Get lost in the rich, dark atmosphere of Ireland with some of my favorite paranormal tales featuring the Emerald Isle! I’m not much of a romance reader. Sure, I love a good love story…if it’s tangled up in a mystery, supernatural suspense or a ghastly tale. Otherwise I lose interest pretty fast. Pure romance just isn’t my thing. I have nothing against it. In fact, I think there are some brilliant romance writers! Again, just not my cup of coffee. So when I sat down to think about what type of St. Patrick’s Day book-themed post I wanted to write, it took me a while to come up with something. So many of the novels that involve Ireland are quite romantic. Then I remembered one of my favorite Victoria Laurie books. Moments later, a Nora Roberts trilogy popped into my heads (yes, she’s a romance writer, but bear with me, I’ll justify it later). Within three minutes, I had half this post written in my head! I ran into a snag after that, but a little creative thinking filled out the rest of the list. Voila!
My 5 Favorite Supernatural Tales of Ireland
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: A Ghost Hunter Mystery: One of my absolute favorite series of all time, this particular installment takes place in a super spooky castle in Ireland. The atmosphere is thick and creepy. I actually reviewed Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls back when it came out. It wasn’t my favorite in the series, but even at that, it’s a fantastic fun read. Nora Roberts Jewels of the Sun – Yes, Nora Roberts’ books are oh so romantic, but her supernatural series are also oh so fun! This series- along with her Three Sisters Island series- is one of my favorites. It takes place in Ireland, making it the perfect fit for my list. Nora Roberts either spent a good amount of time in the Emerald Isle or did an insane amount of research because she captures the atmosphere beautifully. The first in the series, Jewels of the Sun is also my favorite. It’s the tale of Jude, an American who heads to Ireland, her grandmother’s ancestral home, to “find herself.” Instead, she finds herself in the middle of an ancient curse. She may also just find herself at the start of a new romance! Yes, romance, but it’s mixed in nicely with all the other supernatural stuff, so it’s fun, I promise! Spell Checked (Logic Book 1) I absolutely adore CG Powell. Christine was a huge supporter of indie publishers before becoming one herself. She’s written about half a dozen novels and appeared in a few anthologies, but Spell Checked is my favorite. It also happens to tie in to Ireland! In the story, Mae is tired of relationships going sour, so she gives them up forever. Then she finds herself lured to Ireland, where she ends up in a world of witches, vampires and other strange breeds of creatures. Along the way, she falls for a trickster and learns a few things about herself that definitely come as a surprise! The Wish List by Eoin Colfer I never got into the Artemis Fowl series, but I did really like this book. It’s different from the others on this list because it’s written more for middle grade kids and teens. Don’t let that keep you away, though. It’s definitely dark enough for adults to enjoy. Meg Finn is dead. Unfortunately, she was in the middle of robbing an apartment when she died. The thing is, Meg isn’t all bad. She also isn’t all good. In fact, she’s pretty much split right down the middle. If she wants to tip the scales in the favor of good (and whatever pearly gates or shiny happies come with that) she needs to do some really good deeds. Namely, fulfill the wishes of the man she was robbing. Boy, does he have a lot of them! October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire Okay, so technically this one takes place in San Francisco and not Ireland, but Fae world will definitely make you FEEL like you’re in the Emerald Isle! I absolutely love everything about this series, including how McGuire gets every aspect of Faerie just right…if there IS a “right” for a world that most of us never see. While I’ve never been there myself, I imagine Ireland as a land filled with magic, mystery, ghosts and wonder. It’s old and beautiful. Someday I’ll get there. For now, reading about it in books is the next best thing. Do you know of any fun paranormal novels that take place in Ireland? Tell me in the comments!
For more St. Patrick’s Day fun, check out a few posts from some of my favorite blogs:
- 10 Best Leprechaun Movies from In Our Spare Time
- St. Patrick’s Day Movies on Netflix from Mom on the Side
- Sweet St. Patrick’s Day Books for Babies from My Kids Guide
- Movies Set in Ireland from Better in Bulk
- St. Patrick’s Day Music from Callista’s Ramblings
- Kids’ Games from Ireland from Gaggle of Gamers
- 10 Favorite Irish Actors from Day by Day in our World
- Great Irish Bands from How Was Your Day?
- Books about Brendan the Navigator from Upstate Ramblings