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message 1: by Nephthys (new)

Nephthys | 7 comments Hello Everyone,

I am new to goodreads havent had the chance to upload all my books yet either. I recently discovered the urban fantasy/paranomal romance genre in the last three months and this is what made me sign up to good reads. The problem is now i have ran out!

So far I have read:

Rachel Morgan sequence (Kim Harrison)
Cassie Palmer and Dorina (Karen Chance)
Chicagoland Vampires (Chloe Neill)
Blood Books + Smoke (Tanya Huff)
Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost)
Jaz Parks (Jennifer Rardin)

I really want to read more but not sure which ones will be good any suggestions would be fantastic!

Thank you in advance!


message 2: by Jen ~The dreamer~ (last edited Sep 03, 2010 06:03AM) (new)

Jen  ~The dreamer~ | 649 comments Dark Swan series (Richelle Mead)
Succubus aka Georgina Kincaid (Richelle Mead)

There are 2 books so far. I think the series is fantastic.

Paranormal Romance I'd suggest
Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward)


message 3: by Joseph (last edited Sep 03, 2010 06:06AM) (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 216 comments Here's a list of my favorite Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series (in no particular order). I think you'll find something you like:
Nora Robert’s The Circle Trilogy
Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series
Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series
Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series
Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series
Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series
Carole Nelson Douglas’s Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator series
Justin Gustainis’s Quincy Morris Supernatural Investigation series
C. E. Murphy’s The Negotiator Trilogy and The Walker Papers series
Christine Warren’s The Others series
Yasmine Galenorn’s Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld series
Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series
Mercedes Lackey’s Diana Tregarde Investigation series
Laura Anne Gilman's Paranormal Scenes Investigations series
Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series
Seanan McGuire's October Daye series
Jane Lindskold's Breaking the Wall series


Jen  ~The dreamer~ | 649 comments Demonica (Larissa Ione)
Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)
Sookie Stackhouse series (Charlaine Harris)


message 5: by Nephthys (new)

Nephthys | 7 comments Thanks for the comments so far, really appreciate it.

I have read reviews on the otherworl series but i got the impression its seperate characters in each book?

I love the sequences that i have read so far because you can really get to know the characters and the world they live in with each book.

I have considered the sookie stackhouse series but wondering what it is like compared to the tv show. I find sookie quiet weak as a heroine in the tv show is she different in the books?

Jen I have just started reading the first Vampire Academy book and half way through but it just doesnt grab my interest like the ones so far. Maybe its just me but it seems a bit light compared to karen chance's cassie and dorina sequences.

Thanks Guys keep them coming!


Jen  ~The dreamer~ | 649 comments VA is young adult (The only YA series I liked) but I tore through them quickly. They get better as the story goes, but you're not going to have the sex scenes like you would in the adult series for sure.


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Nephthys | 7 comments Oh one more thing I took the time to research about the Anita Blake series and read a lot of reviews saying eventually it's not very good. Some people have stated the sex becomes quiet heavy in some of the books. I do like a little bit of "steaminess" but if thats the core focus then it just doesnt get me interested.

Can anyone guide me on this?

:)


message 8: by Nephthys (new)

Nephthys | 7 comments Jen its not the sex that i am looking for, more the hard kick ass type females with a bit of humour this one so far just seems a bit depressing maybe it will get better ill stick to it for the time being.


message 9: by Pamela, Moderatrix (new)

Pamela (teacupfangirl) | 614 comments Mod
Nephthys wrote: "Oh one more thing I took the time to research about the Anita Blake series and read a lot of reviews saying eventually it's not very good. Some people have stated the sex becomes quiet heavy in som..."

This is JMO, but for me, the Anita Blake series went downhill when the sex took over too much of the plot. I like a lot of sex in books, but after a point, each new book was more about how many new guys Anita would screw rather than the mystery stuff that got me into the series in the first place.

