Reading Guides: Paranormal Fiction
Cabot, Meg / Insatiable --- PS3553.A278 I57 2010
Meena Harper falls in love with Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for. The problem is: Lucien's already dead! And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.
Carrell, Jennifer Lee / Haunt Me Still --- PS3603.A77438 H38 2010
Shakespearean scholar Kate Stanley and Ben Pearl, her partner in crime-solving, find themselves in a desperate race to discover a lost version of "Macbeth," said to contain rituals of witchcraft aimed at conjuring demonic forces to gain forbidden knowledge.
Davidson, Andrew / The Gargoyle --- PS3604.A9457 G37 2008
An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.
De la Cruz, Melissa / Serpent's Kiss --- PS3604.E128 S47 2012
In the small town of North Hampton, the Beauchamp family witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind their brother Freddie's imprisonment.
Essex, Karen / Dracula in Love: A Novel --- PS3555.S682 D73 2010
From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula's eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
Foster, Amy S. / When Autumn Leaves: A Novel --- PR9199.4.O8847 W54 2009
Autumn, Avening's beloved resident witch, has been promoted to a higher coven and has to replace herself. But who in Avening is in tune enough with her own personal magic to take over the huge responsibility of town witch?
Goldstein, Lisa / The Uncertain Places: A Novel --- PS3557.O397 U53 2011
When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, he quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major and accomplished chef. But Livvy’s family--vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent- minded Sylvia--are behaving strangely. The Feierabend women seem to believe that luck is their handmaiden, even though happiness does not necessarily follow. It is soon discovered that generations previous, the Feierabends made a contract with a powerful, otherworldly force, and it is up to Will and his best friend to unravel the riddle of this supernatural bargain in order to save Livvy from her predestined fate.
Grossman, Lev / The Magicians: A Novel --- PS3557.R6725 M34 2009
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. But magic turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than Quentin could have imagined.
Harkness, Deborah E. / A Discovery of Witches --- PS3608.A7436 D57 2011
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Harris, Charlaine / Dead and Gone --- PS3558.A6427 D4 2009
In Bon Temps, Louisiana, a race of unhuman beings—older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves—is preparing for war. And Sookie Stackhouse will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle as she investigates the murder of a were-panther. Basis for HBO's True Blood.
Hart, Erin / Haunted Ground --- PS3608.A785 H38 2003
When farmers cutting turf in a peat bog make a grisly discovery—the perfectly preserved severed head of a young woman with long red hair—Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin team up in a case that will open old wounds.
Hoffman, Alice / The Red Garden --- PS3558.O3447 R43 2011
A young wounded Civil War solider is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet falls in love with a blind man, and a mysterious traveler comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center of everyone's life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.
Howe, Katherine / The House of Velvet and Glass --- PS3608.O947 H68 2012
Her Boston family shattered by the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl attempts to contact her departed loved ones at a medium's table before reconnecting with former flame Ben, with whom she tackles a harrowing mystery.
Jackson, Shirley / The Haunting of Hill House --- PS3519.A392 H3 2006
The four visitors at Hill House—some there for knowledge, others for adventure—are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
Jones, Darynda / First Grave On the Right --- PS3610.O6236 F57 2011
Using her ability to see ghosts in her work as a private investigator, Charley Davidson begins experiencing intense sensual dreams about a mysterious entity that has been following her throughout her life.
Katsu, Alma / The Taker --- PS3611.A7886 T35 2011
Drawn to a woman who reveals herself to be immortal, Luke, a young doctor, hears the story of how she was abandoned by a lover 200 years earlier and abducted by a centuries-old Hungarian count who granted her eternal life.
Marr, Melissa / Graveminder --- PS3613.A76872 G73 2011
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place—and the man—she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected.
Niffenegger, Audrey / Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel --- PS3564.I362 H47 2009
When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.
Pragg, Menna van / The House at the End of Hope Street: A Novel --- PR6116.R34 H68 2013
A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need
Treadwell, James / Advent --- PR6120.R426 A66 2012
Nearly five centuries after a formidable magician flees with a small ring that contains all of the world's magic, 15-year-old Gavin is dispatched to the home of his aunt because of his ability to see things that others do not believe exist, a power he must use to stop a formidable evil from escaping into the world.
Trussoni, Danielle / Angelopolis --- PS3620.R93 A834 2013
Angelology plunged two star-crossed heroes into an ancient battle against mankind's greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim. With Angelopolis, the conflict deepens into an inferno of danger and passion unbound.