Winter Reading List 2007-2008

I lost most of my reading logs in a server crash, unfortunately. I was able to recover my Winter 2006-7 reading list, and the second phase of my Fall 2007 Reading List. Check out my book reviews for in-depth reviews of children’s, young adult, and adult books, as well as ideas for what you could read next!

Scroll down for the books & links to reviews when applicable.

Currently Reading:

  • Theft: Stories, by N. S. K√∂enings. Five short stories about people trying to recover what is lost. Review to follow

Finished:

  1. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks #1) by Jennifer Rardin. Cool concept of an assassin who is now the assistant to one of the top assassins, a vampire named Vayl. Jaz is dealing with her own past, and an estrangement from her family. Gripping from the beginning! Read the review of the series here
  2. For 1/08 releaseAnother One Bites the Dust (Jaz Parks) by Jennifer Rardin. A great second novel in the Jaz Parks series – fun, gripping, and fascinating. Fabulous sexual tension, and very well-written characters, can’t wait for book 3! Read the review of the series here
  3. Kitty Takes a Holiday, by Carrie Vaughn. Book 3 in the Kitty series, starts when Kitty has taken a vacation from her supernatural call-in show “The Midnight Hour” after her experiences in Washington, DC in book 2 – Kitty Goes to Washington. Lots of excitement, unexpected twists, and proof that you need a vacation after a vacation!
  4. For 1/08 releaseKitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville, Book 4) by Carrie Vaughn. A fabulous continuation of the Kitty Norville series. Kitty comes back to Denver and has to deal with a new relationship, Pack politics, and a sick mother. Read the review.
  5. Your Coffin or Mine?: A Novel of Vampire Love (Dead End Dating, Book 3) by Kimberly Raye. The Dead End Dating series is a funny and sexy set of books about “Born” vamps, “made” vamps, and dating in Manhattan. Lil is a great character, a vampire more concerned with the newest fashion trends than regular vampire behavior. In book 3 she is still running her dating service, but gets embroiled in a mystery about her almost-boyfriend, a hot “made” vamp named Ty…
  6. Sex & the Immortal Bad Boy (Immortally Sexy, Book 4) by Stephanie Rowe. This is book 4 in the great series about the goblet of eternal youth, heaven, and hell. One of Satan’s assistants has broken free of him, but Satan Jr. has sent an assassin after her… A great mix of paranormal, humor, and romance.
  7. For 1/08 releaseThe Crazy School, by Cornelia Read. A story of a teacher at a boarding school for disturbed teenagers, and a mystery about the behind-the-scenes world. Fascinating even from the beginning, and not only because it takes place in the Berkshires (an area of MA I love), and because I used to teach little kids with similar problems as these teens. I really enjoyed the writing style and the mystery’s twists. Read the review…
  8. Wife for Hire, by Janet Evanovich. One of her pre-Stephanie Plum romances. I’ve read 5/6 of the other ones, too. These are funny, light reads. This one is based on the idea that a guy needs a wife so he can get a loan, so she moves from New Jersey to Vermont, along with a housekeeper named Elsie (the forerunner of Gradma Mazur for you Plum fans…). My husband knows I’m reading Evanovich by the giggles.
  9. Chasing Midnight (The Roaring Twenties Supernaturals Series, Book 1), by Susan Krinard. This is the story of a werewolf and a vampire dealing with 3 gangs in 1920s New York – a vampire Master, a Pack, and a human gang. Plus, they’re attracted to each other (despite being mortal enemies), and he’s trying to protect his sister from the world. Lots of cool twists and turns. Krinard wrote another great werewolf series, which I also loved. Very engrossing.
  10. The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau Vampires, Book 7) by Lynsay Sands. 12/07 new novel in the Argeneau series! This is a story of an older woman who was accidentally turned into a vampire. Her hometown has supported her, but none of them know the real rules of vampires, so they end up with several mistakes and an ad in a newspaper. Lifemates ensue from the vampire response to the ad… I love Lynsay’s writing – so romantic, sexy, and lots of fun, too! Looking forward to reading the releases for 1/08 and 2/08!
