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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Supernatural edition

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Fallen angels. Rogue hunters. Even the Wicked Witch of the West. The Brothers Winchester of CW’s Supernatural have had their hand full trying to set the world right. After nine seasons, one would think that the world had run out of ways to nearly destroy itself. That assumption would be so very wrong. Whether dealing with a “monster of the day” or the season’s “big baddie” John Winchester’s sons are never lacking for adversaries. True to form, Season Nine finds them Winchester boys and their adorable pet angel Castiel trying to unspill the milk from the end of Season Eight, with help from the snarkiest of unlikely places. So you got all the angels tossed from heaven? Not a problem.…

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Paranormal beings return to haunt and thrill us in this fall’s YA novels

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Vampires in young adult novels have been “over” for a while now. It used to be impossible to enter a bookstore without seeing dozens of stories about young girls falling in love with those immortal bloodsuckers. And it wasn’t just vampires. There were werewolves, angels, ghosts, demons—for a few years, the paranormal world was a hot commodity in young adult fiction. But then came the rise of The Hunger Games and the dystopian novel. Instead of sexy vampires, ruined societies and warrior-like heroines filled the shelves. Paranormal books floundered under the power of series like Divergent, Delirium, and Matched. While there were a few highlights, such as Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, the general consensus was that…

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When Downton Abbey meets things that (might) go bump in the night

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If gothic suspense—“one part mystery, one part ghost story, one part love story and one part thriller”—is your cup of tea, you won’t want to miss this latest tale from the practiced pen of Wendy Webb. A Midwest indie bookstore darling, Webb’s previous two books, The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Tale of Halcyon Crane, were both chosen as IndieNext and Midwest Connection picks. Her third novel, The Vanishing (published this January by Hyperion), offers readers a chance to go from the normal to the paranormal via a mansion in the Minnesota wilderness that might contain much more than drafty halls, with a heroine who might be getting glimpses into the past, and twists and turns that will keep readers guessing…

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