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Archive for the ‘Paranormal Romance’ Category

SCHOOL SPIRITS, by Rachel Hawkins

February 3, 2014

The story: Izzy comes from a family that hunts paranormal creatures.  She’s never been to school, never had a date, never even had a friend.  But all that changes when her older sister disappears, and the trail leads to tiny Ideal, Mississippi.  Izzy goes undercover at the local high school and finds (surprisingly) friends and […]

PROPHECY, by Ellen Oh

January 28, 2014

The story: Kira is a demon slayer. She’s also niece to the king, and daughter to the king’s chief general. So it’s kind of strange that everyone hates her–maybe it’s those yellow eyes. She is an undercover dispatcher of imps, goblins, and demons; the population at large doesn’t even know for sure that such things […]

CLOCKWORK ANGEL, by Cassandra Clare

November 10, 2010

Tessa’s life was normal back in 1870s New York, but the moment she steps off the boat in London, she’s kidnapped by two immensely creepy old ladies who force her to learn to use a power she never even knew she had – the power to shape-shift.  Tessa becomes a pawn in a deadly contest […]

CITY OF BONES (Mortal Instruments Trilogy) by Cassandra Clare

September 17, 2009

When Clary goes to a nightclub with her friend Simon, she expects to see a band, not a murder.  Even more awful – Clary is the only one who can see it, and the body immediately disappears.  What’s going on?   This is Clary’s introduction to the world of Shadowhunters – beings who exist to […]

SUCKS TO BE ME, by Kimberly Pauley

September 17, 2009

  To vampire, or not to vampire? Mina has always known her parents were vampires, but evidently the other vampires didn’t know about HER!  Now she has to make a choice: become a vampire along with her parents, or be relocated so she doesn’t accidentally reveal their identities.  To help her figure out what to […]


April 20, 2009

Jessica is your average American high-school senior – until Lucius Vladescu shows up.  Lucius claims to be one of the last members of vampire royalty left in Romania – and even worse, he says that Jessica is, in reality, Antansia Dragomir, a vampire princess whose parents pledged her at birth to be his bride!  Is […]


April 8, 2009

Sparrow Delaney has been seeing ghosts since she was five years old – but she’s not talking to any of them, no matter what!  Her family is in the business of “serving spirit” – but Sparrow knows that if she admits to her abilities, every ghost on the planet is going to want her to […]

Twilight Read-Alikes (a list, not a book!)

March 26, 2009

Okay!  So you’re done with Twilight … and New Moon … and Eclipse … and Breaking Dawn.  Need a rest from vampires?  Not yet?  Then check out some of these:   Dead is the New Black, by Marlene Perez Evernight, by Claudia Gray Sucks to Be Me, by Kimberly Pauley Tantalize, by Cynthia Leitich Smith […]

DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK series, by Marlene Perez

March 26, 2009

Is Daisy’s former best friend Samantha a psychic vampire, out to enslave the cheerleading squad? Will Daisy ever get her psychic powers? Where is Daisy’s Dad? AND, will Ryan (her best friend who’s a boy, but now a hottie) become her boyfriend?   A fun and easy read.  Keep an eye out for the next […]

OH.MY.GODS by Tera Lynn Childs

February 4, 2009

Disaster!  Phoebe’s mom goes on vacation in Greece and comes back with a new husband!  Not only does Phoebe have to drop her plans for a track scholarship at USC, she ends up stuck on a tiny Greek island that’s home to a special school – a school for the descendants of Greek gods!  And […]