  11. Night Embrace (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 3), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series! Her world mixes magic, mythology, and paranormals. I’ve read her books out of order because of library availability. I’m glad I got a chance to read some in order! Sexy, fun, and filled with Ancient Greek mythology. sigh
  12. Dance With The Devil (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 4), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series! Her world mixes magic, mythology, and paranormals. Sexy, fun, and filled with Ancient Greek mythology. sigh
  13. Kiss of the Night (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 5), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series! Her world mixes magic, mythology, and paranormals. Sexy, fun, and filled with Ancient Greek mythology. sigh
  14. Night Play (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 6), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series! Her world mixes magic, mythology, and paranormals. Sexy, fun, and filled with Ancient Greek mythology. sigh
  15. Reread of Katie MacAlister’s fabulous Dark Ones series.
  16. The Unwritten Girl, by James Bow. Sent to me by the author, along with his newest release, Fathom Five: The Unwritten Books. This is a young Adult novel that mixes reality and fantasy. Friends Rosemary and Peter have to save Rosemary’s older brother Theo from another world – The World of Fiction. Parts of the story remind me of The Phantom Tollbooth, but still unique, fascinating. and engrossing – they have Puck (of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as their guide! Read the review…
  17. Fathom Five: The Unwritten Books, by James Bow. The sequel to The Unwritten Girl, but also incredibly readable as a stand-alone young adult/tween novel. Peter (orphaned at age 9) and Rosemary are now 15, and his former babysitter Fiona arrives to tell him he’s a changeling, a siren, and he belongs beneath the waves. Can Rosemary show him she’s wrong? Or is she right? Read the review…
  18. The Secret Between Us, by Barbara Delinsky. This is a women’s fiction novel that is both a story about parental-child relationships, and a story that spins off an accident, a lie, and an unexpected death. Received as part of a BzzAgent campaign Review planned
  19. Reread – Fangs for the Memories (The Young Brothers, Book 1), by Kathy Love. A vampire falls for a human, and to cope with it he develops amnesia, remembering only his pre-vamp life.
  20. Sins of the Night (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 8), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is one author who writes kick-ass characters! These are the “bad boys of immortality”. Except this book stars a woman Dark Hunter. Accidentally read before Sieze the Night, which precedes it in reading order.
  21. Seize the Night (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 7), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is one author who writes kick-ass characters! These are the “bad boys of immortality”. This is the book where all hell breaks loose in New Orleans. I’ve read almost all the books that come after it, and it was fascinating to read what actually happened.
  22. Upon The Midnight Clear (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 2), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is one author who writes kick-ass characters! These are the “bad boys of immortality”. How do you defeat the god of pain?
  23. For MotherTalk Book Club- Persian Girls: A Memoir, by Nahid Rachlin. A memoir of growing up in Iran, of sisters and politics. Nahid is given from one very fertile sister to her childless, widowed sister. At ge 9, her father comes and takes her to her birth family. A fascinating mix of the personal and political under the Shah, starting in the 1950s. A memoir that reads like a novel Review here…
  24. Sucker Bet (Vegas Vampires, Book 4) , by Erin McCarthy. This is a beautiful story of love. Yes, it’s all set against the powerplay of vampire politics and jealous ex-lovers in Vegas, but it’s a wonderful love story none the less. A much needed funny and sweet book after reading a poignant memoir. Read the review
  25. For MotherTalk Book Group- The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan. A memoir that talks of being in the middle place where you are both someone’s child and someone’s mother. Kelly copes with breast cancer as her father also fights cancer. A beautiful father-daughter story, one that makes you feel like part of the family from the beginning. Read the review…
  26. Any Way You Want It, by Kathy Love. A new novel from an author who wrote 2 great series. This has a recently jilted woman on vacation in New Orleans, falling for a musician from The Impalers. Great romance, and a new type of vampire – a lampir, who feeds off the energy of others, not blood. Read the review
  27. Seduced by the Night, by Robin T. Popp. Book 2 of the Night Slayers series. I’m awaiting book 1, but read and loved book 4 – Lord of the Night, which is reviewed here. Fascinating story that involves biochemistry and vampires and romance – what a unique mix!
