Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60
I'm still interested in Urban Fantasy...
I just finished Nalini Singh's "Shards Of Hope" and I'm next in line at Los Angeles Public Library for "Allegiance of Honor!" (her just released new novel in this series).
I liked Singh's Psy-changling series a lot more than her Guild Hunter. Wow have I ever changed since we first started discussing urban fantasy! As I said, I now read the racy parts too, and shamefully, enjoy them! LOLOL!
Have you read Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series? Veronica Roth's Divergent series? (If not, the first three were nearly the best books I ever read but I hated the closer.) Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series?
And I have two killers if you haven't read them yet. Must, must read!!! (1) Anne Bishop's The Others series, I just recently read the most recent and I'd kill for the next one and I'm sure it's coming. (2) Amy Lee Burke's Wolf Within series, now waiting for #8. I've actually exchanged emails with Amy!!! She had better be typing on #8 right now! She's got a great were series where the werewolves are only born to were parents, and they would be as disgusted as you or I to drink blood. In her world humans are not aware of the weres. The weres are organized globally and the conflict is between two factions.
Currently reading "Midnight Thief" by Livia Blackburne (just started, has the earmarks of gonna be good) and I just checked out "Unwanted" a novella by Jennifer Estep from her Elemental Assassin series. I have "Allegiance of Hope" reserved in at least 3 libraries and hope to read it by mid September latest!
Ohhhhh! Can't believe I forgot Karen Marie Moning and her Fever series. I just finished the latest "Feverborn" (#8) released last month I think, and the ending makes it a FOR SURE there will be another sequel. Again, haven't read it? Start at #1.
My pardons to one of my email friends who I think I met at DC (or a soapmaking forum) but this post above is mostly a C&P of an email I recently sent her.
I'm running a special on urban fantasy this week! ;) Read the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlane Harris. It was a basis for the HBO adaption titled "True Blood." The series is now complete (the final 13th novel) and every one totally enjoyed by me. Sookie is a Louisiana coffee shop waitress who has a very unusual handicap: she can read minds, she's telepathic! (Not to give anything away, but telepathy is so unusual that she meets only two other telepaths in the entire series. People who know she can read minds refuse to believe it or just ignore it thinking she's crazy.) In the series she gets involved in various other species (besides humans) including vampires and weres (several sub-species). There is some romance but only a miniscule amount of explicit sex, just perfect for those who can speed read the racy stuff, but anybody who wants bodice rippers will be disappointed.
Speaking of bodice rippers and romantic urban fantasy, the standard test is: "Would the novel stand on its own if you deleted the explicit parts." None of the series and books I have mentioned fail this test -- all would stand if you simply skip over or speed read the racy/explicit parts.
I have encountered only one true bodice ripper and of the 50 pages I completed if the editor ripped out the explicit parts you could read it in 5 minutes! I'll never recommend any books like that to anybody.
I've been reading urban fantasy and urban romantic fantasy for the last 3-4 years and I'll always be happy to discuss or recommend books for any forum members who request it.
For those who want to start out light, I'd recommend Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series book #1 or the Stackhouse novels book #1 I just discussed. If you enjoy either novel it's a sign you have a whole genre of enjoyment waiting! And when reading urban fantasy I have yet to find a series where you would want to start anywhere but the series debut novel, then read in order of publication date.