If You Like Sookie Stackhouse Books, You’ll Love These

Need to find other urban fantasy books similar to the Sookie Stackhouse books? You know, books that have a female heroine, a bit of romance and some adventure? Well look no further. I’ve put together a list of books that fit the bill. All of the books in the list are recommended reads:

The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

  1. Halfway to the Grave
  2. One Foot in the Grave
  3. At Grave’s End

Description: Cat Crawfield never met a vampire she didn’t hate. Although she’s half-vampire herself she moonlights as an amateur hunter who uses her feminine wiles to lure and exterminate vampires (okay, she’s got a bit of a father complex). Cat meets her match while attempting to capture Bones, a sexy full vampire who works for a secret organization that kills vampires that have gone rogue. Bones recognizes Cat’s potential and decides to properly train her to utilize her enhanced strength to help him track and kill vampires. As you can imagine, the attraction between them isn’t immediate but that’s part of the wonderful appeal of this series. Cat is a strong-willed individual who tends to be a bit headstrong; Bones’ approach is more methodical and calculating. This makes for some great “opposites attract” scenes. Jeaniene Frost does an outstanding job developing the relationship between Cat and Bones while presenting a fast paced action/adventure storyline. There’s a reason why the first book in the series Halfway to the Grave won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for best urban fantasy. It’s called great writing. You need to check out all of the books in this fantastic series. And stop by in a few days to enter my book contest where I’ll be giving away a free copy of “At Grave’s End”. For now, go pick up the first two books in the series. Get more info & prices


Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed

Description: Mercy Thompson is a shape shifter whose adventures put her in contact with werewolves, vampires, and witches. There’s a romantic love interest in her life (can you say, incredibly sexy werewolf?) but she’s not sure she’s ready for a permanent relationship. These books are extremely well written and engaging. Get more info & pricing


Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance

  1. Touch The Dark
  2. Claimed By Shadow
  3. Embrace The Night
  4. Curse The Dawn

Description: Cassie is a pythia, someone that can go back in time to correct wrongs. She didn’t ask for this gig but since it’s a talent that’s passed down from one pythia to the next, she had no say in the matter. Her title puts her in constant danger because of ongoing power struggles between the vampires, good mages, dark mages, and other creatures. These books are fast paced and chock full of adventure. The sexy men in the series (some of which aren’t exactly human) add to the appeal of these books. Cassie is a smart and witty character that make these books incredibly fun to read.  Get more info & pricing


Urban Werewolf Series by Karen Macinerney

  1. Howling At The Moon
  2. On The Prowl
  3. Leader Of The Pack

Description: Sophie Garou is the star in this series. She smart, sassy, and oh, she’s also a werewolf. Sophie has been “mainstreaming” for years amongst humans. She’s got a great job at an accounting firm, a sexy boyfriend, and a classy fashion sense. Her mother, a practicing witch, helps her mask her true identity from others but Sophie may soon be outed by the local werewolf community. Folks, these books are great. They’re sexy, incredibly funny, and suspenseful. I found it difficult to put either book down once I got started. The 3rd book in the series “Leader of the Pack” comes out this summer. Get more info & prices


Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn

  1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
  2. Kitty Goes to Washington
  3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
  4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
  5. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
  6. Kitty Raises Hell

Description: Kitty is a smart female werewolf who has a smash hit radio talk show. Her show stands apart from other talk radio because instead of accepting calls from humans, Kitty only takes calls from supernatural creatures: werewolves, vampires, and other things that love the night. The world knows what Kitty is, but they don’t yet believe that other otherworldly creatures exist. Kitty’s interactions with certain inhuman individuals frequently put her in danger. These books are fast paced and superbly written. I’m always anxiously awaiting the next release in the series. Get more info & prices


The Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein

  1. The Becoming
  2. Blood Drive
  3. The Watcher
  4. Legacy

Description: You’ll be hard pressed to find a stronger female heroine than Anna Strong, the main character in the Night Huntress books. Anna is a female bounty hunter that happens to also be a vampire. Jeanne C. Stein does a fantastic job with character building and as such, Anna has become one of my favorite urban fantasy characters. Get more info & prices


