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Hex by Mackenzie McGuire

Hex (Saxton Academy) (Volume 1) by Mackenzie McGuireWhen Reece and her two best friends are in a serious car accident, Reece feels herself die. She does not stay dead. Miraculously, she survives and she wishes she had not. Nothing is the same without her two best friends. She hears things and has horrible nightmares. And no one believes her when she talks about the black panther that caused the accident. After all, Read More »

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson) by Darynda JonesKidnappings, weddings, hellhounds, and contractions – Eighth Grave After Dark seriously has everything. Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, A.K.A. the grim reaper, and her son-of-Satan husband, Reyes, are expecting their own little bundle any day now. Cooped up in an abandoned convent for months while the prophesied daughter incubates, everyone is getting a little jumpy. The whole gang is here–the dead, the living, and the in between–solving a few problems while they wait for the big day.
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Showdown at Midnight edited by David B. Riley

Showdown at Midnight: Tales of Horror & Dark Fantasy From the Weird Weird West edited by David B. RileyShowdown at Midnight is a collection of stories set in an Old West that is chock-full of the strange, supernatural, and at times horrific. Werewolves, ghost train robbers, wendigos, bloodthirsty vampire bats, you name it. The mix is creative and fulfilling. I liked some stories more than others, but there was not a bad one in the bunch. Read More »

Lightbringer by K. D. McEntire

Lightbringer by K. D. McEntireNo matter how hard she tries or how much she denies the truth, Wendy will never be just an average teenager. Truth is, she can see the ghosts of those who have not passed on, and it is her job to send them into the Light. But when her mother suddenly falls into a coma, Wendy is not so anxious to continue reaping ghosts. Her only goal is to find her mother’s soul and return it to her body before it is too late. Read More »

Blood & Spirits by Dennis Sharpe

Blood & Spirits (The Coming Storm) (Volume 1) by Dennis SharpeVeronica Fischer is having a bad day. Scratch that, she is having a really bad week. Life is not easy for this vampire madam in small-town America. Not only does she have to look after her girls, wrangle her right-hand man, Frank, deal with a local vampire council that is none too fond of her less-than-pure bloodline, but she is also looking after Rachel, a child ghost placed under her protection by the community’s ghostly boss, Lucy. Read More »

Every Breath You Take by Chris Marie Green

Every Breath You Take: Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire by Chris Marie Green Every Breath You Take, the excellent third installment in the enjoyable Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series, finds our intrepid heroine and her friends up to their typical ghostly good deeds–haunting a human guilty of murder until she confesses. After accomplishing her task, Jensen receives a visit from Amanda Lee, her human psychic friend/cohort, who reports that a ghost-hunting team has shown up in the forest, and their topic of interest–Jensen. Read More »

Inheritance by P. M. May

Inheritance by P.M. MayJennifer has just escaped a bad marriage, become a successful cookbook author, and is starting to rediscover herself with the help of her friend and agent, Valerie. She suddenly inherits her family home when a great aunt she never even met passes it on to her as the last Adams in the line. The conditions of the will must be met, and she moves into an enormous English countryside home. Her nearest neighbor is the handyman, Henry, and his dog Purdy. Read More »

St. Martin’s Moon by Marc Vun Kannon

St. Martin's Moon by Marc Vun KannonJoseph Marquand is on a mandated vacation when he gets the call. Although there are other lupe hunters on the force, this case is unique in its location. Though Marquand had his sights set on a quiet bed and breakfast and a few dart games with his buddies, the force has a different agenda. What Triple S wants, Triple S gets, and he soon finds himself on the way to the moon. Read More »

The Reason by Marley Gibson

Ghost Huntress Book 3: The Reason by Marley GibsonKendall Moorhead is having terrifying visions of her own death. Her boyfriend, Jason, thinks she needs to slow down with her ghost hunting, but Kendall knows that her gift was meant to help people. When the Mayor starts complaining about aches and pains, Kendall somehow senses that the Mayor’s problems are tied to an unhappy spirit. Kendall’s spirit guide, Emily, warns Kendall that she should Read More »

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift (The Shade Trilogy) by Jeri Smith-ReadyAura has finally accepted the fact that her boyfriend Logan is not coming back. After his shading out, she had hoped to find a way to return him to ghost form and convince him to peacefully pass on, but months have gone by and she needs to move on with her life. She can’t deny her feelings for Zachary anymore and she has decided to explore those feelings and start dating him. Of course, shortly after her decision, who should reappear in ghost form but Logan. Read More »

