This is one of those series that I knew was popular, but I haven't been very into fae, so I've been putting it off. But not too long ago it was offereThis is one of those series that I knew was popular, but I haven't been very into fae, so I've been putting it off. But not too long ago it was offered as a FREE B&N Nookbook, so I thought, what the hell!
Man, have I been missing out!! Moning has created a rich and unique paranormal world. Sure, the protanonist leaves something to be desired, but she's a typical girl-next-door and she definitely has room for growth over a series, so I'm betting that I'll like her more as the books go on. I can't wait to read the next installment! And as of right now, there are 5 books out (and 3 more contracted in the "world" but not necessarily the series) so those should keep me busy for at least a couple days. :-)
This is an urban fantasy series that takes place in an alternate, very slightly futuristic, Atlanta, GA. The story features Kate Daniels, a mage/warriThis is an urban fantasy series that takes place in an alternate, very slightly futuristic, Atlanta, GA. The story features Kate Daniels, a mage/warrior, as well as a band of various types of shapeshifters (including the very sexy Curran) and vampires (though definitely not of the Twilight or even Bram Stoker ilk).
In this particular book, Kate is called in to investigate a fight at a bar in neutral territory, but all is not what it seems. The investigation leads her to the discovery of a very dangerous and ancient enemy . . . one that was last seen at the right hand of Kate's powerful father.
I LOVED LOVED this book! In general, the whole series is excellent and definitely one of my top few favorite out there right now. And Curran, the Beast Lord, also tops my list of super sexy heroes. This series is a must read for fans of the genre. I'll be picking up the next one, Magic Slays, as soon as it comes out on May 31, 2011. Two additional books (#6 & #7) are under contract with no release date set as of yet. ...more
The Greywalker series is an urban fantasy series set in Seattle featuring a private investigator named Harper Blaine. Awhile ago, Harper died - but juThe Greywalker series is an urban fantasy series set in Seattle featuring a private investigator named Harper Blaine. Awhile ago, Harper died - but just for two minutes - and when she came back, she was a Greywalker, a person able to walk the "grey" between the worlds of the living and the paranormal.
In this book, Harper's friend, Quinton, asks her for help investigating a series of strange murders among the homeless people in Pioneer Square, Seattle's oldest neighborhood.
I loved this book! It's very rich with local color, and if you live in the Seattle area (as I do) you'll particularly love it! The book is loaded with Seattle history & folklore, including local Native American mythology. I would also strongly recommend this to readers who like Jim Butcher's, Dresden Files, as I feel the authors have a somewhat similar writing style and the stories have a similar "feel" to them....more
The series is a UF trilogy - the trilogy part being somewhat rare these days as series often last a minimum of 6 books and as many as 20+ (hello, LKH!The series is a UF trilogy - the trilogy part being somewhat rare these days as series often last a minimum of 6 books and as many as 20+ (hello, LKH!).
They take place in NYC and are about a lawyer named Margrit Knight who stumbles across paranormal creatures existing right among all the humans - djinn, Selkies, dragons, vampires, and gargoyles. She quickly finds herself embroiled in the politics of these "old races" and not much more than her brain, a touch of bravery and a ton of "grit" will get her out of it alive.
I'm not sure why this book sat on my TBR shelf for so long. I remember LOVING the first one, so the second one must have disappointed me somewhat. This one was quite good, but left a few too many loose ends to feel like the story is truly over, which sadly, it is.
The author has written some short stories that take place in this universe, though - those are rumored to be out in the second half of 2011. But it doesn't sound like any additional full-length stories are planned at this time....more
This is an urban fantasy series featuring various flavors of shape-shifters, often in the context of their underground intelligence agency known as WoThis is an urban fantasy series featuring various flavors of shape-shifters, often in the context of their underground intelligence agency known as Wolven.
This particular book is a return to the story of Tony & Sue, the couple from the very first Sazi book. Or more accurately, a return to Tony. It's written in the first person from Tony's POV, which, to be honest, I wasn't sure was going to work for me. But, I'm happy to report that I easily got into the story enough for it not to bother me at all! Yay!