And again, this is JMO, but LKH's sex scenes are too repetitive and kinda boring to me. She uses the same phrases over and over, to the point where I feel like I should be playing a drinking game, lol.


message 10: by Keri (new)

Keri | 50 comments Right now I'm reading the Kate Daniel's series by Ilona Andrews and am really loving it! I'm already on the third book in about 4 days. Magic Bites

I strongly recommend:
Georgina Kincaid Series by Richelle Mead (not YA) Succubus Blues
Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning Darkfever
Demonica Series by Larissa Ione Pleasure Unbound
Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward Dark Lover
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (Sookie isn't really kickass - she's more clever when others don't expect her to be. It took me about 1/2 the first book to really get into the characters and now I love them! Very different from True Blood which I also love) Dead Until Dark
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (this is YA but very good. I couldn't stop thinking about this book for days after I first read it) The Hunger Games

Hope this helps.


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Nephthys | 7 comments TDF Pamela I have read quiet a few reviews stating the same thing and i dont mind sex in a book if its relevant to the story line. I however take issue if it start dominating the whole book. I read the first Keri Arthur book which i quiet liked the 2nd book just frustrated me at the start. Riley the main char and a shifter are escaping a complex in which they had been kidnapped too. Whilst escaping they just kept having sex it was bizzare when they are meant to be running for their lifes. If that is simlar to Anita Blake i would rather not get into the sequence in the first place.

I guess i am looking for chars that are like karen chance's, kim harrison's, chloe neill and even kitten (cat) in night huntress they have their self doubt moments but still fight it out with a bit of wit.


message 12: by Joseph (last edited Sep 03, 2010 11:55AM) (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 216 comments Nephthys wrote: "I guess i am looking for chars that are like karen chance's, kim harrison's, chloe neill and even kitten (cat) in night huntress they have their self doubt moments but still fight it out with a bit of wit...."

Nephthys, looking at that request, I'd narrow my suggestions down to these as must-reads that fit what you are looking for.

Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series
Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series
Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series
Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series
Carole Nelson Douglas’s Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator series
C. E. Murphy’s The Walker Papers series
Seanan McGuire's October Daye series

All of these UF series feature great female main characters.


Jen  ~The dreamer~ | 649 comments Dark Swan series (Richelle Mead)
The main character is a pretty kick ass female and the sex isn't over the top. This is pretty far up in my favorite UF series.


message 14: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
Nephtys--you CAN read some of the Anita Blake books. Just stop reading after the 4th or 5th one. After that, its a short story's worth--MAYBE, stretching it a bit, novella's worth--of plot with everything else sex.

Many of us who WERE Anita fans are of the opinion that LKH should have just ended the Anita series when she decided to go over to erotica/porn. (Personally I think its more porn than erotica, simply because, well, frankly its BORING since she does use the same descriptions over and over and over and . . .just as TDF Pam said--and erotica tends to be a little bit more, well, imaginative.)


message 15: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) The Cassie Palmer/Dory Basarab and Chicagoland Vamp series are in my top 5 fave UF series. So I am almost certain you will love the others in my top 5.

Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels
Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts
Karen Marie Moning's Fever series


message 16: by AH (last edited Sep 03, 2010 05:25PM) (new)

AH | 123 comments Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series starts with Bitten. Werewolves, witches, necromancers, vamps. Nice series.

You can read Anita Blake up to book 4 or 5. By then you will want to quit.


message 17: by Enjee (last edited Sep 03, 2010 06:31PM) (new)

Enjee | 33 comments I like the fierce women in the Dragon Kin series by GA Aiken:
Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, #1) by G.A. Aiken About A Dragon (Dragon Kin, #2) by G.A. Aiken What A Dragon Should Know (Dragon Kin, #3) by G.A. Aiken Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4) by G.A. Aiken

I also like the Demon books by Diana Rowland:
Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #1) by Diana Rowland Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #2) by Diana Rowland Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #3) by Diana Rowland


message 18: by new_user (last edited Sep 03, 2010 08:35PM) (new)

new_user | 1389 comments You need to try the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews! Kate kicks butt and she has a great sense of humor, plus there's awesome action!

