SHOTGUN SORCERESS by Lucy A. Snyder (2010 Del Rey / 326 pp. / mmp)
In this second installment of Snyder's Jessie Shimmer saga, my favorite occult fantasy girl is coping with life after rescuing her boyfriend Cooper from hell (she now has a hand that continually burns and is capable of firing super-hero-level power blasts if she removes her protective glove) and now discovers that she has become possessed. Not being able to control her hand one night while having sex with Cooper, Jessie nearly burns down her group's safehouse in Columbus, and when a group of powerful creatures come seeking revenge for Jessie's killing of one of them, our group flees and become trapped in a small Texas town that's been isolated by a powerful demon.
Everything in SHOTGUN SORCERESS is upped from SPELLBENT: there's twice the level of violence, action, and sex, and Jessie's familar, Pal (no longer a small ferret, but a huge spider-monster that can change sizes at will) continues to be the coolest creature currently creeping around the fantasy genre.
With a suspenseful trip through a dark faery region, several uber-dark visits to Jessie's internal "hellement," and all kinds of monsters and demons causing all kinds of chaos, Snyder is quickly building a series that--if it keeps up this pace--will surely become a favorite of cross-genre fans (did I mention I want to marry Jessie Shimmer yet?).
One warning: this one ends on a total cliffhanger/springboard for the 3rd novel; if you come here looking for a one-time read, you WILL be sucked into Jessie Shimmer's ocularis*, shotgun-magic, horn-ball monsterworld . . . and there will be no escape.
The third adventure can't come fast enough.
(*ocularis: Jessie Shimmer's artificial, occult-emerald eye).