What’s PNR/UF, you ask? Is it that LSD-like drug turning people into cannibals? No. Though in these sorts of books, you *may* find a plot along those lines. It’s paranormal romance/urban fantasy, a genre I enjoy, but never really thought I’d get into.
There are tons of series out there, many of which I think people who aren’t even into the genre would recognize (Sookie Stackhouse? Anita Blake? Ringing any bells?). Being The Raunch Dilettante has opened me up to new books I wouldn’t have previously considered. Some of these series are MASSIVE – we’re talking ten or more books in the series, and others are shorter, though not any less epic. I’ve found with a few series that they start out with a bang but begin to dull after awhile. It’s sad, though inevitable, I suppose. There are a rare few, however, that manage to keep you sucked in. Here are a few I’ve found I adore:
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
I haven’t reviewed this series, mostly because I don’t know that I have it in me to attempt to capture the amount of awesome respect and admiration I have for this it. It’s five books, though Ms. Moning is currently in the process of expanding via spin offs and graphic novels. Fever has possibly one of the best male heroes EVER – Jericho Z. Barrons. Don’t fight me on this. You’ll lose. Fever involves terrifying fairies and is set in modern day Dublin. Our heroine is a naive Southern girl who comes to kick ass and take names. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this series. All I know is around every August I get an itch to bust it out, and every September I find myself in JZB withdraw.
The Bloodhound Files by DD Barant
A talented FBI profile is pulled over from our present day into a parallel dimension where vampires (pires), shapeshifters (thropes) and Golems (lems) rule the world. Her vampire boss wants her help to track down a serial killer. Thus begins Jace Valchek’s tale of tracking down evil with snark and a handgun. She’s hystercial, and the imagination of this series is fantastic. Now, I may be a nutbag for thinking this, but I’m still continually amazed that this series is penned by a man, writing in first person as his main character, a woman. And it’s AWESOME. There are currently five books in the series, but more are on the way. Right Barant? RIGHT? Right.
The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh
I was introduced into this series last year, and I fell hard for it. Alpha angels that create vampires…love it. This is such a sexy and intense series. I have it faithfully prepared on my to-be-re-read stack. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a dark, gothic take on angels.
This is a popular series and it took me awhile to get around to picking it up. In fact, it took me awhile to actually get through the first book. Once I was hooked, though, I was done for. A half-breed human/vampire woman is hell bent on seeking revenge against vampires up until she meets a vampire she’s unable to take down. Bones and Cat make for an interesting pair, and the supporting cast that follows them keeps things lively. There’s almost always a dialogue exchange that has me laughing out loud – these vampires are snarky bastards – and not in a way that has me rolling my eyes either. There are other spin-off books to this series, too, that add some depth.
The Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill
Another vampire series that I’ve found myself enjoying. A grad student from an influential Chicago family is attacked and turned against her permission into a vampire. She is inducted into a house (think Harry Potter) and begins to learn playing vampire politics sucks in more way than one. The first three books are like crack. The fourth bitch slaps you at the end, and the fifth…well…I’m not 100% sure yet. This is one of those series where my interest began to waver a bit but then I slowly started to get reeled back in again. We’ll see.
Series I’ve tried but haven’t been able to get into:
Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton – I liked the first two but it began to get a bit repetitive to me.
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward – At the risk of banishment from my fellow bloggers, I can’t get past their names, like LOLspeak for beefcakes.
Lord of the Underworld by Gena Showalter – Similar story lines, different characters.
What are some of your favorite urban fantasy reads?