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.
I read Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series because I saw (and thoroughly enjoyed) the movie. I was pleasantly surprised, when I read the first book, at how closely the movie followed the source material. I probably wouldn’t have started reading Bloodlines had I walked up to it on a shelf in a bookstore without any knowledge of Vampire Academy, but my copy of the last book in the Vampire Academy series had a teaser for Bloodlines. Being my (sometimes silly and easily distractible) self, I read the teaser. And then I bought the book. And then I bought the rest of the books in the Bloodlines series.
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.
Moon Called, the first book in Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson Series, introduces us to Mercy Thompson and her band of merry magical creatures. Mercy is a mechanic who happens to be able to shift into a coyote. She lives in a version of the Tri-Cities, Washington that’s not quite like our own.