101+ Series to Read Before You Die

A while back, I saw an article that listed “The 101 Books to Read Before You Die”. Great idea – except there wasn’t any of “my” books on the list. So, I decided to make an “in progress” version that lists the Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult Fantasy Romance books that best represent their genre. Most of them are among the top series from the best-selling authors, but they sell well for a reason. I have tried to mention a few lesser known series as well, just for some variety.

I would very much like this to represent more than just my taste, so if there are any you feel should be added to the list, feel free to mention it in the comments section at the bottom of the page. And many thanks to all who took the time to help out.

The recommendations are broken down into five genres, and listed alphabetically by series title under each group heading. Happy reading!

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ACRO Series - Covert Agents/Psychic Powers/Special Abilities

riding the stormWritten under the name Sydney Croft, the ACRO series is actually a partnership between Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione. ACRO is the name of an agency filled with rare and covert operatives, men and women who might never have felt at ease with their powers in the outside world until they discovered that there were others like them. The agency recruits those gifted people – whether they want to be recruited or not. Failure for these agents is not an option, since the fate of the world is weighing in the balance.

The ACRO series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tina

Alien Huntress - Alien Races/Soldiers

awaken-me-darklyGena Showalter is known for her Lords of the Underworld series, which is a solid favorite on most people’s must-read lists. My Showalter pick, though, is not quite as well known. The Alien Huntress books run the gamut – the first couple are 1st person, the latter ones 3rd person, there are adult titles and young adult titles, and now a spin-off series. There is one more book due for the main series, and two more for the spin-off Otherworld Assassin series. They are fun, action packed, and a nice change from the usual Vamps and Weres.

The Alien Huntress reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim

The Arcane Society/Harmony Series - Psychic Abilities/Other Worlds

second sightNow, this recommendation is a bit tricky to classify. Well, a lot tricky, actually, since it involves one author writing two series under three names. Got that? Although her real name is Jayne Castle, this author writes also under the names Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick, among others. The Arcane Society books focus on a secret organization devoted to paranormal research. These novels cross over between the Amanda Quick historicals and the Jayne Ann Krentz contemporaries, but all of them are at heart romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. The connected Harmony series tells the tales of those who left earth to explore and create new homes and new societies on the unexplored worlds. There is a little bit for everyone in these books.

The Arcane Society reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Charry, Cassandra

Argeneau Rogue Hunter Series - Vampires/Hunters

a quick biteThe Argeneau series (also known as the Rogue Hunter series) is a different take on the traditional dark and tortured vampire story. Lynsay Sands instead writes with a quick and charming humor, lots of action, and sweet romance. The backstory of how vampires came to be is unique and interesting, as well. These books focus on the Argeneau family, who are hunters and executioners of rogue vampires, and those who become their lifemates. These books are fast, fun, and addictive – and still going strong nearly 20 stories in.

The Argeneau Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Doug Meeks, Redbutterfly

Black Dagger Brotherhood/Black Dagger Legacy - Vampires/Warriors

DARK LOVERTo be honest, I debated putting this one on the list. Not because I don’t enjoy them, but because I am not sure if I would like to put others through the somewhat emotional roller-coaster that J.R. Ward‘s books can cause. The first few books of the series were straight up terrific PNR love stories. Great. But down the line a ways, things started to change. They almost have a UF feel now, with a huuuuge overarching storyline and several points of view per book. I have had to learn to read the latter books in a totally different way than I did the first ones – I no longer read them for the love story of character a and character b. I read them for a return to the BDB world, the intricate plotlines and developments, and to see old favorites again. This series seems to be a lightning rod for readers, and love it or hate it it  provokes a strong response.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood reading list can be found HERE

The Black Dagger Legacy reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Redbutterfly, Bfmason50, Jan

The Blud Series - Vampire/Magic/Steampunk

wicked as they comeAuthor Delilah S. Dawson has created a rich, unique world in her Blud series. Her books transport readers to a place filled with vampires and magic, and the traveling carnival world of Criminy Stain. Set in the land of Sang, where the population is either human or blood-drinker, the Blud books are full of adventure, action, and romance with a steampunk vibe, which means there a little something special for everyone.

The Blud reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tina

The Breeds - Enhanced DNA

tempting the beastThere is just something about Lora Leigh‘s Breeds series. Each male is more Alpha than the last, you know pretty much exactly what is going to happen, you roll your eyes at the inconsistencies and editing errors – and you can’t stop reading them. They are completely addictive and pure escapism. Even though you might find yourself snickering at parts, and you might have a hard time admitting to your friends that you read them, the Breeds are one of those series that you just can’t seem to get enough of. Full of strong, dominant leading men and lots of action, these books are a guilty pleasure.

The Breeds reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Erin

Cambio Springs - Shapeshifters

shifting dreamsWelcome to Cambio Springs! Population? Well, you could say that it… varies. In this small desert town, secrets bubble up from the desert floor, and history is written on the canyon walls. Seven friends will gather at the crossroads, because in Cambio Springs, everything—and everyone—changes. In a town populated by shape shifters, tradition and loyalty hold the community together, but when change comes from the outside, secrets are revealed, friendship is tested, and more than a few claws come out. Written by Elizabeth Hunter.

The Cambio Springs reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbufferfly

Celta's Heartmates - Psychic Abilities/Magic

heart mateThis long-running series from author Robin D. Owens takes place on the world of Celta, a planet that centuries ago had been colonized by the people of earth who possessed magical abilities. Over the years, those powers have grown and changed, and help determine your social rank. The world is based in the mystical – magical spells, predicting the future, animal familiars – and the belief that every man and woman has one destined love, or Heartmate. There is a strong Celtic feel to the world, with a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy and romance.

The Celta’s Heartmates reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Cassandra B., scentfragrance, Janhavi

Changeling Series - Wolf Shifters

changeling moonI stumbled across Dani Harper‘s Changeling series by accident, and it was a pleasant surprise. All first three books were solid and enjoyable reads, and I have high hopes for the three to follow. Following the long-lived and complex MacLeod family, the Changeling books were a very good addition to my shifter collection. It is always great to find that “little” series that gives you solid writing and interesting stories.

The Changeling Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Clockwork Agents - Steampunk/Adventure

heart of brassAuthor Kate Cross (who also writes as Kate Locke, Kady Cross, and Kathryn Smith) has written a great Steampunk series called the Clockwork Agents. The Wardens of the Realm are a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England from any threat. But in this steam-powered world, there’s a fine line between enemy and ally. Airships sail the sky and intrigue is the rule of the day in a Victorian world where spies engage in deadly games.

The Clockwork Agents reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Mia
Dark Series - Carpathians/Vampires/Lycans

dark princeChristine Feehan‘s long, long running Carpathian series is still going strong. I have a personal soft spot for this series, since it is the one that got me back into reading after a long break. You know exactly what you are getting with a Dark series book – heroic alpha leading man on the edge of turning into a monster who finds the gifted lifemate he needs to stave off his darkness. While the stories might follow a similar storyline, it doesn’t seem to get old. There have been a couple of books along the way that didn’t quite live up to expectations, that is to be expected of any series that is at 24 and counting. Things have been shaken up in the most recent books with the addition of the Lycan people, and the resolution of some long-awaited storylines.

The Dark Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Charleen, Melanie Donohue

Darkest London - Historical/Magic/Shifter/Steampunk

firelightKristen Callihan‘s Darkest London is set during Victorian England, full of Magic, Shifters and Demons, with a steampunk vibe. A mixture of historical and paranormal romance, with rich characters and great attention to detail. They have the darkness and edginess of a paranormal, while still focusing on an epic romance. The characters are smart, powerful, imperfect and well written, and the series as a whole is completely addictive.

The Darkest London reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren, deborahkehoe

Dark-Hunters - Gods/Mythology/Vampires/Shapeshifters/Warriors

fantasy loverOne of the biggest, longest running PNR series on the market today, Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunters seem to still be going strong. Each book features a different ancient immortal warrior with attitude who fight rough, and play hard. This one has been on my TBR pile forever, and I laugh every time I get a new one to add to the mountain. The Dark-Hunter world actually has three sub-series: Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter and Were-Hunter.

The Dark-Hunter reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kim Shelt, Tina, Jackie

The Dark Protectors - Vampires/Shifters/Witches

fatedThe Dark Protectors series from Rebecca Zanetti tells the stories of the five Kayrs brothers, who are the leaders of not only the Vampire nation, but also the Realm, which is a coalition of vampires, shifters, and witches. In these books, vampires are born and not made – they’re just genetically different – and are male only. No human can just be turned into a vampire. Years ago, an evil vampire race called the Kurjans declared war on the Realm by creating a deadly virus that infects vampire mates…and now time is running out to not only stop the Kurjans, but to save their very species.

The Dark Protectors reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: mlh1112

The Darkyn - Vampires/Immortals/Special Abilities

if angels burnLynn Viehl is one of those authors that you never hear much about, but who seems to put out consistently solid work. Her Darkyn series features a cadre of mysterious immortals, and from what I understand they read a bit more dark urban fantasy romance than paranormal romance, which is how they are marketed. They are well written and fast paced, but maybe a bit less romance than some were expecting. There might not be your typical HEA ending wrapping up each book, but the characters return in subsequent books. And fans of this series can also explore the two connected series – The Kyndred and Lords of Darkyn.

The Darkyn reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Charleen, shannon

Demonica/Lords of Deliverance - Demons/Vampires/Shifters/Fallen Angels

pleasure unboundLarissa Ione‘s Demonica series is set, in all things, in the world of a Demon Hospital. Staffed with an array of demons, vampires and shifters, Underworld General Hospital has seen it all. Three brothers, incubus demons by birth, human in appearance (mostly), have pulled together to make the most of the healing skills common to their species. There is a spin-off four book series featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse called the Lords of Deliverance which is equally as good.

The Demonica reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tina, Lea, Redbutterfly, Jackie

Dragon Kin - Dragon Shifters

dragon actualllyWritten under the name G.A. Aiken, the Dragon Kin series is, in a word, fun. I can always count on one of these books to lighten the mood between some of the darker stories I read. With a historical feel, the characters are often rude and downright crude, but it does make for great reading. No one else has the same writing voice as Aiken (Shelly Laurenston), and one of her books is always something to look forward to.

The Dragon Kin reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean, Redbutterfly

Dragonfury Series - Dragon Shifters

fury of fireReading the first Dragonfury books by Coreene Callahan was a little disconcerting at first – I would’ve bet you good money that I was reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood (if they shifted into dragons, that is). Her writing voice channeled the early J.R. Ward tone so much that it threw me. But the fact is that I loved the early Ward books so much that it came to be a good thing. While a bit darker in some of their storylines than a lot of other PNR books the Dragonfury stories are a quick, fun read.

The Dragonfury Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Lea

The Drake Sisters - Magical Destiny

magic in the windChristine Feehan‘s small coastal town of Sea Haven, California, is idyllic.  Picturesque.  Calm.  And it is the home of the seven magically gifted Drake sisters.   Through the centuries, the legacy of the Drake sisters have been passed on to the next generation…each seventh daughter bearing seven daughters of her own. The Prophecy of the sisters says that, from oldest to youngest, within a year, one by one they will claim their destined mates.  But the paths to their fated partners are not always easy, and it will take all of the strength of the seven, and the men they love, to find happily ever after…

The Drake Sisters reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Doug Meeks

The Edge - Magic/Alternate Realms

on the edgeThe Edge series from Ilona Andrews provides an alternate reality, one where the Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blue-blood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny.  It’s a place where poverty is real, life is hard, and fairy tales sometimes do come true. The Edge stories are action-packed, bold, and different, and written with the tradmark Ilona Andrews style.

The Edge reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren, Janhavi

Elder Races - Shifters/Fae/Djinn/Vampyres

dragon boundThea Harrison burst onto the scene quite recently (2011) with the release of the first book in her Elder Races series, Dragon Bound. Often times it takes a couple of books for a series to hit its stride, but Dragon Bound hit the ground running. Heavily favoring shifters, there are also Dark and Light Fae, Elves, Witches, Oracles and Vampyres. And the shifters are not your garden variety wolves and cats, but are Gryphons, Harpies, Thunderbirds, and Gargoyles.

The Elder Races reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean, Kristen, Redbutterfly, Janhavi

Eternal Guardians - Argonauts

markedElisabeth Naughton has created a world where seven immortal warriors descended from the greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece may just be mankind’s last hope. As the descendants of the Gods, the elite group of guardians defend the immortal realm from threats from the Underworld. With great romance, lots of action, and a very interesting mythology, the Eternal Guardians books have a bit of everything. I have heard a few times that if you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series, these books would be a good fit for you.

The Eternal Guardians reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Lea, Kim

The Fallen - Angels/Vampires/Demons

angel of darknessAs an angel of death, Keenan’s job is to collect the souls on his list. He’s carried out his duty for two thousand years and never faltered once. Until he meets Nicole St. James. When the moment of death comes, Keenan hesitates, and instead of taking Nicole, Keenan touches the vampire who’s attacking her.

Cast out of heaven for disobedience, Keenan plummets to earth. Six months later, he finally manages to track Nicole to a bar in Mexico. He’s stunned to discover that the woman he remembers has undergone a dramatic change—she’s become a vampire. And when he realizes that she’s the target of all manner of enemies—other vampires, demons, even shifters—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if all hell breaks loose…Written by Cynthia Eden.

The Fallen reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

Ghostwalkers - Soldiers/Enhanced Abilities

shadow gameChristine Feehan is best known for her monstrous Dark series, but my favorite is actually the Ghostwalkers. In the Ghostwalker world, there are four teams of uniquely trained, very powerful soldiers whose natural abilities were enhanced by evil Dr. Peter Whitney. But what few knew is that his experiments actually began years before – on orphaned infant girls. The cast of characters on this one is enormous, and the lag time between books is getting longer all the time, but they remain one of my favorite series.

The Ghostwalkers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Grimm's Circle - Fairytale Retelling

candy housesThis series of e-books (and a couple of print edition collections) from author Shiloh Walker falls a bit on the erotic side, from everything I have been able to gather. In these stories, the main characters are based on characters from common fairy tales and folklore and are written as guardian angels who fight demons. With everyone from Hansel and Gretel to Rip Van Winkle and Prince Charming, the Grimm’s Circle has a little something for everyone.

The Grimm’s Circle reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Guardian Series - Angels/Demons/Vampires

demon angelWhile Meljean Brook‘s Guardians series recently finished up with the release of the eighth and final full story, she has said that she may well continue to write short stories and novellas set in this same world. The series revolves around the Guardians – men and women who are gifted with angelic powers after sacrificing themselves to save the life of another. The world-building is rather complex, especially in the first couple of books, but once you get into the whole vampire/angel/demon history and mythology, the stories take off. From what I have heard, the first book can be a bit of a hurdle (and from what others have said, you can skip it completely and just dive into book two), but if you keep at it things really pick up from book two on.

The Guardian Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Janhavi

Guardians of Eternity - Vampires/Werewolves/Djinn

when darkness comesAlexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity almost never made it off of my TBR pile. I had bought several of the books before I tried the first one, When Darkness Comes. I just couldn’t get into it, no matter how many times I tried. I actually ended up reading the 6th book in the series, Beyond the Darkness, and that got me hooked on the Guardians books. I went back and devoured the whole series in a matter of a couple of weeks, and have never looked back.