Tony is low man on the totem pole working for Wolven and finds himself on an assignment that puts him near many of the top Wolven agents and council members of the Sazi society. This book seems to be heavy in series-arc plot, so the action doesn't exactly end at the end of the book like some of the others do. I'll definitely be reading the next one soon so I find out what happens next.
This is another PNR series that has a UF-style series plot. It revolves around five immortals (sons of various world-religion goddesses) who are swornThis is another PNR series that has a UF-style series plot. It revolves around five immortals (sons of various world-religion goddesses) who are sworn to come to the world's aid during times of terrible strife. The balance of the world has shifted too far towards the evil side, so a coven of white witches call for the aid of the immortals.
This book is primarily about the immortal brother, Hunter, and the witch he meets, Leda. Though, it's also a pivotal book in the series plot because, as the title suggests, the immortal brothers are finally gathered together for the first time in the series.
This *could* be the last in the series as it seems to wrap up the series plot from the first three books, but it does leave a few minor questions, and there's one brother and some secondary characters who are still un-mated, so of course there are four more books. :-)
I may read the next three as they feature characters we've come to know (and love) from the previous books. However, the fourth seems to be a short story compilation, so I might not get to that one.
This series is a good alternative for readers who have run out of warrior-type books and who like Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series, or Cheyenne McCray's Magic series, or even Alyssa Day's Warriors of Atlantis series....more
This is one of those PNR "brotherhood" series that reads like a UF that we're seeing a lot of these days. If you've read J.R. Ward's "Black Dagger★★★1/2
This is one of those PNR "brotherhood" series that reads like a UF that we're seeing a lot of these days. If you've read J.R. Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" or Gena Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld" series then you know what I'm talking about. Each book features a different couple and a different mission or stage of the overall series battle. And yes, while the couple does hook up at the end, it certainly isn't a HEA because the series struggle is still continuing into the next book.
This particular book is about the Atlantean warrior, Alexios, and the one of the human rebellion leaders, Grace. Most of the story is an internal struggle for the two of them to overcome issues from their past so that they can be together, but there's also a mission to recover the Vampires Bane, a jewel that the Atlanteans need in order to raise Atlantis once again.
As for the writing, the style is closer to Showalter than to Ward. It's a good read, but doesn't blow your socks off. I'll still be picking up the next one, though. ...more
This is a PNR series with an UF-like multi-book story arc. The hero & heroine have their personal HEA at the end of each book, but they're still aThis is a PNR series with an UF-like multi-book story arc. The hero & heroine have their personal HEA at the end of each book, but they're still around (to a lesser extent) in subsequent books to help fight the big, bad, evil of the series story-line.
The background is that when Pandora's box was opened the demons (represending the evils of the world) escaped, but were placed by the gods into the bodies of the warriors who were responsible for keeping the box safe. Thousands of years later the warriors are being hunted by a faction of humans who think all the problems of the world will be solved by killing the warriors. Each book is the story of an individual warrior as they meet their mate.
This book is about Gideon, keeper of Lies, who can't speak even the most simple of truths without being brought to his knees with pain & agony. In the previous book the Lords captured a woman named Scarlet who they discovered was the keeper of Nightmares. She claims to be Gideon's wife - a wife he has absolutely no memories of. And worse yet - Gideon's demon can't tell if Scarlet is lying to him . . . or telling the truth.
This book is kinda tricky to read because of Gideon's inability to speak the truth - meaning he speaks a lot in opposites. Once I got past that, I kinda enjoyed it. The series storyline is getting more complicated with some interference from the Titans, but so far it's totally working for me. I look forward to reading the next book, The Darkest Secret (Amun's Story) when it comes out in March 2011.
The Darkest Surrender (Strider's story) is also expected in October 2011.
The Darkest Seduction (Paris' story) is also in the works, but with no publication date listed yet. Kane's book is also expected in 2012....more
This book is definitely PNR, but rather than vampires or werewolves, it's about a magical community called Gineal and the demons they hunt.
