Friday, May 13, 2011

Paranormal Fiction Stars: Kim Harrison & Kelley Armstrong

The supernatural/paranormal genre has really taken off in the last few years, fueled in part by the success of Stephenie Meyers' Twilight series.  We have some brochures at reference with suggestions of other authors and series you might enjoy.  Here are two:

 Kim Harrison
Harrison's best known work is  "The Hollows," an urban fantasy series.  Detective and  witch Rachel Morgan solves mysteries with the help of Ivy, a vampire, and Jenks, a pixie. Elves, demons, trolls, and other supernatural beings appear as well.

“Rachel Morgan/The Hollows”
  • Dead Witch Walking
  • • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
  • • Every Which Way But Dead
  • • A Fistful of Charms
  • • For a Few Demons More
  • • The Outlaw Demon Wails
  • • White Witch, Black Curse
  • • Black Magic Sanction
  • • Pale Demon

She has a young adult series starring Madison Avery whose high school years are made a little more difficult once she's dead.
  • Once Dead, Twice Shy
  • Early to Death, Early to Rise
    Note:  Harrison's real name is Dawn Cook.  She began her writing career under that name, writing romance books.

    Kelley Armstrong
    Armstrong is a Canadian writer, best known for her "Women of Otherworld" series. She began writing at and early age, and her stories had a fantasy twist even then.  She has also written mysteries and is doing a teen paranormal series.

    "Women of the Otherworld"
    The stories are narrated by different characters, including a werewolf, a witch and a ghost.  Armstrong has been praised for her characterizations and imaginative backgrounds for her characters.
    • Bitten
    • • Stolen
    • • Dime Store Magic
    • • Industrial Magic
    • • Haunted
    • • Broken
    • • No Humans Involved
    • • Personal Demon
    • • Living With the Dead
    • • Frostbitten
    • • Waking the Witch
    • • Spellbound

    "Darkest Powers"
    This series revolves around Chloe, a fifteen year old who is able to communicate with the dead.  Her claims get her institutionalized, but it seems that the other teen inmates also have unusual powers.
    • The Summoning
    • The Awakening
    • The Reckoning 

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