Best Paranormal & Fantasy Romances

A list for the best romances in the paranormal and fantasy sub-genres. All paranormal & fantasy romances are welcome. They do not have to be first in a series.

Please read the rules below before voting.

1. The book must be primarily categorized as a romance or have a strong romantic sub-plot with an HEA or HFN ending.
2. The book must fall into either the paranormal or fantasy sub-genres of romance.
Paranormal - typically refers to stories where paranormal creatures (vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fey, witches/wizards, angels, demons, zombies, ghosts, etc.) or paranormal phenomena (psychic powers, time travel, magic, etc.) plays a significant role in the story.
Fantasy - typically refers to stories where magic, magical creatures, or supernatural phenomena play a significant role and may take place in an imaginary world.
If a book contains the following themes: futuristic societies, other worlds, outer space, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, aliens, etc. it should probably be placed on the Best Sci-Fi/Futuristic Romance list here: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/86...

Any books that do not meet these two rules will be removed.

Note: Anyone who voted for books that weren't first in a series but legitimately belonged on the list and had them removed by the serial deleter in July 2012, keep re-voting. The list is still not back to where it was before that happened.
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3,987 books · 8,101 voters · list created July 7th, 2008 by Julianna (votes) .
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message 1: by Phyllis (new)

Phyllis i neever read any of these


message 2: by Steph (new)

Steph I've only read Twilight (out of these books) and I can't say that wins best paranormal romance. I could think of twenty others that are much better, but Twilight wins by default, I guess.


message 3: by Toni (new)

Toni berkshire I am not familiar with most of these books, but 'Remote Control', was terrific, witty, original and fun to read. Some very scary parts dealing with heights made me feel that I was in the same place as the characters in the book and I had to hold tight to chair.


message 4: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Stella Price is an author to watch. I wish her all the best with her novels. I love the ones I've read and look forward to those I haven't read yet.




message 5: by Candace (new)

Candace Salima You left off the best ones! I loved the Nora Roberts "Key" trilogy as well as her "Morrigan's Cross" series. Those are the ones I would have voted for. I don't think the rest even hold a candle!


message 6: by shanah (last edited Jan 26, 2009 10:47PM) (new)

shanah I was only knew and read the Twilihgt Saga series from these list. Stephanie give us kindly different of love story eventhough just fantasy....amazing!!!!.
I like it so much, this is what i looking for. Almost perfect.......especially the plot. BRAVO for your stepahine...!!!!!


message 7: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Its probably sad commentary that i have read at least half of these. and still own them.


message 8: by shanah (new)

shanah Sookie's Stackhouse of Charlaine Harris, already add on my list but not yet finish from all series.

She was created her own world on Sookie's series with a lot supernatural and myths stuff. Very very imaginative, I really like it and add new reference on my head ;D.



message 9: by Lucille (last edited Jun 15, 2009 04:56PM) (new)

Lucille I love and adore all of Kelley Armstrongs books. I've started reading Patricia Briggs. Twilight, of course, must be mentioned as a good, clean, romance. Vampire Academy was really good. I'm not sure if they're on the list, because there are a lot of books, but i also love Kim Harrison and Colleen Gleason for paranormal romance, and Michelle Bardsley for quick reads :)


message 10: by Pam (last edited Jun 23, 2009 12:21PM) (new)

Pam Most real paranormal fans would agree that J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood is the best series out! I would add Jeaniene Frost and Christine Feehan as close seconds.


message 11: by Pam (new)

Pam JR Ward is the author, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is the series and it's the best acc'd to most of my fellow pnr (paranormal romance) friends. I voted for the first book in that series as I usually like the first one the best and in this case it holds true: Dark Lover. I would add Jeanienne frost as best new pnr author and Christine Feehan as one of the most popular of all time.


message 12: by Pam (new)

Pam Oh and I would add that Twilight is the most popular in the YA (young adult) paranormal romance category.

