These are some recent paranormal reads – the review are deliberately short, so as to have NO spoilers at all. Check them out.
Heard a lot about this book too. It was a decent story, about a young ghost hunter, who dispatches the bad ghosts to some unknown place (I’d like to find out more about that). Followed around the country by his kitchen witch mom and their poltergeist sniffing cat, he has few friends his own age, and prefers it that way. Until he is called to dispatch a blood thirsty ghost in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Nice locale, nice set of secondary characters, and if more in the series, hopefully they will be flushed out more. Gory and scary for those who like that, and a twist on his usual ghost dispatching as he deals with an extremely powerful ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood as the locals call her. She is more powerful than any he has seen, and he is also plagued by nightmares and problems, which culminate in a nice battle for good v. evil. My main complaint with the book, and I think this was done for effect rather than an attempt to help the reader, was that the paper was slightly yellow white in cast and the print in a rusty red color, and not that dark. It made reading hard, and I had to put my light on a higher setting, which makes my room hotter, and no I don’t like the new lights – the spectrum is just wrong to me. It may just be my eyesight – It isn’t the greatest, and is also growing old.
Sort of slow starter but becomes more interesting as we learn more about the heroine, who is dead, and how she fits into the landscape of the dead, and how and why she has a connection to a young man who almost drowns. And then there is an arch villain to contend with, who is on the bad side of the spirit world. Somewhat fresh in it’s take on the ghost story. Looking for a sequel.
This was a really interesting book, and also one of the strangest. It jumps about POVs, and is part of a series. Each book is left with a cliff-hanger, at least this one was. It’s about a young man, bored with his life, who decided to take an alley to see his girlfriend, after all sorts of mis-haps prevent him from his usual route. there he meets up with a strange character, his great-grandfather. It seems his family has the ability to feel and travel across ley lines, not just in space, but also in time, going backwards only. So they set about to find his missing girlfriend (whom he lost while trying to show her why he was late by taking her back to the “scene of the crime”). His grandfather is on a quest to find a mysterious skin map – a map tattooed on an early explorer’s body and later preserved, of all the ley lines, and enlists the help of a 1600s intelligentsia, to help our hero find Mina. But Mina is doing just great. And where and how is the subject of much enjoyment. Odd, hard to categorize but enjoyable.
Slight book about a shadow agency that deals with psychotronic research – remote viewing, and time travel in this one. Fairly nicely done with some good twists and turns and unexpected things, but the main four characters were slightly drawn – didn’t get a good feel for any of them, or their motivations, and they were quick to anger and meanness, and then all gone. Of course some teens are like that. But without an understanding of the character, it just is annoying. But the basic premise, if done as an adult novel and fleshed out, could have been fun.
This is a short story collection, four of them. I haven’t read a romantic collection in years, so it was a flashback for me. The first was part of the Eve Dallas future cop series by JD Robb – hard to get much back story on the characters, and have a mystery, but it was a good read, about an old murder and a new one. A little ghost activity for fun. 2nd one by Mary Blayney was set in Regency England – a basic romantic story with the addition of a “magic” coin that granted wishes. Sweet, charming, although a little off century (uses words like sex in conversation which would NOT have been done). 3rd was by Ruth Ryan Langan, about an extreme adventurer and a exotic photographer who are flung together during their respective assignments in the remote Alaskan Wilderness. Plenty of spirits walking, on the water, and in life. Nice romantic tale, with just the right amount of paranormal. Last one was a cute one by Mary Kay McComas, about an imaginary friend who reappears after a young woman’s father dies. They had been partners in an accounting business, and she had forgotten how to live her own life, so the friend reappears, wearing clothes she thought were cool back when she was six, and they find a way to get her back on track as her own person. Fun, very unusual, but lacked much detail when the real love came around. That was short changed, although it is a short story. All in all, not a bad apple in the bunch. One great, but all good.
A superlative book on angels and those who study them. Great setting in New York City and up along the Hudson, including a monastery, with some long forgotten and secret things to help against a growing darkness. Second book is available.