Patricia Briggs: Blood Bound

In the second book of this series, car mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson is asked by her friend Stephan the vampire to accompany him to a meeting with an unknown creature as a witness, in case something happens to him. What they discover is a vampire who is something more than a vampire. Not much later, vampires and werewolves go missing, humans end up dead, and Mercy, with the help of all sorts of paranormal creatures, has to find and stop this new being - and fast...

I know, the plot description sounds hair-raising, far-fetched and outlandish. And of course it is. But due to the suspenseful plot, the mostly non-stereotypical characters and the smart and likable heroine, it is an immensely enjoyable book, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I could do without most of the rituals - why must vampires and werewolves in books always have rituals? - but it really doesn't get too much like it did in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books. This is a "very good" book (Grade A)