Just my opinion, but I do know it's shared by many as I read these like a junkie and have lot's of friends that are very into the genre as well.


message 13: by Pam (new)

Pam My teenager forced me to read Twilight, I did enjoy it but I usually like my books a bit more rated R rather than pg. I am now planning to read New Moon before the movie comes out :)

Your very welcome!


message 14: by Pam (new)

Pam So far I've only read Twilight. New Moon is on my tbr (to be read) list. I have till Nov when the movie comes out to read it so I've been taking my time. I did like the book a little better than the movie because I thought I understood Edward, and liked him better in the book. He seemed a bit more aloof in the movie than he did in the book and his character seemed more vibrant in the book so it enriched the whole story.

I will try to find time to write a review, and then one for New Moon when I finally get to read it :)


message 15: by Kayla (last edited Aug 17, 2009 07:59PM) (new)

Kayla J.R. Ward is the author of the best series of books on this list. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is ridiculously AMAZING. Take it from me whom still has Twilight posters and magazines throughout my room


message 16: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Wow, i didn't think it was possible. A list consisting entirely of 100 terrible books.
Is it just me or is every single book in this list a YA book?


message 17: by Pam (new)

Pam Nope, they are not all YA. In fact Elizabeth Amber is WAYYYY not YA. Wow, you read all these books and think they're terrible but you didn't notice that MOST of them aren't Young Adult? Amazing. Personally, I don't read much YA and I did read most of these books. I Highly recommend JR Ward, Christine Feehan, and Jeaniene Frost, just to name a few favorites. These are all PNR (paranormal romance), so if that isn't your cup of tea perhaps you should skip them.


message 18: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Pam wrote: "Nope, they are not all YA. In fact Elizabeth Amber is WAYYYY not YA. Wow, you read all these books and think they're terrible but you didn't notice that MOST of them aren't Young Adult? Amazing. ..."

Is it just me or is every single book in this list either YA or erotica?


message 19: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather The list has "romances" in the title. What did you expect?


message 20: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular I dunno, there are plenty of great classic novels tht are also romances. No paranormal romances i suppose though...


message 21: by Emma (new)

Emma Where oh where is The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure?? Takes the cake for best fantasy AND best romance I've read. And where is STARDUST????!! That book is the definition of "fantasy" and "romance".

How about Fool on the Hill?

Half of these books that are on the list I've never even heard of.





message 22: by BJ Rose (new)

BJ Rose Emma wrote: "Where oh where is The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure?? Takes the cake for best fantasy AND best romance I've read. And where is STARDUST????!! That bo..."

The Princess Bride is there - just not on the 1st page.




message 23: by Sallie (new)

Sallie Pam wrote: "Most real paranormal fans would agree that J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood is the best series out! I would add Jeaniene Frost and Christine Feehan as close seconds."

Black Dagger Brotherhood IS the best vampire series out there, yes.


message 24: by Gothicladybug (new)

Gothicladybug unfair list just unfair i refuse all my favorites are pretty much on this list i refuse to chose just one


message 25: by Emma (new)

Emma Wait... What page is The Princess Bride on? I couldn't find it, if its on this list at all.


The noob king coji (Master of All that is Ausome) lol i just started ading books to my list


message 27: by Josephine (new)

Josephine Gomez i've read some of the books and it's awesome


message 28: by BJ Rose (new)

BJ Rose Emma wrote: "Wait... What page is The Princess Bride on? I couldn't find it, if its on this list at all."

