But his reappearance leads Pete into the invisible supernatural shadow-world of the fey. The Black London books are a series filled with contemporary fantasy and thrilling mystery, not to mention romance and second chances. There are five books in the complete urban fantasy Blood Destiny series.
Mack navigates her way through the complicated world of faeries, mages and vampires — not to mention shapeshifters and their scary, but oh-so-very sexy Lord Corrigan. Written by Helen Harper. Recommended by: Kirsty. But that all comes crashing down when Olivia — and the world — find out that that life is a lie. Olivia was in fact adopted as a very young child, and her biological parents are actually notorious serial killers.
Or are they? I was surprised by how into this world I got — it is different than my usual vamps and shifters fare, but the paranormal elements do become more pronounced in the second book. Part detective story, part paranormal mystery, the Cainsville books are great reads. There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. Welcome to the Big Apple. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.
Written by Rob Thurman. Recommended by: Karen. From all of the reviews I have seen around, most people agree that the Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance is fast paced and full of action with strong characters and good world-building. Cassandra Palmer is a clairvoyant who was raised by a Vampire after the death of her parents, only to find that her parents were murdered to gain control over Cassie and her abilities. After years spent on the run, Cassie becomes almost an accidental heroine whose abilities and confidence grows throughout the series. It is a great combination of mystery, adventure and romance.
The Charley Davidson series from Darynda Jones is one of those. There is a lot of humor, sometimes slapstick and sometimes more subtle, and a somewhat zany feel that can lighten your mood no matter what. I always look forward to seeing what trouble Charley will get into, and Reyes? Well, he ranks right up there with my other favorite Alpha heroes.
And now we know the truth. Underground has expanded and is now home to a dense population from Elysia and Charbydon. Now Merit is one of the newest members of the old and illustrious Cadogan House, where she finds herself under the power of Master Ethan Sullivan. As Merit quickly learns to adjust to her new position — and her feelings for Ethan — she must also learn to navigate a world filled with shapeshifters, sorcerers, witches, and faeries, and she must use her new powers to protect her House, her friends, and Chicago itself…no matter what the cost.
Recommended by: Michele A, Redbutterfly, Jackie. The Chronicles of Elantra series from Michelle Sagara takes place in a fantastical universe, but it has a strong tone of urban fantasy and a single character perspective. They focus on the character of Kaylin Neya, who seven years ago fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. I have to admit, I had never heard of this series before. Written by J. Kit Colbana is a struggling private investigator who happens to be half human, half Aneira something like an Amazon , and being a mixed-blood in a world of supernaturals is difficult at best.
The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than years. Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony. Ellie is one of those descendants—a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians.
He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing—and passion—for each other to set things right. The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction.
Written by Denise Grover Swank. This second series on the list from Keri Arthur is actually a spin-off of her Riley Jensen, Guardian series. These books feature a grown up Risa, and concentrates more on the Aedh, reapers, and the vampire council rather than the Directorate itself like in the Riley books.
Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next. In the Dark Days series, author Jocelynn Drake tells the story of the hot-tempered Mira, who for centuries has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable vampire enforcer for a mysterious organization called the Coven that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. An elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed.
But Mira and Danus might be the only two who can stop the evil Naturi — and save the world. It was the revelation of the millennium: witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real. Fast-forward 13 years: TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small-town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now, in high-octane Las Vegas — which is run by a werewolf mob — she finds herself holding back the gates of Hell itself.
But at least she has a hot new guy and one big bad wolfhound to help her out…Written by Carole Nelson Douglas. Recommended by: Carol Vasseur Scanu. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength.
But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…Written by Chloe Neill. A born fighter, Dory channels her rage and aggression into battling the demons and vampires as a mercenary for the supernatural community. Her already complicated life is made more difficult by a strained relationship with her father, and a dangerous attraction to a master vampire named Louis-Cesare, who as a vampire should be her sworn enemy. Too bad they both keep forgetting that fact. From what I understand, author Stacia Kane has created a totally unique world, and a totally unique heroine, in her Downside Ghosts series.
