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Recommendations – Fantasy, Urban Fantasy & Paranormal

Urban Fantasy is one of our absolute top genres. It’s always so exciting and FUN! Below are some of our faves. Feel free to share yours with us too! We love finding more UF to read.


Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Both my BBH (Better Blogging Half) and I absolutely loved this series. It’s set in Dublin among the Fae (seelie and unseelie), humans, and other random supernaturals. We follow heroine Mac as she tries to discover who (or what) killed her sister. Mac is a total toughie, you will adore her and our hero – Jerricho Barrons. Dangerous and smoking hot. Sigh. Need I say more?

 

Jane True Series by Nicole Peeler

Jane will forever have a special place in my heart.  It was Jane that elevated my BBH and I from best buds to ultimate soul mates. Well Jane, food and diet coke. Anyway, the point is WE LOVE JANE! Set in small town America (to start with) Jane discovers she is half selkie and from there things take a turn for the crazy. This series follows Jane and her friends as they try to right the wrongs in their world and save their people. There are some truly creepy characters (Graeme and the harpies – ick), and some truly awesome ones (pretty much everyone on Team Jane).

 

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels is a badass. Born to an evil God of a father and raised on the run by his head assassin, she has been taught from the day she was born that her job is to eventually take down her father.  In the meantime, she pretty much spends all her time kicking ass and taking names. This series is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the technology overloaded and magic fought back. Survival is really based on luck of the draw and whether the technology is running things on the day or the magic. A big part of this story is Kate’s budding romance with the Lord of the Beasts, Curran. Their chemistry is out of this world  – definitely worth reading!

 

The Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins

BBH and I actually disagree on this one. Not hugely but the main problem for us in this series is the sheer amount of smut kind of brings down what would be a really good story. I read it anyway because I love the fae, but it was too much for BBH. Understandably. However a lot of people get into that stuff (reow!) so if that’s you then you will love this series even more. It’s basically a story about a girl, Synthia, whose been brought up to believe she’s one thing only to discover that her entire world is not as it seems, and she is not at all who she thought she was. There are SO many twists and turns in these books. Everyone deceives everyone else, which is kind of amazing since the fae technically can’t lie in this world. But they do manage to twist the truth to suit themselves when ever they like and really, you would expect nothing less from the fae.

 

Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

Charley is who I wish I could be when I’m having an argument with someone. You know how often you won’t think of the prefect retort until you have walked away? Or have been walked away from, as the case may be. She’s so quick witted it’s ridiculous. I even, on occasion, found myself having to read a line twice to pick up the joke. Charley Davidson is the Grim Reaper. She uses this to her advantage by having her own private detective business. She runs around solving crimes all over the show and often gets herself into dire situations. Chuck in Reyes Farrow, insanely hot and broody Son of Satan, and it’s a good time all around really. 

 

The Forever Evermore Series by Scarlett Dawn

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. A Shifter Queen, Vampire King, Mage Queen and an Elemental King all come together to make for a crazy and interesting world. I couldn’t put this series down!

 

The Forged by Magic Series by S. L. Gavyn

Don’t be put off by the cover of the first book in this series, Brimstone. It’s a little odd, even for Urban fantasy but this series is awesome. We follow heroine, Genivieve Belaveau, as she fights her way through an exciting world packed filled with fey, vampires, elves and shifters, to name a few. This series has the perfect combination of both romance and action and Vieve is a heroine everyone will love!

 

The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen

So far only the first book in this series is out, Stolen Songbird. It was a great start to this fantasy series and the world the books are based in is both engaged and fascinating with the primary creatures being trolls (at this stage). I can’t wait for the next installment in this series! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review – Sterling (Mageri #1) by Dannika Dark

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I have been looking for a new series to read for ages so when I came across Sterling I was keen to jump in. Even better – the series is finished so there’s no waiting around to read the next book. There are 5 books in total in the series.

Zoe Merrick is a 29 year old woman with an ordinary life. She hangs out with her cat, spends time with her best friend and works a boring job.  One night she’s heading home and is attacked by a vicious weirdo and left for dead. The next thing she knows she’s waking up in a body bag. She does what any sane person would do and runs like the wind until she is eventually found covered in blood by a man named Adam. He takes her in and cares for her as she undergoes a transformation and develops strange abilities. Eventually a chance meeting leads her to Justus who tells her what she is – a Mage. He offers to be her Ghaurdian. He protects her, trains her and teaches her about herself and their world and from there on we follow her journey while she figures it all out. Until her creator comes back for her and then the shit really hits the fan.

I’ll start off by saying I loved this book almost from the first page. Her relationship with her best friend was hilarious and fun and got me hooked instantly. I’m a sucker for a sassy heroine and Zoe is SASSY. She’s also witty and a few of her one liners had me snorting out loud –

 “The girl lives downtown where the crime rate is as high as her rent (and her neighbour for that matter)”

 “When the only tongue you’re getting is from your cat …it’s time to get out more”

The story did lose me a little in the first half and didn’t really get back on track until about 50% of the way through when Zoe meets the charming, arrogant and totally hot Justus and becomes his Learner. I’m not sure why that was (maybe it’s just me?) but I just wasn’t really feeling the connection between her and Adam. It all seemed a bit too convenient I think. You wake up after being murdered and you’re a completely changed person and you start living with the random man that took you in? Aaaaand were all just ok with this? I’m not sure about that. Also there were parts of the story where I felt like I was living in a computer game. An example of this is when they talked about her releasing her power so she didn’t overload as “levelling down” . What the..? Was there no better word or phrase than levelling down??? 

The writer has created a unique and interesting world filled with diverse characters. Some you will love, others will have you screaming about injustice and inequality, and then there are the ones that will have you wanting to jump into the story and take care of those assholes yourself. The writing was not perfect but it was solid and there were only a few wonky sentences. Nothing  too distracting.

Some of my favourite quotes –

“Part of our perception of our looks is shaped from a lifetime of comments, opinions and reactions to it”

“I think you know better than anyone that is it not the easy road the makes us capable of great things. It is the hard journey the leads to a greater destiny. You can never rise if you never have anything to rise above”

“He was the sun…my sun. He was the centre of my new life and I basked in his light and protection. My eyelids sank heavily and his hand rested over mine. Despite what I had told him – my hand was healed by his magic. Justus made me whole again.”

By the end of this book I was completely invested in this story and was ready to jump in to the second book as soon as I finished the first. I can’t wait to see where the rest of this story will take us!