The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse

Description:Rachel Morgan, the lead character in the series, is a 20-something witch who has a penchant for getting into trouble. Rachel co-owns a magical bounty hunter business with her two live-in partners: Jenks, an 8-inch pixy and Ivy, a female vampire. Between runs she spends her time trying to avoid people like Trent, the oh so handsome and completely human-looking elf who will stop at nothing to preserve his species or “Al” and “Newt”, two demons determined to kill her. And then there’s her roomate Ivy who REALLY wants to bite her. This is a fantastic series with great worldbuilding qualities. Kim Harrison’s superb writing deftly brings The Hollows (where Rachel lives) and the ever-after (think “Hell”) to life. I can visualize every room in the church/home where Rachel lives, all the way down to the furnishings. Folks, it doesn’t get much better than this. The characters are lively (Jenks is hilarious), the dialogue is believable, and the plots are thoroughly engrossing. Check out the first book in the series “Dead Witch Walking” and tell me if I’m wrong! Get more info & prices


Also, don’t forget about Dead Ever After, the LAST book in the Sookie Stackhouse series! Get it so you can have the entire set; Charlaine Harris won’t write anymore Sookie Books after this one.

222 comments on “If You Like Sookie Stackhouse Books, You’ll Love These

  1. Hi there. I was flattered to see my Night Huntress series listed under your recommended reads, but when I read the description, I think you might have my series confused with Jeanne Stein’s Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. The heroine of my Night Huntress series is Cat Crawfield, a half-vampire who teams up with – and later falls for – Master vampire Bones.

    Jeanne Stein’s Anna Strong series is indeed a wonderful series with a strong vampire heroine and excellent worldbuilding. Jeanne’s books are THE BECOMING, BLOOD DRIVE, THE WATCHER, and LEGACY. Hope that helps readers looking for your recommendation of the Anna Strong series. I know I’m a fan of Jeanne’s as well :).

    • Oh my Gosh! I’m so sorry about this! How embarrassing! I coded that entire article manually in html and clearly got things mixed up. I had a separate section for your books (as well as the Kelley Armstrong’s) which got overwritten while I was copying-and-pasting the code into WordPress.

      I’ve fixed the list and added a corrected section for the Night Huntress books. I can’t believe I did that.

      As an aside, I plan to run a book giveaway contest at the site in a few days and give away a free copy of At Grave’s End.

      Again, I really do apologize for the mix-up.

    • Mrs. Jeaniene Frost, please continue to write about Cat and Bones…I loved all the books and hope that there are many more coming. Your books are not predictable like others. Thank you so much for such great interesting and balanced writing.

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  3. Kristin on said:

    I would also recommend Shanna Swendsons series. She has created a very fun series of books beginning with “Enchanted Inc” I just stumbled across it the other day and it was a good read!

    • OMG thanks for recommending these, they are hilarious! I hope someone publishes the 5th book, I have to find out what happens with Katie and Owen.

  4. Kristin:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I just read the synopses at Amazon and the first book sounds hilarious. Just added it to my shopping cart.


  5. Melissa Waddell on said:

    If you love these books, you should definitely check out the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books by Laurell K. Hamilton…they are awesome! The first book in the series is called Guilty Pleasures. You won’t be able to put it down! I also wanted to thank you for the other suggested reads, I’ll definitely have to check them out!

  6. Britney h. on said:

    Another good one is the Riley Jenson guardian series By keri Arthur. First book is called Full Moon Rising.

    • I just added the first book in the series, Fool Moon Rising, to my Amazon shopping cart. Thanks for the recommendation – it sounds like a great series!

    • I am on book nine of the Riley Jenson Series and LOVE it! So sad my time with this bad ass girl is ending but loving all the other recommendations on this site!

  7. Thanks for all these suggestions–I’ve been burning through all the series you recommended way too fast and I’m going to run out soon–any other suggestions? I’m especially fond of the Mercedes character from Briggs’ series, so if you know of more along those lines I’d be especially delighted :)

    • miechelle on said:

      Cast, P. C.
      Marked : A House of Night Novel
      Kristin Cast

      is a series of 5 books so far. the forst book is marked. they are so informing in some scenes as trueblood and anita blake but they quit good

    • christa on said:

      I agree, those Mercy Thompson books are great. I read the Alpha/Omega too.

  8. Like said in the reviews on the books i suggest Laurell K Hamilton’s books.

  9. Thanks so much. I have been researching trying to find some new Vampire series (love the werewolves as well). Previously had read Anne Rice, Almost all of Laurell K. Hamilton (which I loved), and Stephenie Meyer’s Twighlight series. Was really wanting more like this. My problem has been there are Soooooo many vampire books out now, and many of them look really bad (quality wise). I am very busy and don’t want to waste my time reading something I don’t end up really enjoying. Have started two books, and after reading anywhere from 1-4 long chapters, put them down – they just were not worth it. So I am excited to give your recommendations a read. Thanks also for those who replied to you and either commented on your books, or recommended others.

