulcinea Craven awaits the full blossoming of her powers. At the age of twenty-two, she expects this event to occur at any time. Unfortunately, the accidental death of her parents serves as the impetus as Dulcinea’s mother unexpectedly passes on her own magic to Dulcinea when she dies. Read More »
The D’Artigo sisters work for the OIA, the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. It is their job to keep tabs on the Otherworld inhabitants currently residing on earth. Camille is a witch, Delilah is a shapeshifter and Menolly is a vampire. When a couple of demons come through the portal looking for an item that will assist Shadow Wing, the ruler of the Subterranian Realm, in taking over both the Earth and the Otherworld, the D’Artigo sisters are assigned to stop them. Read More »
It is bad enough to deal with normal puberty (increasing bosom and hormones), but 15-year-old Alyson also had to leave her friends behind and move to a haunted century-old house in a new town far removed from her previous life. Of course, nothing is normal about Alyson anyway. From the time she was born, she has known that there is something different about her; she can sense things regular human beings could not.
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Having bloomed late in life with her talents, Irenee enjoys her job as a Sword for the Defenders. While confiscating an evil black magic item, she runs into Jim Tylan, an agent for Homeland Security. The sparks fly, literally, but even though Irenee has been around magic and the idea of the Soul Mate Imperative all her life, she does not put two and two together until her mentor has to point it out. Read More »
Since there are so many people “on stage” in this book (nine or ten named characters including DD, or Dracula Dude as he is so lovingly referred to), only a few will be mentioned for the sake of brevity. Otherwise, this review will be three pages long and though I know everyone loves to read what I have to say, even I would get sick of hearing me ramble for three whole pages.
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In the second book in the Rowan of the Wood series, Cullen’s life has not gotten any better. He is still struggling with the fact that there is a 1400-year-old wizard trapped in his body and his home life is still miserable. He feels angry all the time and just wants to be a normal kid again. When Moody, Fiana’s former companion, reappears with an idea about how to separate Cullen and Rowan, Cullen is all for it. Read More »
Tammy Jo Trask never seemed to come into her powers. She finally accepted that she would not be the witch her mother and aunt were. But when a family heirloom is stolen, Tammy Jo knows she will have to do anything she can to get it back, including attempting to use spells. Her ex-husband does not understand her obsession with trying to get the locket back – he has thought for years that Tammy Jo is off of her rocker – but he can’t help but love her still and want to help her. Read More »
So her mother wasn’t as crazy as everyone originally thought when she said she had fire inside of her and was a witch. Maybe she knew exactly what she was talking about because Sarafina Connell is a fire witch and a rather powerful one, too. She just didn’t know about it until she was kidnapped by Stefan Faucheux, head of the Duskoff, the cabal of warlocks who want nothing more than world domination. What do they want with her? Just a little bit of blood, her utter devotion and the use of her untapped abilities. Read More »
Nick Santangelo is the very neat and work-oriented owner of Santangelo Construction. He has a seventeen-year-old daughter who is driving him absolutely nuts with her boy crazy behavior.
Victoria (Tori) Morgan, a fly by the seat of your pants type, has just returned to the Jersey Shore to renovate the house her aunt left her. She believes in magic, tarot cards and crystals.
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Single white witch looking for man who can kill giant mice, battle demons, and still have time to make her coffee in the morning. And if he has an adorable Italian accent, all’s the better.
If there was a single’s ad for Holly Carver, the protagonist of Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood, it would sound something like the above. All she wants is a good man, a good education, and a good job, but the world has other plans for her.
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Michelle Rowen’s books never fail to thrill. Her fourth (and still-fresh) installment of the Immortality Bites series, Stakes & Stilettos, is delightfully charming and keeps the wonderful mixture of tongue-in-cheek (is that tongue-in fang?) humor and well-fleshed-out plot that made her earlier books so entertaining. The story keeps you guessing, always twisting in unexpected ways.
Fledgling vampire Sarah Dearly ends up on the wrong side of a vengeful witch — who she accidentally infuriated a decade before. Now, at her high school reunion, Sarah finds herself cursed with night-stalker status, which includes such fun as violent aversion to sunlight and crosses and the undeniable urge to attack anything with blood in it. Assisted by her “tall, dark, and fangsome” boyfriend (with whom she has slightly less dire problems) and the mysterious Red Devil, she faces her new problems with plucky spirit and a sense of humor you can’t help but love.
One thing I really loved in this book were the appearances of two characters from Rowen’s standalone paranormal novel, Angel with Attitude. She managed to work them in without it becoming cheesy, giving some great laughs in the process. As always, her characters are amazingly well-fleshed out; Rowen writes some of the best first-person fiction I’ve ever read. The only downside is that there’s only one more book in the series, and I certainly don’t want to see it end!
As always, an exceptional tale told by a master storyteller.
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Forever (March 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446505846
- ISBN-13: 978-0446505840
Horror stories featuring the supernatural are one of my favorite genres. However, Tony Richards’ latest, Dark Rain, just did not do it for me.
The town of Raine’s Landing has been under a curse since the Salem witch trials – hardly anyone gets in and absolutely no resident gets out. As the founders of Raine’s Landing were true witches, over the centuries, it has become a hotspot for paranormal activity, attracting some of the strongest practitioners of the craft. Of course, this also means it has attracted some evil beings, too. One of these beings is Saruak, a Manitou, or ancient tree spirit, who once left Raine’s Landing, but is now back to wreak havoc. Ross, one of the few non-magical residents of the town, and his gun-slinging partner, Cassie, are called in to try to eliminate Saruak, a task that proves to be the toughest they have ever encountered, especially when he digs up old feelings of the mysterious disappearance of both of their families.
Dark Rain is filled with characters that would be more interesting if they were better rounded out with more personality than just what their job or power is. Because of this, it is very hard as a reader to connect with any character, even Ross.
Another drawback to Dark Rain is that, while it is action-packed as a good horror should be, the story drags much more than expected. Richards’ premise is excellent, but the execution needs a little more punch to make it a must-read.
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Eos (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061474665
- ISBN-13: 978-0061474668
For a Few Demons More is another installment in the Hollows series. In this latest book, Rachel learns more about dealing with demons when one slips the watch placed on it. In the midst of this, she is asked to investigate a series of murders, all of which seem tied to the artifact that she has been hiding. She has run-ins with a group of cultists who have ties to her favorite demon Read More »