  28. Tempted in the Night, by Robin T. Popp. Book 3 of the Night Slayers series. I’m awaiting book 1, but read and loved book 2 & book 4 – Lord of the Night, which is reviewed here. Great story, with a non-perfect hero, and a very strong-willed heroine!
  29. The Law of Three: A Sarah Martin Mystery, by Caroline Rennie Pattison. A young adult mystery with a 9th grade sleuth trying to find out the truth about a family that is rumored to be devil-worshippers. Small town Canada meets Wicca. Received from the publisher. Review here.
  30. Out of the Night (Night Slayer, Book 1) by Robin T. Popp. I read and loved books 2, 3, & book 4 – Lord of the Night, which is reviewed here. A fascinating beginning to the series – I love her unique vampire-creation story.
  31. The Last Cowgirl: A Novel, by Jana Richman. 1/08 release. A woman whose family moved to a ranch in Utah at age 7 flees to the city at 18, then returns as an adult following her brother’s death. Received from the publisher. Review here.
  32. Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1), by Charlaine Harris. From the author of the fabulous Sookie Stackhouse vampire/were/psychic books comes a new mystery series. It’s set in Georgia, and has a great mix of small town life, romance, and suspense. Someone in town is replicating old murders, as if it were a game. Roe is determined to figure it out – a librarian detective isn’t something I’d seen before!
  33. Three Million Acres of Flame, by Valerie Sherrard. A fascinating look at a period of Canadian history that is often overlooked – the Miramichi fires of 1825. Told by a girl in a family that was trying to survive. Review here.
  34. Non-fictionThe Minivan Years: Celebrating the Hectic Joys of Motherhood, by Olivia Bruner. A religious take on finding the good in times of stress. Review here
  35. Prep: A Novel, by Curtis Sittenfeld. I was disappointed, saddened, and annoyed by this book. The main character desperately needed anti-anxiety meds, and her rules of behavior constant worrying was just difficult to read. I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn’t. I suggest reading The Catcher in the Rye, or really any other book about boarding schools!
  36. For 2/08 releaseThe Art of French Kissing, by Kristin Harmel. After reading a disappointing novel, I am excited to break out a book I’ve been looking forward to for months! I reviewed her earlier book here. Another wonderful chick lit read. Several twists, and while a few I could see coming, there were several surprises. Wonderful ending, too. Review here
  37. For 2/08 releaseThe Sky Isn’t Visible from Here: Scenes from a Life, by Felicia Sullivan. review for PBN on 2/5 A fascinating and engrossing memoir of growing up with a severely addicted mother, survival despite the odds, and Felicia’s own struggle with addiction. Beautifully written, with a mix of current day and childhood memories. Review here
  38. Neverwhere: A Novel, by Neil Gaiman, given to me a couple years ago. A wonderful novel about the people who have slipped through the cracks, and the world beneath London. It’s fantastic – if you haven’t read it, go pick it up!
  39. AudioBook Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel, by Vanna Bonta. A fascinating mixture of physics, sci fi, love, and philosophy. A writer has a character he has been writing about appear in his hotel bathroom. Which came first – the woman or the book? Review here
  40. For 1/08 release – Atomic Lobster: A Novel, by Tim Dorsey. A really unusual book that mixes crime, travel, intrigue, and the unique world of Florida. Astounding and compelling characters! A surprisingly humorous murderer and many other quirky folk live here! A lot of fun, and I recommend reading his other books, too. Review here.
  41. Wicked Fantasy (The Castle of Dark Dreams, Book 3), by Nina Bangs. A great story with plenty of paranormals and romance. If you’ve read her great series about the Woo-Woo in, check out this trilogy of the Wicked Fantasy adult theme park. Wow. Here we have a vampire and a man who has been made immortal in order to serve her family with whom he has had a feud. I love her characters, and my favorites Sparkle Stardust and her cohort Ganymede are in this series, too! I need to find the other 2 books in this series!
