Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson

Dead Spots Olson

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

Jared loved trees.


Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher


Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual.


Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out that ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get . . . interesting.

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The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

Dear You,

The body you are wearing used to be mine. 


So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.


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The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer

The Long Way Down

Rating: 4 Stars

“I know what you are,” the old man said.


Daniel Faust is a true magician living in Las Vegas. When he is hired by a heartbroken man to punish the murderer of his granddaughter, he agrees to look into it. What he didn’t expect, however, was to find himself in so much trouble. All of a sudden he has to deal with a seedy porn director a mysterious corporation and a beautiful demon: Caitlin, right hand of a demon prince. No pressure.

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Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

Dark Currents

Rating: 4 Stars

It was an idyllic summer evening in Pemkowet the night the Vanderhei kid died.

The Plot

Daisy Johansen is an agent of Hel, the Norse goddess of death, currently living in the small town of Pemkowest. It is her duty to inforce Hel’s rules and keep order in the eldritch community.

When the body of a college student is found in the river, Daisy has to solve the case fast, before the strained relationship between the supernatural and the human community comes to a head. In the course of the investigation, she has to deal with a werewolf partner, a emotion-sucking ghoul, naiads and vampires.

All while trying to keep her emotions in check and avoiding indulging in any of the Seven Deadly Sins. Because you see, Daisy is a half-breed: Half human, half demon. And she really doesn’t want to let her demon side come out to play.

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