    • Dawn,

      I totally get what you mean about the vampire books out there. I do have a couple of suggestions for you that I think you would love. Karen Moning’s fever series. There are going to be 5 books in the series and 4 are out already. The 5th book will be out 12/28/2010 which is a long time, but it’s okay. So the series is about Mackayla “Mac” who is a small town southern belle from Georgia. Her world comes crashing down when she’s informed that her sister was murdered while attending college in Dublin. Dublin police don’t seem to be doing their job, so Mac packs up and flies to Dublin. She get there and finds out about another world that she never knew existed. This book is a combination of urban fantasy romance, thriller, and suspense all in one. 20th Century fox has optioned the first book so I think it will make it to the screens. Not very sure..So many secrest to uncover! http://www.karenmoning.com/novels/darkfever/index.html I would also suggest Ilona Andrew’s magic series. She lives in Atlanta where magic and technology are unpredictable. When magic is up, technology including cars go down. Then the magic goes down and everything picks back up. Her guardian is murdered and she starts looking for answers. http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/ I would also suggest the host by Stephanie Meyer. Let me just say that this is way better than twilight. It’s more mature. It’s the first book and Stephanie is unsure if she will continue the book. The soul and The seekers would be the next books if she continues. This is also being made in to a movie. Anyway, it’s about these alien species called souls who inhabit human bodies to live. Melanie is taken over by a soul called wanderer but she refuses to leave her body. The wanderer starts feeling Melanie’s emotions and seeing her memories. Now both women inside one body are in love with the same man. I hope this helped you and if you have any suggestions please let me know. I too am running out of stuff to read. I like the very addicting books that are so good you can’t put it down. The ones where your eyes is hurting and blury but you just can’t put the book down.

      • valerie on said:

        omg tanya!!!!!!!!!!!! now i want to read host and the fever seires!!!!!

      • I HIGHLY recommend the Fever series also — I was so glad when I started this series that the books were already out so I didn’t have to wait :-) AWESOME

        • Also a very good female heroine series that I couldn’t put down is from Vicki Pettersson called “The Zodiac Series” – not vampires but more like flawed superheroes of “light” that battle the “dark” side in Las Vegas — LOVED IT!

  10. I also came looking for recommedational reading after finishing all the Sookie Stackhouse books that have been released. I am looking foreward to the new one. I first fell in love with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and looked into finding more Vampire books that were as well written as Meyer and Harris. There did seem to be an explosion of Vampire and Supernatural Books avalible since Harris and Meyer’s books got so popular and spawned movies and a series. Now there is a new series coming out called Vampire Diaries based on a book series. I was considering reading it but maybe I will read the Laurell K. Hamilton series instead, since everyone gave great reviews of her. Thanks Guys.

    • Mindy on said:

      I just finished the Kim Harrison’s Hollow’s Series. Its a very good read! I love Rachel Morgan’s Character and the believable character interactions.

    • Alana on said:

      The Vampire Diaries is NOT a new series… It has been out since the early 90’s. It was among my favorite series in high school, although ‘back in the day’ it was marked as a trilogy on the covers… and then she comes out with a 4th book. At the time, I really disliked that fourth book, but as she has now written more in the series I like it. It is a ‘young adult’ reading level, the first three books are more predictable high school romance with vampires… but the later (more recent) books in the series really start to create an entire world. I would recommend reading them (I tried to get al my friends in high school to read it)… now it is about 8 books (if you count prequels.)

  11. Okay I just finshed The BrotherHood Series by J.R. Ward and it was amazing If you love Vimpire series you love this series but now I dont know what to read I have read
    The Sookie Stackhouse series all of them even short storys,
    Twilight series,
    Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance and the Midnight daughter which I cant wait for book 2
    Mercy Thompson Series which was amazing
    Cat Crawfield series which I cant what for The new book about Denise’s story
    Vimpire Diaries
    AND Riley Jenson series new book coming soon cant wait

    • Byerserinb on said:

      I have also read all of these books. You should read the alpha omega novels by patricia briggs .

    • the answer to all your vampire fiction dreams!
      Has new types of supes and doesn’t focus on vampires but is written in a similar style to the books we have mentioned and loved here.

      The quote on the cover of “City of Bones” got me (stephanie meyer saying it is a world she loves to get lost in or something like that).

      Wish there were more than 3 books though.

    • Katie on said:

      Read the Blue Blood series by Melissa De La Cruz. It’s a different concept to vampires. I was skeptical of the series at first,but buy the second chapter I was hooked. She has 4 books out, and more coming soon. My whole office has been reading them. They are great!

