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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I thought I was weary of reading bleak dystopian fiction until I read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. The author takes you into a futuristic, alternate world that is ruled by a group called Scion, which is known for persecuting those with psychic powers. Paige is a young woman with strong clairvoyant powers and living in Scion London. She's a part of the criminal underground which is rife with clairvoyants when she is pursued, captured, and imprisoned in a penal colony by a group of powerful beings from another world. The book is a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and adventure, and you may enjoy it if you are looking for an escape from the real world and the ordinary.

This first novel received a lot of buzz since its author is only in her early twenties, and the story is to continue in a lengthy series. It was also selected as a Today Show book club pick, and is being developed as a movie.


Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Loved this one. It's a literary thriller about the investigation of the suspicious death of the daughter of a famous yet elusive film director, reminiscent of real-life director Stanley Kubrick. The story is told from the viewpoint of a journalist named Scott McGarth, and it's a twisty and exciting tale as he tries to unravel the truth. The snippets of articles and web pages interspersed throughout serve as evidence and help to make this book seem real. One of my favorites for 2013!


Halloween Mystery & Romance

Murder for HalloweenTrickAre horror tales and ghost stories a little too scary? Try out a Halloween-themed mystery or romance to get in the holiday spirit--without the spirits!

  • All Hallows' Evil by Valerie Wolzien is a cozy mystery featuring suburban housewife Susan Henshaw investigating a murdered talk show host.
  • Bewitching Kittens and Enchanting Kittens are both collections of 3 regency romance stories which also feature kittens.
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense is a collection of 18 haunting stories from authors such as Ed McBain and Marcia Muller. Some of the tales may have horror elements, but as with any story collection, you can skip the ones you don't like and read the others.
  • Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier is a cozy mystery. It's October in Maine and Tinker's Cove is preparing for its annual Halloween festival. As amateur sleuth Lucy Stone is getting her kids ready for the holiday, an arsonist is loose in town. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of Tinker's Cove's oldest house, arson turns into murder.
  • Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain is another cozy mystery. The annual Halloween party in Cabot Cave takes on a real scary tone when a self-proclaimed witch ends up dead in the graveyard. Jessica stirs through a witches' brew of motives--and concocts a scary scheme of her own to make sure the guilty ghoul doesn't get away with murder.
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