Chess Putnam is a tattooed witch, a ghost hunter…and a deeply in debt drug addict. Well plotted and faced paced, with ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft and punk rock. Just the way I liked it. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. Written by Meghan Ciana Doidge. Recommended by: Justme. But everything changed when she died and came back to life with some extraordinary abilities.
Now considered a rogue, Evy has the power to come back to life over and over again, but this gift is not without a price. She has become the hunted instead of the hunter, thought a traitor by those she once considered friends. All while just trying to survive. Each book in the series is a whole story with a beginning and an ending, however the plot of each book relies heavily on the prior books in the series, so reading out of order is not recommended. In the world of The Dresden Files , magic is real, along with ghouls, vampires, demons, spirits, faeries, werewolves, zombies and other mythical monsters.
Harry Dresden works to protect the general public, who are ignorant of magic and the dark forces conspiring against them. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in her spare time. Gin is also an elemental or person who can control one of the four elements — Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Gin has the rare gift of being able to control two elements, Ice and Stone in her case. Besides elementals like Gin, Ashland is also home to giants, dwarves, and vampires. History and the paranormal collide as five hundred year old rare book dealer Giovanni Vecchio and librarian Beatrice De Novo travel the world in search of the mystery that brought them together, the same mystery that could tear everything they love apart.
I just had to make myself read it, and that took a while to get myself psyched up for. I had heard so much about it, and it seems to generate so much emotion, that I was hesitant to start. The main character of Mac visibly grows and matures through the five books — she transforms from vapid and a bit ditzy into a strong, determined heroine. And Barrons? Just wow. Not for the faint of heart, but for me not one to miss, either.
Reality Bites. Well, sort of. Written by M. Welcome to the world of Georgina Kincaid, a reluctant succubus living in Seattle who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue. Anything by Nalini Singh is a must-read and must recommend for me, but for an author to have not just one but two amazing series is quite the feat.
The alternate world they are set in is fascinating, and the switching from Raphael and Elena to members of the Seven keep things from getting stale. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ—a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit—Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons. Written by Rachel Aaron aka Rachel Bach. Granted, I am pretty much predisposed to love all things Ilona Andrews, but even beyond that this one just worked for me.
Nevada Baylor is a struggling private investigator who basically supports her extended family in a magically-driven world. Skating under the radar as much as possible, her life, her career, and her future are thrown for a loop when fate throws her in the path of one of the richest, most powerful men in the world. Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance.
But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before…. The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home.
Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right—if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is. Written by Diana Pharaoh Francis. Recommended by: Kathleen, Renpuspita, Doug Meeks. In it, the Covenant of St. Creatures of myth and legend. Unfortunately for them, not all the monsters agreed with this plan…and neither did all the human beings.
From this arose a small group whose mission was to protect the cryptids of the world from those who would harm them without just cause. I am a late, albeit rabid addition to the In Death fan club. Written by Nora Roberts under the pen-name J. Robb , it was originally set to be only a trilogy. While Eve is the focus and Roarke steals the show, there is still room for the supporting cast to shine, as well.
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Anything by Ilona Andrews makes the list, period. Or at least it seems that way. The Innkeeper Chronicles is no exception — but it is a bit different. Offered as a free serialized story on their website and available in both print and eformat, the Innkeeper Chronicles have a bit of everything. Although the Gertrude Hunt seems to be little more than a small bed and breakfast in an even smaller Texas town, it is in fact a sentient magical galactic waystation that plays host to beings from worlds far removed from our own.
Innkeeper Dina DeMille is not only responsible for the safety of her guests, but she must also keep the existence of worlds beyond our own secret from the rest of mankind — all while dealing with one very alpha werewolf. The series is set in a fictionalized version of the modern day world where supernatural creatures such as witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, and elementals, as well as many deities from various mythologies, exist.
Written by Kevin Hearne. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—which pretty much sums up her new very hot vampire boyfriend, Ryu. Now, Jane just has to learn to navigate her new life — if she lives long enough.