The Guardians of Eternity reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Half-Light City - Steampunk/Vampires/Fae/Mages/Shifters

shadow kinM.J. Scott‘s four-book Half-Light City is a fun, creative and fantastical mix of steampunk, vampires, shifters, fae and magic. Focusing on the DuCaine family, and set in a city divided. Fae and human mages on one side, vampire Blood Lords and shape-shifting Beast Kind on the other. Between these supernatural forces stands a peace treaty that threatens to shatter at the slightest provocation.

The Half-Light Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Mia

Highlander Series - Scottish Warriors/Time Travel/Fae

beyond-the-highland-mistAt this point in her writing career, Karen Marie Moning is best known for her UF Fever series, but way back when it was her PNR Highlander series that grabbed all the attention. In fact, the Fever and Highlander books are loosely related – both feature the Fae and the Sidhe seers who can hunt them. The Highlander books are a bit on the spicy side, have very very alpha heroes, and were totally addicting. I always wanted just one more book, but it seems that Karen has moved on and never looked back.

The Highlander Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean

Highlander Series - Highlander/Time Travel

charming the highlanderThe Highlander Series from Janet Chapman is actually three intertwined series – Pine Creek Highlander, Midnight Bay, and Spellbound Falls. Many of the reviews I have seen say that all of the books in all three series are on the sweet, tender side with strong Alpha heroes. Depending on the particular sub-series, some books have more paranormal aspects than others. They are a fun, quick read that seem to be a pick-me-up in between the heavier, darker stories out there.

The Highlander reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Barbara

The Host - Alien Possession/Rebellion

the hostStephenie Meyer‘s The Host is a rarity for me, in that I don’t want more. I very much enjoyed the book, but I feel that it was a solid, complete story that was wrapped up perfectly at the end, and to add more books would be not only unnecessary but wrong. There has been a long-standing rumor of two more titles to come, but I will always consider this one a great stand-alone title. In the story, our bodies have been taken over by parasitic alien entities creating a perfect world – one without illness or violence. But when the alien Wanderer is placed into a human rebel named Melanie, Melanie is not erased as she should be, and she fights to get back to the people she loves. This was a great story, and it was a big surprise to me how much I actually liked it.

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Immortal Guardians - Vampires/Immortals/Gifted Ones

darkness dawnsDianne Duvall‘s Immortal Guardians world is fast paced, with a compelling cast of characters and great world-building. The immortals are broken down into Gifted Ones (men and women with unusual powers and abilities such as healing, telepathy, shape shifting, telekinesis, teleportation, etc.) as a result of the complex DNA, Immortals (Gifted Ones who have been infected with a virus) who have incredible strength, speed and longevity, and Vampires (ordinary humans who have been infected with the same virus that infects Gifted Ones. The characters are well written, the romance and action balance out really well, and the stories keep you wanting more.

The Immortal Guardians reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tina

The Immortals After Dark - Shifters/Vampires/Valkyrie/Demons/Witches

a hunger like no otherKresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark are quite unique in my reading collection. They have a great balance of action, humor, and steam-factor. The world of “the Lore” is huge, though, and there are so many stories left to tell that this series could conceivably carry on for years yet to come. While the heroes tend to be very Alpha, the female leads are just as strong and as capable as the fellas. It makes for a very fun read.

The Immortals After Dark reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim Shelt, Jean, Lea, Kristen, Janhavi

The Irin Chronicles - Fallen Angels

the scribeHidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive. Written by Elizabeth Hunter.

The Irin Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika, Doug Meeks

The Iron Seas - Steampunk

the iron dukeFans of steampunk have definitely been on the bandwagon for Meljean Brook‘s Iron Seas books for a while, since it is one of the top series in the genre. It series combines nanotech and pirates with a gritty, gaslit Victorian atmosphere to create swashbuckling steampunk romance…with an emphasis on the steam. They are historical science fiction where the primary ‘advanced’ technologies are powered by steam engines or clockworks, and while they have a solid romance in each book they are very action oriented.

The The Iron Seas reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Mia

The League - Sci-fi/Romance/Assassins

born of nightI have never really been a fan of sci-fi, but Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s The League series is a definite exception. Set the Ichidian Universe, where people fall under the protection of The League. A special group of soldiers was needed and they became the League Assassins. Highly trained and highly valued, they are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption…but there are those in The League who will protect you. Men and women who come from the streets and from bloodied backgrounds of survival. You just have to decide is they’re better than the ones chasing you, or worse. They are sarcastic, loyal, highly trained and lethal, these men and women are the next generation of heroes. They know how to laugh in the face of madness and danger, and to endure the worst The League and their enemies can hurl at them. The stories are dark, sometimes tortured, full of politics and space battles and warriors learning to love. The world is richly drawn, and the characters are strong and loyal. The League is a great series.

The League reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kim, Zox

Leopard People - Leopard Shifters

wild rainFrom the rainforest of Borneo to the Louisiana Bayou, Christine Feehan‘s Leopard shifters are intense, alpha, and dangerous. On the verge of extinction, these gifted men and women are destined to find their mates…their perfect partners…over and over again, lifetime after lifetime. Of all of Feehan’s series, the Leopard books are widely considered to be the steamiest, with the hero and heroine being drawn together in intense matings during dangerous times. While the heroes are strong, demanding personalities, their female counterparts are more than able to hold their own, even in the often violent world of the shifters.

The Leopard People reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Melanie Donohue

London Steampunk - Vampires/Werewolves/Steampunk

kiss of steelThe London Steampunk series from author Bec McMaster has a little bit of everything for everyone. Set in the infamous Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper fame, this steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and automatons are on the rise. The world is rich and well written, the characters are fiesty and fun, and the romance is completely addictive. This series is one to watch.

The London Steampunk reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren

Lords of the Underworld - Demon-possessed Warriors/Angels/Harpies

the darkest nightThe Lords of the Underworld is Gena Showalter‘s signature series. Over 10 books in and still going strong, the Lords are immortals warriors who stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. Not only must they fight the evil within themselves, but they must also battle those who would see them destroyed – all while finding their mates. The series has expanded past the original Lords and now includes other supernatural species such as psychics, harpies and Gods, and there is a spin-off series featuring the Sent Ones called the Angels of the Dark.

The Lords of the Underworld reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Lea, Redbutterfly, Ren, Kim

Love at Stake - Vampire/Humor

how to marry a millionaire vampireWelcome to the dangerous—and hilarious—world of Kerrelyn Spark‘s modern day vampires. There are vampire cable channels, a celebrity magazine called Live with the Undead, and just like the living, vampires have dental emergencies. They might be supernatural and immortal, but they have all-too-human problems to deal with, like careers, crazy family…and finding love. These books are pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more.

The Love at Stake reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren

Masters of the Flame - Dragon Shifters

dragon-feverThe Nox Incendi dragons are dying. In a mysterious faux castle on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Rave Dorado has been struggling for centuries to find a cure for the creeping cold that is slowly turning his dragonkin to stone. Until his fiery gaze falls on a curvy, plucky female whose purity of spirit lights a flame in his icy soul…

Piper Ramirez knew a girls’ night out with her two best friends at the world’s most exclusive casino would be beyond belief…but she had no idea just how far. Inexplicably drawn to the dark and sexy Rave, she’ll roll the dice and take a chance giving him her body, though he is too much of an enigma to truly trust.

But the Nox Incendi shifters aren’t the only one with secrets in Sin City. Piper will have to open her eyes to a strange new world and Rave will have to open his heart if they want to survive the dragon fever. Written by Elsa Jade.

The Dragon Shifters reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Lee Mullins

Midnight Breed - Vampire/Breedmates

kiss of midnightI can honestly say that Lara Adrian did something that I have not experienced before in any of the series that I follow. After 10 solid books, just when it looked like the Midnight Breed should be coming to an end – she did a total reboot. And I mean total. Not only did she jump 20 years in the timeline to focus on the younger generation of characters, but she created an entire new dynamic by having the existence of vampires become public knowledge. It was a brilliant move, and it breathed new life into an already solid series.

The Midnight Breed reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tiffany Petty, pals20, Lea, Emma

New Species - Genetically Enhanced Beings

furyEllie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such “experiment” captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him—even if he hates her for it.

Fury has never known compassion or love. He’s spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. Now he’s free and set on vengeance. He vows to end her life but when she’s finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

Fury can’t resist Ellie—the touch of her hands, her mouth on his skin, her body wrapped around his. He’s obsessed with the scent of his woman. And Ellie wants Fury—always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart.

But loving Fury is one thing…taming him is another. Written by Laurann Dohner.

The New Species reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika

Night Prowlers - Shapeshifters

shadow's edgeDeep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…Written by J.T. Geissinger.

The Night Prowlers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Marcia Hubay, Monika

Night Watch - Vampires/Demons/Shifters

eternal-hunterThe Night Watch series is the one that brought Cynthia Eden to my attention, and made her one of my favorite authors. Her books have great characters, strong but not over-powering paranormal elements, and lots of action. The romance is well done, and there is usually a mystery/thriller feel to her books that I like. I guess the best way I can say it is that she writes smart, sexy and fast paced books that leave you wishing for more. If you like these, her Midnight series is great, too.

The Night Watch reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

The Others - Shapeshifters/Vampires/Magic

one bite with a strangerWhen Regina’s friends insist on setting her up a “Fantasy Fix” to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It’s time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun. . . .

The Vampire Ball in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t really Dmitri Vidâme’s idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for… until she—and her feisty friends—discover her sexy new lover’s bloodsucking secret…Written by Christine Warren.

The Others reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jan

Otherkin - Soul Reapers

sins of the heartEve Silver‘s Otherkin series (three books and a prequel novella) started with an interesting idea…make the villains the heroes. When one of their brothers is murdered, these half-human, half-God (and all alpha) Soul Reapers will do everything in their considerable power to find and destroy those responsible. The stories have a strong element of Egyptian mythology, dark and gritty world building, intense action scenes, and lots of romance sprinkled with some unexpected humor. They are a nice change of pace.

The Otherkin reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Carole

The Phoenix Pack/The Mercury Pack - Werewolves

feral-sinsWhen female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks.

Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.

But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception. Written by Suzanne Wright. Followed by the spin-off Mercury Pack series.

The Phoenix Pack reading list can be found HERE

The Mercury Pack reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen

The Pride Series - Wolf Shifters/Feline Shifters

the mane eventThe other series of Shelly Laurentson (G.A. Aiken) plays much the same role in my collection as her Dragon Kin books. They are fast, fun, spicy and a great break between some of the more gritty, intense books I usually read. I always look forward to one of these books – they don’t get old. These relationships never go easy – most of the time you have to try and figure out if the main couple love or hate each other – but they are still fun to read.

The Pride reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean

The Psy/Changeling Series - Shifters/Special Abilities

slave to sensationNalini Singh is my go-to author, and she has never let me down. Her books are well written, very detailed, and never get old. Some long-running series can get stale or predictable, but the Psy/Changeling series show absolutely no sign of falling into that trap. It is a huge world, and while you don’t necessarily need to read the books in order, I do believe that starting at the beginning adds so much more to the experience.

The Psy/Changeling reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim Shelt, Kristen, Redbutterfly, Jackie, scentfragrance, Janhavi, Jan

The Scorpius Syndrome - Dystopia/Suspense

mercury risingWith nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

The Scorpius Syndrome reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Marcia Hubay

Dark Arts - Magic/Steampunk/Historial Romance

shadowboundWhen a powerful relic goes missing from a secret society that dabbles in the occult, Miss Ianthe Martin is charged with finding it at all costs. She needs help, but all clues point to someone on the inside being the thief. The only sorcerer she knows that can’t possibly be involved, is the very man she saw locked in Bedlam a year ago…

The mad, bad, dangerous Earl of Rathbourne.

When the seductive Miss Martin appears in his Bedlam cell, Rathbourne fears he’s finally lost his mind. The devilish sorceress played a hand in his incarceration, and now she comes asking for help? Perhaps she should begin by begging for mercy…

But Ianthe’s offer of freedom is one he can’t refuse, although he has a clause of his own to add. She may bind him with her power–the only way to still the demons haunting him–but for every day spent under her command, the nights will be his… to wreak delicious revenge on her willing flesh. Written by Bec McMaster.

The Dark Arts reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

Shifters Unbound - Wolf/Feline Shifters

pride matesJennifer Ashley has built a unique world in her Shifters Unbound series. Most of the PNR books I read have the supernaturals living among an oblivious mankind. In these books, the shifters in question have been rounded up, collared, and forced into Shiftertowns. All of this is to make the “normal” people feel safe in the presence of the bigger, stronger and faster shifters – but those safeguards are merely an illusion. I am not a huge fan of the novellas, but the full-length books in this series are always a thoughtful, solid read.

The Shifters Unbound reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Not a fan: Kim Shelt

Sin Brothers/Blood Brothers - Genetically Enhanced Soldiers

forgotten sinsFrom the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret? Written by Rebecca Zanetti.

The Sins Brothers/ Blood Brothers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Library Addict

Sons of Destiny - Magic/Alternate Dimension/Shifter

the swordJean Johnson‘s The Sons of Destiny series is a romantic tale of magic, superstition, and a love that transcends dimensions. Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day-they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting their destiny, the brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, a land where women are strictly forbidden. But, when the youngest of the mage-brothers rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever. As each brother finds the one destined for him, the danger to the family as a whole continues to grow, and outside forces threaten to tear their very world apart.

The Sons of Destiny reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren

Unbound - Bloodtrackers/Shadowwalkers/Travelers

blood boundThe Unbound series from Rachel Vincent is a trilogy where some people are born with Skills–the ability to travel through the shadows, or track people through their blood, or bind people to their promises, or read the truth in someone’s words. These Skilled people are recruited–and sometimes hunted–by crime syndicates eager to exploit their abilities in the fight for money and power. The Unbound books are dark and violent, and they explore issues including free will, sacrifice, friendship, and family.

The Unbound reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Corey

Vampires in America - Vampires

raphaelI have seen great reviews for this D.B. Reynolds series around for years, but I still haven’t tried it yet myself. The Vampires in America books focus on the powerful Vampire Lords who, between them, control all of North America. These uber-Alpha males are powerful, determined…and stop at nothing to get what they want. It is a good thing that the women who love them are more than capable of holding their own with these centuries-old master Vampires.

The Vampires in America reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: mlh1112, Cindy

Warriors of Poseidon - Atlantean Warriors/Shifters/Vampires

atlantis risingTo most humans, the lost city of Atlantis is nothing more than a myth. In this Alyssa Day series, Atlantis has been resting at the bottom of the ocean for over 11,000 years, and its dwellers fall under the rule of Poseidon. Among the Atlanteans, warriors were chosen to be the guardians of the unsuspecting humans in the new world. For thousands of years, these soldiers have protected mankind from supernatural threats, all while trying to save their own world. The battles become personal as each warrior finds his destined soul-mate. The spotlight on a race neither vamp nor were is a nice change, and there is plenty of magical action to keep you well entertained.

The Warriors of Poseidon reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: pals20

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Aisling Grey - Demons/Dragon Shifters/Guardians

you slay meWritten by Katie MacAlister, the Aisling Grey series features an antiques courier to  part-time Guardian (or Keeper of the Gates of Hell) heroine and her sometimes boyfriend who just happens to be a dragon shifter. This is a sexy, fun series consisting of four novels and a novella. Sometimes compared to J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood in writing style and tone, with a sarcastic and witty bite. These books also lead into the connected Silver Dragons and Light Dragons series.