      • Beth on said:

        There are actually seven of the blue blood books. I’ve read 5 and they are awesome. True they are different than any vampire book you’ll ever read but I liked that. It took awhile to buy into it but then you are hooked. the other books are Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel and Bloody Valentine. Give them a try.

  12. Nickie on said:

    Jennifer Rardin has a series, The Jaz Parks Series. This one has a female lead character, and involves supernatural characters, including vampires. Yasmine Galenorn’s series, Sister’s of the Moon is another good one. It’s about three faerie sisters. One is a witch, one is a werecat, and the final one is a vampire. I also enjoyed Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires Series, Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Blood Novels, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast’s House of Night Novels, and Richelle Meade’s Vampire Academy Novels. These last four are geared more towards young adult readers, but were good reads non-the-less.

    • BestFantasyStoriesAdmin on said:


      Thanks so much for the great recommendations. Since I first wrote the article I’ve read many of the books on your list. I agree, they’re fantastic.

      I’ll update the article with the additional entries.

      Thanks again!

    • Alana on said:

      I noticed you mentioned Richelle Meade’s Vampire series, but you did not mention her Succubus series. It is VERY adult (hello, succubus) but oh, so good. I have become addicted to them. Succubus Blues, Succubus Heat, Succubus on Top, Succubus Dreams…. (Blues is the first book, but I think I have the others jumbled out of order.) It includes vampires, succubus, incubus, imps, angels, demons… it’s like a whole supernatural world that is co-existing with ours, but the humans are kept in the dark (mostly.) The main female character (succubus)is consistant from book to book, and has so much depth. I highly recommend this series. Others that I enjoy are The Otherworld Series (Armstrong), Morganville Vampires (Caine), Sookie Stackhouse (I am about halfway through the series), Fever series (Moning), The Dresden Files (Buthcher), The Hollows (Harrison), Merry Gentry (Hamilton), Mercedes Thompson (Briggs), Vampire Diaries (Smith- Old School version & newer additions), House of Night (Cast), The Immortals (Noel), Midnight series (Adrian), October Daye series (McGuire), Magic series (Ilona Andrews), Mortal Instruments (Clare), Cassandra Palmer (Chance), Myst series (new- Galenorn), Leader of the Pack, Weather Warden series (Caine), Mayfair Witches (Rice) and a lesser known young adult series (mostly about witches) I enjoyed- The Secret Circle (Smith). I have been scouring the libraries for new books in the urban fantasy genre… addicted and loving it.

      • valerie on said:

        alana HOLY CRUD! im guna copy/paste your booklist into a memo for me!!!!!!!!!!
        im guna try to read them all!
        ive already read the house of night seires, and i hope i love all your suggestions!!!!! <33

  13. Nickie thanks so much Im looking in on all the books and getting started thanks again

  14. STEPHANIE on said:

    I hope I have not over looked these on someone’s list already, but I would highly recommend The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. These are fabulous reads and will keep you in suspense.

  15. ok not that i’m a hater or nothing but is there any vampire/werewolf books where the main character is a dude i mean no offense but i wanna read about peoples heads getting ripped of and violence and also romance and stuff cause thats the stuff that keeps me from putting a book down

    • Mark:

      I wrote an article called “Fantasy Books for Men.” Check it out.

      I get so many questions asking me to recommend books for different age groups and genders that I’m working on a LARGE article which will provide lists of fantasy books based on lots of different categories. Check back soon for that article!

    • Try the George RR. Martin Game of Thrones series. It’s not vampires or werewolves, but it’s full of devious plots and sword battles with a little supernatural thrown in.

      • Beth on said:

        OOOHHH! Game of Thrones is so awesome. My husband got me started on them. They are also making into a show on HBO and they are not deviating from the books one single bit. It is fantastic. so so so very good

    • Shelby on said:

      Hi Mark
      Three great reads I’d suggest are two by Patricia Briggs: Hurog Duology
      Dragon Bones2002 ISBN: 0441009166
      Dragon Blood2003 ASIN: 0441010083

      and one by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlett Pimpernel)

      both authors keep it exciting and original – and while I say they are original, the character who is in Briggs’ novels who seems to just be a dim noble and the main protag. from the other remind me a good deal of one another – I actually laughed out loud while Reading both of these. the authors do a great job with dialogue and making the characters, action and romance interesting without any one element bogging any part of the storyline down IMHO. The latter, of course, is still fiction but is a classic (but still so easy to read and characters that are so lively and loveable). I would love to meet people like these men in real life 😉 Ps the scarlet pimp is also a great movie – book was good even after having seen movie first!

