Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise "Lou" Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she's too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It's an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well... they're not wrong. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have...
REVIEW: 5* ON Goodreads: "I absolutely LOVED this book! I knew I would like it just by reading what it was about, so I got the book before it too. I was constantly kept on my toes and I couldn't figure out how it would end, which are the best kinds of books! I couldn't put the book down, it was that amazing! I love the fairy tale aspect that Vedam ties into the book. Cinderella story with an awesome spin on it!" A Scorching Dilemma by Shereen Vedam
Pariah by Bob Fingerman - A frightening, darkly comedic look at people surviving a zombie onslaught, from award-winning comics sensation and novelist Bob Fingerman. (Bilbary Town Library: Good for Readers, Good for Libraries)
Kit Marley, playwright and spy in the service of Queen Elizabeth, has been murdered. His true gift to Her Majesty was his way with words, crafting plays infused with a subtle magic that maintained her rule. He performed this task on behalf of the Prometheus Club, a secret society of nobles engaged in battle against sorcerers determined to destroy England. Assuming Marley’s role is William Shakespeare— but he is unable to create the magic needed to hold the Queen’s enemies at bay.