Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop is back in the second installment in the All Souls Trilogy-the first book of which was called A Discovery of Witches and was insanely popular among paranormal romance readers. In Shadow of Night, Diana and the sexy vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont have time traveled back to Elizabethan England to find the famous manuscript, Ashmole 782,  that started the saga in the first novel. Diana and Matthew must get the manuscript to keep it out of the wrong hands, and every supernatural creature wants the book for his kind, and is willing to take out Diana and Matthew in the process-but the hero and heroine are determined to save the supernatural world by preserving the book and the current status quo between the species.

Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, and MANY other historical figures make their way into the plot of the story, so if you love historical fiction, you will be tickled by the references made and the excellent attention to detail that the author, Deborah Harkness, is well-known for. If you read the first novel, you won’t want to miss the second, and if you haven’t, I suggest you start from the beginning!

Readers who enjoyed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe, and The Witch’s Daughter, by Paula Brackston, will love the A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. Paranormal romance with a touch of history and elements of magic with hints of time travel….

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray is a teenage girl with normal teenage problems-or so she thinks. One evening, in a dance club, she witnesses a murder-and her entire reality becomes a lie. Living right beside her, her entire life, have been supernatural beings threatening to war against one another. The disappearance of her mother, followed by an encounter with a horrible monster in her own apartment draw her in to a world unlike anything she has ever known.

This Young Adult/Teen novel is the first novel of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Clary befriends The Shadowhunters in an alliance to find her mother and bring balance back to the universe, fighting against a grave enemy that is connected to her in a way she would never imagine. If you love this series, be sure to check out her Infernal Devices series, which is set in the same fantasy world.

If you are the type of adult who enjoys a good teen paranormal fiction novel (Twilight, etc), then you won’t want to miss this series, which has family values, friendship, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of good versus evil…

Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan

Paranormal romance lovers (you know who you are), you have probably run through Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands, the works…And you may even be wondering if the genre has much else to squeeze out. Kristen Callihan has written a new series, The Darkest London series, which will be a pleasant surprise. Especially if you are a lover of all things British-this series is set in London (obviously) during the Victorian era. But the London in Callihan’s series is a London ripe with paranormal beings who lurk in the shadows and hide from polite society.

The first novel in the series, Firelight, is about a young woman who marries a Lord by arrangement to settle her father’s debts…A lord who wears a mask and has a mysterious past. Can Miranda learn to love this stranger? Will she learn his secrets? Someone is murdering gentlemen in the night streets of London-is Lord Archer, her new husband, involved somehow?

The second novel in the series, Moonglow, is about a young widow who is being pursued by something dark and evil-something murderous. Women who wear her perfume are dropping dead all over the city, and a sexy nobleman has decided to help keep her safe until the demon is captured…But will Daisy be safe from him?

There are more novels to come in this series, which many readers will find addicting. If you liked Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, you will NOT want to miss the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan. Hachette Audio has come out with Firelight and Moonglow on Audio, as well, and those of you who enjoy listening to your paranormal romance should pick them up today-and they are steamy, so if you are prude, be warned!