What’s PNR/UF, you ask? Is it that LSD-like drug turning people into cannibals? Â No. Though in these sorts of books, you *may* find a plot along those lines. Â 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?). Â Being The Raunch Dilettante has opened me up to new books I wouldn’t have previously considered. Â 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. Â I’ve found with a few series that they start out with a bang but begin to dull after awhile. Â It’s sad, though inevitable, I suppose. Â There are a rare few, however, that manage to keep you sucked in. Â 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. Â It’s five books, though Ms. Moning is currently in the process of expanding via spin offs and graphic novels. Â FeverÂ has possibly one of the best male heroes EVER – Jericho Z. Barrons. Don’t fight me on this. You’ll lose. Â 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.Â 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 JZBÂ withdraw.
The Bloodhound FilesÂ 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. Â Right Barant? RIGHT? Right.
The Guild Hunter SeriesÂ 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. Â 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. Â Bones and Cat make for an interesting pair, and the supporting cast that follows them keeps things lively. Â 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. Â 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. Â A grad student from an influential Chicago family is attacked and turned against her permission into a vampire. Â 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. Â The fourth bitch slaps you at the end, and the fifth…well…I’m not 100% sure yet. Â 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?