      • Shelby on said:

        I think anyone can read the hurog books,just want to add bc I forgot, My ex bf (lol now best friend) loved the hurog reads, they were something I supplemented his Reading w when he was done with the thrones novels (we’re still waiting on the last book(s?) to come out but like bobg says, those are great great books too!

  16. Nickie I just got done with all the Jaz Parks books and they were so great I cant wait for the next one due out in OCT
    Thanks so Much any more that are related

  17. I have read most of the books mentioned above and they are fantastic. I have two other series that haven’t been mentioned that I just couldn’t put down: The Dark Series by Christine Feehan and The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.

  18. I have read the dark series but after the the 4 th book it seems to that the storys read in the same way at least to me.

  19. As I see in other peoples responses I also started reading the Twilight series and then moved onto the Sookie Stackhouse series. Now I am hooked! When I finished those I found a series called The Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands, it is more adult oriented than Twilight and that is why I loved it, I could not put it down and once I was half way through the second book I just ordered all the rest so I would have them when I was done each book! GREAT SERIES!! Does anyone know any other vampire/supernatural books that are for adults and have some romance in them?

    • Definitely try The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. They are romantic ( and very sexy like the Sookie books), action packed, and filled with suspense. I loved the Twilight and Sookie books too and I was so excited to find these. Jeaniene is writing more in the series from Kat’s point of view and from the other characters point of view too. I’m having a hard time waiting for them to come out.
      I’m about to try the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. It’s supposed to be sexy and exciting but in a world of werewolves. Hope this helps!

    • Try Lara Adrian’s series- the first is Kiss of Midnight…it too was in the Romance section along with Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series.

    • Nichole on said:

      I haven’t seen them metioned but i also was on the hunt for more books much like Sookie and Cat and Bones and alas, i have found Kresley Cole “Immortals After Dark” and Gena Showalter “Lords of the Underworld”. Believe me when i tell you both autors everything i was looking for WITH and added bonus of humor. After reading J.R.Ward’s black Dagger Brotherhood i didn’t think i would be able to move on to something i could actually say was better but i promise you both series are completely amazing!!!!

    • sharon on said:

      Read Nicole Peeler books, there about supernatural beings including a vampire, hellhound, gnomes, and many more sounds odd but really works. The books are tempest rising, tracking the tempest,tempest legacy, eye of the tempest. I could not put the books down they are brilliant a must read.

      • Deni on said:

        Wow- thanks Sharon. I will have to check these out now – maybe for an upcoming blog. Her Jane True stuff is outta site. (Woops- did I just give my age away?)

  20. I cant wait for the rest of kats and bones books They are the best books I have every read. I hope the next book that is based on Spade is just as good.

  21. My favorite Urban Fantasy of all time are the Dresden files from Jim Butcher. Seriously well written, exciting and hilarious.

  22. Whitney on said:

    Thank you so much for the suggestions! I have read most of these and am grateful to have more!

    One series I haven’t seen mentioned is the Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason. Out of all of the series I have read, hers is one of my favourites by far. It has an amazing heroine fighter, but it is historical based, which is a little different from most of the books listed here.

    Thanks again for the great suggestions!

  23. I haven’t seen Jennifer Armintrout’s “Blood Ties” series (not the same as the show Blood Ties). There are four books in the series (and there will not be more unfortunately). Lots of romance, vampires and werewolves. And thanks so much for this list!

  24. Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost are the best! I’ve read them all and am anxiously awaiting the next!

    • Yes, the Night Huntress series is awesome. Thanks for leaving a comment. Also, if you come across other fantasy books that our readers might like, feel free to mention them here!

    • Michelle on said:

      I love The Night Huntress Series as well!! I can’t wait til February when the new book comes out! I think her writing is incredible, and the characters are so real and interesting to me! Let the countdown begin!

  25. I so appreciate your suggestions; I’ve just finished reading the Mercy Thompson series and loved it! I haven’t seen the Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill listed by anyone. There are only 2 books so far with a 3rd due out next summer. The heroine is very well written, with well developed characters, and witty dialogue.

    • This is the best series ever ! I’ve told my friends to buy these books too, & we can not wait for the next series. Totally awesome.

  26. I have finished the last Sookie book and I need to find a series as similar as possible…I LOVED it! I came to this series after first reading the Twilight series, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series (which is a bit darker but FANTASTIC!) and several books in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series (because of my lack of free time, I also listen to most of the books I read and unfortunately the narrators in the earlier Dark Hunter books are unbearable…seriously). I cannot wait to check out some of these recommendations. Hopefully some of them are also available on audio. :)

  27. I have read the Twilight series it was very teen oriented at first but got better as it went on. I enjoyed it very much.
    My all time favorite series is the Sookie Stackhouse series I have read all and all short stories and am anxiously waiting for more. I purchased the True Blood first season and plan on buying season 2 also. I have read all of Stephen King horror and after reading the Sookie Stackhouse books I dream about the characters, no other book has ever affected me this way I feel like I know all of the characters personally and I am routing for Sookie to make a more permanent commitment to Eric as a team they can still have many adventures and of course gourmet sex !! the Angela Knight Megaverse series is also a good read with lots of fun characters. I am currently re-reading the Sookie Stackhouse series just to see if I have forgotten anything and it is just as good the second time around.

