So I’m pleased to say that not only have I had time to read this summer, I’ve been on a lucky streak and have come across several good books in a row. I’m not going to review them here, exactly, just show titles and Amazon links and tell you a couple reasons why I recommend them. You won’t be surprised to see that all but one are some flavor of paranormal. Don’t ask me how that one romantic suspense got in there…
Discount Armegeddon by Seanan McGuire This has to be the most original take on the paranormal genre I’ve read in a while. The main character is a cryptozoologist who sidelines as a ballroom dancer in New York City. How fun is that? There are engaging characters, a quick-moving plot, and humor – just about everything I like in a book. And I love the cover art, which is why I’m risking a lawsuit by posting it on my blog.
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson I loved this book – I mean, you knew that because I’m including it in this post, but still. It’s a paranormal adventure set in New Orleans starting the weekend Katrina hits, and Ms. Johnson does a stellar job of both telling a great story and showing what it was like to live through the storm and its aftermath. I always kinda had a crush on Jean Lafitte, but now….
Material Witness by Lisa Mondello I saw the first chapter to this one on the author’s blog and got totally hooked – so hooked that I waited out the purgatory period when it was only available for Nook so I could get it on my Kindle. And you know what, y’all? There are NO vampires in this one. And I still liked it a whole lot. There’s lots of romantic in intensity and a pace that’ll keep you turning e-pages.
First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones This one comes with a little bit of an asterisk, because the main character totally got on my nerves and I really can’t think about the plot too hard without poking holes in it. That said, I read it in, like, a day, and am contemplating book two in the series. Go figure. She tells a hell of a story, is all I can say. And her Bad Boy is WAY hot…
Unseen by Rabia Gale I scooped this one up and read it this morning. It’s a pair of short stories with generally paranormal themes. I’ve read Shattered: Broken Fairy Tales which is an earlier short story collections by this author, and in both she impressed me with her elegance and unique way of seeing things.I highly recommend both of these collections.
That’s all for today. Next on the TBR pile is The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle. After that? I’m open to suggestion…
Have a great weekend!