The Vampire Wish, the first book of the Dark World series by Michelle Madow, is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel about a human blood slave named Annika in the hidden vampire kingdom called the Vale. As a newly kidnapped blood slave, she has to be a quick learner so that she isn’t tossed out to the overgrown wolves roaming outside of the kingdom walls.
Things become even more difficult, or easier depending on how you look at it, when a vampire prince dressed as a human makes her acquaintance. He may be her only way out. Will she decide that she should fall in love with the enemy, and become a vampire herself? Or is it all in vein? Haha, in vein, see what I did there?
Annika is a spirited young woman who isn’t afraid to speak up against her captors, but she’s also smart and so she’s a formidable heroine. Our vampire prince is dealing with some of the growing pains of being a vampire, and there are several other strong characters that provide depth to the story.
The tale has many parallels to Aladdin, making it a very fun read. It currently has a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, and the second and third books are also available on Amazon, with the fourth book just coming out this week.
Ghost Hand, The PSS Chronicles Volume 1, by Ripley Patton is a young adult urban paranormal novel about Olivia who was born with a hand that not only glows occasionally, but it also can morph into other shapes. And then Olivia wonders why people think she’s weird. It couldn’t be the glowing hand.
The upside to all of this is that there’s a nice group of patriotic citizens who are looking for Olivia and others like her. And oh yea, they really don’t want Olivia, they just want the hand for themselves. When the hand starts to have a mind of its own and do things that she doesn’t want, her classmate Marcus and some friends come in to save the day! But really, it’s probably going to be our protagonist that saves the day.
This book has a lot of great characters in it, and is fast paced to keep readers turning the pages to the end. It does a good job of handling the topics of prejudice and trust issues, and gives us a glimpse into a paranormal world that we really haven’t seen before. It has a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, and books two, three and four are also available.
What Lies Inside, Blood Bound Book One, by J.L. Myers is a new adult paranormal romance novel about a teenage vampire named Amelia who doesn’t know that she’s a teenage vampire. That is, until the day her parents tell her that her life as a human has been a lie, and that she will be sixteen forever. How would you feel if you were told today that you were a vampire? Of course we would just be thrilled, right? Well let’s just say that Amelia doesn’t exactly handle it very well.
After realizing she’s the largest unnatural threat to humankind and specifically her high school classroom, she sucks the team quarterback bone dry and has to move to a new town and a new school filled with new wonderful aromas of blood. That’s where she meets the irresistible Ty who smells amazingly different to her, but is it in a good, or a terrible way?
This story has some similarities to Twilight and other vampire novels, but definitely has its own take on the subject. It moves fairly quickly for being a longer book, and it has a lot of surprises to keep things interesting. If you couldn’t tell from the cover, the book is definitely geared for older YA readers, and has some swearing and a fair amount of adult intimacy. It currently has a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, and books two, three and four are also available.
Ash, Hive Trilogy Book One, by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone is a new adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel that asks the question, “what if you found out that you were the only female offspring ever born out of mixed vampire-human relationships?”
Would you A) Become the newest volunteer at the red cross, B) Invite grandma over for dinner, or C) Join the party at where all the other half-vamps are hanging out. “C” Sounds pretty good since you’re the only girl. Of course the place where they all stay is super cramped, so you will have to train for “The Culling” which thins the herd, but hey, are the half-vampire guys super attractive or what!
Charlie, the first female Ash, is tough as nails but she will need some help if she’s going to become a member of the community at the Hive. Luckily she’s got beauty as well as brawn, so one of the lead enforcers takes a personal interest in her. Do you think that’s going to cause some story telling down at the water cooler? There is some romance, but not a ton, so it won’t cause too much gossip.
The plot will keep you interested, and all the vampiric action keeps things moving along at a good pace. It currently has a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, and the two following books are available on Amazon as well.
Prophecy Awakened, Book One of the Prime Prophecy Series by Tamar Sloan, is a young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel that features our protagonist Eden, who has a better way with animals than she has with people. I wouldn’t call her a popular girl at school.
Noah, the guy that she meets, is frustrated because he isn’t walking in the hairy shoes of his ancestors yet. He’s running a little behind on the maturing wolf schedule, but all that could change with his instant connection to Eden. That is, if she can be tamed by his wolfish charm. There’s a prophecy to be made, and whenever there’s a good prophecy, you know there’s going to be some shady characters that want to cash in on the fun.
The romance is clean and continuous in this book, and the pace becomes faster as the story becomes deeper. There are several well developed characters in the book besides Eden and Noah, and the different families involved help to provide a lot of depth.
The writing is good and you will find it a fun read. It currently has a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, and the second book in the series recently became available as well.