    • Trish:

      Thanks for sharing your love for all things Sookie – we love the books as well! Please drop in each day because we plan to give away the entire 8-book box set as a holiday gift next month!

  28. Someone suggested the J. R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and I had to second that suggestion. I had never been impressed by paranormals until a bookstore clerk suggested this series and promised I wouldn’t be able to put them down. She was right. Raw, edgy, amazing. These are definitely not your teenager’s paranormals.

    Now that I’ve read BDB and Sookie’s novels, I’m hooked on this genre. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I’m adding to my shopping cart right now…

  29. Byerserinb on said:

    You guys should read ..Eileen Wilks novels about the world of the lupi..THEY ARE GREAT ! ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE !!

    • I’ll definitely check out the Eileen Wilks books. I’ve read some of her other books and was quite pleased.

      Also, I agree with your comment about the Patrica Briggs “Alpha and Omega” series. They’re great and are definitely something Sookie Stackhouse fans should check out!

      Thanks a bunch!

  30. The Christine Feehan Dark series is also a great read with lots of fun characters and I like the Carpathians vs Vampire story line as the Carpathians are considered living and able to have children……check it out!!

  31. Eye Spy Books on said:

    About the Dark Series by Christine Feehan , yes it is a bit samey to begin with but as you progress through the series the action and mythology draws you in , the last Dark Slayer is excellent. Another series that is good is the Drake Sisters series which is about witches and disembodied evil as well as the Shifters series which concerns mainly were-jaguars. This series has ties to certain books in the Dark series and is a little more ‘hot and heavy’ both of the above series are written by Christine Feehan.
    Another good writer in this genre is Emma Holly and her upyr series as well as Maggie Shayne’s Wings/Shadows series both are vampire/soul mates themes with some books set in historical times as well as some in modern day. Hope you guys like them, I certainly did!

  32. Eye Spy Books on said:

    I should have written this first , I commend you on your site , I came here because I had just seen most of the True Blood first series after reading up to around book 7 a while ago and was thinking the t.v. didn’t quite match up to the books. Originally I got them from the library and am having quite a task to find the original paperbacks with the painted front covers- I don’t really want to get the new editions with the True Blood esqu covers. So your site was really helpful on which books I am missing and this if you like thread is really good to I’m threshing through the library site now for some of the ones people have recommended , thankyou again

    • Thanks for the input! I plan to take all of the suggestions in the comments and put them together into a list. As people recommend additional titles I’ll add them to the list. That will serve as a book “shopping list” for people to use when ordering online or at local bookstores or libraries. It will take a few weeks to put together but I think it’s something people will use.

      Thanks and please continue dropping in!

  33. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this site! I just saved it as one of my favorites. It seems I started out my obssesion with vampire series in much the same way as others here- Twilight, of course, and you could say I was “bitten” :) I blew through the Sookie Stackhouse series and had to find more of the same. Thanks to your recommendations I just finished book # 4 The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. Loved the series and I NEED more! I picked up Lara Adrian’s Kiss of Midnight and I like it so far. I will be adding more of your recommendations to my list! Keep compiling that list! I’m quite sure I’ll be returning soon!

    • Agreed. I’ve read books in the Lara Adrian’s series and they’re very well written.

      Also, I’m glad you appreciate the site. I try to find good books to recommend to the readers that come to the site.


  34. Hey, thx so much for posting all those recommendations! I just finished the sookie stackhouse series and I absolutely loved the characters!!!
    Thanks to your book reviews, I’ve started the night huntress series and I think it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!
    Can’t wait to read all the other ones you all have listed!!! :)

  35. Candace on said:

    I loved Sookie Stackhouse and I am almost finished with Mercy Thompson, who I also love. I HATED Anita Blake. The problem with her world was that the author (Hamilton) did not introduce you to the characters worlds correctly. She just started talking about the abilities of her characters like you know the world. Each author has given their supernatural creatures their own powers and therefore you need to explain what is going on to the reader.