The Aisling Grey reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Judy V, Jackie

Alex Craft - Grave Witch

grave witchOnly a thin border separates the worlds of the living and the dead in Kalayna Price‘s captivating series. Alex Craft is a penniless PI and sometimes police consultant with the ability to speak to the dead – even if she doesn’t always like what they have to say. As a Grave Witch, Alex has an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. Add a little work freelancing for Death and a budding romance with Nekros City police Detective Falin Andrews, and Alex is in way over her head.

The Alex Craft reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Alpha and Omega - Wolf Shifters

cry wolfIf you love the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, you are pretty much guaranteed to love the Alpha and Omega series, too. I actually read these books before the Mercy books, and fell in love with enforcer Charles Cornick and his rare Omega mate Anna Latham first. The series actually starts a bit earlier in the timeline than Mercy’s stories, but you aren’t really spoiled by reading one series or the other first. Charles and Anna are a great couple, but both of them have a lot of baggage. I think what I liked most about these books is that it isn’t a case of insta-love, but rather two characters who learn to love each other while coming to terms with their pasts and fighting for their future.

The Alpha and Omega reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean, Jan

Anita Blake - Necromancers/Vampires/Shifters

guilty pleasureI have never read any of the Anita Blake books (or any Laurell K. Hamilton books, for that matter), but I have never come across any other series that seems to divide the fandom like this one does. From what I have seen online, and heard from those who have read them, the first 8 or so books of the series are among the best Urban Fantasy going…but then things get strange. Like, really strange. Multiple partners and more sex than storyline strange, but the early books are a great addition to your library.

The Anita Blake reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika, Charleen, Jackie

Belador - Magic/Witches/Demons

blood trinityMost of the series written by Sherrilyn Kenyon are on this list, and the Belador books that she co-writes with Dianna Love are no exception. They focus on a league of international warriors with extraordinary abilities who rise up to save mankind from supernatural terrorists in an alternate version of Atlanta, and one of the best is Evalle Kincaid. Evalle is part Belador, part unknown species, and as such she has to work twice as hard as everyone else. While her powers continue to grow, her loyalties become divided between three loves – one human, one not human, and her duties. As she battles everything from trolls to demons, Evalle will have to make choices that affect not only her own life, but the fate of her friends, the Beladors…and the world.

The Belador reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika

Black London - Mage/Witches/Demons

street magicIn this series from author Caitlin Kittredge, Pete Caldecott was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then she saw Jack die right before her eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective, Pete is shocked to find that Jack survived. Strung out on heroin, Jack is a shadow of his former self. But his reappearance leads Pete into the invisible supernatural shadow-world of the fey. The Black London books are a series filled with contemporary fantasy and thrilling mystery, not to mention romance and second chances.

The Black London reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emma, Ren, Renpuspita

Blood Destiny - Magic/Shapeshifters/Dragons

bloodfireThere are five books in the complete urban fantasy Blood Destiny series. The heroine, Mackenzie Smith, is bad-tempered, foul-mouthed and has several very large chips on her shoulder but she’s loyal to a fault and extraordinarily powerful. Mack navigates her way through the complicated world of faeries, mages and vampires – not to mention shapeshifters and their scary, but oh-so-very sexy Lord Corrigan.Written by Helen Harper.

The Blood Destiny reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kirsty

Cainsville - Fae/Psychic Powers

omensFor something a little different, you might want to try out Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series. It tells the story of Olivia Taylor-Jones, a Chicago socialite living what for many would be the perfect life – attractive, wealthy and engaged to one of the city’s most eligible men. But that all comes crashing down when Olivia – and the world – find out that that life is a lie. Olivia was in fact adopted as a very young child, and her biological parents are actually notorious serial killers. Or are they? I was surprised by how into this world I got – it is different than my usual vamps and shifters fare, but the paranormal elements do become more pronounced in the second book. Part detective story, part paranormal mystery, the Cainsville books are great reads.

The Cainsville reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Redbutterfly

Cal Leandros - Demons/Vampires/Supernatural Creatures

nightlifeThere are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one…

…Well, half of one, anyway.

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side – and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human. He and his half brother, Niko, have managed to stay out of trouble for four years, but now Cal’s legacy has finally caught up to them. Written by Rob Thurman.

The Cal Leandros reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Karen

Cassandra Palmer - Clairvoyant/Vampires/Mages

touch the darkFrom all of the reviews I have seen around, most people agree that the Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance is fast paced and full of action with strong characters and good world-building. Cassandra Palmer is a clairvoyant who was raised by a Vampire after the death of her parents, only to find that her parents were murdered to gain control over Cassie and her abilities. After years spent on the run, Cassie becomes almost an accidental heroine whose abilities and confidence grows throughout the series. It is a great combination of mystery, adventure and romance.

The Cassandra Palmer reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jean, shannon, Jackie

Charley Davidson - Grim Reaper

first-grave-on-the-rightAs someone who exclusively reads PNR, UF and YA Fantasy books, I am always looking for something a little different, something that stands out. The Charley Davidson series from Darynda Jones is one of those. First of all, I can honestly say that the Grim Reaper/Son of Satan pairing is unique, but so is the voice of the characters. There is a lot of humor, sometimes slapstick and sometimes more subtle, and a somewhat zany feel that can lighten your mood no matter what. I always look forward to seeing what trouble Charley will get into, and Reyes? Well, he ranks right up there with my other favorite Alpha heroes.

The Charley Davidson reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim Shelt, Jean, Redbutterfly

Charlie Madigan - Angels/Demons

the better part of darknessThirteen years ago, scientists discovered two parallel planes of existence, hellish Charbydon and heaven-like Elysia. The beings in these worlds inspired our myths of angels, demons, gods, and monsters. They’d been visiting us for thousands of years, using our world as a battle ground and neutral zone, interfering in our lives, speaking our languages, doing good works and miracles, and committing horrible crimes. And now we know the truth. Elysia and Charbydon, and the beings in them, aren’t the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. And since the discovery, they’ve integrated into our society, working among us, becoming law-abiding or lawbreaking citizens. Atlanta is home to the largest off-world sector in the country. Underground has expanded and is now home to a dense population from Elysia and Charbydon. And it’s Kelly Gay‘s kick-ass cop and single mother Charlie Madigan’s job to keep the peace…

The Charlie Madigan reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emma

Chicagoland Vampires - Vampires/Fae/Shifters/Magic

some girls biteIn Chloe Neill‘s Chicagoland Vampires series, normal 28-year old grad student Merit is ripped from her somewhat normal life the night she is attacked and turned Vampire. Now Merit is one of the newest members of the old and illustrious Cadogan House, where she finds herself under the power of Master Ethan Sullivan. As Merit quickly learns to adjust to her new position – and her feelings for Ethan – she must also learn to navigate a world filled with shapeshifters, sorcerers, witches, and faeries, and she must use her new powers to protect her House, her friends, and Chicago itself…no matter what the cost.

The Chicagoland Vampires reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Michele A, Redbutterfly, Jackie

Chronicles of Elantra - Dragons/Magic

cast in shadowThe Chronicles of Elantra series from Michelle Sagara takes place in a fantastical universe, but it has a strong tone of urban fantasy and a single character perspective. The books tend to be more procedural than the author’s other novels, but with an underlying, driving plot. They focus on the character of Kaylin Neya, who seven years ago fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Since then, she’s learned to read, she’s learned to fight and she’s become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra, a city ruled by Dragons. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she’s made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth. But the past doesn’t stay buried for long, and as Kaylin’s assignments get more dangerous, the stakes get higher – for everyone.

The Chronicles of Elantra reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Charry, Heather

Colbana Files - Magic/Vampires/Shifters

blade songI have to admit, I had never heard of this series before. Written by J.C. Daniels (which is a pen-name for Shiloh Walker), some have compared the heroine to Kate Daniels. Kit Colbana is a struggling private investigator who happens to be half human, half Aneira (something like an Amazon), and being a mixed-blood in a world of supernaturals is difficult at best. She’s a mongrel in the world she inhabits, just barely strong enough to hold her own, surrounded by creatures that could kill her in a blink. Her skills and strengths lie in her wits and in her heart…she doesn’t know when to give up, even when, in all honesty, she probably should.

The Colbana Files reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jean

Curse Keepers - Mythology

the curse keepersThe wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.

Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony. Ellie is one of those descendants—a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians. He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge.

Despite her father’s seriousness, Ellie has always taken the legend for a harmless fairy tale. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. For when they meet, it’s like the air is sucked from the room. Collin’s presence is electrifying… and it’s not just attraction Ellie feels, but the inexorable pull toward her destiny. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing—and passion—for each other to set things right.

The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction. Written by Denise Grover Swank.

The Curse Keepers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

Dark Angels - Angels/Vampires/Magic/Adeh

darkness unboundThis second series on the list from Keri Arthur is actually a spin-off of her Riley Jensen, Guardian series. These books feature a grown up Risa, and concentrates more on the Aedh, reapers, and the vampire council rather than the Directorate itself like in the Riley books. Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next. But even Risa’s special abilities may not be enough to save her from the shadowy forces that want nothing less than her total destruction.

The Dark Angels reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emma

Dark Days - Vampires/Vampire Hunters

2424168In the Dark Days series, author Jocelynn Drake tells the story of the hot-tempered Mira, who for centuries has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable vampire enforcer for a mysterious organization called the Coven that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. An elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . .and makes her a perfect target for Danus, a vampire hunter with a lot of magical ability and a ton of attitude. But Mira and Danus might be the only two who can stop the evil Naturi – and save the world.

The Dark Days reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly, Jackie, Ren

Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator - Vampires/Shapeshifters

dancing-with-werewolvesIt was the revelation of the millennium: witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real. Fast-forward 13 years: TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small-town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now, in high-octane Las Vegas — which is run by a werewolf mob — she finds herself holding back the gates of Hell itself. But at least she has a hot new guy and one big bad wolfhound to help her out…Written by Carole Nelson Douglas.

The Delilah Street reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Carol Vasseur Scanu

Devil's Isle - Fae/Magic

the veilClaire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…Written by Chloe Neill.

The Devil’s Isle reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jan

Dorina Basarab - Dhampir/Vampire

midnight's daughterAlthough connected to the Cassandra Palmer books, which is Karen Chance‘s other series on this list, Dorina Basarab is a great stand-alone heroine, too. As a Dhampir, or half human/half vampire, Dorina is a tough, take no prisoners heroine with a snarky wit and a nearly uncontrollable temper. A born fighter, Dory channels her rage and aggression into battling the demons and vampires as a mercenary for the supernatural community. Her already complicated life is made more difficult by a strained relationship with her father, and a dangerous attraction to a master vampire named Louis-Cesare, who as a vampire should be her sworn enemy. Too bad they both keep forgetting that fact.

The Dorina Basarab reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jean, shannon, Redbutterfly

Downside Ghosts - Witch/Magic/Ghost Hunters

unholy ghostsFrom what I understand, author Stacia Kane has created a totally unique world, and a totally unique heroine, in her Downside Ghosts series. Chess Putnam is a tattooed witch, a ghost hunter…and a deeply in debt drug addict. Well plotted and faced paced, with ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft and punk rock. And a love interest/enforcer named Terrible. Everything I have heard about this series has been good, and while I haven’t gotten to it yet myself (I did just pick up the first book, though), it sounds like one that is not to be missed.

The Downside Ghosts reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Coley

The Dowser Series - Vampires/Magic

cupcakes-trinkets-and-other-deadly-magicIf you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth. Written by Meghan Ciana Doidge.

The Dowser Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Justme

Dreg City - Vampire/Demon/Shifter/Magic/Fae

Three Days to DeadKelly Meding‘s Evy Stone was a star Dreg Bounty Hunter, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. But everything changed when she died and came back to life with some extraordinary abilities. Now considered a rogue, Evy has the power to come back to life over and over again, but this gift is not without a price. She has become the hunted instead of the hunter, thought a traitor by those she once considered friends. With Evy’s whole world turned upside down, she also has to deal with a brewing supernatural war, personal betrayals, and conspiracies at the highest level. All while just trying to survive.

The Dreg City reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emma

The Dresden Files - Wizard/Magic

storm frontJim Butcher‘s The Dresden Files is one of the few (if not the only) series on this list to have a male lead. It is Jim’s first published series, telling the story of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Each book in the series is a whole story with a beginning and an ending, however the plot of each book relies heavily on the prior books in the series, so reading out of order is not recommended. In the world of The Dresden Files, magic is real, along with ghouls, vampires, demons, spirits, faeries, werewolves, zombies and other mythical monsters. Harry Dresden works to protect the general public, who are ignorant of magic and the dark forces conspiring against them.

The Dresden Files reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Margaret, scentfragrance

The Elemental Assassin - Elementals/Giants/Vampires

spider's biteThe Elemental Assassin books by Jennifer Estep are set in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland, where Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina meet in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in her spare time. Gin is also an elemental or person who can control one of the four elements – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Gin has the rare gift of being able to control two elements, Ice and Stone in her case. Besides elementals like Gin, Ashland is also home to giants, dwarves, and vampires.

The Elemental Assassin reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Elemental Mysteries - Vampire/Mystery

a hidden fireElizabeth Hunter‘s four Elemental Mysteries books, and the follow up Elemental World series books, have seemed to impress everyone who has read them. History and the paranormal collide as five hundred year old rare book dealer Giovanni Vecchio and librarian Beatrice De Novo travel the world in search of the mystery that brought them together, the same mystery that could tear everything they love apart.

The Elemental Mysteries reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Doug Meeks

Fever Series - Sidhe Seers/Shifters/Fae

darkfeverDon’t get me wrong – I loved this series from Karen Marie Moning. I just had to make myself read it, and that took a while to get myself psyched up for. I had heard so much about it, and it seems to generate so much emotion, that I was hesitant to start. Once I did I was completely hooked, but it is not for the faint of heart (and the cliffhanger endings would’ve been torture if I hadn’t had the entire series waiting for me). The main character of Mac visibly grows and matures through the five books – she transforms from vapid and a bit ditzy into a strong, determined heroine. And Barrons? Just wow. I am loving the spin-off/continuation featuring Dani and Ryodan even more than the main books, too. Not for the faint of heart, but for me not one to miss, either.

The Fever Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean, Redbutterfly, Jackie, Jan

Generation V - Vampires/Shapeshifters

generation vReality Bites.

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him. Written by M.L. Brennan.

The Generation V reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen

Georgina Kincaid - Succubus

succubus bluesRichelle Mead‘s Georgina Kincaid Series tells the humorous and heart-breaking story of a reluctant succubus who can’t touch the man she loves without sucking away his soul. As if love wasn’t hard enough! On top of that, she must deal with Hell’s middle management team and the many supernatural threats that come her way, all while holding down a day job in her local bookstore.  Welcome to the world of Georgina Kincaid, a reluctant succubus living in Seattle who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue.

The Georgina Kincaid reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Guild Hunter - Angels/Archangels/Vampires

angel's bloodI can’t believe I forgot to add this one (that is the problem with adding things over the course of several days, something always gets lost). Anything by Nalini Singh is a must-read and must recommend for me, but for an author to have not just one but two amazing series is quite the feat. Completely different from her Psy/Changeling series, the Guild Hunter books are dark and action packed, with strong heroines and very, very alpha leading men. The alternate world they are set in is fascinating, and the switching from Raphael and Elena to members of the Seven keep things from getting stale.

The Guild Hunter reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim Shelt, Redbutterfly, Jackie, Janhavi

Heartstrikers - Magic/Dragons

nice-dragons-finish-lastAs the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons. Written by Rachel Aaron (aka Rachel Bach).