Smart and no-nonsense and a bit on the sarcastic side, Jane makes a living hunting rogue vampires, and solving mysteries of the supernatural variety. While often compared to the Mercy Thompson series both characters are of Native American descent and both are rare skinwalkers , but that is about where the similarities end. Jane has little to no memory of her childhood, leaving her struggling to find out who — and what — she really is. After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late.
But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.
Written by Amanda Carlson. Recommended by: Redbutterfly. She has been trained by the best…and she is in way, way over her head. When something from the darker side of the city, the nightside, begins to preys on humans, she moves in to save them … or avenge them. The question is, for how long? Using her occult abilities to catch the criminals no one else can, Kara finds herself caught between the mysterious Lord Rhyzkahl and and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent, Kara may be in way over her head….
If I had to pick a favorite Urban Fantasy series, the running would be very tight. While the action and over-arching storyline are among the best I have read, what really draws me in is the relationship between Kate and Curran. I love Curran — snarky, demanding, questionable sanity and all he is a true Alpha hero. And the best thing is that Kate is his equal in every way. It will be a sad, sad day indeed when this series winds up a few books down the line. Managing to be both action packed and fun at the same time, the last think Kitty expects is to step into the middle of a world of secret agents, code-breakers, winged monsters on killing sprees…and supernaturally hot aliens.
Aliens who want her to come and work for them, no less. This is a fun series, a perfect escapist read, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Werewolf hunters, vampires and other shifters all have an interest in Kitty, and all she has to do now is try and survive. Special Agent Heather Wallace thought she had seen it all as she tracks the most violent and disturbed of criminals, but nothing could prepare her when a hunt for a serial killer leads her into the world of Dante Baptiste.
Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination, this son of a fallen angel is hunting for the truth about his past, while trying to survive his future. With supernatural beings, shadowy government agencies, killers and betrayals, you never know what to expect next. For quite a while, I resisted reading anything Urban Fantasy. I figured that I would get bored, reading about the same people for book after book, and that they would lack romance.
I was wrong on both counts, and these books are a perfect example of that. With her Mercy Thompson books, Patricia Briggs created a very rich, very detailed world with a very unique heroine. Mercy is a half Native American coyote shifter mechanic who often finds herself in the middle of supernatural trouble. This series is a great addition to any collection. The Merry Gentry series by author Laurell K. Forced to flee the court of her aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness and of the Unseelie fae, Merry has spent several years outside of the court out of fear of death via court sanctioned duels.
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…. Recommended by: Lorraine. Troubled by secrets, torn by loyalties, a deadly shape-shifter and a dedicated cop fight impossible odds in steamy New Orleans where a criminal empire built on treacherous alliances and a clan of ferocious Shifters searching for their prophesied leader conspire to pull them apart.
Written by Nancy Gideon , the series is unique in that the first four books follow the same hero and heroine: shape-shifting mob enforcer Max Savoie and NOPD detective Charlotte Cassie. And what a pair they make: fierce, self-sufficient loners drawn together by dangerous circumstance and held by a passion both irresistible and frightening. The following four stories feature other characters. Or so she thought. Demons and willing demon hosts are common in this alternative America, but unfortunately so are rogue demons who take unwilling hosts.
While vampire UF series usually take the dark and gritty path, Molly Harper went the other direction with her Jane Jameson books and the spin-off Half-Moon Hollow books, too. Jane Jameson is a bit of an accidental loser. She is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And that is just for starters. Her worlds are filled with humor, quirky characters, and sweet romance. They are pretty much a staple in any reading list, and that also extends to the spin-off books that feature Vlad, Spade and Mencheres.
In fact, I will not consider the series complete until that bad boy has his story told. I am of two minds about a Cat and Bones finale, though. While I hate to see a great series end, I am glad to see it go out on top. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas. The Others world is multi-layered, complex and fascinating, and even when burdened with setting everything up Written in Red still managed to flow with a great pace.