PS. I love Chloe Neill, and the closest to her in style would be Richelle Mead (author of the Dark Swan series) and Charlaine Harris (author of Sookie), I think. I prefer Dark Swan to Mead's other series because her others have unlikeable characters, imo. Btw, Sookie is way more intelligent and quick on her feet in the books. I don't know what's up with that woman in the show.


message 19: by Celine (new)

Celine | 82 comments AH wrote: "Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series starts with Bitten. Werewolves, witches, necromancers, vamps. Nice series.

You can read Anita Blake up to book 4 or 5. By then you will want to q..."


I'm currently at Haunted, and up until now the Women of the Otherworld series is great. Liked the werewolf books best :)

I read LKH's first five books, and because of the big cliffhanger ending I'm thinking about continuing reading.. Does it really get that awful? I know there are people who hate it, but also some that don't really mind the twist the series has taken. It just feels bad to abandon a series without giving it a shot.. but I'm afraid it will ruin Anita Blake for me


message 20: by AH (new)

AH | 123 comments Love Kelley Armstrong's werewolves! Didn't like Haunted as much, but I will probably do a reread as I read the series out of order. I appreciate Eve's character more now than I did when I read the book.

Re LKH - I know of people who have read up to book 9 and liked it and others who have read the whole series and liked it. Personally, I was OK up to book 5. Then she started to get repetitive. I could have made a drinking game for how many times she used the phrase "the power." I don't mind reading books with good sex scenes, but when the scenes get a little repetitive, I can pass. I feel that there are way better urban fantasy series out there and they are calling to me to read them.


message 21: by Celine (new)

Celine | 82 comments I'm not sure what to expect from Haunted. The everafter seems quite interesting, but I'm not sure how Armstrong will make a whole book about it. I really can't read series out of order, don't know why. I would constantly feel like I was missing out on something.

Yeah, I know what you mean about the repetitiveness. Not sure if I can handle another book with "sharp, immediate pain" and all the other sentences she uses like every page. When I come across it I guess I'll give it a try, but at the moment there are other books that demand my attention.


message 22: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Bair-Epps | 725 comments I don't think anyone has mentioned the Kate Daniel's series. The first book is slower than the rest but awesome in its own. Just finished it and highly recommend it! Magic Bites is the first in the series.


message 23: by AH (new)

AH | 123 comments Kate Daniels is awesome!


message 24: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (maggie_r) | 5 comments Thanks so much for starting this thread, Nephthys! I'm in the same boat, with recently starting to read UF/PNR in the last few months. It's so great to hear everyone's favorites!

I started with the Sookie series, then read Mercy Thompson series and am currently almost through The Hollows series. The Kate Daniels series is next up on my list and now I have lots more on my "to read" list after seeing everyone's suggestions here! :)


message 25: by Melanie (last edited Sep 04, 2010 10:36AM) (new)

Melanie Jackson (melaniejaxn) | 18 comments You might like Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series (her Jill Kismit books are good too).


message 26: by Joseph (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 216 comments Another title that has come to mind that you might like is Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman. It's the start of a series about a team of Paranormal Scene Investigators that has some great characters with a tough female as the star.


message 27: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Jackson (melaniejaxn) | 18 comments Also Stacia Kane. She has two series, one about Personal Demons and the other about Downside Ghosts.Unholy Ghosts


message 28: by Keri (new)

Keri | 50 comments Celine wrote: I read LKH's first five books, and because of the big cliffhanger ending I'm thinking about continuing reading.. Does it really get that awful? I know there are people who hate it, but also some that don't really mind the twist the series has taken. It just feels bad to abandon a series without giving it a shot.. but I'm afraid it will ruin Anita Blake for me