The Heartstrikers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

Hidden Legacy - Magic

burn for meSimply put, I can’t think of a first book in a series that has ever grabbed me like Burn For Me did. Granted, I am pretty much predisposed to love all things Ilona Andrews, but even beyond that this one just worked for me. Nevada Baylor is a struggling private investigator who basically supports her extended family in a magically-driven world. Skating under the radar as much as possible, her life, her career, and her future are thrown for a loop when fate throws her in the path of one of the richest, most powerful men in the world.

The Hidden Legacy reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Doug Meeks, Redbutterfly, Jan

Horngate Witches - Magic/Angels

bitter-nightOnce, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle’s personal magic weapon—a Shadowblade—and she’s lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before….

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances—including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him—and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right—if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is. Written by Diana Pharaoh Francis.

The Horngate Witches reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen, Renpuspita, Doug Meeks

InCryptid - Cryptozoologists/Demons/Dragons

Discount ArmageddonAuthor Seanan McGuire has created a complex, interesting world for her InCryptid series. In it, the Covenant of St. George was founded to uphold one simple ideal: anything that was not present on the Ark—anything they deemed “unnatural”—needed to be destroyed. Monsters. Creatures of myth and legend. All of them would be wiped from the Earth in the name of Man’s dominion. Unfortunately for them, not all the monsters agreed with this plan…and neither did all the human beings. From this arose a small group whose mission was to protect the cryptids of the world from those who would harm them without just cause. Now, they must struggle to stay beneath the Covenant’s radar, while defending the cryptids from humanity—and humanity from the cryptids.

The InCryptids reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: scentfragrance

In Death - Futuristic Police Procedural/Mystery

naked in deathI am a late, albeit rabid addition to the In Death fan club. Set in a mid-21st century New York, the series focuses on fiercely driven NYPSD Homicide Detective Eve Dallas and her mysterious billionaire husband, Roarke. Written by Nora Roberts under the pen-name J.D. Robb, it was originally set to be only a trilogy. 40+ books later, and things are still just as exciting and fresh as they ever were. While Eve is the focus and Roarke steals the show, there is still room for the supporting cast to shine, as well. This series very quickly rose to the top of my favorites list, and my only complaint is that I didn’t pick it up years ago.

The In Death reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Library Addict, Azteclady, Redbutterfly

Innkeeper Chronicles - Magic/Werewolves/Vampires

clean sweepAnything by Ilona Andrews makes the list, period. Or at least it seems that way. The Innkeeper Chronicles is no exception – but it is a bit different. Offered as a free serialized story on their website and available in both print and eformat, the Innkeeper Chronicles have a bit of everything. Although the Gertrude Hunt seems to be little more than a small bed and breakfast in an even smaller Texas town, it is in fact a sentient magical galactic waystation that plays host to beings from worlds far removed from our own. Innkeeper Dina DeMille is not only responsible for the safety of her guests, but she must also keep the existence of worlds beyond our own secret from the rest of mankind – all while dealing with one very alpha werewolf.

The Innkeeper Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Doug Meeks, Redbutterfly, Jan

Iron Druid Chronicles - Magic/Vampires/Mythology

houndedThe series is set in a fictionalized version of the modern day world where supernatural creatures such as witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, and elementals, as well as many deities from various mythologies, exist. The series is told primarily from the first-person point of view of Atticus O’Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O’Suileabhain), who is, at the beginning of the series, the world’s last & only Druid, and who continually finds himself embroiled in the politics and power struggles of various supernatural factions. Written by Kevin Hearne.

The Iron Druid Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Carol Vasseur Scanu

Jane True - Selkie/Vampire

tempest risingNicole Peeler‘s Jane True is a 26-year-old bookstore clerk who finds out that normal life isn’t quite…normal.  It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp.   For Jane, her freakish abilities in the water finally are explained when she finds out her mother was a Selkie –  and that she is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—which pretty much sums up her new very hot vampire boyfriend, Ryu. Now, Jane just has to learn to navigate her new life – if she lives long enough.

The Jane True reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tina F

Jane Yellowrock - Skinwalker

skinwalkerFaith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind – a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires. She also shares her body with a second soul she has nicknamed “the Beast”, and the point-of-view of the books are both Jane’s and the Beast’s. Smart and no-nonsense and a bit on the sarcastic side, Jane makes a living hunting rogue vampires, and solving mysteries of the supernatural variety. While often compared to the Mercy Thompson series (both characters are of Native American descent and both are rare skinwalkers), but that is about where the similarities end. Jane has little to no memory of her childhood, leaving her struggling to find out who – and what – she really is.

The Jane Yellowrock reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jean

Jessica McClain - Shapeshifters/Vampires

full bloodedBorn the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can’t control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there’s no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life. Written by Amanda Carlson.

The Jessica McClain reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Jill Kismet - Paranormal Bounty Hunter

night shiftLilith Saintcrow‘s Jill Kismet is an ex-prostitute turned hunter – a freelancer who operates somewhere between paranormal bounty hunter and an extension of the police. She has been trained by the best…and she is in way, way over her head. When something from the darker side of the city, the nightside, begins to preys on humans, she moves in to save them … or avenge them. She made a deal with a demon, trading some of her time for extra speed and power, but so far she’s kept her soul. The question is, for how long?

The Jill Kismet reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emma

Kara Gillian - Demon Conjurer

mark of the demonDiana Rowland‘s Kara Gillian is a Beaulac, Louisiana, Violent Crimes detective – with a secret life as a Demon summoner. Not only does she have the power of “othersight” to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Using her occult abilities to catch the criminals no one else can, Kara finds herself caught between the mysterious Lord Rhyzkahl and and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent, Kara may be in way over her head…

The Kara Gillian reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly, Emma

Kate Daniels - Magic/Shifters

magic-bitesIf I had to pick a favorite Urban Fantasy series, the running would be very tight. But I would have to give the title to Ilona Andrews‘ Kate Daniels series. They aren’t always easy, but the detailed, layered world is pretty much second to none. The characters are top-notch from the leads right down to the “guest stars”. While the action and over-arching storyline are among the best I have read, what really draws me in is the relationship between Kate and Curran. I love Curran – snarky, demanding, questionable sanity and all he is a true Alpha hero. And the best thing is that Kate is his equal in every way. It will be a sad, sad day indeed when this series winds up a few books down the line.

The Kate Daniels reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim Shelt, Jean, Redbutterfly, Jackie, scentfragrance, Janhavi, Jan, Saski Chopra

Katherine "Kitty" Cat - Aliens/Sci-fi

touched by an alienThe Katherine “Kitty” Cat series (also called the Alien series) from author Gini Koch is a fun blend of sci-fi and urban fantasy featuring a marketing manager named Kitty who ends up way over her head. Managing to be both action packed and fun at the same time, the last think Kitty expects is to step into the middle of a world of secret agents, code-breakers, winged monsters on killing sprees…and supernaturally hot aliens. Aliens who want her to come and work for them, no less. This is a fun series, a perfect escapist read, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

The Katherine “Kitty” Katt reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Kitty Norville - Wolf Shifters

kitty and the midnight hourCarrie Vaughn‘s ironically named Kitty Norville is a “in the closet” werewolf who hosts a popular syndicated radio phone-in show based in Denver called “The Midnight Hour”. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. Even though she prefers to be heard and not seen, Kitty’s werewolf status can’t stay hidden forever, and along with the unwanted spotlight comes a ton of unwanted attention – good and bad. Werewolf hunters, vampires and other shifters all have an interest in Kitty, and all she has to do now is try and survive.

The Kitty Norville reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly, Jackie

Maker's Song - Vampire/Angels

a rush of wingsFor something a little different, there is the Maker’s Song series from Adrian Phoenix. F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace thought she had seen it all as she tracks the most violent and disturbed of criminals, but nothing could prepare her when a hunt for a serial killer leads her into the world of Dante Baptiste. Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination, this son of a fallen angel is hunting for the truth about his past, while trying to survive his future. With supernatural beings, shadowy government agencies, killers and betrayals, you never know what to expect next.

The Maker’s Song reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emma

Mercy Thompson - Coyote Shifter/Wolf Shifters/Fae

moon calledFor quite a while, I resisted reading anything Urban Fantasy. I figured that I would get bored, reading about the same people for book after book, and that they would lack romance. I was wrong on both counts, and these books are a perfect example of that. With her Mercy Thompson books, Patricia Briggs created a very rich, very detailed world with a very unique heroine. Mercy is a half Native American coyote shifter mechanic who often finds herself in the middle of supernatural trouble. The supporting cast is uniformly strong, and I can honestly say I look as forward to reading about them as I do Mercy and Adam, Mercy’s Alpha mate. This series is a great addition to any collection.

The Mercy Thompson reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jean, Jackie, Janhavi, deborahkehoe, Jan

Not a fan: pals20

Merry Gentry - Faeries/Magic

a kiss of shadowsThe Merry Gentry series by author Laurell K. Hamilton tells the story of Meredith “Merry” Gentry, a faerie princess turned private investigator in a world where faeries exist and are known to the general public. Forced to flee the court of her aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness and of the Unseelie fae, Merry has spent several years outside of the court out of fear of death via court sanctioned duels. Merry is soon brought back to the Unseelie world and given the option to take her aunt’s throne, but only if she can procreate before her sadistic cousin Cel can. She is allowed to take several of Andais’s court guards with her and through the course of the series gains more lovers that are drawn to her side through love, friendship, power, promises for protection, and/or bargains struck with other magical creatures.

The Merry Gentry reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Midnight, Texas - Supernatural Creatures

midnight crossroad_front mech2.inddWelcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

The Midnight, Texas reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Lorraine

Moonight - Shifter/Police Procedural

masked by moonlightTroubled by secrets, torn by loyalties, a deadly shape-shifter and a dedicated cop fight impossible odds in steamy New Orleans where a criminal empire built on treacherous alliances and a clan of ferocious Shifters searching for their prophesied leader conspire to pull them apart. Written by Nancy Gideon, the series is unique in that the first four books follow the same hero and heroine: shape-shifting mob enforcer Max Savoie and NOPD detective Charlotte Cassie. And what a pair they make: fierce, self-sufficient loners drawn together by dangerous circumstance and held by a passion both irresistible and frightening. The following four stories feature other characters.

The Moonlight reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren

Morgan Kingsley - Demons/Exorcist

the devil insideExorcism isn’t a job, it’s a calling—and a curse. Just ask Jenna Black‘s Morgan Kingsley, a woman who has a stronger aura than any demon. Or so she thought. Demons and willing demon hosts are common in this alternative America, but unfortunately so are rogue demons who take unwilling hosts. Morgan Kingsley is an exorcist who gets pulled square into the middle of dangerous demon politics when she’s possessed by a rogue demon who happens to be the successor to the demon throne.

The Morgan Kingsley reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Nice Girls/Half-Moon Hollow - Vampires/Humorous

nice girls don't have fangsWhile vampire UF series usually take the dark and gritty path, Molly Harper went the other direction with her Jane Jameson books (and the spin-off Half-Moon Hollow books, too). Jane Jameson is a bit of an accidental loser. She is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list…and despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. After drowning her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar, Jane’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And that is just for starters. Her worlds are filled with humor, quirky characters, and sweet romance.

The Jane Jameson/Half-Moon Hollow reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kim

Night Huntress/Night Huntress World/Night Prince - Vampires 

halfway-to-the-gravePretty much anyone who reads any Urban Fantasy has heard of Cat and Bones and their author, Jeaniene Frost. They are pretty much a staple in any reading list, and that also extends to the spin-off books that feature Vlad, Spade and Mencheres. The Cat and Bones books are coming to an end with the release of Up From the Grave, but I am holding out hope for an Ian book. In fact, I will not consider the series complete until that bad boy has his story told. I am of two minds about a Cat and Bones finale, though. While I hate to see a great series end, I am glad to see it go out on top.

The Night Huntress reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Kim Shelt, Redbutterfly, Jackie, April Brookshire, Jan

October Daye - Fae/Changeling

rosemary and rueWritten by Seanan McGuire, the October Daye series is the story October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, who has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas. Now, she just has to try to find her footing in a world that seems a little more interested in killing her than she’d like.

The October Daye reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Coley, Jean, scentfragrance

The Others - Shifters/Vampires/Blood Prophet

written in redIt might be too early to say this series is one that you “have to” read – but the first book of Anne Bishop‘s The Others series was one hell of a read. I haven’t seen a bad review of it yet…and I don’t really expect to. The Others world is multi-layered, complex and fascinating, and even when burdened with setting everything up Written in Red still managed to flow with a great pace. The world-builing here is terrific, and I can honestly say that it was one of my best discoveries in quite a while. Now to just keep that momentum heading into the rest of the series…

The Others reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Doug Meeks, Redbutterfly

Outlander - Time Travel

outlanderOne of the most epic, well loved stories of all time has to be Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander series. They are sweeping historical time-travel romances, telling the story of 20th century British Army nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser. Each book is unique in structure, tone, approach, and theme, and while they are independent stories, it is best to go back to the beginning and start with Outlander. The world also includes the Lord John Grey novels, which are more part of the original series than a spin-off.

The Outlander reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Mia

Parasol Protectorate - Steampunk/Vampires/Shifters

PrintThe words I most often see in regards to Gail Carriger‘s Parasol Protectorate series are quirky, fun, and irreverent. Main character Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for sparks fly when Alexia crosses paths with the appalling Lord Maccon (a loud, messy, gorgeous, werewolf). Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? And who is the real enemy? The Parasol Protectorate is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

The Parasol Protectorate reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Ren, scentfragrance

Pax Arcana - Vampires/Shapeshifters/Magic

charmingJohn Charming isn’t your average Prince…

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn’t change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar… Right? Written by Elliott James.

The Pax Arcana reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen

PsyCop - Ghosts/Psychics

among-the-living*M/m Romance.

Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.

Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin’-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.

Now he’s part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one’s ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now? Written by Jordan Castillo Price.

The PsyCop reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Queen Betsy (Undead) Series - Vampires

undead and unwedMaryJanice Davidson‘s Queen Betsy series, which is also often known as the Undead series, tells the ongoing saga of Elizabeth “Betsy” Taylor. She turns thirty in the most unfortunate manner possible: she is laid off from work and then run down by an SUV. Waking up in the morgue fails to improve her mood, and when she discovers she can’t kill herself, she gets downright testy. Being proclaimed “Queen of the Vampires” by the obnoxious Eric Sinclair, who places himself first in line to be her consort, proves to be the last straw. These books are funny and irreverent, and a staple in the UF genre.

The Queen Betsy reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Mia

Rachel Morgan/The Hollows - Witch/Bounty Hunter

dead witch walkingAlso commonly known as the Rachel Morgan series (after the main character), the Hollows by Kim Harrison is set in an alternate-reality Cincinnati where magical and supernatural beings – primarily witches, vampires and werewolves – have become known to the human public. It is set 40 years after a genetically engineered virus killed a significant portion of the “normal” population. In the middle of this is witch/detective Rachel Morgan, who works with law enforcement to battle threats both supernatural and human in origin.

The Hollows reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Coley, Lea, Jackie, Jan

Raine Benares - Sorceress/Mage/Demons/Elves/Goblins

magic lost, trouble foundThe Raine Benares series from Lisa Shearin wrapped up a couple of years ago with the release of book number six. The heroine is a tough, scrappy heroine who uses her magical powers to find lost things and missing people, but who also comes from the most notorious criminal family in the seven kingdoms. And if that weren’t enough, Raine has also has become bonded to a soul-stealing stone that gives her almost unlimited power – whether she likes it or not. This series falls more on the fantasy than the romance side, but it does have quite a lot of humor and action as well.

