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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Recommendation Help: Urban Fantasy?

Photo of someone alone in the city (need urban fantasy book recommendations)
I'm lost and in need of direction.
Yes, I am a devoted reader of romance, but I've always stuck very close to 'home' when it comes to the books I choose.  I read historicals (mainly Regency and Victorian) and contemporaries, plus romantic suspense.  It wasn't until I began blogging that I even realized there were other forms of romance out there.  I've decided to be brave and try some new areas of romance -- Urban Fantasy is up first because I gather there are some kickass heroines there -- but I have ZERO clue where to start.  I've decided to ask all you UF-lovers out there for some help.  Any suggestions?  Here are some of my likes/dislikes when it comes to reading:

- I like well-written dialogue that sounds like it might actually come out of real people's mouths.

- I love getting sucked in to a delicious series but I just need to know which order to read the books in.

- I can't stand when characters have super-strange made up names with extra vowels and meaningless consonants.  I know it sounds petty, but I just can't get past that.

- I can handle edgy, but not too edgy.  Is that vague enough?

Other than that, I'm really open to suggestions and guidance.  I know UF overlaps a bit with other genres, specifically paranormal, but I'm not sure what the strict subgenre definitions are.  I mean, do I need a Venn diagram to figure it all out?

Thanks in advance for all your suggestions!  And if you need help in return navigating the sticky waters of the ton or aren't sure whether a marchioness outranks a countess, I'm your gal!

Romance Novel Book Reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm (good urban fantasy books)


  1. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher! First one: Storm Front.

    And of course, the True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. First one: Dead Until Dark.

    Those are my two favorites. People also like Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstong, and Kim Harrison.

  2. I found a blog that might help Smexy Books, Romance and Urban Fantasy ;)

  3. Oh I am NOT much help in this area but I'll be bookmarking this post so I can keep an eye on the titles that other people suggest!

  4. Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Parks series is a definite favorite (Book 1: The Deadliest Bite), I also enjoy anything by Lilith Saintcrow (Dante Valentine series book 1: Working for the Devil; Jill Kismet series book 1: Night Shift).

    Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series is one of my absolute favorites (Book 1: Magic Bites); I will re-read those books again and again. Rachel Caine's adult books are wonderful (her YA paranormal series is also good).

    Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series is excellent; although I was tempted to throw the latest book across the room after reading the surprise ending (Book 1: Some Girls Bite).

    I second the Patricia Briggs and Kelley Armstrong recommendations.

  5. I'm making a note of the suggestions on your post because I also need UF recommendations. The series I've tried haven't worked for me. Next I'm going to try reading the Night Huntress series by Jeanine Frost and Shadow Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light City by M.J. Scott. We'll see!

  6. For Urban Fantasy, I highly recommend:

    The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
    Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
    Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
    Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep

    Let us know what you think after trying some UF reads! :)

  7. Speaking of the Night Huntress series, I just remembered... if anyone is interested in starting this series with Halfway to the Grave, there is a limited, special ebook edition available right now.

    Quoted from Jeaniene's website:
    "From now until October 25th, you can buy a special ebook edition of Halfway to the Grave that includes never-before-published bonus features for only $1.99"

    This is one of my absolute favourite book series out there so I'd say, definitely go check it out! :)

  8. I enjoyed Graceling by Kristin Cashore. The character does have a weird name though, Katsa. But she is seriously kickass! And I love the romance! I'm all about the romance!

  9. See, I knew you guys would come through for me!! ;)

    I know there are so many great series and authors out there, I just don't know where to start! I'm intrigued by so many of your suggestions. Now it's just going to take e forever to actually read and review them.

    I appreciate your contributions so much - thanks bunches for helping me out! I'll let you know how all my UF reading goes.

  10. Hi,

    I was reading about UF heroines when I saw this post. I like them too.

    Perhaps this list could be of help in starting out:

    Also Mercy Thompson and Night Huntress series are very good.



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