If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Posted July 1, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceParanormalIf You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern If You Could See Me Now
Cecelia Ahern; Wheeler Pub. 2006
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Elizabeth Egan has everything in her life under tight control. She has an interior decorating business in a small town in Ireland. Her signature style includes neutrals and beiges. She is her six-year-old nephew’s Luke legal guardian. He is only allowed to play with his toys in two rooms. Their home is obsessively clean. There are two ares in her life where she doesn’t have control – and they are the reasons she can’t leave Baile na gCroithe – her father and her sister. Read the remainder of this entry »

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Posted June 6, 2015 By Jandy
 

FantasyThe Paper Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergWhen she finishes Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony Twill wants to be a Smelter magician. Although she is at the top of her class, she isn’t allowed to choose. Instead she is assigned to be a Paper magician. Paper! That is such a weak classification, nothing like working with metal. But it’s either accept the Paper bonding or give up magic completely. She doesn’t want to become a household servant so she accepts the position. Read the remainder of this entry »

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 19, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceParanormal MysteryParanormalBlood Bound by Patricia Briggs Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson Series, Book 2)
Patricia Briggs; Ace 2007
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When Stefan calls asking for the payback of a favor, Mercy Thompson reluctantly agrees. She worked hard all day in her auto repair shop. Stefan is a vampire, so needs her help in the middle of the night. She shapeshifts into her coyote form to be a witness for Stefan when he confronts a rogue vampire living in their neighborhood.

Unfortunately, Cory Littleton is not an average vampire. He is also a sorcerer being controlled by a demon. When he meets Stefan, he doesn’t realize Mercy is more than an unusual dog controlled by a vampire. So when Littleton hypnotizes Stefan, Mercy is the witness to Littleton’s atrocities. The rogue is killing humans in their area, attacking werewolves, and controlling vampires. Read the remainder of this entry »

Unbound by Jim C. Hines

Posted May 9, 2015 By Jandy
 

Unbound by Jim C. Hines

Paranormal MysteryParanormalAlthough his magic has been locked away from him, Isaac Vaino still feels he has to rescue teenaged libromancer Jeneta Aboderin from the spirit who has possessed her. His depression has been getting worse, affecting his girlfriend Lena and other family and friends. He keeps taking off work to follow up on ideas and research, jeopardizing his job.

Isaac learns the spirit is Meridiana, locked away for hundreds of years. She had been locked away by her mentor, Pope Sylvester II, who was an intellectual and a mystic as well as a Catholic. She has been pounding at her cell since she was locked in. Now enough has seeped out to take over Jeneta’s consciousness and control the Ghost Army of magic sucking horrors. Read the remainder of this entry »

The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl

Posted May 3, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceParanormal RomanceParanormal MysteryThe Clockwork Wolf by Lynn ViehlCharmian “Kit” Kittredge has an unusual occupation for a woman in her time. Women in Toriana (Steampunk version of America) are expected to stay and care for the home and have babies. Kit is a private investigator. Her secret is that when she touches something magical, it loses all its magic. Recently she was instrumental in saving the city of Rumson, then had to travel back in time to prevent some of the worst results of the magical war.

Kit could turn her back on Lady Eugenia Bestly when the wealthy woman wants to hire her. It was Lady Bestly’s fault she was thrown out on the streets years earlier. But the woman is now a widow from the war that wasn’t. Lady Bestly is about to lose her high society reputation from her husband’s acts before his death. Read the remainder of this entry »

Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly

Posted May 2, 2015 By Jandy
 

SupernaturalBride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly Bride of the Rat God
Barbara Hambly; Del Rey 1994
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Los Angeles in the 1920’s is a combination of artificial Hollywood glamor, open spaces, rich and poor, Prohibition and speakeasies, parties, and small town Los Angeles. Norah Blackstone’s sister-in-law Christine (stage name Chrysanda Flamande) brings her from a low paid lady companion’s position in England to be her assistant.

Norah’s life has completely changed. After the death of her husband in the war and her family to the flu a few years later, Norah was left bereft. The only position she could get was with an older, stingy woman with a lecherous son. Now she lives with Christine, a Hollywood star at Colossus Studios. Norah takes care of Christine’s Pekingese dogs, stays with her on the sets, accompanies her to parties and lives with her.

Christine kept a fabulous necklace she was given from her last movie. Norah catches notice of an elderly Chinaman trying to talk to Christine. He claims the necklace is haunted by the Chinese Rat God who will try to kill the actress. Read the remainder of this entry »

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Posted April 1, 2015 By Jandy
 

FantasyParanormal SuspenseSaint Odd by Dean KoontzOdd Thomas grew up in Pico Mundo, California. A few years earlier his paranormal abilities helped him keep a terrorist massacre from killing hundreds. Even so, he couldn’t save everyone in the mall from shooters that day. His love, Stormy Llewellyn, was one of the people who died that day. He left town about a year later and has been on the road since.