The Raine Benares reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Barbara

Remy Chandler - Fallen Angel/Detective

a kiss before the apocalypseI have to admit, I hadn’t heard of this one, but the Remy Chandler series written by Thomas E. Sniegoski does sound like it would be a great read. Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals), and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man. But Remy is no ordinary man; he’s the angel Remiel who, generations ago, chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He found a place among us ordinary humans; friendship, a job he’s good at, and love. Now he spends his time investigating the often dangerous supernatural cases that come his way, while using his powers to make a difference in a world filled with things that go bump in the night.

Recommended by: lee mullins

The Remy Chandler reading list can be found HERE

Retrievers (Cosa Nostradamus Series 1) - Magic/Supernatural Creatures

staying-deadManhattan’s night life just got weirder…

It starts as a simple job — but simple jobs, when you’re dealing with the magical world, often end up anything but.

As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing — and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while…

Case in point: A cornerstone containing a spell is stolen and there’s a magical complication. (Isn’t there always?) Wren’s unique abilities aren’t enough to lay this particular case to rest, so she turns to some friends: a demon (minor), a mage who has lost his mind, and a few others, including Sergei, her business partner (and maybe a bit more?).

Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares. Written by Laura Anne Gilman. Followed by the Paranormal Scene Investigations and Sylvan Investigations series.

The Retrievers reading list can be found HERE

The Paranormal Scene Investigations reading list can be found HERE

The Sylvan Investigations reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen

Riley Jenson Guardian - Vampire/Werewolf

full moon risingTo say that Keri Arthur‘s Riley Jenson has lead a complicated life would be somewhat of an understatement. She and her twin brother Rhoan were born to a werewolf mother and a vampire who mated during a full moon. After mating, their mother then killed the vampire.  Both Riley and Rhoan are very rare dhampires (half wolves, half vampires), and after growing up in the Jenson pack, they were kicked out when they were teenagers because the pack did not approve of their mixed blood. Both Riley and Rhoan work for the Directorate of Other Races; Rhoan as a guardian and Riley as a personal assistant for their boss, Jack, who is an 800-year-old vampire. Riley is a normal girl with an anything but normal life, whose job it is to police the supernatural population all while protecting humans from the things that go bump in the night.

The Riley Jenson Guardian reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie, Emma

Sabina Kane - Vampire/Mage

red-headed stepchildThe Sabina Kane series from author Jaye Wells has five full books (and several novellas) featuring a half-vampire/half mage heroine who just happens to be an assassin. Sabina is raised by her cold and unfeeling Vampire Grandmother to believe that as an inferior half-breed she owes not only her loyalty, but her very life, to the rulers of the Vampire race. She is used as a weapon to destroy their enemies without question, until they day she finds herself torn between her two worlds.

The Sabina Kane reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Coley

Shifter Series - Werecat Shifter

strayThis is another one that I have heard good things about but never gotten to (yet). The Shifter series from Rachel Vincent follows Faythe Sanders, the world’s only female werecat enforcer, as she fights to define her own role in her family and to claim a place in her Pride. The revolution is coming, and Faythe will be leading the charge. It looks like Faythe is the new Alpha for a reason.

The Shifter Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Judy V, Coley, Jackie

Sinful Supes - Supernatural Creatures

the-fervorThanks to her great- great-grandmother, loner Claire Sommers’ DNA results are succubus positive. To make matters worse, her college is forcing her into the Supernatural night school. The last place she wants to be is in a room filled with ferals, vampires, and other monsters from her nightmares. The absolute worst thing she can imagine? Getting hit with her first fervor in the middle of said classroom. Especially in front of the new Alpha of the Red Crescent pack, Lucas Masters. With every Supe in scenting distance caught up in the pheromone frenzy, Claire realizes she’s probably not going to survive the night with her dignity intact. She may not even survive at all. Written by Xandrie Kovak.

The Sinful Supes reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Shira

Sirantha Jax - Sci-Fi

grimspaceThe Sirantha Jax books from author Ann Aguirre is, simply put, a great character-driven sci-fi series with strong romance and lots of action. There are six books to the series, but it has the feel of one long, epic story that very much should be read in proper release order. Sirantha Jax is the carrier of a very rare gene that gives her the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But when the ship she’s navigating crash-lands and she’s accused of killing everyone on board, Jax is imprisoned and on the verge of madness. Her only shot at freedom comes with a hefty price – helping a small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper. Since she is dead either way, she might as well have some fun.

The Sirantha Jax reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld - Fae/Witches/Magic/Vampire/Shifter

witchlingMeet Yasmine Galenorn‘s D’Artigo Sisters–three half human, half-Fae, wild and sexy members of the OIA–the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille, a witch, Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, an acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire, are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider the girls nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds. But the girls soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld. Now, with their friends and lovers, they must use all of their collective talents to prevent the demons from taking over as the three sisters attempt to save two worlds, one monster at a time.

The Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Zox

The Smoke Trilogy - Wizards/Vampires

smoke and shadowsThis trilogy from author Tanya Huff is actually a spin-off of her Victoria Nelson series, and it features former street kid Tony Foster, who is now a production assistant on a TV series about a vampire detective. But the special effects wizard is actually a real wizard who’s come from another dimension-along with a dangerous foe. And Tony will definitely need the help of vampire Henry Fitzroy if he, his friend-and the world-are going to stand any chance of surviving this invasion. Just a quick note – the story does focus on a homosexual main character.

Recommended by: scentfragrance

The Smoke Trilogy reading list can be found HERE

Souls of Fire - Vampires

firebornEmberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a virus, the red plague —a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…Written by Keri Arthur.

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

The Souls of Fire reading list can be found HERE

Southern Vampire Series - Fae/Vampire/Werewolves

dead until darkBetter known by the name of its main character Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris‘ Southern Vampire books have made a very successful jump to the small screen as the tv show True Blood. Based on the exploits of a Psychic Louisiana waitress with Fae blood and her oddball collection of family, friends and lovers, these books helped pave the way for other successful Urban Fantasy series.

The Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Judy V

Southern Witch - Magic

would-be-witchThe family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007 savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn’t the only heirloom passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons. Written by Kimberly Frost.

The Southern Witch reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Shira, Kaleigha

SPI Files - Magic/Vampires/Shapeshifters

the grendel affairWhen I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.

Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up. Written by Lisa Shearin.

The SPI Files reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen

Stormwalker - Dragons/ Magic

stormwalkerHalf-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she’s caught in the storm’s evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can’t seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet’s never sure where he goes when they’re not together.

Together they investigate mysterious disappearances, which Janet fears are tied to her mother’s people, the mythical gods from below the earth. They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas. Written by Allyson James (aka Jennifer Ashley).

The Stormwalker reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika, Shira

Good but not great: Doug Meeks

Tales of an Extraordinary Girl - Magic/Superpowers

playing-with-fireEarth, Wind & Fire aren’t just a band anymore . . .

Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye!

It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning I’m waking up with this total hottie bending over me. He tells me 1)his name’s Rome Masters, 2)he’s a government agent and 3)I can control the four elements with a thought.

He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am . . . Because now he’ll have to kill me. Written by Gena Showalter.

The Tales of an Extraordinary Girl reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jan

Theirs Is Not To Reason Why - Science Fiction/Military Romance

a soldier's dutyJean Johnson‘s turns her attention to sci-fi military romance in her newest series. What if you could see the future? What if you foresaw that, three hundred years from your time, your entire galaxy would be destroyed in an overwhelming invasion? What would you do to stop it, when it would all happen long after you were dead and gone?

These are the questions that Ia must face, and the obstacles she must overcome. Spurred by her teenaged visions of an apocalyptic future, the young heavyworlder woman seeks to set up a series of events, a domino-chain of actions and repercussions that will hopefully stop the coming invaders long after her time has passed. But in order to do so, she must enter the military and engage in a four-front war: an old, barely contained enemy whose twin goals of galactic conquest and lunch terrify all sane sentients; an ancient foe whose technology vastly outstrips anything the Alliance can fling at it; a fanatic, xenophobic religious movement on her homeworld which Ia dares not stop; and her ongoing battle against Time itself.

If Ia fails, the stars and planets of the Milky Way will cease to exist, and so will the countless lives that depend on them. But the odds of her winning the ultimate battle are very, very small, when even the slightest, most innocent-seeming misstep could domino down through time in the wrong way, and doom untold septillions of sentients to a dark and terrifying fall. Bound by the ice of her duty, burned by the fires of her conscience, driven by what she foresees, Ia must become the herald of death herself:

The soldier known as Bloody Mary.

The Theirs is Not To Reason Why reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: snapdragon

The Walker Papers - Magic/Mythology

urban shamanAuthor C.E. Murphy’s Walker Papers series is an interesting blend of Native American and Celtic folklore within a police investigative procedural. This one would appeal to fans of the Mercy Thompson and Jane Yellowrock series with its half-Native American, half Irish mechanic heroine who becomes a police detective with the Seattle Police Department. As if that weren’t enough, Joanne must also deal with her new-found abilities as a Shaman.

The Walker Papers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: snapdragon

Women of the Otherworld - Werewolves/Witches/Sorcerers/Demons

bittenI wasn’t quite sure whether to place Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld series under Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance. From the reviews I have read, it reads like UF – but the characters change every couple of books like PNR. Just recently wrapping up at book number 13, there are a ton of novellas and short stories that make this an even more complete story. The Otherworld gives you a little bit of every supernatural species, a mix of fantasy and romance, and lots of action.

The Women of the Otherworld reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Barbara, Coley, Jean, Jackie

World of the Lupi - Magic/Shifters/Demons

tempting dangerAlso sometimes known as the Moon Children series, this Urban Fantasy romance from author Eileen Wilks features a strong heroine, an intense Alpha leading man, great writing with compelling characters and lots of action. Lily Yu is a former homicide cop turned FBI agent who has the ability to feel magic, but that magic has no effect on her. Lily uses her abilities to fight the monsters – both human and supernatural – who prey on the innocent. Her mate is Rule Turner – a powerful werewolf who is heir to his clan. The world-building is top notch, delving into both magical mythology and Lupine politics, while still focusing on a great romantic couple.

The World of the Lupi reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: kathybaug, shannon, Doug Meeks

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A Court of Thorns and Roses - Fantasy

a court of thorns and rosesWhen nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. Written by Sarah J. Maas.

A Court of Thorns and Roses reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Bfmason50

Rylee Adamson - Trackers/Werewolves/Witches

pricelessShannon Meyer‘s Rylee Adamson is a Tracker. She can find anyone, anywhere, at any time – except the one person who means the most to her. When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, she’s the one they call. Rylee is often times their last hope in bringing home the lost ones, and it is her job to salvage what they cannot. Being good at her job has put her in the line of fire more than once, gotten her in trouble with the law more times than she can count, but it is all in a day’s work. With her pet werewolf by her side, and her Witch of a best friend, Rylee doesn’t need anything else in her life. But when a salvage spins out of control, an unexpected ally makes her rethink her loner ways.

The Rylee Adamson reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kim

Supernatural Prison - Shapeshifters/Vampires/Magic

dragon-markedThere are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey.

Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.

She is dragon marked.

Jessa only knows what she’s been told about the dragon marked, that they are dangerous and must be eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, the powerful warmonger who had his head removed a thousand years ago. So now Jessa’s on the biggest hit list of all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained.

As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked.

Because it’s time for the dragon marked to rise.

The Supernatural Prison reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Saski Chopra

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Book of Immortals - Myth and Legend

discipleFollowing her death in a plane crash, Celine discovers that neither heaven nor hell is an option for her. Miraculously, she’s transformed into the antagonist of the book she’d read prior to her demise. Now she must navigate this strange new immortal life, knowing that the antagonist’s journey won’t end well. Between covering up her devil ancestry in an immortal school and trying to understand her feelings for a senior apprentice, can Celine circumvent her impending doomsday to create a favorable plot twist? Written by Kassandra Lynn.

The Book of Immortals reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Selwyn

Captive Prince - War

captive-prince*M/m Romance.

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…Written by C.S. Pacat.

The Captive Prince reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika, Redbutterfly

Codex Alera - Science Fiction/Magic

furies of calderoneAlthough Jim Butcher is best known for his Dresden Files, he also has a high fantasy series called Codex Alera. It is one huge story told over the course of six books, and it chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man named Tavi in the realm of Alera, an empire similar to Rome, on the world of Carna. Every Aleran has some degree of command over elemental forces or spirits called furies, save for Tavi, who is considered unusual for his lack of one. As the aging First Lord struggles to maintain his hold on a realm on the brink of civil war, Tavi must use all of his intelligence to save Alera.

The Codex Alera reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: snapdragon

Dragon's Blood - Magic/Shifters/Steampunk

balanced-on-the-blades-edgeColonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism – he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship – but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron — what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…

Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.

Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade — her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she’s one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander’s trust. But lying isn’t her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he’ll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death. Written by Lindsay Buroker.

The Dragon’s Blood reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika

Elfhome - Magic/Fantasy/Romance

tinkerInventor, girl genius, Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour. Tinker finds herself taking on the Elven court, the NSA, the Elven Interdimensional Agency, technology smugglers and a college-minded Xenobiologist as she tries to stay focused on what’s really important–her first date. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel-toed boots, and a junk yard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss. Written by Wen Spencer.

The Elfhome reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Pam

The Emperor's Edge - Magic/Adventure/Steampunk

the-emperors-edgeImperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead. Written by Lindsay Buroker.

The Emperor’s Edge reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika, Doug Meeks

The Golem and the Jinni - Magical Realism

the-golem-and-the-jinniChava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice. Written by Helene Wecker.

The Golem and the Jinni reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

Hearts and Thrones - Magic

assassin's gambitVitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good. Written by Amy Raby.

The Hearts and Thrones reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

The House War - Demons/Seers

the hidden cityThe House War series from author Michelle Sagara (written under the name Michelle West) is actually set in the same universe as two previous series she has released through DAW – The Sacred Hunt series and The Sun Sword series). This time around, the story focuses on Jewel and her rise in House Terafin. Jewel Markess (though she prefers to be called Jay by her friends), is a remarkable young woman. As an orphan living in the slums of the capital city, Aver­alaan, she was unex­pectedly rescued by Rath, who aban­doned his own family when his sister joined House Terafin. Rath has become a recluse, prowling the ruins of the undercity, finding relics of an earlier age and selling them to the highest bidder. Driven by visions she can’t control, Jay begins to rescue other children and bring them into Rath’s home. As Jay forms the group that will become her den, Rath walks a far more dangerous path. For the demons that once nearly destroyed the Essalieyan Empire are stirring again, reaching out to strike down any who can give warning against them. And soon Rath, who treads ancient ways hidden beneath the slums of Aver­alaan, and Jay, who is cursed with the untrained talents of a seer, will find them­selves targeted by these deadly beings….

The House War reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Charry

Kingmaker Chronicles - Magic/Fantasy

a breath of fireCatalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her. Written by Amanda Bouchet.

The Kingmaker Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Legend of Drizzt - Elves/Warriors

homelandThe Legend of Drizzt is a series of fantasy novels by R. A. Salvatore that are based in the Forgotten Realms planet Abeir-Toril on the continent Faerûn. Drizzt Do’Urden is the main character of the series. It combines The Dark Elf Trilogy, The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness and The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy into one series. The book combines the internal conflict of Drizzt’s restraint with the external conflicts that arise in the cruel Drow world. Wizened emperors and upstart kings scheme and fight to secure a place in the world. Horrifying creatures lurk in and around civilized places. Lost treasures lie in darkness, awaiting rediscovery.

