Next Reads: Heavenly Paranormal Romance

Vampires, werewolves, and even zombies have been cast in romantic roles in a lot of recent teen fiction. In the books listed below, members of the heavenly hosts come down--or fall--from on high and become smitten with humans. Fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen novels, the 3rd of which publishes this month, should find plenty of angst-filled, utterly divine romance here to keep them happy while they wait to check out Passion.

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Dark Fantasy. When Miranda's guardian angel, Zachary, breaks protocol in an attempt to save her, he fails, and insecure, unpopular Miranda--with whom Zachary is hopelessly in love--gets turned into a vampire by none other than Dracula himself. Before long, she's callously killing people and living the glamorous life in the Master's castle. Zachary has only one chance to redeem himself: he's got to save Miranda's soul and foil Dracula's plans for world domination. Fans of author and Muscogee (Creek) tribal member Cynthia Leitich Smith's uniquely funny yet gripping fantasy novel Tantalize will not want to miss Eternal--and they'll also be eager for the fantastic finale, Blessed, in which characters from the previous books meet.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Paranormal Romance. Smart, responsible Nora Grey is irritated by mysterious transfer student Patch when they first meet, but it isn't long before she finds herself irresistibly attracted to him (despite her persistent doubts about his character). After extremely frightening things begin happening to Nora, she decides to investigate Patch...and discovers that he is one of the Nephilim, a fallen angel. And he wants very badly to be human. Hush, Hush is a haunting and tantalizingly sexy read that will have you on the edge of your seat--and eager to read its sequel, Crescendo.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Paranormal Romance. For her first assignment on Earth, angel Bethany Church accompanies senior angels Ivy and Gabriel (yep, that Gabriel) to a small town where she enrolls in the local high school as part of the group's mission to foster good and fight the forces of evil. Bethany's objective is just to blend in and observe, but when she develops feelings for a human boy, she attracts the attention--and torment--of teenage potential demon Jake Thorn. This dramatic, heart-wrenching romance, the U.S. debut of teenaged Australian writer Alexandra Adornetto, will please fans of chaste-yet-impassioned love stories like Twilight.


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