Since 2011 is winding down, I thought it might be the appropriate time to make a list of some of my favorite paranormal reads of the year. It's no secret that I love books about things that go bump in the night. These five titles might not be on a best books of the century list, however, the authors have the ability to make their vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards and other creatures believable, fun, and entertaining.
Jim Butcher is one of the most creative voices in the paranormal genre. Not many authors would have the nerve to murder their main character. Now wizard Harry Dresden, as a ghost, must solve his own murder to prevent his friends from suffering unbearable torment. Great characters, suspense, and things that go bump in the night make this book a superb read.
The last Druid is recruited to take on an impossible task, the killing of Thor, the Thunder God. The author combines Norse mythology, vampires and werewolves in a paranormal romp.
The author has created a world where magic and technology battle for supremacy. Kate Daniels is recruited by one of Atlanta Master of the Dead to battle a rogue vampire. The author blends magic, action and well developed characters to make a great read.
This is the ninth book in "The Hollows" series. It is a supernatural road trip across America so witch, Rachel Morgan, may appeal to the Coven of Moral and Ethical Standards to have her shunning lifted. The author combines drama, magic, romance, and comedy to make this a supernatural delight.
Bound to the office of the President of the United States, vampire Nathaniel Cade has waged a war on supernatural threats to our country for 140 years. Cade must not only battle the reptilian Snakeheads; he must discover who is who is directing them. This is a book that is filled with action, compelling characters and a "24" sense of urgency. It is a thrill filled read that is sure to please.
--Ron A., Weber Road Branch