Month: November 2015

It Had to Be You, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This wasn’t quite my cup of tea. The romance between Phoebe, who is willed her dad’s football team, and Dan, the dreamy head coach, is less romantic and more prosaic (and profane) than the historical fictions I prefer. That said, Phoebe is an interesting character who hides a wounded heart under outrageous flirtation, and it’s nice to have gay characters in the novel. 18 and up.

Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, by Kresley Cole

Our heroine in this is Mariketa the Awaited, a witch who’s not sure why she’s been awaited, but hopes some day to find out. Her inexplicable attraction to wounded werewolf Bowen seems crazy, since he’s already met the love of his life and lost her. Many new twists in the 4th Immortals book, but the steamy romance is the same. For 18 and up.

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia

This haunting, lyrical book surprised me. What should feel like a straightforward boy/girl relationship challenged by one of them being Other becomes, in Garcia and Stohl’s hands, an evocative fantasy taking place in a Southern small town, with characters that haunt you and a love story that feels right. This even overcame my knee-jerk reaction against high-school “true love,” which usually has me rolling my eyes through works created by lesser hands. But there is much to love here, including southerners that rise above caricature, great guy friendships, and a love story narrated from the guy’s point of view. For 14 and up.

Kiss of Snow, by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow, by Nalini Singh

There was a lot to like about this paranormal romance (shifters + ESP), but since it is tenth in the series, much of the world-building went by me in a haze of confusion. (There are alliances and mental connections and they broke away from baddies earlier and now they are with the shifters…yeah, I got nothing.) I stayed for the growing romance and the chemistry between the leads. Very satisfying. 18 and up.

The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa

High-schooler Megan Chase steps into a whole new world on her 16th birthday – a world of Fey, both Seelie and Unseelie, and a new type of Fey that may destroy them all. Her quest into this realm with her companions– the infamous Puck, and a talking cat, and a Fey prince–is as familiar as the Wizard of Oz but as current as cyber-bullying. A great read for the high-school set. I look forward to reading the sequel.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick’s fantasy romance has high-schooler meeting the Other, and she has an interesting new mythology that’s well developed. As a love interest, Patch is rocking the bad-boy vibe. I think teens will fall for the romance involved, and the clues pointing to the villain keep us guessing until the very end. Creepy, but not gory, I’d recommend this for 14 and up, but I won’t be reading the rest.

Marked, by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Marked, by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

An enjoyable romp through vampire finishing school, this books combines elements of the familiar into its own evocative world. We have high school mean girls and cute boys who may or may not be trustworthy, but the authors fuse it all in with goddess worship and devoted friends, and the beginnings of this series, called House of Night, shape up very well indeed. For 16 and up for sexual content.