The world-builing here is terrific, and I can honestly say that it was one of my best discoveries in quite a while. Now to just keep that momentum heading into the rest of the series…. Recommended by: Kaleigha, Doug Meeks, Redbutterfly. They are sweeping historical time-travel romances, telling the story of 20th century British Army nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser.
Each book is unique in structure, tone, approach, and theme, and while they are independent stories, it is best to go back to the beginning and start with Outlander. The world also includes the Lord John Grey novels, which are more part of the original series than a spin-off.
Main character Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for sparks fly when Alexia crosses paths with the appalling Lord Maccon a loud, messy, gorgeous, werewolf. Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? And who is the real enemy? The Parasol Protectorate is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking. He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome.
Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt. That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. Written by Elliott James. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.
The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. Written by Jordan Castillo Price. She turns thirty in the most unfortunate manner possible: she is laid off from work and then run down by an SUV. These books are funny and irreverent, and a staple in the UF genre. Also commonly known as the Rachel Morgan series after the main character , the Hollows by Kim Harrison is set in an alternate-reality Cincinnati where magical and supernatural beings — primarily witches, vampires and werewolves — have become known to the human public.
The Raine Benares series from Lisa Shearin wrapped up a couple of years ago with the release of book number six. The heroine is a tough, scrappy heroine who uses her magical powers to find lost things and missing people, but who also comes from the most notorious criminal family in the seven kingdoms. This series falls more on the fantasy than the romance side, but it does have quite a lot of humor and action as well.
Sniegoski does sound like it would be a great read. Boston P. Remy Chandler has many talents.
He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language including the language of animals , and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man. Now he spends his time investigating the often dangerous supernatural cases that come his way, while using his powers to make a difference in a world filled with things that go bump in the night. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous.
But every once in a while…. Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares. Written by Laura Anne Gilman. She and her twin brother Rhoan were born to a werewolf mother and a vampire who mated during a full moon. After mating, their mother then killed the vampire. Both Riley and Rhoan are very rare dhampires half wolves, half vampires , and after growing up in the Jenson pack, they were kicked out when they were teenagers because the pack did not approve of their mixed blood.
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Both Riley and Rhoan work for the Directorate of Other Races; Rhoan as a guardian and Riley as a personal assistant for their boss, Jack, who is an year-old vampire. Riley is a normal girl with an anything but normal life, whose job it is to police the supernatural population all while protecting humans from the things that go bump in the night. Sabina is raised by her cold and unfeeling Vampire Grandmother to believe that as an inferior half-breed she owes not only her loyalty, but her very life, to the rulers of the Vampire race.
She is used as a weapon to destroy their enemies without question, until they day she finds herself torn between her two worlds. This is another one that I have heard good things about but never gotten to yet. The revolution is coming, and Faythe will be leading the charge. It looks like Faythe is the new Alpha for a reason. To make matters worse, her college is forcing her into the Supernatural night school. The last place she wants to be is in a room filled with ferals, vampires, and other monsters from her nightmares. The absolute worst thing she can imagine?
Getting hit with her first fervor in the middle of said classroom. She may not even survive at all. Written by Xandrie Kovak. Recommended by: Shira. The Sirantha Jax books from author Ann Aguirre is, simply put, a great character-driven sci-fi series with strong romance and lots of action. There are six books to the series, but it has the feel of one long, epic story that very much should be read in proper release order. Sirantha Jax is the carrier of a very rare gene that gives her the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp.
Her only shot at freedom comes with a hefty price — helping a small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper. Since she is dead either way, she might as well have some fun. Camille, a witch, Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, an acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire, are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider the girls nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds. But the girls soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld.
Now, with their friends and lovers, they must use all of their collective talents to prevent the demons from taking over as the three sisters attempt to save two worlds, one monster at a time. This trilogy from author Tanya Huff is actually a spin-off of her Victoria Nelson series, and it features former street kid Tony Foster, who is now a production assistant on a TV series about a vampire detective.
