The Uninvited: A Novel by Cat Winters

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Ivy Rowan wakes up one day after being struck with Influenza. An epidemic has taken over the town and before she got sick, her father and brother had committed a terrible crime. Deep in her gut, something is telling her that it’s time for her to leave home and go out on her own in life.

Out in town, everything is in turmoil. In addition to the epidemic, soldiers are being sent to fight in the Great War overseas, dying in battle, coming back wounded, leaving behind widows and wives to fend for themselves. Ivy finds a place to board in town and seeks out a German man who was wronged by her family members-she wants, more than anything, to help him in some way.

Ivy finds herself confused, nothing is as it should be, the world is such an ugly place and she wants desperately to find beauty and warmth in it. She wants desperately to make a difference in someone’s life…But there is one terrible hitch-women in her family have always had a “gift” of seeing spirits after they have passed, right before something terrible happens to someone close to them….And she keeps seeing the spirits of the departed all around her.

What are the spirits trying to tell her? Is someone close to her in danger? Can she help enough to make a difference to someone? Can she form a connection with the German man that will give him comfort in his time of misery?

The Uninvited, by Cat Winters, is a psychological thriller sprinkled with ghosts and set in the time of the Great War. A combination of so many genres makes for an addicting and intriguing read. If you don’t like “ghost stories”, I would steer clear of this one, but if you can handle a touch of the supernatural in your reading, The Uninvited is very strange and interesting. If you like books that twist your perception and reality, The Uninvited is for you!

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

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Thea Slavin was accepted into Princeton with exceptional piano skills without realizing that she was following in the footsteps of her long-dead sister. The mysterious sibling was kept a secret from her until she began to follow bread crumbs into the past. She promises her parents that she will leave the past alone, but when she arrives it Princeton it becomes clear that she can’t rest until she finds out what really happened, over a decade ago on that very campus.

While adjusting to the new culture, so different from her native Bulgaria, she finds herself attracted to a dark stranger who appears from shadows and the fog to tantalize her before disappearing for days on end. Following the steps her sister might have taken, talking to the professors and university staff who might remember her, Thea discovers that not everything is what it appears to be…Even the reality of the world she lives in doesn’t seem the same.

Was Thea’s sister some kind of witch, a “Wildalone” as they are known in her native Bulgaria? Did she do rituals in hopes of gaining favor from the gods? Did she believe herself to be a supernatural being? Was she losing her mind? How does the sexy stranger tie into all of the confusion? What about the creepy janitor who is always appearing to let her into locked doors?

Wildalone, by Krassi Zourkova, is a haunting story about a girl who stumbles into a dark world where the lines between fantasy and reality seem blurred, and her own sanity is questioned at every turn. Is she imagining these events and descending into madness, the path which many believe her sister took before she died and disappeared? Was someone she met every day involved in the disappearance of her sister? Who knows more than they are letting on? Will she be able to scrape through the fog and discover what is real before she meets her sister’s fate? If you like fiction that has a touch of supernatural, Wildalone is an original twist on a story that melds fantasy with the everyday.

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

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Paranormal readers may recall The Blood Gospel, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, in which Archaeologist Erin Granger is pulled into an ancient prophecy and a world of vampires, angels, and other supernatural beings she never could have dreamed existed. Innocent Blood is the second installment in this series, called The Order of The Sanguines.

Erin finds that her role in saving the universe is not over-she may still be the “Woman of Learning” in the prophecy, this time she has to prevent the Apocalypse and destruction of the entire earth. She must stop the supernatural being called Iscariot from bringing ruin to the whole of humanity, using her knowledge of ancient biblical history. The old gang from The Blood Gospel is back, holy men from the Vatican, the Warrior-but just to shake things up, she must deal with a psychopathic killer vampire, perhaps the most formidable female in history, natural or supernatural…Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess.

Will they prevail? Find out for yourself if you like reading supernatural fiction, especially if you have a taste for a more “Dan Brown suspense” type of read.

The Blood Gospel, Order of the Sanguines

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Dr. Erin Granger is an archaeologist working on a dig in Israel who gets called in by the Israeli government to help out with a high-priority archaelogical find that has the potential to be very dangerous. The the extent of that danger, however is greater than she ever could have expected. An ancient church order is on a mission to recover an ancient artifact that may have the power to ruin the world, and they can’t do it without her help. Doesn’t sound too bad until she realizes that every supernatural creature seems just as intent on recovering the artifact, which is proclaimed to be the Gospel of Christ, written in his own hand, in his own blood. Suddenly she is thrown into a world of vampires (good and evil), grimwolves, and various other supernatural creatures she once thought the stuff of mythology.

The Blood Gospel, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, is a combination of genres that will make readers go wild. The suspense and history of The DaVinci Code meet with the paranormal, bringing vampires and other supernatural creatures into the world of the bible and Christian history, and the secret operations of the Nazis to hoard ancient artifacts and priceless collectibles are sprinkled on the top, just to give it a little flavor. If you love paranormal fiction, intelligent historical novels, archaeology, religious history, or any combination of the above, the Order of the Sanguines Series, of thich The Blood Gospel is the first, is a must-read.

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Paranormal Romance lovers, your prayers have been answered.

Leila is a circus performer with a few special gifts. She is a psychic who can see your worst sin upon physical contact, and she can channel electicity, even to the extent that she can kill with her power. She has lived in relative anonymity, traveling with the circus, where any strange events can be passed off as showmanship and eccentricity.  Her best friend, Marty, is a vampire, and he has been helping to keep her gifts a secret for many years. But one day, Leila meets a couple, and when she brushes against one of them, she realizes that the husband has learned that she is having an affair and intends to murder her and dispose of her body in the wilderness. The crime is prevented, but suddenly she is famous…And this is dangerous for her, especially in vampire communities, where a psychic’s gifts could be put to use helping them to find, and kill, enemies.

In very little time, Leila has been kidnapped by vampires who want to kill the alpha vampire of all vampires, Vlad Tepesh (yes, Vlad the Impaler). She attempts to find him and finds herself talking to him in her thoughts. They have a psychic connection and he agrees to rescue her from her kidnappers…But there’s a catch. She will now be taken into custody by Vlad and his entourage until his enemies have been smoked out and destroyed..For her own safety, of course. So Leila finds herself sleeping in a castle in Romania, surrounded by vampires, and against her own better judgment, finding Vlad the Impaler to be sortof, well, SEXY. She is also finding that he can help her harness her powers and use them as a brutal weapon against enemies.

Before she knows it, Leila has become kindof a badass. And she has revenge in mind against the vampire who wants her for himself. So the hunt begins…

Once Burned is one of the more violent paranormal romance novels I have read, more like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books, or Anne Rice’s darker take than Twilight or other more cozy vampire novels. If you don’t like sheer violence, you may be put-out by some of the more gorey details…It’s also very sexy. This novel is the first in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince Series. Fanatics, don’t miss this one!

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