I read a lot of Fantasy books in different parts of the genre, one of which paranormal/urban fantasy/supernatural to be honest I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between the three of them, in my head they all involve some type of supernatural human.
I don’t read a huge amount of the paranormal sub-genre as a lot seem to be very romance heavy as a rule rather than fantasy which is what I actually enjoy reading. However there are a some Paranormal Fantasy reads that I have really enjoyed. Among them are these books/series.
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.
I really enjoyed Kelley Armstrong’s ‘Women of the Otherworld’ series. I actually read a lot of it completely out of sequence as the series as a whole jumps between different characters and supernatural beings. Bitten is one of the books with Elena a female werewolf as the lead and its a super take on the werewolf myth.
Dead Until Dark by Charlainne Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her co-workers checks out….
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
One of the big hitters of the genre I think most people who read fantasy will have at least heard of Sookie Stackhouse. If not from the books then from the TV adaptation. I have to admit that I never actually fininshed this series – I lost track of it somewhere along the way and have never picked it back up. I did however very much enjoy this first outing for Sookie.
Grave Secrets by Alice James
Toni Windsor is trying to live a quiet life in the green and pleasant county of Staffordshire. She’d love to finally master the rules of croquet, acquire a decent boyfriend and make some commission as an estate agent.
All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vampires sneaking out of their coffins and a murder to solve.
And it’s all made rather more complicated by the fact that she’s the one raising all the zombies. Oh, and she’s dating one of the vampires too. Really, what’s a girl meant to do?
Published earlier this month this debut from Alice James is a brilliant new addition to the genre. A wonderfully fun book with beheadings, Zombies, Vampires and a heroine who’s raising said Zombies this book is one of my top reads of the year so far.
Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.
Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.
There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?
I adore this series, its such good fun. The relationship between Verity and her reluctant ghostly companion Frankie the gangster is super. The series is great fun and pulls off the odd genuinely creepy moment among the lighter elements.