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And Tony will definitely need the help of vampire Henry Fitzroy if he, his friend-and the world-are going to stand any chance of surviving this invasion. Just a quick note — the story does focus on a homosexual main character. Recommended by: scentfragrance. Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for. Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a virus, the red plague —a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal.
Now, all those infected must be eliminated. Based on the exploits of a Psychic Louisiana waitress with Fae blood and her oddball collection of family, friends and lovers, these books helped pave the way for other successful Urban Fantasy series.
Recommended by: Judy V. The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons. Written by Kimberly Frost. Recommended by: Shira, Kaleigha. When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent.
I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process. Written by Lisa Shearin. Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert.
They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas. Written by Allyson James aka Jennifer Ashley. Recommended by: Monika, Shira. Good but not great: Doug Meeks. Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye! It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. He seems even less pleased by my apparently irreversible transformation than I am.
Written by Gena Showalter. What if you could see the future? What if you foresaw that, three hundred years from your time, your entire galaxy would be destroyed in an overwhelming invasion? What would you do to stop it, when it would all happen long after you were dead and gone? These are the questions that Ia must face, and the obstacles she must overcome. Spurred by her teenaged visions of an apocalyptic future, the young heavyworlder woman seeks to set up a series of events, a domino-chain of actions and repercussions that will hopefully stop the coming invaders long after her time has passed.
But in order to do so, she must enter the military and engage in a four-front war: an old, barely contained enemy whose twin goals of galactic conquest and lunch terrify all sane sentients; an ancient foe whose technology vastly outstrips anything the Alliance can fling at it; a fanatic, xenophobic religious movement on her homeworld which Ia dares not stop; and her ongoing battle against Time itself. If Ia fails, the stars and planets of the Milky Way will cease to exist, and so will the countless lives that depend on them.
But the odds of her winning the ultimate battle are very, very small, when even the slightest, most innocent-seeming misstep could domino down through time in the wrong way, and doom untold septillions of sentients to a dark and terrifying fall. Bound by the ice of her duty, burned by the fires of her conscience, driven by what she foresees, Ia must become the herald of death herself:.
Author C. This one would appeal to fans of the Mercy Thompson and Jane Yellowrock series with its half-Native American, half Irish mechanic heroine who becomes a police detective with the Seattle Police Department. Recommended by: snapdragon. Just recently wrapping up at book number 13, there are a ton of novellas and short stories that make this an even more complete story. The Otherworld gives you a little bit of every supernatural species, a mix of fantasy and romance, and lots of action.
Recommended by: Barbara, Coley, Jean, Jackie. Also sometimes known as the Moon Children series, this Urban Fantasy romance from author Eileen Wilks features a strong heroine, an intense Alpha leading man, great writing with compelling characters and lots of action. Lily Yu is a former homicide cop turned FBI agent who has the ability to feel magic, but that magic has no effect on her.
Lily uses her abilities to fight the monsters — both human and supernatural — who prey on the innocent. Her mate is Rule Turner — a powerful werewolf who is heir to his clan. The world-building is top notch, delving into both magical mythology and Lupine politics, while still focusing on a great romantic couple. Recommended by: kathybaug, shannon, Doug Meeks. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it.
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it.
Written by Sarah J. Recommended by: Bfmason She can find anyone, anywhere, at any time — except the one person who means the most to her. Rylee is often times their last hope in bringing home the lost ones, and it is her job to salvage what they cannot. But when a salvage spins out of control, an unexpected ally makes her rethink her loner ways.
There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey. Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders.
She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained. As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked.
Recommended by: Saski Chopra. Following her death in a plane crash, Celine discovers that neither heaven nor hell is an option for her. Between covering up her devil ancestry in an immortal school and trying to understand her feelings for a senior apprentice, can Celine circumvent her impending doomsday to create a favorable plot twist?
Written by Kassandra Lynn. Recommended by: Selwyn. Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere.
But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…Written by C. Recommended by: Monika, Redbutterfly. It is one huge story told over the course of six books, and it chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man named Tavi in the realm of Alera, an empire similar to Rome, on the world of Carna.