Regarding Anita Blake - I've read all the books to date although I don't know why. Everytime I pick up the new book I ask myself why I keep reading them! I don't mind the sex (which truthfully is kinda boring because Anita ruins it with too much angst and talking) and the storyline doesn't bother me - the series could be good but LKH's writing is horrible!!! She repeats the same thing over and over. I swear she cuts and pastes the same paragraphs from book to book. And I want to scream everytime she goes into ridiculous descriptions of what everyone is wearing and why they're wearing it and what weapons the clothing covers and how the clothing makes them feel and what the clothing makes everyone else feel and what color Anita's Nike "swoosh" is. AGGHHH!!! I truly feel that LKH just doesn't have enough of a story to fill a complete book so she fills it with nonsense. She doesn't even remember stuff or conversations (arguments) that have already taken place in previous books and she brings it up like it's completely new and everyone is shocked or angry and meanwhile I'm screaming at the book that we've already had this discussion and it was resolved. The very last book that came out - they didn't even leave the Circus. All but maybe 3 pages took place in 2 rooms of the circus. It was all arguing about sex or discussing how to use sex when the "guests" arrive (which Anita is shocked will have to happen), there of course is the analyzing of sex and Asher is whining because he isn't getting sex. It was ridiculous. And yet I keep reading them. I too hate to quit a series - even a bad one. I think it's Jean-Claude and Nathanial that keep me going. They are the only voices of reason - well, I guess Micah too but for some reason I don't care for him. Anyway - keep reading them but just don't set your expectations too high. Of course this is just my humble opinion.


message 29: by Celine (new)

Celine | 82 comments Keri wrote: "Celine wrote: I read LKH's first five books, and because of the big cliffhanger ending I'm thinking about continuing reading.. Does it really get that awful? I know there are people who hate it, bu..."

Wow Keri, do I see a little frustration there under the surface? I totally see what you mean, the clothes thing drove me crazy, especially since her descriptions actually ruin the guys for me. If she had just let us imagine it, we could all be happy and clothe our Jean-Claude how we want him to be so we can enjoy his vampire-sexiness without being bothered with his lace shirt touching the tips of his fingers and his jacket that just reaches his middle and his boots and his pants and... *takes a calming breath*

Sex doesn't really bother me usually, at the moment I can't wait till she gets over it and finally sleeps with Richard/JC. The no sex before marriage is completely annoying. So strange that even though LKH is actually such a horrible inconsistent writer, she does have so many fans.. Her books are strangely addicting.

Thank you for your humble opinion, and I will follow your advice (: I'll be prepared for the worst, maybe her books are quite pleasant then


message 30: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
Keri and Celine--the thing that annoys me is--that at one point in time she was actually a good, competent writer. But then she seems to have hit early Alziemers or something (like about book 6 of Anita) and, well, after that, she just seems to boilerplate EVERY FRIGGING THING SHE WRITES. (clearing throat) ok, sorry about the screaming.


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Should try Cassandra Clare's the mortal instruments City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare


message 32: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (ashleylaura87) | 162 comments I just finished Karen Marie Moning's Fever series (minus the last book which is due in January) and I can't stop shouting it's praises. It didn't really grasp me until the second book. But it's totally amazing and I think exactly what you're looking for. It's got a mixture of adventure, kick ass female, hints of romance...great characters. They do have cliff hanger endings so be sure to have the next one ready! :) Enjoy!

Darkfever
Bloodfever
Faefever
Dreamfever
Shadowfever (To be released in January)

Pick this up!!


message 33: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (maggie_r) | 5 comments Ashley -- The Fever series has been on my TBR list for a while, and your post just put it to the top. Thanks so much for the review and for the mention about the slow start. :)


message 34: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (ashleylaura87) | 162 comments Yay! I'm so glad to hear it!


message 35: by Jana (last edited Sep 09, 2010 10:01PM) (new)

Jana Hopkins | 21 comments Another recommendation is Jenna Black,

The Devil Inside
The Devil you Know
The Devil's Due
Speak of the Devil
The Devils Playground

Also Rachel Caine, Weather Warden Series. Completely different from other paranormal books but great reading.


I found both series to be fabulously different from other things I have read.


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Jana Hopkins | 21 comments Maggie wrote: "Ashley -- The Fever series has been on my TBR list for a while, and your post just put it to the top. Thanks so much for the review and for the mention about the slow start. :)"

This is a GREAT series. Just be ready for late nights because I couldn't put the books down.


