Plot Type: varies by story but includes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (7/2013)
Here's a brief introduction from the publisher's blurb: "The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker's seductive call. It is a place of illusion....And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show." All of the stories are set in some type of carnival—from the regular Ferris wheel/corn dog type to exotic freak shows. In nearly every case, the man (or woman) in charge is the villain, and this is always obvious from the very beginning of the story.
If you love dark urban fantasy with tough, assertive, street-wise female heroines, you should check out the "Seven Deadly Heroines" list complied by RT Book Reviews (6/2012). Click HERE to go to my review, which includes the author's name and series title for each kick-ass heroine.
ROB THURMAN: "Painted Love"
The story takes place six years after Tricked (book 4) and two weeks after the events of the novella "Two Ravens and One Crow." Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon visit a Kansas carnival and get drawn into a demonic soul-collection trap. Click HERE to read my reviews of the IRON DRUID SERIES. Always fun to watch the dynamic duo of Atticus and Granuaile in action.
Ratings: Violence 3; Sensuality 1; Humor 1
Brad is a human married to an out-of-control werewolf who tries to kill him (and any other warm-blooded creature with whom she crosses paths) during the full moon. He's desperate to solve his life-style problem, and when the carnival comes to town, he knows just what to do. Nice, very satisfactory twist to the ending.
Click HERE to read my reviews of Wells' SABINA KANE SERIES.
"So you're coming back to Olympus, and you're going to go all bad mother—"
Olivia grinned. "Shut your mouth."
Ratings: Violence 4; Sensuality 1; Humor 2
A now-human Olympian goddess has a run-in with a wicked carnival owner and lives to tell the tale. The mythology lends itself to being developed into a series, but I couldn't find any evidence that the author is going forward with it.
The lead characters in this story were introduced in the novella, Something Wikkid This Way Comes: Capitola (Cappie) Jones, the narrator, is half nahual (shape-shifter); Emuishere (Moo) is a halfling Alfar; and Shar is a halfling succubus. Cappie's nahual father is the leader of the supernatural community of Borealis, and her uncle is Jane True's lover, Anyan. In this adventure, the girls get involved with a demonic clown who sucks the memories from those who attend his carnival performance. Because Jez still has vestiges of her incubus identity, this is the sexiest of all the stories.
Click HERE to read my reviews of Peeler's JANE TRUE SERIES.
A young girl learns the truth about her mermaid mother's past and must deal with the consequences of coming back to Mom's home town in rural Alabama.
Click HERE to read my reviews of McGuire's OCTOBER DAYE SERIES. Click HERE to read my reviews of her INCRYPTID SERIES.