Every Aleran has some degree of command over elemental forces or spirits called furies, save for Tavi, who is considered unusual for his lack of one. As the aging First Lord struggles to maintain his hold on a realm on the brink of civil war, Tavi must use all of his intelligence to save Alera. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…. Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors.
Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.
Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade — her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Written by Lindsay Buroker. Inventor, girl genius, Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design.
When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel-toed boots, and a junk yard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss.
Written by Wen Spencer. Recommended by: Pam. Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert.
Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free — an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world. The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures — until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds.
But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice. Written by Helene Wecker. Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life.
Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good. Written by Amy Raby. This time around, the story focuses on Jewel and her rise in House Terafin. Jewel Markess though she prefers to be called Jay by her friends , is a remarkable young woman. For the demons that once nearly destroyed the Essalieyan Empire are stirring again, reaching out to strike down any who can give warning against them.
This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…. Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn.
Written by Amanda Bouchet. The Legend of Drizzt is a series of fantasy novels by R. Wizened emperors and upstart kings scheme and fight to secure a place in the world. Horrifying creatures lurk in and around civilized places. Lost treasures lie in darkness, awaiting rediscovery. While Master of Crows from Grace Draven might be a stand-alone story, it packs a whole series worth of adventure, romance and intrigue. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation—until she falls in love with her intended target.
Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate the God Corruption, but in doing so, they discover secrets about each other that may damn them both. From what I understand, the original three books are considered some of the best Dark Fantasy books around. With magic and witches and the fate of kingdoms at stake, the Black Jewels books are a saga featuring a young but still-innocent Queen more powerful than even the High Lord of Hell—and the three sworn enemies determined to win her and gain a prize that could be terrible beyond imagining.
Enroute to the city, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers. Dag saves Fawn from a malice — at a devastating cost. Their fates are now bound in a remarkable journey. Written by Lois McMaster Bujold. This huge, complex series written by Terry Goodkind is an epic fantasy full of adventure and romance.
His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul.
He is one of many: a creature of magic, unrelentingly male. He is lured through the portal by pure female beauty, a virgin sacrifice. She is killed, and he is silenced and enslaved. Such a dark ritual is necessary. Unlike their elemental cousins—those gentler sylphs of wind and fire—battlers find no joy in everyday labor. Their magic can destroy an army or demolish a castle, and each has but one goal: find his queen, then protect and pleasure her at any cost. What would a maiden do if she were given such a servant?
What would befall that kingdom foolish enough to allow a battler to escape? Young Solie and the people of Eferem are about to find out. Written by L. The Tairen Soul series by C. Wilson is a bit tricky to classify. The world and the characters are very well developed, there is a great overarching storyline, and a totally unique feel to the series as a whole. Originally set to be three books, it eventually was extended to five with two more spin-off books featuring other characters.
For something a little different, this is the one to try. These books are notable for their marriage of two distinct genres: Sword and Sorcery and Romance. They take place in the mythical kingdom of Gillengaria which is ruled by good king Baryn. The land of Gillengaria is an island divided into twelve semi-independent fiefdoms each ruled by a great house. King Baryn has only one child, believed by many to be unfit to rule. The Twelve Great Houses are jockeying for position to be ready to contend for the throne when King Baryn dies.
This jockeying is tearing the kingdom apart, and has brought it to the brink of civil war. In addition the general population is angry at the king for defending the mystics which they fear and despise. The mystics are people born to magical powers, usually of a quite limited scope such as being able to change shape, or being able to start fires. Any family of any rank can produce a mystic. Usually if the family is prominent the child is cast out. Each book focus on a different couple, and the first four books complete the first story arc, while the fifth release starts a new one.
Queen Of The Unknown. The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows.
Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. Written by Jeffe Kennedy. Recommended by: Renpuspita, Doug Meeks. Full of suspense, drama, action, and romance, the Warlands series takes you to another world.
But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test. This is a very different and somewhat cynical look at Oz as is seen in the books by L. Frank Baum.