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Jana Hopkins | 21 comments Louise wrote: "Should try Cassandra Clare's the mortal instruments City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare [bookcover:City of Fallen An..."

I agree with this one too, plus if you have teenagers they will most likely enjoy them as well.


message 38: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
maggie--buy a calendar and circle Jan. 18 before you start the Fever series. That's the date that the last one comes out. Geeze, its taking FOREVER (whining and pouting.)


message 39: by Jana (new)

Jana Hopkins | 21 comments Another author that I stumbled upon and like is Rhyannon Byrd, Primal Instinct series.

She has a completely different twist on paranormal.


message 40: by Binchic (new)

Binchic | 4 comments Some of the authors that I am keeping in my "to-read" list (in no particular order)...
Shannon Drake,
Cheyenne McCray(Night Tracker and Lexi Steele Series),
Raven Hart (Savannah Vampires),
Jaye Wells (Sabina Kane --- the twist on this one set me off at first, but then it really started to grow on me!)
L.A. Banks (both her Vampire Huntress and Crimson Moon series)
P.C. Cast (LOVE the Partholon Series, House of Night series written with her daughter Kristen is good too)
C.E. Murphy (Negotiator Trilogy)
Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers -- a YA series, but good and her Shifters series for adults)
Chris Marie Greene (Vampire Babylon)
And I am with everyone else that suggested Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong (yes each book tends to follow a different character, but there is some overlap/interlocking), Jennifer Rardin, Cassandra Clare, and a ton of YA books.


message 41: by Renee (last edited Sep 11, 2010 10:16AM) (new)

Renee Rearden (reneerearden) | 23 comments I love many of the same authors listed above:
C.E. Murphy (both series)
Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers - YA and adult series)
Patricia Briggs - Mercy Thompson series
Laura Anne Gillman - Paranormal Investigation series

others:

Shannon K. Butcher - The Sentinel Wars
Lisa Hendrix - Immortal Brotherhood series
Deborah Cooke - Dragonfire series

Hope that helps! I'm always looking for new authors/series to read. =D


message 42: by Nephthys (new)

Nephthys | 7 comments Hello Everyone and Thank You so much to the contributions to this post. Sorry I have been away since i started this one but am so glad everyones been helping us all find new authors.

After all the comments about Anita Blake's Series I think I will give it a miss, thank you for that. I like reading long sequences and get quiet attached to the chars in the story if it goes down hill after book 5 then its not really worth it to me. Also if people stopped buying her books maybe she will see the errors of her ways!

I am defintely putting the fever series and Jenna Blacks books on my to read.

I have been eyeing up the Dante Valentine series but I've seen so many mixed reviews on them, what does everyone here think?

Anna I totally agree with you waiting for books is just painful I am waiting for so many of them especially Kim Harrison's Pale Demons. I might even have a longer wait as I really want the paperback instead of hardback! I like to be comfortable when I read and hardbacks you just cant lounge around with.

I have been reading vampire academy and now on book 5. I just havent really found it as gripping as other reads.

BinChic I REALLY want to read Sabina Kane! for some reason i cant get the first book in the UK at the moment, very frustrating. I think its going through a reprint but the 2nd book is available. Ive had that on my to read for 2 months now!!!!

Luv N


message 43: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
Neph--I think Dante is one of those where you either love it or hate it. Haven't met many people who are kind of middle of the road on it. You just need to start it and see what you think. Oh, and the usual warnings about book #1--as the first in a series, the world build/character introduction takes a while and its kind of a slow read.


message 44: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Bair-Epps | 725 comments Ashley wrote: "I just finished Karen Marie Moning's Fever series (minus the last book which is due in January) and I can't stop shouting it's praises. It didn't really grasp me until the second book. But it's tot..."

I'm the same way! I keep these books beside my bed and randomly pick one up and just reread it to get the warm fuzziness back from the first time.


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