The Legend of Drizzt reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Master of Crows - Magic

master of crowsWhile Master of Crows from Grace Draven might be a stand-alone story, it packs a whole series worth of adventure, romance and intrigue. In exchange for her freedom, Martise of Asher bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer’s treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation–until she falls in love with her intended target. Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate the God Corruption, but in doing so, they discover secrets about each other that may damn them both.

Recommended by: Tiffany Petty, Doug Meeks

Realms of the Blood (Black Jewels) - Magic/Dark Fantasy

daughter of the bloodOriginally a trilogy, Anne Bishop‘s Black Jewels series expanded to include nine books. From what I understand, the original three books are considered some of the best Dark Fantasy books around. With magic and witches and the fate of kingdoms at stake, the Black Jewels books are a saga featuring a young but still-innocent Queen more powerful than even the High Lord of Hell—and the three sworn enemies determined to win her and gain a prize that could be terrible beyond imagining.

The Black Jewels reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Monika, Coley, Jackie

The Sharing Knife - Magic/Necromancers

beguilementTroubled young Fawn Bluefield seeks a life beyond her family’s farm. Enroute to the city, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers. The necromancers armed with human bone knives fight “malices”, immortal entities that draw out life, enslaving humans and animals. Dag saves Fawn from a malice – at a devastating cost. Their fates are now bound in a remarkable journey. Written by Lois McMaster Bujold.

The Sharing Knife reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kathleen

Sword of Truth/Seeker - Magic

wizard's first ruleThis huge, complex series written by Terry Goodkind is an epic fantasy full of adventure and romance. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them–for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

The Sword of Truth reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Sylph Series - Magic

the battle sylphHe is one of many: a creature of magic, unrelentingly male. He is lured through the portal by pure female beauty, a virgin sacrifice. She is killed, and he is silenced and enslaved.

Such a dark ritual is necessary. Unlike their elemental cousins—those gentler sylphs of wind and fire—battlers find no joy in everyday labor. Their magic can destroy an army or demolish a castle, and each has but one goal: find his queen, then protect and pleasure her at any cost. What would a maiden do if she were given such a servant? What would befall that kingdom foolish enough to allow a battler to escape? Young Solie and the people of Eferem are about to find out. Written by L.J. McDonald.

The Sylph Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita

Tairen Soul - Magic/Fae/Shifters

lord of the fading landsThe Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson is a bit tricky to classify. It is a fantasy/paranormal romance with magic and shifters in an alternate world, with an old world vibe. The world and the characters are very well developed, there is a great overarching storyline, and a totally unique feel to the series as a whole. Originally set to be three books, it eventually was extended to five (with two more spin-off books featuring other characters). For something a little different, this is the one to try.

The Tairen Soul reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Charleen

Twelve Houses - Young Adult/Magic

mystic and riderSharon Shinn‘s young adult epic fantasy series, Twelve Houses, is full of magic, adventure, and romance. These books are notable for their marriage of two distinct genres: Sword and Sorcery and Romance. They take place in the mythical kingdom of Gillengaria which is ruled by good king Baryn. The land of Gillengaria is an island divided into twelve semi-independent fiefdoms each ruled by a great house. King Baryn has only one child, believed by many to be unfit to rule. The Twelve Great Houses are jockeying for position to be ready to contend for the throne when King Baryn dies. This jockeying is tearing the kingdom apart, and has brought it to the brink of civil war. In addition the general population is angry at the king for defending the mystics which they fear and despise. The mystics are people born to magical powers, usually of a quite limited scope such as being able to change shape, or being able to start fires. Any family of any rank can produce a mystic. Usually if the family is prominent the child is cast out. Each book focus on a different couple, and the first four books complete the first story arc, while the fifth release starts a new one.

The Twelve Houses reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: scentfragrance

The Twelve Kingdoms - Magic/Shapeshifters

the-mark-of-the-talaQueen Of The Unknown.

The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one.

Andi doesn’t mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she’d thought was no more than legend–until he claims her as its queen.

In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn’t know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel.

For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. Written by Jeffe Kennedy.

The Twelve Kingdoms reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Renpuspita, Doug Meeks

Warlands - Science Fiction/Fantasy

warprizeThis four book series from author Elizabeth Vaughan also ties into her Epic of Palins series, and it is a science fiction/fantasy with a futuristic setting but an historical feel. Full of suspense, drama, action, and romance, the Warlands series takes you to another world. It is a perfect fit for fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart with its poetic writing style and intricate plotting.

The Warlands reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: snapdragon

Weathermages of Mystral - Fantasy/Romance

the winter kingAfter three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea’s king by taking one of the man’s beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter’s battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother’s death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father’s palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig’s icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin’s wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter’s passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.

The Weathermages of Mystral reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

The Wicked Years - Magic/Classic Retelling

wickedThe Wicked Years is a series of novels by Gregory Maguire that present a revisionist take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, its 1939 film adaption, and related books. This is a very different and somewhat cynical look at Oz as is seen in the books by L. Frank Baum. Unlike the originals, these books are not intended for children. This Oz is beset with many social problems like the discrimination against sentient animals and racial tensions between the various human ethnic groups in Oz. Many of the protagonists in the Wizard of Oz are presented either as antagonists or neutral. Fans of the Broadway hit Wicked have this series to thank.

The Wicked Years reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

Wraith Kings - Magic


Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.


Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

The Wraith Kings reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Shira, Doug Meeks, Barbara, Redbutterfly

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The Arcana Chronicles - Dystopian/Special Powers

poison princessKresley Cole is known for her Paranormal Romance Immortals After Dark series, but she also brought her trademark detailed world-building, snarky sense of humor, and gripping action to her young adult series, the Arcana Chronicles. After an apocalyptic solar flash that ends the world as we know it, 22 special teenagers find themselves with terrifying abilities based on the Tarot deck. The Huntress, the Fool, Death, the Lovers . . . and eighteen other Major Arcana all exist. These warriors, femme fatales, magicians, and devils each have uniquely lethal powers, and Evangeline Greene is one of the strongest of them all. Now, all she has to do is be the last one standing in an age old battle to the death.

The Arcana Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Lea

Bloodlines - Dhampirs/Moroi/Alchemists

bloodlinesRichelle Mead‘s Vampire Academy spin-off series, Bloodlines, is as good or better than the original. The tone and setting are very different, but it managed to pull all of my favorite characters together and give them the spotlight. Sydney is very, very different from Rose – a person of thought and planning rather than impulse and action – but both are great at what they do. Adrian is one of my favorite YA male leads, as flawed and damaged as he is he is also loyal, devoted and kind. I do have high hopes of a third series when this one is done that will feature Eddie and Jill. Or maybe I am just being greedy.

The Bloodlines reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Jackie

The Chronicles of Nick - Gods/Demons/Vampires/Werewolves

infinityPutting a young adult spin on her epic Dark-Hunters series, Sherrilyn Kenyon has written a great series about the early life of Nick Gautier. At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. He is just a regular kid… well as regular as someone with a stripper for a mother and a career felon for a father can be. He isn’t doing too badly for a kid whose education comes from the back streets and alleys of the French Quarter. But when Nick is saved from certain death by a mysterious warrior, he enters a world he never dreamt existed. Now, he is caught in the middle of a war between good and evil…and the winner takes everything.

The Chronicles of Nick reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kim

Covenant Series - Hematoi/Daimons

half-bloodJennifer L. Armentrout is one of my absolute favorite Young Adult authors, and she has not one but two series that I highly, highly recommend. Probably best known for her Lux series (also on this list), I equally enjoy her Covenant books. They read older than traditional YA, with wit and snark and lots of action. When I first starting reading them I got a very Vampire Academy vibe, but they quickly establish their own unique voice and world. At just five books and a couple of novellas, there is enough to get deeply engrossed in the world, but still leave you wanting more. Don’t let the covers fool you – these are great books.

The Covenant Series reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Redbutterfly

The Curse Workers - Magic/Grifters/Alternate Reality

white catThis YA Urban Fantasy trilogy from author Holly Black tells the story of 17 year old Cassel Sharpe, a con-man from a family with the curse of magic. Cassel feels overshadowed by his curse worker family. In a world in which the touch of a worker’s ungloved hand can manipulate their marks’ emotions, conjure dreams, erase memories or transform them from human to inanimate object, Cassel’s family descends from curse workers on both sides. His family is aligned with the Zacharovs, one of six big worker families that divvy up turf like the Mob. But now it looks like Cassel will have to take on his own family to survive, and out con the best con-men around.

The Curse Workers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Tina

The Darkest Powers - Enhanced Abilities/Necromancers/Skin-walkers

the summoningKelley Armstrong‘s The Darkest Powers, which ties into her Adult UF Women of the Underworld books, is actually made up of two different series. The Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising are young adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance trilogies featuring teenagers who have increased powers after being modifed before birth by the mysterious Edison Group. The Darkest Powers trilogy focuses on necromancer Chloe Saunders, while the Darkness Rising books focus on Skin-walker Maya Delaney.

The Darkest Powers reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Fallen - Fallen Angels/Re-incarnation

fallenBilled as a Southern gothic supernatural romance, Lauren Kate‘s Fallen series revolves around 17-year-old Lucinda “Luce” Price, who is sent to a reform school in Savannah, Ga., after she is accused of starting a fire that leaves a young boy dead. Soon, Luce finds herself in the middle of a love triangle – courting two young men with dark secrets of their own. On a quest to uncover secrets from her past, the shy Luce discovers the two are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting heaven against hell in an epic battle over true love.

The Fallen reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Melanie Donohue

Finishing School - Steampunk

etiquette and espionageThe Finishing School series by Gail Carriger is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage! There is Victorian fake food. There are mechanical sausage dogs named Bumbersnoot. It is a fun, well written and unique series with something for everyone.

The Finishing School reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Mia

Hex Hall - Magic/Witches/Vampires

hex hallThe Rachel Hawkins trilogy follows the exploits of Sophie Mercer, a young witch, who is sent to Hecate Hall, a boarding school for Prodigium juvenile delinquents. An awkward, sarcastic girl, she becomes best friends with her vampire roommate, Jenna Talbot, who is an outcast like her. Sophie also gets swept up in a love triangle involving Archer, the school’s resident bad boy, and Cal, her betrothed. Through a series of events, Sophie gets caught up in the secret war going on between the Prodigium and a group of humans who believe the Prodigium should be destroyed. As the trilogy progresses, Sophie discovers more about herself, powers, and the mystery behind her family’s origins.

The Hex Hall reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Harry Potter - Magic

philosopher's stoneThe Harry Potter series from author J.K. Rowling pretty much defies any attempts to categorize it. It is a children’s series that is geared just as much towards adults, it is a fantasy/action/romance/adventure with magic and fantastical creatures and enduring friendships that cannot be pinned down to just one genre. Chronicling the adventures of a boy wizard named Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter. With an increasingly dark tone and subject matter, the Harry Potter books are for any lover of fantasy fiction.

The Harry Potter reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly, scentfragrance, Janhavi

Healer - Fantasy/Magic

touch-of-powerLaying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Written by Maria V. Snyder.

The Healer reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

House of Night - Vampires/ Gods and Goddesses

markedAfter a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends. Written by P.C. Cast.

The House of Night reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Carol Vasseur Scanu

The Infernal Devices - Nephilim/Demon Hunters

clockwork angelAs much as I do love The Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare, I actually think that her other series, The Infernal Devices, would be my favorite of the two. It is something that usually doesn’t appeal to me – a historical setting, a steampunk vibe, a love triangle – but it is so well done here that all of my usual minuses became pluses. As much as I find the “love triangle” plot device annoying and predictable, throughout these three books I honestly got so involved with the story that I couldn’t pick a side. Definitely one of my favorite YA series.

The Infernal Devices reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

The Iron Fey - Fae/Magic

the iron kingThe Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both… to their peril. Forged by Man’s insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing…and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl named Meghan Chase, who must battle to claim her magical birthright. Fans of this series will also be interested in Julie Kagawa‘s spin-off Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, featuring Meghan’s brother Ethan Chase.

The Iron Fey reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly, vale

Lunar Chronicles - Alien/Alternate World

cinderOk. I will admit that I scoffed when I first heard about Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles books. Featuring a Cyborg Cinderella, a Red-Hoodie wearing tough-girl named Scarlet (and her love interest, Wolf), aliens, space-ships, royal balls and prison breaks – it was just too out there for me. But I kept seeing the great reviews (and pretty covers), and I decided to give it a try. I loved them. LOVED. Not weird at all, but fresh, fun, original and so very well written, they were one of the best new series I came across this year. And I can’t wait for more.

The Lunar Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Lux Series - Aliens/Special Abilities

obsidianThe second Jennifer L. Armentrout series on this list are the books from her Lux series. I have never been a huge sci-fi fan, but after loving her Covenant books I just had to give the Lux books a try. They quickly climbed to the top of my favorite YA series list. There is a fresh, original world, great characters with lots of humor and bite. The bad guys are truly evil, some government conspiracy to top things off, and a great romance. I do love this series, and seeing it wrap up in 2014 will be rough.

The Lux reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Redbutterfly

The Lynburn Legacy - Magic/Psychic Connection

unspokenYou know those stories that you have to talk yourself into giving a try? This was one of those. I had for some reason judged the book by the cover, and I thought that Sarah Rees Brennan had written a historical, dark English Gothic paranormal romance. Turns out it is modern day, but set in a quaint English village that does have a bit of a old-world feel. Kami’s best friend has always been the voice in her head, the voice she thought was just her imagination. But when she finds out that not does the voice belong to a real boy, but that boy is part of the mysterious Lynburn family, everything changes. And when people start turning up dead, it seems Kami is stuck right in the middle. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, but it does make an interesting set up for the next book. This was a great surprise favorite of mine.

The Lynburn Legacy reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

The Morganville Vampires - Vampires/Ghosts

glass housesThe Morganville Vampires is a series of young adult urban fantasy/vampire novels written by Rachel Caine. The novels feature Claire Danvers, a student at Texas Prairie University, and her housemates in the vampire-controlled city of Morganville, Texas. While the mayor of Morganville is human, unbeknownst to most of the population the town is actually run in cooperation with a group of vampires. Claire really doesn’t have the right connections to the undead who run the town, and her new roommates, Michael, Eve, and Shane, don’t show many signs of life. But they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

The Morganville Vampires reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly, scentfragrance, Jan

The Mortal Instruments - Nelphilim/Demon Hunters

city of bonesCassandra Clare‘s Shadowhunter world may be vast (and continuing to grow), but it all began with The Mortal Instruments. Originally slated to be a trilogy, it expanded to include 6 books in all, and has one spin-off trilogy complete and another on the way. They are the story of Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager living in New York with her single mother. But being in the wrong place at the wrong time leads Clary right into the middle of the Shadowhunter world – and into the attention of Jace, the best warrior of his generation. But nothing is as it seems, and Clary begins to unravel the mystery of who she really is, she is in more danger than ever.