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Unlike the originals, these books are not intended for children. This Oz is beset with many social problems like the discrimination against sentient animals and racial tensions between the various human ethnic groups in Oz. Many of the protagonists in the Wizard of Oz are presented either as antagonists or neutral. Fans of the Broadway hit Wicked have this series to thank. Recommended by: Jackie. Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty.
Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined. Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart. Kresley Cole is known for her Paranormal Romance Immortals After Dark series, but she also brought her trademark detailed world-building, snarky sense of humor, and gripping action to her young adult series, the Arcana Chronicles.
After an apocalyptic solar flash that ends the world as we know it, 22 special teenagers find themselves with terrifying abilities based on the Tarot deck. The Huntress, the Fool, Death, the Lovers. These warriors, femme fatales, magicians, and devils each have uniquely lethal powers, and Evangeline Greene is one of the strongest of them all. Now, all she has to do is be the last one standing in an age old battle to the death.
The tone and setting are very different, but it managed to pull all of my favorite characters together and give them the spotlight. Sydney is very, very different from Rose — a person of thought and planning rather than impulse and action — but both are great at what they do. Adrian is one of my favorite YA male leads, as flawed and damaged as he is he is also loyal, devoted and kind. I do have high hopes of a third series when this one is done that will feature Eddie and Jill.
Or maybe I am just being greedy. Putting a young adult spin on her epic Dark-Hunters series, Sherrilyn Kenyon has written a great series about the early life of Nick Gautier. At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. He is just a regular kid… well as regular as someone with a stripper for a mother and a career felon for a father can be. But when Nick is saved from certain death by a mysterious warrior, he enters a world he never dreamt existed.
Now, he is caught in the middle of a war between good and evil…and the winner takes everything. Recommended by: Kim. Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my absolute favorite Young Adult authors, and she has not one but two series that I highly, highly recommend. Probably best known for her Lux series also on this list , I equally enjoy her Covenant books. They read older than traditional YA, with wit and snark and lots of action. When I first starting reading them I got a very Vampire Academy vibe, but they quickly establish their own unique voice and world. At just five books and a couple of novellas, there is enough to get deeply engrossed in the world, but still leave you wanting more.
Cassel feels overshadowed by his curse worker family. His family is aligned with the Zacharovs, one of six big worker families that divvy up turf like the Mob. But now it looks like Cassel will have to take on his own family to survive, and out con the best con-men around. Soon, Luce finds herself in the middle of a love triangle — courting two young men with dark secrets of their own. On a quest to uncover secrets from her past, the shy Luce discovers the two are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries.
Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting heaven against hell in an epic battle over true love. The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to.
There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage! There is Victorian fake food.
There are mechanical sausage dogs named Bumbersnoot. It is a fun, well written and unique series with something for everyone. The Rachel Hawkins trilogy follows the exploits of Sophie Mercer, a young witch, who is sent to Hecate Hall, a boarding school for Prodigium juvenile delinquents. An awkward, sarcastic girl, she becomes best friends with her vampire roommate, Jenna Talbot, who is an outcast like her. Through a series of events, Sophie gets caught up in the secret war going on between the Prodigium and a group of humans who believe the Prodigium should be destroyed. The Harry Potter series from author J.
Rowling pretty much defies any attempts to categorize it. Chronicling the adventures of a boy wizard named Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With an increasingly dark tone and subject matter, the Harry Potter books are for any lover of fantasy fiction. Recommended by: Redbutterfly, scentfragrance, Janhavi. Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself.
But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos. Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.
As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Written by Maria V. After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling.
But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. Written by P. Definitely one of my favorite YA series. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both… to their peril. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? She does not trust me and fears my presence. I will not give up, though Number-one New York Times best-selling author J. Felix is a vampire - a fierce creature of the night who strikes terror into the hearts of everyone unlucky enough to become his prey. John is completely unimpressed with Felix, much to his dismay Sometimes history lies, and the tales of Minatsol and Topia are no different.