  42. Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, Book 1), by Kinley MacGregor. A fantasy mix of time travel, Arthurian legends, and medieval times. This is the pen name of the author of the wonderful Dark Hunter and Dream Hunter books. She creates wonderful characters, and has some great romance added in there, too!
  43. 2/08 MotherTalk Book Club- The Reincarnationist, by MJ Rose. A fascinating book about a man tormented by flashbacks to his previous lives, and his search to come to terms with reincarnation and his present life. Review coming soon
  44. Vampires Are Forever (Argeneau Vampires, Book 8) by Lynsey Sands. The 1/08 Argeneau Family release. This is the story of the wonderful Thomas, and his search to find his aunt, and prove himself to his family and himself. Plus he finds his lifemate – plenty of romance amidst the anxiety over his aunt. Waiting for the 2/08 novel to find out what’s up with Aunt Marguerite! will review 3 newest books soon
  45. The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, Book 4), by Kerrelyn Sparks. A wonderful series of vampire books. Each one tells a character’s life story. This time its Jean-Luc’s turn: fashion and a serial killer take on small town Texas. Add a lovely single mom with a sweet kid, and you get a fabulous story.
  46. For 2/08 release -You Had Me at Good-bye: A Novel, by Tracey Bateman. An uplifting Chick Lit novel with Christian overtones. A lot of fun, fashion, feuding, and hot guys. It’s great to see a storyline that involves a Good Guy, not a dark, brooding hero. (I love the dark brooding heroes too, but it’s nice to have balance) Review here.
  47. Swimming without a Net (Fred the Mermaid, Book 2), By MaryJanice Davidson. A great sequel – should the mermaids Undersea Folk go public, or should they continue to keep themselves a secret from the surface dwellers/bipeds? Fred is the fish/shellfish allergic half-mermaid who works as a marine biologist, and was raised by her human mother. Fred also has a choice – hot merman prince, or hot wealthy marine biologist? Great book, but I think she made the wrong choice. feh. Waiting for the next book.
  48. The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires, by Katie MacAlister. When I reread her Dark Ones series earlier this winter, I didn’t have the most recent novel (this one). So, now I do! Another wonderful romance and paranormal story, this one starts with a skeptic woman getting paranormal Gifts suddenly, as she is chased by a nephillim. Quite the start! I love that Katie writes all of her Dark Ones novels in the first person, from the woman’s POV, but then I love everything she writes.
  49. For 2/08 releaseThe Outlaw Demon Wails (Rachel Morgan, Book 6), by Kim Harrison. (2/26 release) I love this series – it’s a paranormal, suspense, crime storyline. In Harrison’s world the world knows about vampires, weres, witches, etc. Rachel is a great witch with unique supporting characters and fabulous storylines, as well as the wonderful name. Author Interview here, and Review here.
  50. For 2/08 releaseDeath of a Gentle Lady, by M.C. Beaton. A lovely murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands. While a Gentle and 2 ladies were killed, neither one of them were gentle. Great setting, lovely characters. Review here
  51. Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum Novels), by Janet Evanovich. This is one of the “between the numbers” stories, and it’s a fun romp with Stephanie and her friends, but no Ranger or Joe – instead she’s hanging around with a guy named Diesel. Not as great as the numbered books, but still a good, quick read
  52. For 2/08 release – Beet, by Roger Rosenblatt. A satirical look at New England colleges. Beet is a school founded by a pig farmer, and everything in the town & college is pig-centered. The action takes place 40 minutes north of Boston, which is just about where I live, and Rosenblatt gets extra bonus points for using real landmarks appropriately! Very cool storyline. Review here
  53. For 2/08 releaseMy Soul to Keep (Dylan Foster Series #3), by Melanie Wells. This book definitely rates tops in packaging – it arrived at my house in a police evidence bag! The characters are very well-drawn, and you can easily pick up the book without having read the first 2 books in the series. I had to put this book off a couple times, as there is a child abduction, and as a parent, I can’t read that at night. An intense and engrossing novel. Review here. We also have an author interview.