Maia is a GThis book is definitely PNR, but rather than vampires or werewolves, it's about a magical community called Gineal and the demons they hunt.
Maia is a Gineal who gave up her magical powers 7 years ago when she realized that she was turning into a "Dark" user. Without warning, and with almost no contact from the society in those seven years, a Gineal troubleshooter turns up on her doorstep needing her assistance to track down a demon from her past.
I bought this book b/c I loved the Jarved 9 series by this author, but the two series could not be more different! The first book in the Light Warriors series was just kinda okay. This one was better.
There are currently four books in the series. I'll definitely pick up the next one, though what I really want is more Jarved 9!
This is definitely a PNR series of the lighter chick-lit variety.
The series premise is that in Salem, MA, there's an employment agency, Works Like MaThis is definitely a PNR series of the lighter chick-lit variety.
The series premise is that in Salem, MA, there's an employment agency, Works Like Magick, where the owner has a special gift for perfectly - and magically - matching clients & temps.
This book is about McKenna Greylock, a woman who will lose her family heritage - a large Victorian home that she's trying to turn into a Bed & Breakfast. She only has 90 days to meet the inspector's approval or the house will be repossessed and purchased by a smarmy developer. She goes to Works Like Magic to find a handyman to help her with this task, but finds the gorgeous Bastian Dragonelli, who coincidentally is a REAL dragon, instead.
I really enjoyed this book with it's very witty scene descriptions and banter between the lead characters. Readers who enjoyed Blair's previous two connected series will also love this one. There's even a cameo by the Kitchen Witch, herself. :-)
I'll definitely continue reading this series. Book #2, Bedeviled Angel is out now, with Book #3, Vampire Dragon coming April 2011....more
This is a paranormal mystery series with a bit of a romantic element. The series features M.J. Holliday, a medium & ghost-hunter and her4.5 stars
This is a paranormal mystery series with a bit of a romantic element. The series features M.J. Holliday, a medium & ghost-hunter and her friend/business partner/side-kick, Gilly. Each book has them up against some sort of ghostly problem and they seem to get more interesting & dangerous with each book. The books could stand alone, but they're better in order as there is a progression in the "missions" as well as the lives of the characters.
This particular book has M.J., Gilly, and friends filming a ghost-hunting TV show at a haunted castle in Ireland. However, things take a decidedly creepy turn when the producer of the show goes missing and a strong phantom tries to drive them over a cliff - literally! M.J. and her friend have to figure out a way past the phantom to save their producer and their lives.
In general, I really like this series, but this book might have even been the best so far! The storyline was by far the most interesting, I thought. The only downside is that Gilly, who is usually a comedic relief character was just sorta annoying & whiney this time around. His character just felt unbalanced in this story. I'm still looking forward to reading the next one, Ghoul Interrupted, which is due out December, 2011. ...more
This is an urban fantasy series with a smattering of romance. More of the latter in the last few books - the first few had romantic tension, but no foThis is an urban fantasy series with a smattering of romance. More of the latter in the last few books - the first few had romantic tension, but no follow-through, so to speak. It's about a coyote shifter named Mercy who was raised by werewolves. These days she's a mechanic, but the wolves still keep an eye on her. In particular, her neighbor, Adam, who is also the alpha of the local wolf pack.
In this particular book, Mercy and her friends become the target of a fae who wants something Mercy has. But, that part of the plot is almost secondary to the personal growth that occurs in many of the characters: Mercy and Samuel in particular, though not in the way that you're probably guessing right now. :-)
While the plot of this one was a bit lacking, this remains one of my favorite series in the PNR/UF genres (especially the first three books). A sixth in the series, River Marked, is due out in March 2011. There's also a spin-off series featuring Samuel's brother, Charles, that is more closely PNR. That series, named "Alpha & Omega" currently consists of a prequel novella and two more novels, though a third is due out in 2012.
This is not a series I'll abandon anytime soon. I'll be picking up both Mercy Thompson #6 and Alpha & Omega #3 as soon as they're out in paperback. :-)