Since the birth of Topia, Staviti has woven a web of deceit around the truth of creation, striving only to maintain his power while destroying anything that gets in his way The first novel of J. Ward's New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series features a unique take on vampire lore and heavy doses of sensuality A race against time Or for demon slayers. The sort of busy where I spend all my time trying not to get killed or discovered for what I really am- a Dragon Blood with the deadly power to create new magic The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times best-selling paranormal series Emmy was born a dweller.
Now she has no idea of her path, and she certainly wasn't prepared for what would happen after her death Magic always comes at a price. Harley is a ticking time bomb, ready to detonate with uncontrollable magic. The only solution? One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, stunning Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Sheriff Jonas Harrington for as long as he can remember Forced to become an assassin for the Vampire Council, Mandy finds solace in taking out the scumbag rogues she's often assigned to kill.
Things go south when she realizes her next mark is an old coworker from her human days…a seriously hot one, who she had deep feelings for Acclaimed for her novels of "delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense" Booklist , the wildly popular alter ego of best-selling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes off on a star-dusted excursion to a rich civilization where danger and passion are just a heartbeat away Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times best-selling series by Darynda Jones Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity I've dealt with my share of homelessness.
I've endured being the bad gal in the room. But never did I expect to be forced to attend an academy full of power-hungry delinquents. I can handle whatever threats, traps, bullying, and schemes are thrown my way, because I'm not here to be a good student. I'm here to keep my secret safe from those who will do everything to see me perish.
Game on. When a vengeful god kidnaps her son, she travels back to a world she barely understands to find him. And maybe even her heart. A dead body. A missing daughter. A silver blade. All the clues point to one person: Me. But an edict from a Demonic Lord forces me to return to the man and the life I left behind.
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I have seven days to prove my innocence. Whoever set me up is going to die. John is completely unimpressed with Felix, much to his dismay. John is a witch, and as all witches know, vampires are notoriously stupid creatures who only have the power to hurt those who fear them. Can a cop and a jewel thief find love on Fate Mountain? She's on his radar Jaguar shifter Zoe Bright knows trouble. Growing up, she was the "bad kid" who could never measure up to her bear-shifter brother Corey - and now she's in debt to the mob.
So the last thing she expects is for Corey's matchmaking program to pair her up with Fate Mountain's handsome, hunky chief of police! He's on her tail Grizzly shifter Rollo Morris can't believe his fated mate is almost certainly a jewel thief. Still, he and his bear know that curvy, sassy Zoe belongs to them. To that end, Whyborne, his husband Griffin, and their friends Iskander and Christine travel to a small island off the coast of Cornwall. But when they arrive at Balefire Manor, Whyborne must not only face the evil within the ancient mansion, but the painful truth about his own destiny.
Lucky for me, Justin has been sneaking into my bedroom and feeding me blood for a year, and the only price I have to pay for it is putting up with his cruel snipes and my unwanted feelings for him. About myself. Until the night he was sent to kill her. Katherine, a young woman whose innocence and sweet nature woke a part of him Hayden had thought long dead. After joining forces with the local vampire coven, Hayden turned on his master, betraying the man he had sworn to eternally obey. For year-old Alix, life was simple in her small town. However, that all changed the moment a mysterious boy moves into her town.
Alix begins to discover strange occurrences all around her. Only, she quickly learns the magic she once believed to be fiction, may be more real than she ever could have imagined. Her blood is unlike any other. Riley Scott is dying. Heavy metal poisoning is slowly killing her. Declan Bonney was turned more than years ago When he sees Riley for the first time, he must taste her.
Her blood is intoxicating, but it is her ability to resist his glamour that makes her truly beguiling. Declan isn't the only vampire hunting her, and when Riley's taken, he will do anything to find her - and save her If he loses Riley, his very existence is over. Raven has orders to follow, but Christian's seductive ways draw out her violent soul. Their journey is dangerous, their enemies ruthless, and one misstep could prove fatal.
Heartbeats had a pesky way of complicating things. They almost always came with the nasty side effect of humanity and finally Since Thorne came into my life, I'd been plagued with both. Heartbeats and humanity.