But Odd Thomas’ unusual psychic gifts have led him to other murderers, serial killers, terrorists, and occult worshipers that combine all those evil talents and more. Odd reminds everyone that he’s just a fry cook. He doesn’t like guns. His companions over the last few years have included ghosts, monks, pregnant women, and children. Now he leaves his companions behind to return to Pico Mundo. Read the remainder of this entry »

 

FantasyThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman; William Morrow 2013
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When he was seven he lived down the road from the Hempstocks. He made friends with 11-year-old  Lettie Hempstock. The three women are an odd family. Lettie claims to have been 11 for a long time. He’s a bit of a loner and doesn’t make friends easily. But he connects with Lettie. She takes him to the ocean at the end of the lane but he only sees a pond. Lettie remembers crossing the ocean to come here. He doesn’t know what to believe, but he goes along with Lettie’s stories. Read the remainder of this entry »

Edge of Darkness by Cherry Adair

Posted February 1, 2015 By Jandy
 

Romantic SuspenseParanormal RomanceParanormal RomanceEdge of Darkness by Cherry Adair Edge of Darkness
Cherry Adair; Ballantine Books 2006
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Wizard Duncan Edge grew up with the family curse. Five hundred years earlier another wizard cursed his family. Edge men will watch beloved wives die through the generations. Duncan refuses to ever marry – he wouldn’t do that to any woman.

Serena Campbell had been in wizard school with Duncan and another friend Trey Culver. The three had been constant competitors, each vying for best grades, best spells, or best at whatever the three did. Duncan fell for Serena when they were 12 years old but always hid his feelings because of the curse. She dated Trey for a while but after the three finished school, they went their own way. Read the remainder of this entry »

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

Posted January 31, 2015 By Jandy
 

FantasyCalifornia Bones by Greg Van EekhoutWhen he was six, his father had him eat his first piece of bone. When he was 12, he was there when his father was murdered and another magician started eating him. He escaped before he was caught, too. He knew if he was found the Hierarch of Southern California will have him killed. He lived with his rogue “uncle” and joined the gang of young thieves. He finally broke away from Otis and went on his own. Ten years after his father’s death, he lives in the shadows of Los Angeles using his magic for petty theft and grifts. Daniel Blackland wants to get out of the Kingdom of Southern California and go straight.

Otis pulls Daniel back into the ring with a tempting offer. Only Daniel has the potential of breaking into the Hierarch’s castle to retrieve his father’s sword and take out the magical riches hidden away there. Daniel can’t do it alone, though. He’s a good thief and his magic is decent but this job requires more. He gathers his friends with their special powers as well. Otis provides one more team member, a woman who is a scientist in the Hierarch’s underground labs.

The crew works out an elaborate plan that uses everyone’s skill and knowledge. Some of them might not survive the job. If Daniel is caught, the Hierarch’s vendetta against his father would be complete. If they succeed, they could topple the Hierarch and release much of the magic hidden in the depths of Los Angeles.

Osteomancy is magic gained through eating bones of other magical creatures. The flesh is useful as well, giving the osteomancer enhanced powers. The Hierarch, the most powerful osteomancer, has ruled Southern California since the early 20th century. There’s an Inner Circle of extremely strong osteomancers, then they work down. Since bones are finite, the resources are drying up. Osteomancers like Daniel can’t afford real products any more.

Greg Van Eekhout has developed a fantasy world that took our world and twisted it into something believable and eerie. Instead of roadways, Southern California was flooded and is lined with canals. That adds an environmental problem since the area is naturally desert land. The land has been stripped of most of its natural resources.

The setting of California Bones is an alternate world that developed much like the one we know. Disneyland is still the happiest place on Earth, but that’s because sorcerer Disney has a magic happy dust that gets into all the visitors of the park. Hollywood exists but is run by sorcerers. Movies haven’t caught on to any great extent. Cities and locations match up throughout the California region.

California Bones is a quick paced novel that introduces an intriguing type of sorcery. Van Eekhout’s description pulls the reader in from the startling beginning. Although marketed as an adult urban fantasy, it has the feel of a young adult novel. By the end, Daniel has learned much more about osteomancy than he would have imagined.

A first-rate book, California Bones is the beginning of an imaginative urban fantasy trilogy.

Notice: Fantasy violence

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Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl

Posted January 16, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceParanormalParanormal MysteryStay the Night by Lynn ViehlOver the centuries Darkyn lord Robin of Loxley has been a thief, a rogue, and a trusted friend and leader. He leads a jardin near Atlanta and has a luxury residence in the city itself. He has been a thief for hundreds of years – since his mortal life. Now he is known as the Magician. Due to his Darkyn l’attrait, he can have any woman he wants. Now he has decided he wants Chris Renshaw. Amazingly, she doesn’t seem to want him – at least not by his normal influence. She is the rare human immune to l’attrait.

Chris Renshaw is in Atlanta to catch the Magician, an art thief who has been operating for years. The FBI agent believes the man is probably in his 70s and possibly retired by now. She has arranged a special showing for an artifact she is sure the man cannot resist. Then she and her team should finally be able to catch the man responsible for her former partner’s death. She cannot let herself be sidetracked by an attractive, seductive man with a wonderful scent. She meets Rob at an Atlanta club, then walks away. His scent and feel linger and she turns to find the address he gave her before she left. Why can’t she have a fling with this man as long as he doesn’t interfere with her job? Read the remainder of this entry »

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Posted January 8, 2015 By Jandy
 

SuspenseParanormal RomanceParanormal

Shield of Winter by Nalini SinghThe Psy Silence has fallen. Now the Psy race needs healing. Kaleb Krycheck believes the key to saving his people are the E designated empathic members. The Es had been suppressed since the Psy took up Silence 100 years earlier. Now they could be the most important Psy designation within the race.

Vasic is a Psy Arrow – an assassin and soldier. For many years the Arrows worked behind the scenes and were feared by all the Psy. Now they are in the open yet are still dangerous. They no longer work in the shadows. Vasic’s closest associate and friend Aden is in charge of the Arrows. Aden assigns Vasic to a special protection job. Read the remainder of this entry »