Featuring Your Next Weekend Read!

Just in time for Halloween, (I fought with WordPress all day and you can see the quotes just won’t work) I’m sharing some paranormal novels to help you get into a seasonal mood. I’ve warned you… remember to read with the lights on!

Bloodstone: A Paranormal Fantasy Adventure (The Curse of Time, Book 1

From the Author:

I didn’t think my life could get weirder, but I was wrong…

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who is imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house.

When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden path where she encounters Ryder: a charismatic, perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set and some crystal wizard stones, can Amelina discover the truth about her family?

A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal.

TRIGGER WARNING: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.

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My Recommendation

“Bloodstone” is set in the city of Cambridge in the U.K. where we follow Amelina’s journey as she tries to understand her father’s recent disappearance, and why he’s so different since his return. Her mother’s having issues too. She’s reluctant to talk about anything. Through a series of strange events, Amelina finds herself drawn to learning the truth about her family.

The author packed this YA adventure full of intriguing characters. There is Esme, the girl trapped in a mirror, who longs to escape her mirrored prison. We meet the mysterious and alluring Ryder, who is not everything he seems. Amelina’s girl friends are an interesting bunch of characters as well. What I liked best about the characters is how the author kept the conversations to what a fifteen-year-old would say and discuss. There are some trigger elements like bullying and self harm, although there are no graphic details to read, which I thought was a plus.

There’s something here for everyone: Arthurian legends, magic, crystals, and plenty of teenage angst to keep the story grounded. I enjoyed the poetry at the beginning of each chapter, written as puzzle pieces to help propel the story forward.

If you’re looking for an unusual YA Fantasy to read, this is the book for you.

Things Old & Forgotten

From the Author:

A man keeping King Arthur’s dream of Camelot alive.
A Robin Hood battling in a drastically different Sherwood.
A young man facing eternity in the desert.
A genteel southern lady besting a powerful order of genies.
A woman meeting her father decades after his death.

These are but a few of the intriguing tales waiting to be discovered in Things Old and Forgotten. Prepare to be transported to realms of folklore and legend, where magic and wonder linger around every corner, and fantastic possibilities are limited only by imagination.

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My Recommendation

I’m a fan of Mae Clair’s books and was happy to see a new release. “Things Old & Forgotten” is a collection of short speculative fiction that includes sub-genres of magical realism, fantasy, and some mild horror. She also included are four micro/flash fiction pieces which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Clair is a master storyteller who instantly transports you into the paranormal and magical realms she constructs. The imagery of her words pulled me into each story as if I was part of the scene. I found the collection a quick and easy read I couldn’t put down!

It will come as no surprise then when I say my favorite story in this collection was The Festival of Magic and Blood, which could be classified as mild horror. The author crafted this story like something out of a Stephen King or Dean Koontz novel. It is creepy… which I found delightful to read during the Halloween season. I won’t share any spoilers because you need to read this one yourself!

Another favorite story is Desert White, a story about redemption and new beginnings, which illustrates how the variety of stories makes this book such a desirable read. There is definitely something here for everyone.

If you’re looking for a soul-satisfying and magical read, grab a copy of “Things Old & Forgotten.”

A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the All Souls

From the Author:

Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—”a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).

Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021! 

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

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Diana Bishop, a non-practicing witch and an American academic, is studying alchemical history abroad in Oxford. She denies her powers even though she knows she is a witch which makes life interesting in a world comprising witches, vampires, and daemons. All three groups are after a manuscript which only Diana can access.

At first Diana doesn’t think about it, but soon the library fills up with creatures and demons, witches, and vampires, all watching her. When Diana sends the manuscript back into the vaults of the library, she learns the creatures will stop at nothing to learn what she knows.

Matthew Clairmont, a handsome and enigmatic vampire, befriends her and becomes her protector. Diana and Matthew fall in love, which in their world is a serious problem. Witches, vampires, and daemons do not intermarry. The creatures normally stay with their own kind. Matthew draws Diana into his world, and Diana realizes she is the key to finding the manuscript again.

First, don’t read all the negative reviews concerning this book and the series. Don’t judge the book from the television show, which I didn’t think did the book any justice. Read the first book and judge for yourself. Harkness writes the first book from Diana’s perspective and it is one of the best first person manuscripts I’ve read.

The fantasy world is intricate and equally stunning. I’d wager it’s one you’ll never forget. I know I won’t. There are many historical references, including some science based genetics and biology, that are so well written, they could be facts. These touches contribute to a magical world where humans are not in charge. Stay tuned, because there are many more surprises you never saw coming.

This is one of the most creative paranormal fantasy books I’ve ever read. Book one ends on a cliffhanger, so be prepared to read the series through to the end. I bought the Kindle version of this first book back in May. I was only a few chapters into it when I purchased the print version of the series. That is how much I loved this book. I do not know how you could read only one book! I’ve been reading late into night…

Link to All Souls Four Book Series (Print)

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