  54. For 2/08 releaseBiting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin. The first two books in this series were wonderful – urban fantasy with an edge. It’s great to have a third book that more than lives up to expectations! Review here.
  55. MotherTalk Blog TourThe Natural Superwoman: The Scientifically Backed Program for Feeling Great, Looking Younger, and Enjoying Amazing Energy at Any Age by Dr. Uzzi Reiss (OB/GYN) and his daughter Yfat Reiss Gendell. This is an interesting look at how to change your life with diet, supplements, and bioidentical hormones. A lot of material, but broken into easily digestible chunks. Review here.
  56. Dragonswan (Dark-Hunter, Book 1.5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is great little book – a diversion from the other stories, a lovely short story about a dragon/human and his unwitting mate. This story is almost a cross between the Kinsley MacGregor books and the Sherrilyn Kenyon books
  57. Devil May Cry (Dark-Hunter, Book 11) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is the story of Sin, a former Sumarian god whose powers were stolen by Artemis and he joined the legions of dark hunters, fighting demons. It is also the story of Katra, the daughter of Artemis and Acheron – Acheron finds out about his daughter here. Very cool. I love these books!
  58. Dream Chaser (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 3), the newest release by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Xypher is given one month on earth to redeem himself before continuing his time in Tartarus under the control of Hades. He ends up meeting Simone, a medical examiner with a teenage ghost as a companion. Fun times, and a great story.
  59. Wicked Nights (The Castle of Dark Dreams Trilogy, Book 1), by Nina Bangs. This is the first in the “Wicked” trilogy. I read book 3 first, of course. A great series with fun characters in an adult theme park. Very fun. Matching a vampire with a skeptic talk-show host is a great pairing!
  60. Wicked Pleasure (The Castle of Dark Dreams Trilogy, Book 2), by Nina Bangs. This is the second in the “Wicked” trilogy. I read book 3 first, of course. A great series with fun characters in an adult theme park. Yum. This one matches a man who can’t say no to women with a woman who doesn’t want to say yes.
  61. One Bite Stand (MacKenzie Vampires, Book 4), by Nina Bangs. This is the newest book in the MacKenzie vampire series that takes place at the woo woo inn. Sparkle and Ganymede try pairing up a harpy and a vampire – a harpy who hates that her father is Apollo and that she isn’t ugly enough…
  62. The Darkening (Immortals, Book 2), by Robin T. Popp. After loving her other novels, I had to give this book a shot. It’s great, a unique perspective on immortals, and featuring two of five brothers. I look forward to reading the other books in the series, meeting the other 3 brothers, and discovering new authors along the way.
  63. My Immortal (Seven Deadly Sins, Book 1), by Erin McCarthy. This is her first book in a darker series than her incredibly funny Vampires in Vegas books. A beautiful story of love across several centuries, and the sacrifices for love, and the differences between love and lust. Highly recommended.
  64. Demon Envy, by Erin Lynn. This is the first Young Adult fantasy/paranormal book by Erin McCarthy, writing as Erin Lynn. A great book with a main character named Kenzie who accidentally opens a portal to hell and lets out a prisoner – an envy demon named Levi. Kenzie’s family ends up playing host to Levi as she and he navigate the hell of high school and how to close the portal again. Looking forward to the next book in the series at the end of the summer! Review here
  65. Wizard’s Daughter, by Catherine Coulter. A historical romance fantasy that takes place in the 1800′s, with a young woman who has no memory before age 8, and a young man who knows that he is destined to marry her. A whirlwind trip with ghosts, evil step-mothers, and a trip to a wizard’s realm. A wonderful distraction
  66. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, by Marta Acosta, mass market paperback release. A fabulous take on vampires as people with a genetic anomaly, and with an Hispanic main character. Casa Dracula is actually the “vampire’s” ranch where Milagro is forced to retreat when she is accidentally infected with the vampire blood, and her ex-boyfriend wants to eliminate her. Review here.
