Paranormal Historical

C-
My Immortal Highlander

Anthology
Is everyone in Scotland a vampire or an idiot? Apparently, authors Howell and Sands would have us believe so. Clearly meant to bring readers into the dark menace of a cursed vampire clan as they find light and love in the arms of mortal women, the uneasy mixture of hints of vampirism with impro ...

B+
The Grail King

There was a time not long ago when a Druid hero would have held little interest for me. However, reviewing for AAR has somewhat redefined my reading tastes and I've discovered that categories I once avoided are full of books very much to my liking. There are at least a dozen authors whose backlists ...

A-
The Book Thief

Writing a review of The Book Thief, I am burdened by a sense of "What's the point?" This book has already received copious amounts of positive press; The New York Times, Kirkus, Horn Book, The Washington Post, and Publisher's Weekly, among others, have given it glowing reviews. What insight can I re ...

C+
Magic Man

Magic Man is the latest in a long series by Patricia Rice. The leads were engaging, but sometimes got lost in what seemed like a cast of thousands, and for those readers like me who haven't read previously in this series, confusion reigned for some time until I was able to determine what was going ...

C+
Be Mine Tonight

There’s nothing really wrong with Be Mine Tonight, but there’s just nothing really great about it either. The first in a series of books featuring a band of 14th century warriors-turned-vampires, the author known for her historical romances turns a competent, if a bit uninspired, hand to paranor ...

B+
The Devil’s Knight

Lucy Blue has gotten some good buzz on the our message boards and I'm happy to find that buzz warranted, for The Devil’s Knight is an exciting, great read. Rebel brigands attack the partially finished castle belonging to Tristan, a Norman nobleman, and because the peasants inside help them, the ...

C-
Penelope and Prince Charming

Penelope and Prince Charming is a Regency-set, paranormal, fantasy, romantic suspense, Cinderella fairytale. Unfortunately, all these disparate elements never quite meshed together to form a coherent story. Damien is a prince in exile, dodging assassins sent by his mad father while making a r ...

C-
The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing

Vampires and satire. What could be more fun? I went into this tale of a reluctant vampire huntress hoping for a fun diversion. While it did have a few funny moments, the book also featured historical missteps that yanked me right out of the story and comedy which did not hit the spot for me at all. ...

B-
Awaiting the Moon

The good news is that Donna Lea Simpson’s Awaiting the Moon takes place in 1795 (Translation: Not the Regency) in a remote area of Germany (Translation: Not England). Even better, the author does a terrific job of making the reader feel as if she, too, is isolated in a mysterious castle in a forei ...

B+
Celtic Fire

Romans and Druids and Ghosts - oh my! Celtic Fire takes place in 117 A.D. Britannia. While the south of England is settled, the Roman conquerors are still fighting the blue-faced Celts along what would later become Hadrian's Wall. Against this backdrop Joy Nash weaves a seemingly impossible romance ...