The Mortal Instruments reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Redbutterfly

The Naturals - Mystery/ Thriller

the naturalsSeventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive. Written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Naturals reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Terri

Night World - Vampires/Shifters/Witches

night worldI have to admit, the only L.J. Smith series I was familiar with was The Vampire Diaries (and that only because of the TV show), but it looks like the author has several young adult series on the go. The Night World series is primarily about vampires, but it also mixes in werewolves, shapeshifters, witches, etc. In these stories, you’ll find vampires who’ve fallen helplessly in love with their human soulmates–but it’s the law that any Night Person who loves a human must be punished by death. If you like Damon (The Vampire Diaries), you’ll probably also like the vampires Ash Redfern, Quinn, and Morgead–not to mention James Rasmussen of Secret Vampire, the first book in the Night World series.

The Night World reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: scentfragrance

Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus - Gods/Demi-Gods

the lightning thiefI am probably way, way too old to admit to loving these books, but I do. I Really do. Comparisons are often drawn to the Harry Potter books, since author Rick Riordan also follows the adventures of a boy who doesn’t know he is different until he is 12 years old. But in this case, Percy Jackson is no wizard – he is a Demi-God, and the son of Poseidon. Life has never been easy for Percy, since trouble seems to find him no matter where he goes. But things start to make sense for Percy when he finds his way to Camp Half-Blood, a place for kids like him. The other children of the Gods may not always be easy to deal with, but at least there is a place where he finally fits in. Sort of. The books are wonderful fantasy adventures, with quests and monsters and even a little hint of romance, and the spin-off Heroes of Olympus series is just as good. I just can’t get enough of these great books.

The Percy Jackson reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, scentfragrance

Raised by Wolves - Shapeshifters

raised-by-wolvesAdopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it.  That doesn’t mean that she’s averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian’s basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents’ murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she’s shaped? Written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Raised by Wolves reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Terri

Razorland - Dystopia/Zombies

enclaveNew York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. Written by Ann Aguirre.

The Razorland reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Azteclady

The School for Good and Evil - Magic/Fairy Tales

the-school-for-good-and-evilThe first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…? Written by Soman Chainami.

The School for Good and Evil reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Study Series - Magic/Assassins

poison studyI haven’t read this Maria V. Snyder series myself, but in writing this I did think that the premise sounds very interesting. The Study books focus on the character of Yelena, a young girl who is facing execution for murder. In an extraordinary turn of events, she is offered a reprieve from imminent death, and given the position of food taster for the Commander of Ixia. She will lead a comfortable life, but the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena struggles to survive in her new world, she finds herself developing uncontrollable magic powers even while rebellion takes seed all around her.

The Study reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie

The Sweetest Dark - Drakon

the sweetest darkIf ever I have been surprised by a series, Shana Abe‘s The Sweetest Dark is it. As a spin-off of the adult Drakon series (which I had a mixed reaction to), I had to talk myself into reading the first book. Taking place in England during the first World War, the time period was something that I just didn’t think would grab my attention. Turns out that I absolutely loved it – and the second book was just as good. With beautiful, lyrical writing, great characters, and twists that I didn’t see coming, The Sweetest Dark series is one of my to three YA finds of the year.

The Sweetest Dark reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha

Throne of Glass - Fantasy/ Magic

throne-of-glassAfter serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

The Throne of Glass reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Bfmason50

Twilight - Vampires/Werewolves

twilightThere have been few series that have divided the reading world like Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. The fans of this series are nearly fanatical in their devotion, and they spawn every age and group, from kids to their moms. I think most of the negativity that is associated with Twilight actually comes from the movie adaptations. Although wildly profitable, many people felt that the screen versions were cheesy and poorly acted, and that reflected negatively on the books. But for fans of the genre, Twilight is at the top of the list of books not to be missed.

The Twilight reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Emily Rose

Uprooted - Magic/Fairy Tales (Stand Alone)

uprootedAgnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose. Written by Naomi Novik.

Recommended by: Redbutterfly

Vampire Academy - Dhampirs/Moroi

vampire academyThe Vampire Academy series from Richelle Mead is an action-packed set of six books featuring Dhampir Rose Hathaway. Rose is feisty, impulsive, and bold, and she is tough enough to back it up. I didn’t always like Rose, or more specifically how her actions tended to leave her friends’ lives in tatters, but the stories definitely do suck you in. It has a great supporting cast, lots of action and excitement, and a strong romantic element. The Vampire Academy series is a given on a must-read YA list.

The Vampire Academy reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kaleigha, Redbutterfly, Jackie

White Rabbit Chronicles - Zombie Slayers

Alice in ZombielandGena Showalter‘s newest YA series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, is completely original. Alice “Ali” Bell always believed her father was insane. He saw monsters no one else could, and his paranoia cost Ali and her little sister Emma any shot at a normal life. Ali thought she was prepared for anything – expect to find out that her father was right. In the blink of an eye, everything she loved was taken away, and she found out the hard way that the monsters are real – and they are coming for Ali. Now, Ali has a new life, a new purpose…and a new love. And she is determined to send every zombie back to where they came from. For good.

The White Rabbit Chronicles reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Kim

Wicked Lovely - Fae/Magic

wicked lovelyWritten by Melissa Marr, this five book (and many short story) series features a rich world full of Fae magic. In an interesting twist, books one, three and five feature the main character of Aislinn, a young girl trying to deal with ability to see the powerful and often dangerous Fae. Books two and four feature other characters, still in the same world. Delving into the worlds of both the Dark and Light Courts, love both mortal and immortal, and unexpected destiny, the Wicked Lovely series is a top YA read.

The Wicked Lovely reading list can be found HERE

Recommended by: Jackie


79 thoughts on “101+ Series to Read Before You Die

  1. Kim Shelt says:

    I agree with…
    Cat and Bones
    Kate Daniels
    Charley Davidson
    Immortals After Dark

    I think you should add…
    The Dark-Hunters
    The Guild Hunters

    I don’t agree with…
    Jennifer Ashley-it was like a filler series for me except it never even made it that far. I was always less than impressed and had No interest to continue with the series.

  2. Judy V says:

    Rachael Vincent’s Shifter Series is a great one that I recommend a lot and though the last couple of books were not the best, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series is still very entertaining and one that I find myself re-reading/recommending often. Oh, and maybe just one more……..for now. Katie’s McAlister’s Ashling Grey Dragon series, it has it all and it it’s hilarious to boot!

  3. Barbara says:

    I’d like to add Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld-romance, werewolves, witches and much more- and a couple of less known series as Janet Chapman’s Highlander/Spellbound Falls-an auto-buy for me, time travel, sweet and funny romance- and Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares-more fantasy than romance but one of the most funny and engaging series I have read.

  4. Monika says:

    I haven’t yet read the first book in “The Others” series, but I would definitively add the original “Black Jewels” trilogy by Anne Bishop. I also really liked the first 8 or so installments of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series.

  5. Nettie says:

    You have got to include the Rock Chick Series, the Dream Man Series, The Colorado Mountain Series, The Burg Series, and the Unfinished Heroes Series all by Kristen Ashley….can you tell I’m a fan! But if you can only list one, the Rock Chick Series is a must read (Contemporary Romance).

      • Redbutterfly says:

        No, the series mentioned above are all contemporary romance. But she does have some paranormal series: Ghosts and Reincarnation;
        Fantasyland; The Three; Mathilda’s Book of Shadows.

        Sadly I can’t say if they are good since I haven’t read them. I think maybe Nettie can answer that

  6. Charleen says:

    While I know its not as popular now, I feel that these two deserve to be on the list: Christine Feehan’s Carpathian’s Series, started this genre.
    Laurell K. Hamilton’s – Anita Blake also gave rise to a lot of new books.

    I’m not sure if C.L. WIlson’s Tairen Soul qualifies as PNR

    Totally agree with the list, although I haven’t read all of these series.

    What about Lynn Viehl’s Darken series?

    • Lorraine says:

      Totally agree Charlene love both but Anita Blake is one of my favourites, looking forward to reading more authors from the 101 list.

  7. Coley says:

    These are my favorites of the genre! (long list, I know)

    Women of the Otherworld – Kelly Armstong
    Downside Ghosts – Stacia Kane
    Rachel Vincent – Shifters or Unbound (or both!)
    Sabina Kane – Jaye Wells
    Black Jewels – Anne Bishop (seconding nom up top)
    October Daye – Seanan McGuire
    The Hollows – Kim Harrison

  8. Charry says:

    What about Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick. Under each of those names she’s written PNR. And she’s been doing it for AGES. If nothing else she deserves props for longevity! Within this Genre she wrote:

    St. Helens Series
    Harmony Series
    Arcane Society Series

    • Cassandra B. says:

      Thanks for mentioning JAK! She is one of my favorite authors and I almost posted her, but I worried perhaps she won’t fit here. While I agree she might be labeled PNR-lite, she was writing characters with psychic abilities and storylines before it was commonplace.

  9. kathybaug says:

    I would recommend The World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks. It has superior world-building, an interesting take on fated mates and a compelling overarching plot for the series. It does need to be read in order (I think we’re up to 10 books now), but it’s well-worth it.

  10. pals20 says:

    I mostly agree with all your choices.. I’m probably a minority but I just couldn’t get into the Mercy series..

    I recommend Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed and Alyssa Day’s Poseidon series.. One has vampires descended from aliens and the other has Atlantis rising

    • pals20 says:

      Man, how time changes reading choices… Two years ago, I had made multiple attempts to start reading the Mercy series and I just could not get into it, so I just let it go. Didn’t try again for a long, long time.

      I don’t know what clicked this time, but over the last 3 months – I devoured both the Mercy and the Alpha & Omega series in one continuous reading binge. And you can consider me officially converted.

  11. Jean says:

    You’ve hit almost all of my faves. A couple authors I don’t think I saw were
    1. Faith Hunter – Jane Yellowrock
    2. Karen Chance – Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarad
    3. JC Daniels – colbana files/blade series
    Endorsements as follows:
    I’m a Kelley Armstrong (women of the underworld) fan along with Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Shelly Laurenston, GA Aiken, Karen Marie Moning, Kresley Cole, darynda jones, and Thea Harrison (limit to elder races)

  12. Lea says:

    The Hollows by Kim Harrison, UF
    The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole, YA
    Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione, PNR
    Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian, PNR
    Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter, PNR – although Kane’s book was a bit…how do I say this…”preachy” and it read like a YA book.

    I can’t wait for the next Dragonfury book to come out!! Also, MacRieve was so good!!!! Hope you’re well, K. xoxo

  13. Melanie Donohue says:

    I would add Christine Feehans Carpathian series. The earlier books were better than the last few but i will still buy and read them. Her leopard series is also good.
    Lynsay Sands, Argeneau series is also my favourite.
    I read the first book in a series by Dianne Duvall and enjoyed it, the next books are on my to be ordered list.

  14. dougmeeks says:

    Well let me drop a few on you –

    The Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter (this original series only includes 4 books) stayed in Amazon’s Top 100 for months and even at present are still in the Top 1500 almost 3 years after their release (which is actually quite an achievement) because people are still discovering this amazing series. The first 4 books are the actual series, the newer ones are called Elemental World but uses the same background world and we see some of the original characters from time to time, but is a separate series . A true 5 Star reading experience IMHO.

    The Drake Sisters by Christine Feehan (7 novels/novellas I believe) are also exceptional and have been read by a majority of paranormal readers. I read them all in a marathon and was one of the first really great series I read in paranormal along with the Dark-Hunters.

    I am going to assume you just forgot about the Argeneau Vampire series since I KNOW you would not have intentionally forgot one of the best vampire romance series (and some of the best humor) in all of paranormal literature 🙂

    I could come up with others but many are according to individual taste, the ones above I mentioned are widely accepted as exceptional paranormal series by a wide cross-section of readers.

  15. shannon says:

    Hey Kaleigha,
    Good list! You have most of my favorites. A few that I suggest adding:

    World of Lupi series by Eileen Wilks – Adult uban fantasy with romance. The lead gal is a cop, so there is a nice amount of mystery and suspense. She becomes mated to a werewolf. One of my fav series.

    Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance – Adult urban fantasy. Appealing characters, lots of action, suspense, humor and a bit of romance.

    Dorina Basarab Dhampir series by Karen Chance – This is a spin off from her long running Cassandra Palmer series. It reminds me a lot in style to another FAV series Kate Daniels. The lead gal is very kick a$$ and humorous.

    Darkyn and Kyndred series by Lynn Viehl – The original Darkyn books started out more like dark UF, but then became more PNRish. The Kyndred spin off are PNR.

    Also, thanks for the rec on Anne Bishop’s new UF series. I loved her Black Jewel trilogy. I need to give her new series a try.

    • dougmeeks says:

      I will second the vote for World of Lupi, great series, I have the newest one laying in my TBR pile because of my review backlog .

      BTW anyone that has not read Written in Red really needs to break the piggy bank and get it, best thing I have read in a long time. To use a quote ““Written in Red isn’t just the best urban fantasy of the year, it may be one of the best ever.”—All Things Urban Fantasy”

      That quote is true IMHO


  16. Redbutterfly says:

    Hey K. like always I’m late to the party lol

    I recommend (on the list):
    Elder Races
    Black Dagger Brotherhood
    Dragon Kin
    The Others
    Guild Hunter
    Night Huntress/Night Huntress World/Night Prince
    Kate Daniels
    Charley Davidson
    Vampire Academy

    But I also recommend (not on the list):
    The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Well since you added The Infernal Devices I think you should add this one. This series is so good
    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – lol I don’t know if this series counts but I just love it so much
    Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising by Kelley Armstrong – both this series are connected with each other and with the Women of the Otherworld series.
    Georgina Kincaid by Richelle Mead
    Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
    Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn
    The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
    Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
    Dorina Basarab by Karen Chance
    Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep
    Alex Craft by Kalayna Price
    Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter
    Kara Gillian by Diana Rowland
    Argeneau by Lynsay Sands
    Dark Days by Jocelynn Drake
    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

    Hmm… Sorry for the long list K. its just that I read a lot of books in this genre and it’s hard for me not to like a book

  17. Jackie (Literary Escapism) says:

    So have to put in my two cents. Here’s what I would have on my list (there may be some repetition here): My apologies in advance for the length.

