… the beautiful princess who suffers under a dreadful curse? At her christening, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday. You may think this story sounds familiar, but this version was written by Ursula Vernon, who looks at things … differently.
… how creepy museums can be after hours? Now just imagine there’s a monster stalking the basement halls of the museum, and you’ve got the premise for Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s spine-chilling novel, Relic.
… the aliens attacking the Earth? It’s almost like a videogame! In fact, most people in Ernest Cline’sArmada think it is a videogame. The only people who believe that games are being used to train people to fight real aliens are paranoid weirdos … and the secret world-wide organization behind the training program.
… the lord who loved a magician? KJ Charles starts off the excellent Charm of Magpies series* with The Magpie Lord. Lucien Vaudrey is the new Lord Crane, now that his (completely unlamented) father and brother are dead.
… the female serial killer who gives Hannibal Lecter a run for his money? Chelsea Cain’s novel Heartsick follows Gretchen Lowell, who was one of the country’s most notorious serial killers until she turned herself in to the police.
… the terrifyingly realistic vampire apocalypse that destroyed 98% of the world? It’s a bit misleading to refer to Justin Cronin’s epic novel, The Passage, as a vampire novel, since these are not like any vampires I’ve read about before. In fact, this novel is really like nothing else I’ve read before either.