Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Top 10–Urban Fantasy

Now that the year comes to an end, I decided to make a list of all my favorite books/series this year in the categories Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Paranormal Young Adult.

The list is on no particular order! Smile 

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels series) by Ilona Andrews


I guess this sereis will always have a special place in my heart, since it was Kate that woke my love for the kick ass heroines and their alpha males of the Urban Fantasy genre back in the day.

Magic Bleeds once again blew me away. I love Kate snarky comments and her relationship to our all time favorite shifter Curran.

I love this series and the authors behind it to death! Can´t wait for Magic Slays next year!


Unholy Ghosts/Unholy Magic/City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts series) by Stacia Kane


Stacia Kane´s Downside Ghosts series os one of the darkest, most disturbing and emotional series I´ve read in a while.

Even though I was hesitant at first to read a book with a drug addicted heroine, I finally gave in and read it this summer. Ever since, I am Terribl(e)y (get it??) in love with the main characters.

I am ready to read the fourth book in the series anytime now. Smile


Magic at the Gate (Allie Beckstrom series) by Devon Monk

magicatgate_thumbI´ve loved Devon Monk´s world with its complex worldbuilding and her ever growing and evolving characters right from the start.

And now that my favorite sidekick Stone and Shame are an intergral part of the plot, Devon Monk´s books are on my auto buy list and I can happily admit that I´m totally stalking her!

I´m really curious to see where she takes the story and equally excited about her new project/ steampunk series!


Mind Games/Double Cross (Disillusionist series) by Carolyn Crane


I LOVE this series. Carolyn Crane´s writing blows your mind. It´s been called everything from brilliant, amazingly original to perfect and I can only second everything.

I still kind of hate Carolyn Crane for the cliffhanger she left us with but then again, it´s hard to hate someone for writing something like these books.

Unfortunately, as far as I know it´s only a trilogy, so there´s only one book left, but still. If you haven´t read this series yet, what are you waiting for???

Afterlight (Dark Ink Chronicles) by Elle Jasper


Afterlight is only the first book in a brand new series, but it has already captivated me. I loved Elle Jasper´s atmospheric world and the sizzling hot relationship between the two main characters.

Plus, isn´t the cover simply beautiful?




Venom (Elemantal Assassin series) by Jennifer Estep


The books about Gin Bianco, assassin and stone elemental might also not be after everyones taste. Gin is a killer for hire and she doesn´t try to justify or glorify it in any way.

Stiil the firther the series goes, ther more I believe that deep down inside, Gin has a hear of gold.

I´m also dying to read more about  Owen!


Pray for Dawn/Wait for Dusk (Dark Days series) by Jocelynn Drake


 How I waited for these two books this summer!

I was dying to finally see Mira and Danaus not only working together but also giving their interisting and complicated relationship a try. When I saw the cover, I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed.

Burn the Night, the next book in the series coming out in 2011 is also already on my auto buy list!


Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill


Okay, do I really need to say anything more about this series?

Merit simply rocks and then there is Ethan and Catcher. Puh. I guess I was not the only one who adored Ethan after his and Merit´s first night together.

The werwolves were also a nice addition to supernatural Chicago!



Tempest Rising/ Tracking The Tempest (Jane True series) by Nicole Peeler


Besides from gorgeous covers, Nicole Peeler´s Jane True series has everything I hope for in a good book: likeable, three dimensional characters, a funny heroine, a sexy vampire and his underdog (no pun intended) rival for Jane´s affection and an original worldbuilding with unusual creatures.





Alpha (Shifters series) by Rachel Vincent


I was really sad when this series came to and end this year. Faythe and her family/ band of shifters have entertained me for such a long time that I just didn´t want it to end.





Dreamfever (Fever series) by Karen Marie Moning


OMG and WTF was pretty much the inly thing that went through my my after I finished Dreamfever. With this ending, Karen Marie Moning shares the title of Cliffhanger Queen along with Carolyn Crane.

What is Jericho Barrons? And is he even alive? Will they ever be together? What about Mac´s sister? And V´lane? And…

Only a few more days and we finally know! *yay*


Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson series) by Patricia Briggs


The Mercy Thompson series is simply a guarantee for a good read. There is a reason why Patricia Briggs is one of the most famoust and most successful writer in this genre.

If you love werewolves and shifters, there is no way around this series.




Okay, hopefully nobody noticed that I kind of cheated. There are more than ten books on my list. Hmm… It´s been a good year for Urban Fantasy Fans I guess!

What were your favorite Urban Fantasy books? Did I miss a good one? Is there one you don´t agree with! Please share!


The Happy Booker said...

Great list! My favorite of the year was definitely Stacia Kane's Downside series. I absolutely loved them. I haven't read Afterlight yet but I'm eager to do so.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I was sad after reading Alpha too. Nothing more from the Shiters' series. You have some great picks!

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

Great list!! I havent read only Afterlight from that list...

so many awesome books!!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year hon! Glad to see you back =D

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I love the Mercy Thompson series, though I haven't gotten a chance to read Silver Borne yet! I'm reading the fourth book in Karen Marie Moning's Mackayla Lane series now! I also really enjoyed the first book in Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series, and I read (and liked) Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep, but haven't read the rest of the series yet. Other than that, I haven't even TRIED the rest of the books you've listed! They're going on my TBR list now though!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Great books for your picks! :) I've read a few of them, but I have several on my want list. :) I'm going to have to get those ones. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is funny. I wasn't aware this was a list of the most stereotypical urban fantasy novels in existence. Take a look at the covers of the novels you listed. Have you noticed any similarities? Now before you dismiss me as someone who is judging a book by its cover, just know that I've read three of these novels. And when I was done them I regretted not judging them by they're covers.