    I did like Kelly Armstrong’s books but I was sad they didn’t all run together. I want a steady series to follow someone and fall in love with the characters. I read her books for a good read but I don’t read them in hopes of learning something new about someone or something I love.

    There are two things I don’t like but seem to be a theme in the UF world. (1) one creature type is always evil and there is no good – like Anita Blake, all of her vampires are evil and there are no redeeming qualities (maybe in the later books but you need to get through the first couple first…and I couldn’t). (2) Most of the main characters are bounty hunters. I love a super chick who is confident and tough but they don’t all have to be bounty hunters!

    • BestFantasyStories Admin on said:


      Try the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I think you’ll really like those books. The lead character is a witch who tracks down people who misuse magic. She lives with a female vampire and a REALLY funny pixie.

    • The comments on the anita blake books posted here are untru. Granted Maybe I am wounded lol because I get completely lost in these books and have to admit when I reach the end I do suffer withdrawles. The characters absolutly have redeeming qualities. You just have to read through. I think she is one of the greatest writers in this genre so far (even though I have many favs) Her merdith gentry series is amazing. But you really should be an adult to read these books. With her writing you may need to slosh through the first couple of chapters because she really goes into detailing before she approaches the story. I think maybe if the previous person could be able to sit and force their way through it they will be very surprised with the outcome. I had to force my way through the beginnig of the mergith gentry books by laurell k hamilton but I am so glad I did. I am a horror obsessed reader and never liked the idea of reading about faries but the series is amazing. You will never see faries the same way after this. So please give her a try.
      Also just read the Jeanine Frost book I believe it was called destined for an early grave. Was unaware that there was a series and this was the latest one but wow I have just found another great writer.
      Here are some more books and writers I recommend:

      Anne Rice: The lives of the Mayfair Witches (may have a little trouble getting into the 1st couple chapters but these 3 books stole my heart)

      P.C.Cast: The house of night
      More of a young adult series but again after the first book it is very good.

      Of coarse again a young adult series in the fact that there is not descriptive sexual content. A very sweet read and a good ride.

      Charlaine Harris: Sookie Stackhouse- a southern vampire novel.
      These are just down right fun to read. Even though the Series on telivision is not exact I enjoy that as well (True Blood)

      Melissa Marr: The faerie tatoo books
      Just getting into this series but appears to be going well.

      Rachel Caine: The Morganville Vampires
      A young adult series, again low on the sexual content but a very well written book for younger people or those who just like a good story. The characters are lovely.

      Kim Harrison:
      Not a favorite of mine but a good read in all. This is more as a mystery detective way, which except for the exception of laurell K Hamilton I dont really go the detective way.

      This is all I am able to think of from the top of my head will def, keep you updated on books I find and can’t live without. But AGAIN my must for reading are both series by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake and Merdith Gentry) and my favorite Trilogy ever would have to be Anne Rice’s The lives of the mayfair witches ( 3 books include: The witching hour, taltos, and Lasher the last 2 may not be the order but are the names of the books)
      Blessed Be everyone and may your nights be filled with many wonderful books and plenty of delicious vamps and ghouls VvvvvvvV

    • Nichole on said:

      PLEASE try the Alien Huntress Series by Gena Showalter. I started with Ecstasy in Darkness ( i saw it under new releases and didn’t realize it was a series) If you want a super chick this will deliver!

  36. Thanks so much for making this list. When I was done with twilight I read sookie stackhouse to get my fix. I was happy that it was actually way better than twilight. After sookie, I stumbled on to your website and have read some of the series you suggested. I read Cassie palmer series and loved it! I love the action and the humor in it. Pritcin is sarcastic and funny in his own way. Can’t wait for the next book to come out. I also read Kim Harrison’s Hallows series and it keeps getting better. Many questions to be answered. I don’t know why I think she should end up with Trent. Is it me or is Al becoming over protective of her. Peirce seems more than just a little innocent ghost. He may truly have feelings for her but is hiding something. I just read moon called last week. I felt that it was very slow in the beginning, picked up a little, then slowed down again. Does the series get better after the first book? I have a couple of suggestions for you to add on to your pile. I guarantee that you would love them! Fever series by Karen Moning is incredible! It kept up in the middle of the night wanting more and more. I also love Ilona’s magic series. I really loved it. Did someone mention Anita Blake? May I suggest reading the first 6-8 books and then moving on. The new books lack action, and she has turned in to a complete porn star. Don’t get me wrong.. I love the steamy scenes, but I don’t want the whole book to be about sex and only sex. Thanks again for these great suggestions! They have done more than hold me over until Dead in the family comes out.

    • BestFantasyStories Admin on said:


      I’m glad you enjoyed some of the books on the list!

