Monday, July 23, 2012

Top 5 Urban Fantasy Books for July 2011 thru June 2012

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Top 5 List of Urban Fantasy books

...I've reviewed for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

I started this last year with my blogging celebration and really enjoyed doing it, and it's easier to do it at this time of year rather than end of year with all going on.

And I always ask a fellow blogger to join in on the post as well, so we get a variety of books, or double whammed on amazing books too. lol. (that's happened, Really!)

My list for the last year:
These are in no particular order as I LOVED them all!

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews - Okay, thanks to the group of people who guilt-ed me into reading this one sooner than I planned, and THANK YOU ALL!  This one is my favorite of the amazing series for the arena fighting and the connections that finally happen.  If you tried and didn't get any further than the first book, pick up the next as they do get greatly better as you go.

Lineage by Skyla Dawn Cameron - As you all know I'm HOOKED on this series.  I can't stop reading it!  But this was the one where we meet Peri, a suicidal quarter-demon assassin.  That's a mouthful, but she makes leaps and bounds as a character here.  And more is learned about the demons and Oblivion.

Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine - This is a book that feels to have a blend for Urban Fantasy lovers and Fantasy lovers too.  If you ride that fence, like I do, this is a find.  I Love Pips writing style, and learning more of Merrick here.  This is the second book, but enjoying the series as a whole as well.

Aftermath by Ann Aguirre - This whole series is amazing!  It's on the science fiction side, but since I don't have that category and want to mention this, it's going here.  She is a special character with jumping through space by her genes, so I say UF. lol.  This book reopens the ride of emotions we've been on through the series.  I felt the shift with the characters by now, and the world as well.  Well worth the read.

Fate of the Fallen by Sharron Riddle - This book has stuck in my mind since I finished it.  I enjoyed the mystery of the tale and the blend of mythology with the creatures of UF reads.  And there is action, snark, and more.  I just was sucked in and can't forget about it.





My Guest this year is: 
Melliane from Between Dreams and Reality
She is one of the two reviewers on Between Dreams and Reality who review in English and French!  AMAZING!  Such a kind person, and she has great taste in Urban Fantasy reads.  She is one that adds to my Want List weekly, and makes me want to get to a few series I have sitting here already.  Please take a moment when you are done to stop by and say hello to Melliane and Inessa after you check out Melliane's kicker list.

Now to Melliane's Top 5 Urban Fantasy books for the last year...

1-Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla: I love the two books of the series; if I had to choose one series for this year, I think it would be this one. 












2- Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews: Ah Kate Daniels, I still don’t understand why this series doesn’t really work in France. I’m in love with Curran and Kate is so awesome!

3- An Artificial Night by Seanan Mcguire: I was a little mixed after the first book but who would have thought that the series would be so amazing after.







4- The Restorer by Amanda Stevens: It’s an intriguing dark series with ghosts, evil and so many other things.


5- Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones: Well this one is a fun book. Charley can easily make you smile, and well there is Reyes, you need to meet him!




40 comments:

  1. Evil!!! You just made my wishlist even longer! ;-)

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    1. Sullivan McPig, Wonderful!! :D So glad to intro you to some new books. :)

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  2. Thank you so much Darling, it's a real pleasure to be part of your celebration and I still need to read the ones in your top five lol. I'll succeed! I'm sure of that! Thanks you for the kind words.

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    1. Melliane, you are welcome! And thank you. You have been so kind since we met out here, and share a great love for books...that we both seem to enjoy. :) Thank you!

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  3. ^^ there are severals titles i don't know yet but i'm a fan of kate daniels series and i like darybnda jones too

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    1. Miki, Thank you! And it is a pleasure to share some new titles with you as well. Hope you find books you enjoy as well. :)

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  4. I must read the Restorer series!

    And yes I know that you melissa are stuck on a certain series ;)

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    1. Blodeuedd, I've heard great things of that series from others as well. So I do hope you love the Restorer series when you get to it. :) LOL! And yes, I seem to be bad about that being stuck thing. Sorry. :D

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  5. Melliane Rocks! I love that you chose her!!

    Oh and you either have series that I want or ones that I love. ALL of them from BOTH of you.

