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The Vampire Innocents, by Matthew Cox

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The Vampire Innocents, by Matthew Cox

The Vampire Innocent series by Matthew Cox is not at all a typical vampire series in the best of ways. The stories follow the misadventures of a teenage girl named Sarah who wakes up in a morgue, turned into a vampire right before her death.  At first, she’s unaware of what happened to her, but has to learn to accept her new status and all of the powers-as well as dangers-that come with it.  Sarah’s relatability, her sass, and her sometimes humorous take on serious topics keep the reader entertained. Plus, it’s surprisingly refreshing to read a vampire series that...


The Steel Empire series

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The Steel Empire series

Before I get into this, let me start by saying that I am a die-hard Potterhead, but other than that, I don’t read a lot of fantasy.  However, a good bit of my TV watching is relegated to the genre and my imagination loves a good story that can put vampires, were-creatures, magic and elves in the same world and make it work.  The Steel Empires series by J.L. Gribble does a great job of this and has an added bonus element of being set in an alternate timeline where the Roman Empire never fell.   These novels center around...


What to read if you like Game of Thrones

Melissa Eisenmeier

What to read if you like Game of Thrones

Like Game of Thrones? Here are 3 books we suggest. We suggest the Steel Empire series, by J.L. Gribble: Steel Victory, Steel Blood, Steel Magic, and Steel Time, which is slated to be published September 6.  The Zaniyah Trilogy by Kelly Ann Jacobson was originally published as a 3-part trilogy, but we have it as a combined edition. The Second Mango, by Shira Glassman, is a staff pick around here.


Stan Lee's favourite books this week

Stan Lee

Stan Lee's favourite books this week

Meow meow! Stan Lee the senior ranking staff cat here with some books I recommend. You can purr-chase them on the Carpe Librum website if you follow the links. I parked myself on Stolen Away, by Kristin Dearborn. This is a sure sign that it was a good book. Trisha is a single mom whose son is kidnapped; her daughter says a monster took him.  I sat on Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb every time the human tried to read it. Me laying on this memoir about a guy in the publishing business made it hard for the human to read the...


Pawsome books boos by pawsome people

Melissa Eisenmeier

Pawsome books boos by pawsome people

Meow meow! Stan Lee the senior ranking bookstore staff cat here. I'm so pawsome that in my honor, I created a list of paw-some books by crazy cat people. Follow the links to purr-chase them today. Nightly Owl, Fatal Raven by Jessica McHugh is pawsome.     The Steel Empire series by J.L. Gribble is also pawsome. The books are Steel Victory, Steel Magic, Steel Blood, and Steel Time. Steel Time will be published next month. The Underside of the Rainbow, by B.E. Burkhead, is poetry. I sat on the book, so you know it's pawsome. Mommy couldn't get a picture...