ARMED AND MAGICAL
Shearin continues to demonstrate her marvelous gift for balancing offbeat humor with high-stakes adventure and paranormal thrills in book two of her high-octane, first-person suspense ride. You don't get much better than this imaginative and hilarious book.
There are elves and goblins who either want Raine dead or want to use her connection to the Saghred. The kidnapping of several students only hints at the danger about to be unleashed. When her young friend Piaras is threatened, Raine goes into protection mode. Can she stop the power of an ancient stone from claiming more victims? (ACE, May, 304 pp., $7.99)