Bone Crossed

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

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

Series: Mercy Thompson; 4

ISBN: 9780441016761

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 309

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), & Spokane, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Marsilia, the head of the local vampires, discovers that Mercy killed Andre, one of her favorite vampires, she takes her revenge by torturing Mercy’s friend (and vampire), Stefan.  When the consequences of this action do not bring the intended results, Mercy worries that her friends’ lives are at risk.  If Mercy had known that Marsilia knew she had killed Andre, she would never have agreed to mate Adam. Continue reading

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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

Blood Bound

By Patricia Briggs

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

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

Series: Mercy Thompson; 2

ISBN: 9780441014736

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 292

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland,Kennewick, &Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Mercy’s friend, Stefan, asks her for a favor in the middle of the night, she can’t say no.  She is indebted to the vampire for his help in Moon Called.  Unfortunately for Mercy, helping Stefan ends up leading her to great peril with a demon vampire. Continue reading

Moon Called

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2006

Genre: Fantasy, paranormal mystery, contemporary fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson; 1

ISBN: 9780441013814

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 288

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA & Aspen Creek, MT

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy Thompson was repairing a VW Jetta transmission when a werewolf walked into her garage.  Once her nose got away from oil and grease, she was able to smell him for what he was quickly.  Mercy is a walker, or shape shifter, able to transform into a coyote, which makes her sense of smell very acute.  She was also raised by werewolves so she was able to tell that this one needed a lot of help. Continue reading

Dead and Gone

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

Genres: Mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, faerie tale, paranormal, paranormal mystery, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 9

ISBN: 9780441017157

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 312

Setting: Bon Temps, LA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Werewolves and shifters have finally come out to the rest of the world about their existence, which sparks fear and violence in various parts of the world – including Bon Temps, where a werepanther is found crucified in the parking lot at Merlotte’s.  Meanwhile, trouble brews amongst the fae, which has significant repercussions for Sookie. Continue reading

Grave Peril

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2001

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

Series: The Dresden Files; 3

ISBN: 9780451458445

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 378

Setting: Chicago, IL and the Nevernever

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harry Dresden and his knight friend, Michael, have been very busy in recent times dispatching agitated ghosts.  Something has been stirring up the Nevernever and this has made the ghosts in Chicago extra ornery and dangerous.  On top of this, a demon, The Nightmare, is targeting some of Harry’s friends and causing them tremendous pain; this demon seems to be linked to the agitated ghosts.  Even if Harry can figure out who or what is behind the attacks on his friends, will he be strong enough to stop it? Continue reading