My love of paranormal mysteries started with a discussion with my mom. We were talking about books we enjoy and I mentioned that, while I love fluffy romance novels that stop my brooding over things going on in my life, I often need a challenge for my brain. I had previously been solving my need for challenge with thrillers by authors like Mary Higgins Clark, but they tended to make me more broody. That was when Mom handed me my first paranormal mystery romance - a book by Heather Graham, who I did an author spotlight on in 2018.
kay, so I couldn’t just stop reading the fantasy genre cold turkey. Just because Halloween is over does not mean that we have to give up the paranormal altogether. Besides, I didn’t review any vampire books last month!
The Strain is the first book in The Strain Trilogy, and I am hooked enough to already have confirmed that the rest of the trilogy is available through my library’s audiobook app.
Welcome to Night Vale
Today is International Podcast Day! I don’t listen to a ton of podcasts, but I did know that there are several podcasts that are based on books, have books based on them, or talk about book-related topics.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Hello fellow reader, let me tell you something about myself. I am an easy sell for some good cover art. I was immediately drawn to Grady Hendrix’s book My Best Friend’s Exorcism because the cover art is most excellent. Specifically, the paperback book’s cover art, which isn’t the same as the hardcover, is the one that is so incredible. So let’s pretend we live in a world where the paperback is the only one that exists. If you are not a person so easily swooned by cover art, I have good news, this book also contains humor, spookiness, best friends and demons!
I have been watching the reboot of Charmed and it’s put me in the mood for some kick-ass ladies with supernatural abilities. So, when I saw Ever Strange on Amazon, I decided it was worth starting a new series to satisfy my craving - even though I did zero research on the book in advance, other than reading the blurb on Amazon. And let me tell you, this book delivers supernatural-ability-wielding kick-ass women in spades.
First Grave on the Right
Overall, First Grave on the Right was a fun read if you want some light laughs and don’t want to think very hard.
The Raintree Saga
It’s the week of Thanksgiving and I am super excited for what this holiday will bring! When I was growing up, I was very close with my immediate family. My mom, dad, sister and I spent a lot of time together playing pinochle and eating pretty much anything that could be made quickly so we could get back to the fun and laughter of the game. In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d review a series about another close family: the Raintree saga.
Soulless by Gail Carriger
My sister bought this book for me for my birthday a few years ago. She saw it and thought of me, she said, for three reasons: 1. It is a supernatural fantasy/mystery book, and she knows how much I love those. 2. It takes place in a steampunk setting and I have been fascinated with steampunk since I heard of it. 3. She knew I was looking for a new series to read and this one comes with a follow-up series about the main characters’ daughter. Hours of entertainment for me and silence for her.
My sister knows me really well.
Author Spotlight: Heather Graham
Author Spotlight: Heather Graham Reviewer: Bethany Quesnell To understand why I am a fan of Heather Graham, you should probably know a little bit about me and how I became acquainted with her books. I have been an avid reader since the second grade when I read The Flim Flam Man. As an elementary schooler,…