Grave Matters—Back With the Night Owls Crew

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy book cover
Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy

Grave Matters, by Lauren M. Roy, is the sequel to Night Owls. An urban fantasy set in and around Boston, this book focuses on vampires and a necromancer.

1—Vampire Turf War

The Boston vampires, lead by Ivanov, are being threatened by a new upstart, the Oisin, a group of young Irish vampires. As Elly works for Ivanov, she ends up right in the middle of things. This is especially problematic as she suspects the groups are being deliberately played off one another by the necromancer who’s been raising ghosts and ghouls all over her new home town of Crow’s Neck. Continue reading “Grave Matters—Back With the Night Owls Crew”

Blue Diablo—A Touch of Fire

Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre book cover
Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre is the first in the Corine Solomon series. An urban fantasy taking place mostly on the border between Mexico and Texas, Blue Diablo is steeped in magic of all kinds.

1—Magic, Magic Everywhere

Corine’s magic, the ability to see past events when she touches an object, comes with a steep price—the touch burns her because she gained her abilities from her mother when she burned to death when Corine was a child. There are also witches and a necromancer, and demons, not to mention God’s Hand—or so he claims. Kel’s power is real but its source is uncertain to Corine and thus to us. There’s also Chance, Corine’s ex, who has the most extraordinary good luck to point it’s acknowledged as a power. And there’s Jesse Saldana, an empathic cop who becomes Corine’s mentor, and possibly something more, much to Chance’s chagrin. Continue reading “Blue Diablo—A Touch of Fire”

Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez book cover
Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

Gil’s All Fright Diner is a comedic horror young adult novel by A. Lee Martinez.

1—Characters

Gil’s All Fright Diner has some great characters, starting with Duke and Earl, a werewolf and a vampire respectively. They’re just passing through when they get hired by Loretta to protect her diner. Then Earl meets a ghost in the cemetery across the street and they start up a romance. Then there’s Tammy, the jailbait sorceress and Chad her dupe boyfriend/acolyte. Continue reading “Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations”