Okay, this is more soap opera than fantasy but still has a unique set of characters within the genre. In addition to the sentient house (not AI) from the first book, we have a ghost boy, a wraith (with the very southern name of Cletus), and the introduction of a pack of were-creatures. All of these are thrown together into family intrigues and multiple assassination attempts.
It is thrilling, and the characters 'human'. The protagonist gets beat up on a regular basis, and time has to be spent for her to heal. This is far superior to the 'never hurt, never have to heal' scenario of most action books or films.
Love it, already downloaded the next one, and bumped it up to the top of my reading list.