    Black Jewels by Anne Bishop – Daughter of the Blood [9+]
    Legend of Drizzt by RA Salvatore – Homeland [13]
    Study by Maria Snyder – Poison Study [3]
    Sword of Truth/Seeker by Terry Goodkind – Wizard’s First Rule [12+]
    Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire – Wicked [4]

    Anita Blake by Laurell K Hamilton – Guilty Pleasures [21+]
    Cassandra Palmer by Karen Chance – Touch the Dark [5+]
    Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill – Some Girls Bite [6+]
    Dark Days by Jocelynn Drake – Nightwalker [6]
    Fever/MacKayla Lane by Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever [5]
    Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites [5+]
    Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn – Kitty and the Midnight Hour [10+]
    Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs – Moon Called [6+]
    Meredith Gentry by LK Hamilton – A Kiss of Shadows [8]
    Morgan Kingsley by Jenna Black – The Devil Inside [5]
    Night Huntress [and World] by Jeaniene Frost – Halfway to the Grave [6+]
    Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong – Bitten [13]
    Rachel Morgan/Hollows by Kim Harrison – Dead Witch Walking [11+]
    Riley Jensen by Keri Arthur – Full Moon Rising [9]
    Shifters by Rachel Vincent – Stray [6]

    Aisling Grey by Katie MacAlister – You Slay Me [4]
    Dark-Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Fantasy Lover [17+]
    Demonica by Larissa Ione – Pleasure Unbound [3+]
    Grimm’s Circle by Shiloh Walker – Candy Houses [7+]
    Guild Hunters by Nalini Singh – Angels’ Blood [5+]
    Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh – Slave to Sensation [11+]

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – Bloodlines [2+]
    Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely [5]
    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy [6]

    Katherine Katt by Gini Koch – Touched by an Alien [6+]
    Sirantha Jax by Ann Aguirre – Grimspace [6]

  18. Emma says:

    I have a few to add, if I may:

    Makers Song – Adrian Phoenix
    Dreg City – Kelly Meding
    Charlie Madigan – Kelly Gay
    Black London – Caitlin Kittredge
    Riley Jenson – Keri Arthur
    Dark Angle – Keri Arthur
    Midnight Breed – Lara Adrian
    Kara Gillian – Diana Rowland
    Jill Kismet – Lilith Saintcrow

  19. Ren says:

    This is my recommendation K :
    – Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter (this is one of my favorite PNR, even the latest seems can’t grab my attentiion)
    – By Moonlight series by Nancy Gideon (very recommended! Police procedural mix with paranormal aspect. Very emotional)
    – The Edge by Ilona Andrews (beside Kate Daniels, this series is not to be missed)
    – Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson (for any fantasy romance reader)
    – Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks (very funny and light. Still going strong until now)
    – Dark Days by Jocelynn Drake (if you want a kick ass heroine who also vampire)
    – Black London by Caitlin Kitredge
    – Darkest London by Kristen Callihan
    – London Steampunk by Bec McMaster
    – Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

    Hope this help 😀

  20. mlh1112 says:

    If it’s not too late, I’d like to add Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series, D. B. Reynold’s Vampires in America and Diane Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series. They are all well written and wonderful IMO.

  21. Kim says:

    Another recommendation…
    I also agree with Gena Showalters Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress series and Eternal Guardians by Elisabeth Naughton.

    I would add…
    Molly Harpers Jane Jameson series and her spin off Half Moon Hallow series.
    Alice in Zombieland from Gena Showalter-best ya book ive ever read
    Chronicles of Nick from Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The League from Sherrilyn Kenyon
    And most definitely add Rylee Adamson series by Shannon Meyer-such a great series and I hope more recognition comes to this indie author and her amazing series.

  22. Monika says:

    I’ve sort of given up on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter/Dream-Hunter/Were Hunter series. I really loved her earlier books, but the series started lagging for me even before Acheron, the last book I read and liked. Based on some reviews I just thought I’d give her Belador Code Series she is co-authoring with Dianna Love a try and I absolutely love it. More Urban Fantasy (and less romance, though enough to satisfy romance lovers as well) with all kinds of magical creatures from shape shifters, witches, trolls, demons, fae, gods etc. There are four books up to now, and I’m on the fourth having devoured books 1-3 over the weekend…

  23. lee mullins says:

    Here are some books I think are some of the best Thomas E Sniegoski the Remy Chandler novels if you start to read them you can’t put them down I love them

  24. Zox says:

    What about Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld series by Jasmine Galenorn? Has an impressive world-building and a variety of characters. Also, The League by S. Kenyon 🙂

  25. Mia says:

    One young adult series I love is Gail Carriger’s YA series called ‘The Finishing School.’ About a finishing school that teaches the girls about espionage. It is set in the same world as ‘The Parasol Protectorate Series’ only 25 years earlier. Features some appearances of some characters from the Parasol series. It is original and hilarious 🙂

    Also another series is Meljean Brook’s ‘Iron Seas Series’ really original mixture of adventure, romance and humour

    Maryjanice Davidson Undead Series- Had me in stitches laughing

    The outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is awesome- time travel romance. World war II nurse Claire Randall travels back to 1743 Scotland. Jamie Fraser- one of my favourite male characters of all time 🙂

    Clockwork Agents Series by Kate Cross- steampunk

    MJ Scott’s Half-light City Series- MJ Scott is an Australian author (double bonus)- really interesting series. Action and romance 🙂

  26. Janhavi says:

    This list is amazing! Thanks for all the hard work! I can see that my next several TBRs will probably come from here 😀

    You seem to have almost all my favourites here, except for Meljean Brook’s Guardian series, that is very good. I have not tried her Iron Seas series yet but it is next on my TBR list.

    Can I add my endorsements?

    I would endorse:
    Celta’s Heartmate series by Robin D Owens. I think this is hugely underappreciated, the world building, romances, and humour in these books is just lovely. Owens won the 2001 RITA paranormal award for this series, and was nominated this year for RT, but still seems to not be read widely. Maybe because her books are more futuristic than paranormal? Anyway, they are great.
    The Edge series, by Ilona Andrews.
    Elder Races by Thea Harrison
    The Immortals after Dark by Kresley Cole (hilarious!)
    The Psy Changelings- Nalini is my favourite author and this is probably my favourite series
    Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh (anything by Nalini is fantastic)
    Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
    Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
    Harry Potter by J K Rowling

    Some random comments:
    Your description of BDB is hilarious:D. Even though I dont like any of the books very much, except for John and Xhex’s, the series is still qutie addictive and I do want to know what happens next..
    I didnt like Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, but I did finish it. Whereas I gave up on Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld altogether, after reading 2. So many of you have recommended, though, that I might try again…
    Jeannine Frost is good but not good enough to make my endorsement list 🙂
    Arcana Chronicles and Alpha and Omega are also good…

  27. scentfragrance says:


    I personally endorse:
    1) Harry Dresden
    2) Harry Potter
    3) Psy/Changeling
    4) Kate Daniel
    5) October Daye
    6) Parasol Protectorate
    7) Percy Jackson
    8) celta’s heartmates

    I agree with you that Anita Blake got funny from like the 6th to 8th books. Once the Vampire Council was introduced, the story seem to get really..funny…

    I think the following series should have been included:
    1) The Night World series by L.J. Smith
    2) Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine
    3) The Smoke Trilogy by Tanya Huff
    4) twelve houses series by Sharon Shinn
    5) Incryptid series by Seanan McGuire \

  28. Emily Rose says:

    Okay, you included The Host, but I didn’t see the Twilight Saga anywhere on your YA list. I think the movies might have made it too mainstream to where no one wants to admit to reading them, and they definitely made the Saga out to be one big cheese -fest. But, the books tell a different story and evoke more emotion than those actors could ever hope to interpret and portray accurately. If I had seen the movies first, I would never have considered reading the books. But, those books rank right up there with Harry Potter (another instance where the movies didn’t do it justice) in my YA collection .

  29. Robin vonKleist says:

    One of my all-time favorites is “The League” by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is considered Sci-Fi but it is ‘Hot Romance with a lot of Action.” And you will totally fall in love with the characters. This world is still growing and what I love is it also shows the major characters kids growing up and having their own stories. You will go through and emotional roller-coaster and most of these characters went through a lot in their lives that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. I always look forward to the next book since they are a great read.

    • kaleigha says:

      I haven’t read the Dark-Hunter books yet, but I have read the League and loved them. I do know that I really want to do a re-read of the whole series to get the timeline right, too.

      • Robin vonKleist says:

        That will be fun. The timeline on ‘The League” could be very confusing since we have two different generations. SK does say Gen One & Gen Two on her website. The Dark-Hunter Series Timeline is a bit confusing however. I love that series also. But the most confusing timeline is JR Ward’s Black dagger Brotherhood and I wish she would redo it. We have noticed some inconsistencies in her timeline especially with Beth’s pregnancy vs Bella’s. But, the BDB is still my favorite all-time series and then The Dark-Hunters & Chronicles of Nick since they cross-over a lot.

  30. snapdragon says:

    Some more to add –

    C.E. Murphy’s – The Walker Papers series

    Jim Butcher – The Codex Alera series — I prefer this series to the Dresden Files, Dresden is good but this series really, really impressed me.

    Jean Johnson – Their’s Not to Reason Why series — Great SF/military series that has really caught my attention.

    Elizabeth Vaughan – The Warprize series is a really great read.

  31. Kirsty says:

    Helen harpers blood destiny series is brilliant, mages, shifters , fae and all other manner of creatures based in England starting in Cornwall to Scotland London the characters are well thought out . It is now one of my favourite series just after nalini Singh changeling series

  32. Pam says:

    Just found this great site – woohoo.
    Thanks, I’m looking forward to a few of the series that I haven’t yet read.
    I do have another suggested series: Elfhome by Wen Spencer
    Wolf Who Rules
    Wood Sprites
    and several shorts in the Elfhome universe
    Blue Sky
    Pittsburg Backyard & Garden
    Bare Snow Falling on Fariewood

    A great engaging cast of characters & wonderful intricate world building.
    UF & pnr with some SF mixed in – unique.
    Elves (of a different variety, magic vs regular normal life, a plethora of other oddities (including occasional homicidal landscaping).

    Here’s a blurb from the website:
    Inventor, girl genius, Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour. Tinker finds herself taking on the Elven court, the NSA, the Elven Interdimensional Agency, technology smugglers and a college-minded Xenobiologist as she tries to stay focused on what’s really important–her first date. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel-toed boots, and a junk yard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss.

  33. Karen says:

    I’m a bit surprised that no one has mentioned Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series. I can understand that the series might not appeal to all the readers of this website, since the tone is very dark and there is little to no romance However, the writing is excellent, the characters and fully fleshed and well developed, and the main character is one of the best anti-heroes I have ever read.

  34. JustMe says:

    I’d like to add my recommendation of Meghan Ciana Doidge’s The Dowser series : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4897363.Meghan_Ciana_Doidge

    “Product Description
    If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth. “

  35. Carol Vasseur Scanu says:

    What about The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne?
    And Delilah Street by Carole Nelson Douglas?
    And P. C. Cast’s The house of Night Series?

  36. lee mullins says:

    Hi I have three books you may like Dragon Fever, Dragon Fate, Dragon Fall by Elsa Jade Aka Jessa Slade Good books Thank You Lee

  37. Kathleen says:

    You’ve got a bunch listed that I like 🙂 but I’ve got a few others you may enjoy:
    The Generation V series by M.L. Brennan has a very different take on vampires and a non-traditional slacker hero. It’s urban fantasy with only a little romance and finished at 4 books but could continue if the publishers wanted.
    The Pax Arcana series by Elliott James is urban fantasy/light romance with a male protagonist hiding from the secret magical policing society he was born into after becoming a werewolf.
    The Horngate Witches series by Diana Pharaoh Francis is urban fantasy with a butt-kicking woman hero. It’s a finished series but the author is considering more.
    The SPI Files series by Lisa Shearin is an urban fantasy/light romance/humor with a heroine who can see through magical glamours working for a magical law enforcement group staffed by a variety of creatures. (**btw, she’s self-pubd another Raine Benaires book and a spin-off Tam book with plans for more of both 😉 )
    The Retrievers series and the spin-off Paranormal Scene Investigation series by Laura Anne Gilman. Retrievers has a magical professional thief (“retriever”) and the investigation series is very CSI-like figuring out how to use magic to collect magical evidence, etc.
    The Phoenix Pack/Mercury Pack series by Suzanne Wright is paranormal romance with shifters – mostly wolves. They’re pretty explicit but there’s a lot of humor and action too.
    Finally, a more traditional romantic fantasy over 4 books, the Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold. It’s set in a world where Lakewalkers use their magical sense to hunt evil creatures and don’t usually mix with ordinary humans. A young human woman runs away from home, gets tangled in a magical situation in the company of a Lakewalker. Both must adapt and figure out where they belong.

  38. Caroline says:

    A lot of the series listed here are my favorites also. But I’m surprised that a bunch of others were not even mentioned…

    S,E. Smith: has a lot of series that are absolutely fantastic. But the best of the best are:
    – Dragon Lords of Valdier | an alien species who are dragon-shifters, and their world is about to change forever when the dragon warriors discover their true mate can be found among the humans
    – Cosmo’s Gateway | Life becomes much more complicated when a portal Cosmos Raines invents leads to another world. Find out what happens when humans and aliens make first contact – with the humans doing the unexpected introduction! Laughs and adventures ensue when Cosmos’ roommate accidentally opens the portal to another star system and suddenly he has a warehouse full of aliens.
    Browse here http://sesmithfl.com/

    Laura Jo Philips with her Soul Link Saga… a must. The Soul-Linked Saga is a nine volume series of full-length novels (and one novella) bridging the Fantasy/Shapeshifter, Romance, Adult Fiction, and Science Fiction genres. The series begins with the ground-breaking and genre busting “The Dracons’ Woman,” and continues over the nine volumes, each more thrilling as the reader moves through a series of tales, each of which tells an independent and separate romance story, but that also involves readers in an epic story arc moving forward in each book, spanning thousands of years and encompassing the fates of two galaxies.

    And last but not lease: Gail Koger’s with her Coletti Warriors series.

    In 2015 something nasty found our world. They call themselves the Tai-Kok. They are malevolent, depraved ghouls who live to eat. The image of these tall, hairless, skeletal humanoids with a mouth full of sharp metal teeth is forever burned into the minds of every man, woman and child left on Earth. Completing the nightmare are their three blood-red eyes that glare out of skin so transparent you can watch as your loved ones are being digested.

    No one knows how they found our world or why they consider us good eating. The few peace delegates that tried to communicate with them got butchered. After that, everyone was too busy running for their lives to find out why.

    And then, the Coletti made contact with the Jones Family.

    Browse here http://www.gailkoger.com/home.html

  39. Doni says:

    Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Series should be right up there with Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs. The Vorkosigan saga is a smart and funny space-opera series with great male heroes who are smart and ethical but not the typical fare (they are bisexual, for example, or disabled) and great female heroes who are mature women with careers–a space captain, a mother studying to become a global landscape designer/terraformer–or with complicated family histories. All of the secondary characters are strongly written, too.

    Bujold’s Chalion series is another must-read–it has three books set in a medieval-ish magic world with quirky gods and political intrigue, and she now has a spin-off series (the Penric series) of novellas based in the same world.

    It’s no wonder she’s a Hugo winner!

  40. lee says:

    Hi have you ever tried looking on Amazon at the CreateSpace publishing paranormal romance its like being in a candy store of new books I ordered many of them some are great some are not but it would take days to look at them all, have a look. Thank you Lee

  41. Lynn says:

    I know this list has been up for a while, but obviously some of us are still stumbling upon it. Great work by everyone so far. I saw a lot of names/series I recognize and some not so much. Anyway, I would like to toss one series out as a must read:

    Angela Knight’s Mageverse series (10+ books starting with 2005’s “Master of the Night”)

    She has a bunch of short stories set in her world too, so there is a lot to read. She just came out with the 10th novel and has plans for an 11th. Her books are usually listed as Paranormal Romance, but her work does fit into other categorizations. Angela’s books are the only ones I could think of that I saw missing from your list or other’s recommendations. Thanks for creating this and listening to our input!

  42. lee says:

    Here are some new ones by Starla Night book 1 Seduced by the Sea Lord Book 2 Sacrificed to the Sea Lord and book 3 Enslaved by the Sea Lord they are great. And by Tamsin Ley book 1 The Merman’s Kiss book 2 The Centaur’s Bride and book 3 The Djinn’s Desire they are very good too.

  43. Emma Dowdeswell says:


    I’ve three old school authors that shouldn’t be missed 🙂
    – Mercedes Lackey – love her stuff and the Valdemar universe in particular
    – Anne McCaffery – everyone should read the dragons of Pern series not to mention the Crystal Singer series 🙂
    – Andre Norton’s witch world series was an early series that started my love of fantasy


    • Abra Sonnanstine says:

      Don’t forget Emma Bull. War for the Oaks was the first PNR I ever read and I was hooked for life.

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