Looking for a book with plots, themes, or settings that involve magical or supernatural phenomena? Stop by the Greene County Library and try one of the following titles on for size:
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares – Sharing multiple lifetimes with the reincarnations of Sophia, Daniel, a soul with a rare ability to remember his past lives, arrives in the present frustrated that their time together has always been cut short and hopeful that Sophia’s burgeoning memories can help them overcome past-life challenges.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – While trying to live a so-called normal existence, mechanic Mercy Thompson, a shapeshifter raised by werewolves, gets into trouble with the gremlins, witches, and vampires with whom she deals on a daily basis.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman – After graduating from a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, Quentin Coldwater finds that a fictional land from a series of childhood fantasy novels is real, but is darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined.
Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley – Desperate to resurrect Antony after his suicide, Cleopatra strikes a bargain with Sekhmet, goddess of death and destruction. Cleopatra is transformed into a vampire, an immortal shapeshifter of superhuman strength, and yearning for revenge as much as she craves human blood.
Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce – After missing for twenty years, Tara Martin appears on her parents’ doorstep barely a day older than when she vanished.
You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore – Waking up after a fantastic night only discover that his girlfriend is a vampire and has transformed him into one, a disgusted C. Thomas Flood struggles to adapt to his new powers, a cute teenage minion, and a dangerous faction of bloodsuckers who are determined to kill off all other vampires.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness – Enduring a lonely life in his London print shop, divorced American George Duncan rescues an injured white crane only to fall desperately in love with an enigmatic Japanese artist who seems to hold the potential to change his entire life.
This list was created by Reference Librarians Patrick Kilmer and Hayley Tompkins.