Well, Emma, now I can't find it either, but I know it was there - I just checked my list of books that I voted for, and it's on there! "Is a puzzlement" as Yul Brynner said in The King and I




message 29: by Leasha (new)

Leasha tell me, what is so great about the twilight saga? it is just bella getting into trouble and you know at the end of the book/movie everything is going to work out. I liked all the books but was really disappointed with the story line and the movies.


message 30: by Adam (new)

Adam Shiver and Graceling were a lot better than Twilight- Twilight was super boring.


message 31: by Heather (new)

Heather I agree that J.R. Ward is the best! And as for the person that said these are all YA or Erotica...Have you ever read "Wolf Tales"? Now THAT is erotica!!


message 32: by Sarah (new)

Sarah THE HOST by Stepahnie meyer is a must read its completely diffent than twilight (loved them books as well) The Host is just as powerful i loved the read, keeps you guessing whats next and reading all night! Cant wait for the sequel!


message 33: by Casimir (new)

Casimir Radon Wow, all of the filth all in one place.


message 34: by Martine (new)

Martine how can midnight sun be voted for!?!?! It isnt even a book and may never be if the publicity about it doesn't calm down!


message 35: by Matthew (new)

Matthew totally love these books


message 36: by Cristal (new)

Cristal shanah wrote: "Sookie's Stackhouse of Charlaine Harris, already add on my list but not yet finish from all series.

She was created her own world on Sookie's series with a lot supernatural and my..."


twilight was my favorite also...but blackdagger brotherhood and argeneau series is right up there with it


message 37: by Cristal (new)

Cristal Twilight was my favorite too, blackdagger brotherhood and argeneau series is right up there with it too


message 38: by Cristal (new)

Cristal Ive read Twilight series. blackdagger brotherhood, argeneau series and almost all of the young adult books that has to do with vampires. if anyone has any other recommendations along the lines of those books im alllll ears


message 39: by Matthew (new)

Matthew kelley armstrong although not only vampires well werewolfs witches and shit its my fav


message 40: by Irene (new)

Irene I'm proud to say that I've read about half of them and own them to.
(;


message 41: by Matthew (new)

Matthew They are awesome indeed on July 27th Savannah's book is released.


message 42: by Tenae (new)

Tenae I'm not really familiar with most of these. I think I might go and try to find some of them.


message 43: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Bitten buy it you will most likly love it


message 44: by Selena (new)

Selena Yes, Twilight is about real romance... real BAD romance.


message 45: by Megan (new)

Megan O'Connor Sallie wrote: "Pam wrote: "Most real paranormal fans would agree that J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood is the best series out! I would add Jeaniene Frost and Christine Feehan as close seconds."

Black Dagger ..."


I agree entirely!


message 46: by BaileyBones (new)

BaileyBones Megan wrote: "Sallie wrote: "Pam wrote: "Most real paranormal fans would agree that J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood is the best series out! I would add Jeaniene Frost and Christine Feehan as close seconds."..."

Me too!!


message 47: by Jessica (last edited Aug 16, 2010 07:24AM) (new)

Jessica The thing that is wrong with this list is that the Twilight Saga is #1. Either people have never read any good literature in their life or they're just plain stupid. Twilight is an atrocious book with bland characters built upon some wet dream the author had that turned Edward Cullen into a stalker and Bella Swan finds that Romantic?!? If someone was lurking outside MY windown i'd phone the police. (also the fact that they're not real vampires because vampires DO NOT sparkle. She's literally ruined a mythical creature that are undead things that feed on the blood of humans. Dracula would be turning in his grave)

tbh The House of Night by P.C + Kristen cast or The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare should be up at the top.


message 48: by PNR (new)

PNR Just voted for everything I've read to try to bounce Twilight out of the top slots. :)


message 49: by Sadie (new)

Sadie BaileyBones wrote: "Megan wrote: "Sallie wrote: "Pam wrote: "Most real paranormal fans would agree that J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood is the best series out! I would add Jeaniene Frost and Christine Feehan as c..."

Me three! :D The Twilight series was good, but Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood is the absolute best I've read in a long time :)


message 50: by Ki (new)

Ki ❝The Book Scavenger❞ The Fever Series is how do i say......one word....AMAZING!!! I loved the series and wasn't surprised it was on this list! The author Karen Marie Moning is the best and I also had alot of new to-reads to add to my list...


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