  67. For 3/08 releaseThe Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel, by James Patterson. This is the long-awaited book 4 of the Maximum Ride series, following a flock of 6 bird/human hybrids as they try to save themselves and save the world. This book focuses on trying to save the world from global warming, but there is plenty of fun – no preaching! And don’t worry – it’s not the last book! Review here.
  68. Did I Expect Angels?, by Kathryn Maughn. A story of a woman coping with grief, and the unexpected angels that appear in our lives. A sad, yet hopeful story that pulls you into the lives of two people. Review here.
  69. A Highlander for Christmas by Sandy Blair. A fun paranormal romance with a Scottish Highlander who is transported from the battlefield to the future, and into the life of a Boston antiques dealer. Wonderful romance and great story, even if they say MTA instead of T or MBTA for the Boston public transportation. :) (Designated Fun Read ™ from the used book store to be interspersed with review books)
  70. Courting Midnight (The Upyr Series, Book 5), by Emma Holly. I picked this up at the Used Book Store as a Fun Read ™ between book reviews, and am so glad I did! The Upyr are a very different type of vampire, and I’m really interested to check out the rest of the series! This is a great story of love and mystery in Regency England.
  71. Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2), by Lara Adrian. I picked up this and its sequel at the Used Book Store as a Fun Read ™, and fell in love with the Urban Fantasy in this series. A new type of vampire called the Breed, unique villains to fight, and women who aren’t meek. The destined female mate is very strong willed. This book revolves around a veterinarian and a Breed warrior, as well as a mystery about a new drug affecting the Breed and its teenagers.
  72. Midnight Awakening (The Midnight Breed, Book 3), by Lara Adrian. Another Fun Read ™. I’m still loving the urban fantasy in this series! The Breed is trying to fight the new evil master vampire and those who have turned Rogue. A young widow with a lot of social clout ends up working with a Breed warrior, very sweet romance and a lot of great action. Elise, the widow, puts everyone in her place – she’s a strong character!
  73. Ghost of a Chance, by Kate Marsh. This is a new paranormal mystery from the incomparable paranormal author Katie MacAlister. Karma is a woman who can send demons away and exorcise houses. Unfortunately, her sleazy husband is harder to get rid of, and a poltergeist in one house is refusing to leave. Review here
  74. A Date with the Other Side by Erin McCarthy. A fun romance with a bit of the paranormal thrown in. A country girl earning her living giving ghost tours of her haunted hometown meets up with a city boy who is temporarily relocated to the country to oversee a plastics plant. Very steamy, and a lot of fun! I love Erin’s skill with characters!
  75. Boxcar Kid, by Norma Charles. YA novel from Dundurn Press about the westward expansion of Canada, as told by the son of one of the men working at a logging camp/mill. Very cool, with history really coming to life! Review here
  76. The Woman Who Is Always Tan and Has a Flat Stomach (And Other Annoying People) by Lauren Allison and Lisa Perry. This is hysterical! Short, fun chapters about the parents with holier-than-thou attitudes and overwhelming perfection that you encounter as you parent. I much prefer laughing to feeling bad about my own imperfections! Review here
  77. Knight of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, Book 2), by Kinley MacGregor. This is the pen name of Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of the Dark Hunter series. A fascinating story about an alternate universe with Camelot and Avalon, with knights and romance. Great read!
  78. Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey, Book 1) by Tate Hallaway. A fascinating story about a Witch who works in a “New Age” bookstore as a cover, so the Vatican’s Witch-killers won’t find him. Garnet meets a hot guy, and tries to help him cope with his vampire self.