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    1. Thank you Melissa (Books&Things) Melliane is always amazing and has awesome taste in books. :) She was a shoe in for the post this year. ;) And glad to hear you have your eyes out for the great books. lol. thank you!

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  6. I've read only about a third of these though almost all are either inn my TBR pile or on my wishlist.

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    1. Lisa Richards/alterlisa, So glad to hear you enjoy or are hoping to enjoy these books one day. :) Hope you do! Thank you!

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  7. So many amazing books. I will never run out of reading material - yay for that!!

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    1. Marybelle, thank you! And so glad you like the sounds of all the books here. :) Hope you get a chance to check a few out.

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  8. Skyla's book looks really good. I am going to have to start her series.

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    1. Jennifer L. Bielman, oh, Skyla's books are very good. :) I do hope you get a chance to give them a try. :) Thank you!

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  9. These are all great choices, I can definitely agree with Ann Aguirre's Sarantha Jax series and Amanda Bonilla's series because I've read them. And the several other series listed are waiting for me to read them.

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    1. Barbara E. So glad to hear you've enjoy the Jax series as well. I have Amanda Bonilla's first book here and do need to get to her series soon. :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  10. OhOhOh! Happy THREE YEARS OLD BLOG, lady! :)

    And, as if my TBR wasn't in enough trouble, I now have three more series to add to the list, thanks to you two. *sigh*

    ;)

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    1. Hey Rissatoo!! Thank you!! And so glad to add to the TBR pile. ;D LOL! Thank you dear!!!

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  11. Happy blogoversary, Melissa!

    I've read every other book in your top 5 (1,3,5) and loved them. Great list!

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    1. Thank you Mirjam! lol. Cool how that worked out to the odd numbers lol. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. I just started reading urban fantasy books not that long ago, but I like this genre already! Thank you for the lists, I always enjoy reading about new authors and books.

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    1. Veronika, glad to hear you are starting into this amazing genre. It is massive with the books you will find here. Hope you enjoy the ones you find, and any you read. :) Thank you!

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  13. I feel so bad that the only book in your list Melissa I@ve read is Magic Slays - although I agree 100% it is awesome!! Right I need to read some of these other to catch up! :-)

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    1. Mel, no worries! I seem to be good at picking new and different books than many find usually. So, I'm glad to share some new ones with you. :)

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    1. Caitlin Rahm, thank you for Stopping by! Ilona Andrews seems to be a hit with many. :)

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  15. Oh gosh, I really need to get back into urban fantasy. I loved Laurel K Hamilton's books and I've read a bunch of Vampire Huntress Legends books, but I never knew which books to read next. These look great! I'll have to check them out.

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    1. Hi Sasha! So glad to have introduced you to some new books in UF. :) Hope you get a chance to try them out. :) Thank you!

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  16. I've never read one of those books, but the covers are amazing.
    :)

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    1. Alexis Read, that's okay. :) Glad to share some new books with you. Hope you get a chance to try a few out. :) Thank you!

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  17. OH!! Those are amazing books!! Another 10 books to add! lol

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    1. Lissette Martinez, GREAT to hear!! :D Glad to share a few new books with you. :) Thank you!

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  18. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews in which Magic Stikes is a part of is one of my all time favourite books! I just bought First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones and hoping it would be a good read :)

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    1. Cherry, I really enjoy the whole Kate Daniels series, but Magic Strikes is my favorite of them thus far. :) And I need to get to Darynda Jones' series as well. Hope you enjoy it when you get to reading it.

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  19. I also love Darynda Jones, Seanan McGuire and Ann Aguirre. Some of the others are in the TBR. I really disliked the heroine in Blood Before Sunrise -- she seemed so caught up in her own self image that she couldn't see the obvious.

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    1. Hi Lisa. Thank you! I need to get Darynda Jones series, and start Seanan McGuires series too. Glad to hear you enjoyed the books here. :) Thank you!

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  20. My top ones in the past few years have been Dresden, Kate Daniels, Connor Grey, Demon Squad, and Of Blood and Honey.

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    1. Daaa, Bastard, you kill my TBR pile. You do know that right? lol. Great list!

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