Hunting Ground

By Patricia Briggs; narrated by Holter Graham

Place: Publisher & Year: [New York]: Penguin Audio, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Format: Digital download – audio

Series: Alpha and Omega series; 2

ISBN: 9781440644634

Audience: Adult

Length: 8 hours, 25 minutes, 43 seconds

Setting: Seattle, WA (opening scene takes place in Aspen Creek, MT)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Bran, the Marrock, plans to attend a werewolf delegation in Seattle, Charles just knows that it would be a disaster for his father to be there.  Bran allows Charles and Anna to go in his place.  The delegation will allow the European werewolves to have a chance to voice their concerns prior to the Marrock’s announcement to the public about the existence of werewolves.  Charles and Anna will have their hands full during the delegation of Alpha wolves, especially after someone threatens Anna. Continue reading

Ghost of a Chance

By Simon R. Green

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2010

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, adventure

Series: Ghost Finders Novel; 1

ISBN: 9780441019168

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 260

Setting: London, England

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: The Carnacki Institute specializes in getting rid of ghosts and other unwelcome supernatural  beings.   When the Oxford Circus Tube Station of London’s Underground becomes haunted by an exceptionally evil force, the Institute sends in its best B-Team to deal with the situation.  (The A-Teams were too far away).  This trio of misfits must save London (and the world) from pure evil, even as agents from a rival institute attempt to kill them. Continue reading

Death Masks

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2003

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal mystery, paranormal, vampire

Series: The Dresden Files; 5

ISBN: 9780451459404

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 374 (378 including an excerpt from Blood Rites).

Setting: Chicago, IL

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Harry wanted to get some information about his ex-girlfriend, Susan, he was forced to meet his informer on a television show.  Between his lack of friends on the White Council and his status as a wanted man among the Red Court vampires, most of the people affiliated with the paranormal community, prefer to keep their distances form Harry.  This is all about to change.  Before the night is through, Harry will be sought out by a client, professional hit men, Special Investigations with the Chicago Police Department, his ex-girlfriend, members of the Knights of the Cross, and a very nasty demon. Continue reading

All Together Dead

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2007

Genres: Mystery, paranormal mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 7

ISBN: 9780441014941

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 323

Setting: Bon Temps, Louisiana and the city of Rhodes (located on Lake Michigan)

Time period: Contemporary (post Hurricane Katrina)

Plot summary: Sookie is on her way to the vampire summit in Rhodes, even though she doesn’t want to go.  She told the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq, that she would assist her a long time ago and she can’t go back on her word now.  Among other things, she may be needed to help the Queen with a vampire trial.  The Queen has been accused of assassinating her former husband, the King of Arkansas.  Sookie’s not looking forward to spending time with either Bill Compton or Eric Northman – both of whom are also attending the summit as a part of the Queen’s entourage.  On the bright side, though, she may be able to squeeze in some alone time with her new boyfriend, Quinn, since his company is organizing many of the events at the summit. Continue reading

Summer Knight

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2002

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal mystery, paranormal

Series: The Dresden Files; 4

ISBN: 9780451458926

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 371

Setting: Chicago, IL & where it meets Faerie

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harry Dresden has been feeling guilt ridden and depressed ever since his girlfriend Susan left town.  Instead of working on paying cases, he’s been devoting his time to wallowing in misery while seeking to rectify Susan’s situation and falling behind in rent payments.  He’s also had to dodge a few assignation attempts.  The Red Court still wants Harry dead.  Unfortunately, many of the wizards of the White Council would be willing to give Harry to the Red Court to stop the war between the Red Court and the White Council.  These aren’t the worst of Harry’s problems, though.  Those come with the Winter Faerie Queen, Mab, who wants Harry to do a job for her – find out who killed the Summer Knight.  Harry knows better than to deal with Faeries, especially Sidhe queens, but it turns out that he really has no choice in the matter. Continue reading

Promises To Keep

By Charles De Lint

Place: Publisher & Year: Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2007

Genre: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, mythic fiction, paranormal

Series: Newford; 20 (according to NoveList) or 21 (according to Goodreads)

ISBN: 9781596061262

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 173

Setting: Newford, Canada

Time period: late 1960s – 1973

Plot summary: In 1972, Jilly Coppercorn runs into an old friend, Donna Birch, from her former street life days.  Donna is the only person that Jilly even considers to be a friend from this time period.  Donna no longer does any drugs other than the occasional beer, therefore, Jilly can’t say no to meeting her friend at the club she will be playing in a couple of nights.  And it doesn’t faze Jilly at all when none of her friends have ever heard of the club.  Jilly knows the club will be there on the night her friend is playing, even if it’s not the night before. Continue reading

Undead and Unwed

By MaryJanice Davidson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Berkley Sensation, 2004

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal, romance, vampire, chick lit, humorous stories

Series: The Undead SeriesBetsy; 1

ISBN: 071831006998

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 255 (277 including an excerpt from Charlaine Harris’ Dead to the World)

Setting: Twin Cities, MN (Minneapolis & St. Paul)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Betsy Taylor’s last day alive wasn’t much fun – she was laid off from her job as a secretary before being hit by a car.  However, waking from death in a cheap pink suit and her stepmother’s cast off shoes was pure hell.  Betsy has no idea how she became undead, but she does know that she wants to live her death the same way she lived her life.   This is a problem because the other vamps in town just won’t leave her alone; they’re either bowing down to her or trying to torture her.  As Betsy is dragged into a world filled with vampire politics, prophecies, and history, there is one thing she’s sure of: she’ll be wearing designer shoes. Continue reading