Today I’m taking things back to my middle school years when I was first introduced to the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. Since then I’ve come and gone from the vampires and werewolves and all those other creatures, and I always return back.
Are you a fan of the PNR/UF genres? New and need a few recs? Today I’m tackling a few of my favorites for you to sink your teeth into!
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Back in middle school, when sparkly vampires were in full swing, I was reading more than just the young adult books. My first introduction to adult romance as well as the start of a new reading phase came in the form of Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave, the first of the Night Huntress series. A mash-up of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I quickly fell in love with Cat and Bones and this world of supernatural monsters living among us.
Since then I’ve expanded to other authors, other creatures, and plenty of romantic tension because I’m a sucker for it.
Now Halfway to the Grave (Jeaniene Frost) was my first step into this world. This series centers on a dhampire (half vampire, half human) who hunts the undead while also getting into trouble with a Master vampire. Action and adventure ensue, lots of graphic violence and other NSFW content. Oh, and there are ghouls, witches, ghosts. . . you get the picture.
Her spin-off series, the Night Prince books, focus on Vlad (like the “Dracula” Vlad the Impaler) starting with Once Burned (Jeaniene Frost) and feature a woman who is literally electric. It took the world for a more magical turn with witches and demons, and there’s a stronger romantic plotline so if that’s your thing, you’ll enjoy this series.
And I can’t speak just yet to the newest addition to this world, Shades of Wicked (Jeaniene Frost) which is ANOTHER spin-off with a different character, but I’ll be sharing my review very soon!
From there I found Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series! Featuring a type of shapeshifter as a main character, a pack of werewolves, and a lovable vampire (yes, I just said that), this series tackles both otherworldly drama as well as everyday life. I don’t see that a lot in urban fantasies and paranormal romances, where everything tends to be over the top, so it’s a nice change of pace. The series has several books out already (10, I believe) and there’s also a spin-off series going strong too!
Feeling the magic? Take a gamble with the Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance. These were definitely not what I expected when I first tackled them. There’s every sort of paranormal creature you can think of, plus some gods once you read far enough in the series. I loved the play on legends throughout, even when things got a bit weird in the later books (though I believe the series hasn’t finished yet, but plenty of books to read in the meantime).
Now you might have heard of the TV show True Blood, but did you know it’s based off a book series? The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is, like most of these series, a mix bag of all sorts of creatures, good vs evil drama, you get the picture. I enjoyed them up until around the 11th book (there are 13 total) and then I lost interest, but up until that point I recommend them (and honestly, I may not have enjoyed them as much because I started getting worn out by the PNR genre so still give them all a try!
Alright so this is a pretty short list for series I’ve finished, or read up through the most recent release, but here are a few others to try out! I’ve only a read a few books from each series so I can’t vouch for all the books, so fair warning!
- Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (vampires and others (they’re called that, it’s weird))
- Dark Warriors series and Dark Kings series by Donna Grant (dragons and fae!)
- Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance (spin-off of the Cassandra Palmer books)
- Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (really dark twisted fae)
Do you read paranormal romances or urban fantasies? Have a favorite series or supernatural creature?
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