Monday, November 05, 2012

If You Like: the Mortal Instruments series

Set in an alternate Manhattan where humans unwittingly live side-by-side with monsters, demons, fairies, and other supernatural beings, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series is fast-paced, action-packed, and suspenseful urban fantasy heavily spiced with relationship drama. It captivates fans of steamy paranormal romance; lush, florid writing that's charged with emotion; and stories rife with angst, snarky humor, plot twists, shocking secrets, and gut-wrenching betrayals. Already read all five volumes and still want more? Check out one of the books below for something similar.

Paranormalcy - by Kiersten White
Check Library CatalogPub Date: August 2010Share ParanormalcyCall Number: YA F WHI

Paranormal Romance. Evie, the only known human with the ability to see through supernatural "glamours," works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) tracking down and subduing hags, werewolves, vampires, and other dangerous creatures. (Really, she finds the work dull and would rather be shopping, watching TV, or at the very least at home painting her weapons pink.) But when a mysterious shape-shifter invades the IPCA and brings news of a string of paranormal murders, things start to heat up -- in more ways than one. While it's got plenty of action and some interesting world-building, too, this sassy, fast-paced read will most appeal to fans of the humor and romance in the Mortal Instruments series.

Wicked lovely - Melissa Marr
Check Library CatalogPub Date: June 2007Share Wicked lovelyCall Number: YA F MAR

Paranormal Romance. Aislinn knows that fairies are real and that they aren't the small, cute, winged beings that most people imagine. She has inherited the gift of Sight from her mother's family, allowing her to see them. She lives by rules that have kept her safe from their notice. All of that changes when Keenan, the Summer King, chooses her as his queen, involving Aislinn in a 900-year power struggle between him and his mother, the Winter Queen. If Aislinn refuses him, summer will cease to exist, killing both mortals and fairies alike. If she accepts, she loses her humanity and ties to the mortal world—as if life as a teenager isn't hard enough when you're "normal." This story explores the themes of love, commitment, and what it really means to give of oneself for the greater good to save everyone else. It is the unusual combination of past legends and modern-day life that gives a unique twist to this "fairy" tale..

Need - Carrie Jones
Check Library CatalogPub Date: December 2008Share NeedCall Number: YA F JON

Paranormal Romance. 
Zara's stepfather has died, her mother isn't capable of caring for her, and she has been sent to live with her grandmother in a small remote town in Maine. When her car spins out of control, she's rescued by Nick, an inhumanly fast runner who's mere presence electrifies her.  Too bad she's being followed by someone dark and dangerous—a pixie king. This pixie is no harmless sprite: “when not mated with a queen for an unspecified amount of time,” Zara learns, “the pixie kings will demand... young human men, who they kill after using them for their blood-hungry pleasures.” Will Zara sacrifice herself to this vampire stand-in or let him destroy everything she loves? 

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