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady CrossLark and Wren are twin sisters, but only Lark was born alive. Wren was stillborn, but her ghost has been with Lark since the day they were born. At first it was cool. Kids wanted to be friends with Lark and her ghost sister. But as she got older, people began to think she was crazy. One night, it got to be too much for her to bear and Lark tried to take her own life so that she could finally really be with her sister. Wren found a way to get help and Mace, a very attractive neighbor, saved Lark’s life. Read More »

Reaper by K. D. McEntire

Reaper (Lightbringer) by K.D. McEntireSince the death of her mother, Wendy is forced to take over reaping full-time. When she discovers she and her mother were not the only ones in town with their abilities, she is both shocked and curious about her new-found family. However, nothing is as it seems and before long, Wendy finds herself trapped in a web of lies and reeling from a mysterious illness affecting her every action. Will she figure out the truth of it all before it is too late? Read More »

Laugh in the Dark by Lynn Hones

Laugh in the Dark by Lynn HonesRestoring a long-shuttered amusement park and hotel on the shores of Lake Erie seemed like a strange choice for the family from California, but Nick and May Connors hoped that they would be able to make a fresh start. May’s guilt weighed heavily on her when she saw how unhappy her eldest daughter was, though she did her best to push the affair out of her mind and Read More »

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa BrownJennie Lovell knew her twin brother, Toby, would never return from the Civil War but she held out hope that her cousin and fiancé, Will, would soon come home. Living with her aunt and uncle was difficult at best, knowing that she was nothing but an orphan living on their charity and that the only reason her aunt allowed her to remain was because of her engagement to Will. When Will’s brother Quinn came home, wounded and traumatized, Jennie knew that her Read More »

When Ghosts Speak by Mary Ann Winkowski

When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits by Mary Ann Winkowski When Ghosts Speak is an interesting chronicle of the talents of Mary Ann Winkowski, an otherwise average Ohio woman with the ability to communicate with earthbound spirits. Mary Ann is also able to create the White Light needed to release the spirits. Her ability was first noticed by her grandmother, a woman with similar talents, when Mary Ann was three. Soon, her Read More »

The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward

The House on Blackberry Hill: A Jewell Cove Novel by Donna AlwardAbby Foster has just inherited the family home in Jewell Cove, Maine, which is a complete surprise, because she never knew anything about her grandmother’s family. She enjoys the drive from Nova Scotia, and finds the town to be quaint, but plans to stay only long enough to put the house on the market, since she feels no connection to the property. Read More »

Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan

Blood Vengeance by Micahel Schutz-RyanThere’s an apartment in Marc Beckett’s building where the ghosts of the San Francisco Ripper are stuck in eternal torment, and they cry out for vengeance. Halfway across the country, Brennan Cooper has decided that he needs to move away to finish his senior year of high school. His life has taken a downward turn and he feels he needs a fresh start and cannot wait till college. Read More »

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy

Grave Matters: A Night Owls Novel by Lauren M. RoyJust as its predecessor did, Grave Matters, the excellent second installment in the engrossing Night Owls series, grabs attention from its opening scene. Elly, still getting used to living with her not-exactly-legally-adoptive brother, Cavale, gets a visit from a young girl who lives down the street. Cinda explains that a ghost has been haunting she and her father, and she wants to hire Elly and Cavale to get rid of it. Intrigued by the girl’s story, Elly agrees to help her, and upon arriving at the house, has to deal with an unusual ghost in the basement, one with a sigil she does not recognize drawn on his skin. After dispatching the ghost, Elly picks up some of the ectoplasm for Cavale to analyze. Read More »

Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen KingLooking to outrun the ache of his first broken heart, Devin Jones takes a job at Joyland, a small amusement park on the coast of North Carolina. He quickly makes friends and finds his niche in the carney world. And that is just about it. Do not get me wrong, Joyland is a good story. King is at the top of his game with the human element that makes him stand out in horror fiction. King’s scares are so scary because he takes such meticulous care with his characters. He does not just tell us what the person thinks and feels, he goes back as far as necessary to tell us why. Read More »

The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber

The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber The Eterna Files, the excellent first installment in a unique new series, begins with a familiar story–the death of Abraham Lincoln. Immediately thereafter, the tale veers into less-recognizable territory, with young “spiritualist” Clara Templeton declaring that the president should have been made immortal in order to protect the position. Lincoln’s widow, Mary, instantly latches onto the idea, resulting in the birth of the Eterna group, with the secret mission to investigate immortality. Read More »