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Gathering Deep by Lisa Maxwell

Gathering Deep by Lisa Maxwell

Gathering Deep is the sequel to Sweet Unrest. Unfortunately, I didn't know this before I started reading it. Though it read like a sequel, it also started clearly and wasn't difficult to understand even though I hadn't read the first book. When Gathering Deep picks up Chloe is worried about her own safety after discovering her mother is a dark witch. She's afraid to move back into her childhood home, but knows that she and her boyfriend are driving each other crazy in the same small apartment. Chloe and her friends are learning as much as they can about Vodou before her mother returns, and they have help in the community in New Orleans. But when more young people in the city turn up dead in ritualistic circumstances and Chloe begins having visions as she touches items of the past, their problems become more urgent. Chloe must figure out what her visions mean in order to keep herself and her friends safe, but she may have to consult with the darker side of Vodou in order to really understand.

Number of Pages: 
326

Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb

Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb

When a fellow police officer dies early of seemingly natural causes, Lieutenant Dallas is saddened but not suspicious. After the man's granddaughter tells Dallas that he was investigating a murder case for her off the books, she begins to treat his death as a case. Dallas delves into the world of black magic, carefully following the murder by ritual sacrifice. As the body count grows and lands close to home, Dallas and her assistant both must face their own beliefs in the supernatural.

Number of Pages: 
329

It by Stephen King

It by Stephen King

Most kids believe in monsters... But, in Derry there really is one...

Every twenty-five to twenty-seven years It awakens and begins to kill children luring them to their deaths as Pennywise The Dancing Clown.

The Losers Club fought it and thought they had beaten it back in 1958, but now in 1985 It's back and the club has to reunite to fight it once again. But, they barely remember anything about what happened so long ago.

As their memories of that fateful summer return can they find a way to defeat something so evil that it has the whole town under It's power.  Can they really kill something that is as menacing as It is...

Whatever It is...

This is a new favorite for me.  An exploration of what is to be a child... an adult... and the transition in between.  This is so much more than a 'horror book.' If you can stomach the more graphic sections you'll be glad you did.

Number of Pages: 
1,138

The Stand: Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King

The Stand: Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King

A virus developed by the US Government accidentally gets released and kills off 99.4% of the the world's population. Soon, the survivors find themselves being drawn by strange dreams to one of two people: a little old lady or a strange 'dark man.'

Slowly, two new societies form and begin a march people a showdown of good and evil.

While, this is a long and somewhat slow novel, it is full of interesting characters that keep you chugging through it. My favorite was Tom Cullen.

Number of Pages: 
1,153

Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane

Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane

Chaos Burning is Volume 2 of the Bound by Magick series (following Heart of Darkness) and continues the story of witches, vampires, Fae and Others of the west coast clans as they battle an evil and unseen foe.  This is Lark and Simon's story, the former a witch and the latter a shifter prince from beyond the Veil.  It is similar to other romance novels of this genre, mixing an amusing and witty repartee among characters with fantastic creatures and otherworldly events.  The humans in the story are secondary to the rich life of the clans in defending Earth from an ancient threat yet the outcome of the struggle will certainly affect them.  It is the story of good vs. very evil, with bullets.  Suspend belief and prepare for battle.

Number of Pages: 
295

Kat, Incorrigible

Kat, Incorrigible

Kat is 12 years old in Regency England. Kat is always in trouble it seems.  Her older sisters and her stepmother are always getting after her. But what can you do when you are the only person capable of stopping the marriage of your sister to an evil murderer? And especially when you discover that you can use magic to do so.

Kat's mother died when she was born and she has inherited her unique talents.  When Kat meets her mother's old tutor, she must decide if she wants to follow in her footprints and risk social suicide.  But before she has time to decide, she is thrust headlong into highwayman robbery and the impending marriage of her sister to the aforementioned murderer.

Kat is a plucky girl. She also has a stubborn streak a mile wide.  If you like adventure and history, magic and mystery then this is a good choice for you. If you like this one, you might want to check out Eva Ibbotson next.

Number of Pages: 
304

iDrakula by Bekka Black

iDrakula by Bekka Black

Firstly, I would like to say that I have never read the original so I cannot really make a comparision to Stoker’s novel.

This is the story, told through emails, text messages, and internet broswer screenshots, of Jonathan Harker, who after traveling to Eastern Europe on business, developes a rare blood disorder that has already killed one of his friends.

Can his girlfriend and a premed student named Van Hellsing find a cure?

And who is the mysterious “Count” with whom Johnathan did business?

Although not the best work I have ever read I have to give this book credit.  It has made me want to pick up the original and at one-hundred and fifty pages it is a good evening’s entertainment.

Number of Pages: 
150

Mercury by Hope Larson

Mercury by Hope Larson

This graphic novel opens with scenes from a wooded road with a farmhouse near by in Nova Scotia in 1400.  Each subsequent frame shows a timeline of the same road and farmhouse until the year 2009.  In 2009, Tara is living with her aunt, uncle and cousin after her farmhouse burnt down. Her mother is working a temporary job in another town. Tara's aunt gives her a necklace that turns out to have mysterious powers.  While we get the story of Tara acclimating to a new school and meeting new people, we also are told the story of Tara's relative in 1859.  The alternate history and modern day story parallel somewhat.  Both show a young girl in a budding romance and each involve mysterious elements that, while not magic, definitely defy logic.  The art is very fine and the story is equally so in this short novel.  I recommend it if you like graphic novels for young people that are more realistic in nature. (For more recommendations on graphic novels of this ilk, I suggest looking at www.noflyingnotights.com which reviews many books even if it is not currently being updated.)

Number of Pages: 
234

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

There has been a little bit of hype about this forthcoming novel.  I admit, I sometimes get suckered by hype. This was not the book for me.  It was all illusion and very little substance.  All setting and little story.  The setting is interesting and perhaps that is what pulled me through the whole book instead of abandoning it midway.  Two magicians are apprenticed at an early age to master magicians.  They are given the task of competing against each other in an orchestrated arena, the night circus.  Unlike other dueling magician books, in this one the magicians fall in love with each other and have to figure out how to end the competition without the traditional ending, the death of the loser.  So read this book if you like magic and mysterious settings and drama.  If you are looking for plot or character, then you might find more enjoyment in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

Number of Pages: 
384

An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

An Ice Cold Grave, the third book in the Harper Connelly series, takes the dynamic duo Harper and her step-brother/manager Tolliver Lang to Doraville, North Carolina. Harper found that she could find dead bodies and their cause of death after she was struck by lightning when she was 15 years old. Her step-brother Tolliver realized that, if she wanted to, Harper could market that unusual ability to help people find lost loved ones, for a price of course. Harper is brought in as a last resort when there is a series of disappearances of young boys in Doraville. Twyla Cotton, the grandmother of one of the boys, brings her in and gives her a place to look. What no one expected was that Harper would find that boy... Plus seven more. All tortured before death, the race is on to find the serial killer who is turning a small community into a bundle of fear and suspicion. Harper may be able to help, then again she could just find herself in an Ice Cold Grave. A wonderful melodrama of fear, hope, expectation, and surprising twists, Charlaine Harris paints an unusual world for Harper. Also, feelings in Harper that she discovered in the previous book are trying hard to stay hidden, until something unexpected and delightful happens.

Reviewed by Elisabeth

Number of Pages: 
280