  79. Frog Prince, by the wonderful Jane Porter
  80. Flirting with Forty, by the wonderful Jane Porter
  81. Kiss of Midnight, Lara Adrian
  82. Charmed & Dangerous, by Candace Havens – a great series about a witch named Bronwyn
  83. Charmed & Ready, by Candace Havens – a great series about a witch named Bronwyn
  84. Charmed & Deadly, by Candace Havens – a great series about a witch named Bronwyn
  85. Jackfish, The Vanishing Village, by Sarah Felix Burns. A book about a woman who copes with grief, abuse, and the journey back to herself. Review here
  86. Catch a Rising Star, Tracey Bateman (book 1 of the Drama Queens series)
  87. No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, Book 7) by Kelley Armstrong. A mix of reality TV and true mysticism. Jaime is a necromancer and true psychic who is dealing with love for a werewolf, a TV project, and helping release some troubled spirits. Review here.
  88. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson. An intriguing story about a woman, Laurel, who starts seeing ghosts again after 13 years – the ghost of her daughter’s best friend. Laurel’s world changes as she tries to understand the girl’s death, and as her family reels from the trauma. Review here
  89. Where the Heart Leads: From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair by Stephanie Laurens. A mix of a Regency historical romance and a fascinating mystery dealing with both the upper class and lower class of London in the 1830s. A great read, even for anyone who hasn’t been drawn into the world of romance novels before. Review here
  90. When You Wish by Kristin Harmel. The first young adult novel from an accomplished Chick Lit author whose other books I have loved. A great coming-of-age story about a pop star who runs away from celebrity to find herself and her father. Review here
  91. Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy. A fun chick lit book about a deaf woman, a con artist, and a police detective. Add some romance and suspense, and you get another great book by Erin McCarthy. Highly recommended, her characters really spring to life!
  92. Carpool Diem, by Nancy Star. A high-powered executive is fired and turned into a high-powered soccer-mom. The town has gone socca-crazy, with a wacky uber-soccer-coach that takes everything to the next level. Fun! Review to follow
  93. The Trouble With Magic (Bewitching Mystery, Book 1) by Madelyn Alt. A great new-to-me series, with a fascinating mystery, a hint of romance, and some real witches who follow the true path of do no harm. Watching a newcomer find her way around magick is wonderful, she has great mentors.
  94. A Charmed Death (Bewitching Mystery, Book 2) by Madelyn Alt. A witch who’s new to her powers teams up with her fellow practitioners, trying to find out what happened to a local teenager. More hints of romance, eagerly looking forward to reading book 3!
  95. Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries #3) by Meg Cabot. Death dorm claims another life, and despite the warnings of the police and her landlord/crush, Heather investigates. Another great story from Meg Cabot, and the romance we’ve all been awaiting!
  96. Staked, by J.F. Lewis. A story of a vampire with short-term memory problems (plus he can’t remember how he became a vampire). Add in a bit of a bad luck streak, and Eric is having a tough time with his undeath. This is a great guy’s guy vamp! Review here
  97. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1) by Victoria Laurie. I’m so glad I found this series! A very cool mystery, with an unusual main character and a touch of romance. I’m not sure if putting this in “paranormal” is fair, as the author is a real psychic who drew on real cases for the novel, but … Regardless of where you categorize it, it’s a fun and captivating read, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!
  98. Dead Sexy (Garnet Lacey, Book 2) by Tate Hallaway. Garnet meets a very sexy FBI agent who just happens to be looking for her, trying to find out about a crime from a year ago. Meanwhile there’s tension between her boyfriend and ex-boyfriend, and some zombies. Great mix of chick lit, liberal politics, and witches & vampires.
  99. Notorious by Michele Martinez. A fabulous and fast-paced suspense/mystery. This is the fourth book to focus on Federal Prosecutor Melanie Vargas, but a great solo read, too. Melanie is trying to prosecute a famous rap star for murder, then adds uncovering the truth behind a car bomb. Coincidences keep popping up, and I couldn’t put it down. Review coming soon

Waiting on the Shelf:
Not for review:

For Review:

  • For4/08 release – Then we came to the end, by Joshua Ferris
  • For4/08 release – Girls in Trucks, by Katie Crouch
  • And a lot more that I need to write down…
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