      I totally agree with your recommendations about the Anita Blake series. It started out great but Anita’s character started changing too much after Book 8 so I stopped reading the series.

      I also love the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series.

      I’ve not read the Fever series though – I’ll have to check it out!

      Thanks so much!

      • Glenny on said:

        So i’ve read the 1st and 2nd sookie stackhouse books but can’t seem to really get into them. But if your looking for something great, kick-ass, down to the core loving, i would say read J.R.Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. It a great series. It so awesome that i’m finding it so hard to get into anythng else :( i guess that’s why i can finish stackhouse series. I’m finding it hard to get into anything else. So if you haven’t read them go find a book store near you and buy the first one “dark lover” while you order the rest. I promise you will not be disappointed!! And if you get the box set give your dark lover to your friend so you’ll keep it going. trust me you’ll want your friends to read so you can have someone to talk to. My girlfriends and i are hook to that point that our boyfriends know the whole story line. If you read them please let me know what your next fix was cause i have not found it yet. And book 9 comes out may 2011. I just might die!

  37. Michelle on said:

    In addition to the many people who recommend Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series (which is great) I’d also recommend Richelle Mead’s 2 other series, the Succubus Series and Dark Swan Series, Chloe Neill’s vampire series, which starts with Some Girls Bite, and Linda Robertson’s witch, werewolf, vampire series starting with Vicious Circle.

  38. BRITTANY on said:


    • BestFantasyStories Admin on said:


      Yes, I’ve read the Morganville Vampire series and it’s great!

      The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost also rocks.

      Isn’t it great having so many wonderful books to choose from?

    • I had to force my way through the beginnig of the mergith gentry books by laurell k hamilton but I am so glad I did. I am a horror obsessed reader and never liked the idea of reading about faries but the series is amazing. You will never see faries the same way after this. So please give her a try.
      Anita Blake series by laurell k hamilton is brilliant and what is great is that there are so many of them that you have plenty of books to keep your withdrawl under control while you are witing for more ha. The main character is Anita Blake, she is a necromancer, a witch in her own way, a vampire hunter, oh and by the way she has a drawl about her that gets her in more guy trouble then she could ever imagine. This series has everything in it. Vampires, hunters, wares, ghosts, I have never been into wares but man it is just amazing.
      Also just read the Jeanine Frost book I believe it was called destined for an early grave. Was unaware that there was a series and this was the latest one but wow I have just found another great writer.
      Here are some more books and writers I recommend:

      Anne Rice: The lives of the Mayfair Witches (may have a little trouble getting into the 1st couple chapters but these 3 books stole my heart)

      P.C.Cast: The house of night
      More of a young adult series but again after the first book it is very good.

      Of coarse again a young adult series in the fact that there is not descriptive sexual content. A very sweet read and a good ride.

      Charlaine Harris: Sookie Stackhouse- a southern vampire novel.
      These are just down right fun to read. Even though the Series on telivision is not exact I enjoy that as well (True Blood)

      Melissa Marr: The faerie tatoo books
      Just getting into this series but appears to be going well.

      Rachel Caine: The Morganville Vampires
      A young adult series, again low on the sexual content but a very well written book for younger people or those who just like a good story. The characters are lovely.

      Kim Harrison:
      Not a favorite of mine but a good read in all. This is more as a mystery detective way, which except for the exception of laurell K Hamilton I dont really go the detective way.

      This is all I am able to think of from the top of my head will def, keep you updated on books I find and can’t live without. But AGAIN my must for reading are both series by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake and Merdith Gentry) and my favorite Trilogy ever would have to be Anne Rice’s The lives of the mayfair witches ( 3 books include: The witching hour, taltos, and Lasher the last 2 may not be the order but are the names of the books)
      Blessed Be everyone and may your nights be filled with many wonderful books and plenty of delicious vamps and ghouls VvvvvvvV

  39. SamanthaM on said:

    Everyone should check out the Black Dagger Brotherhood series as well. Read most of this list you have recommended and love them all so I think many will enjoy. J.R. Ward is the author and very strongly written!

  40. I’ve been on the lookout for more books like Twilight/Sookie Stackhouse. I’m not as much into the sci-fi fantasy stuff with vampire hunters (Anita Blake), etc., and I want to stay away from the high school stuff, but recently, I accidentally found a GREAT new series that takes place in early London with vampires, werewolves, and the main character–a Mary Poppins of sorts–who has no soul and gets her nose in all sorts of mysterious business. The book is “Soulless” by Gail Carriger. It’s book 1 of the Parasol Protectorate, and the second book “Changeless” is due out at the end of this month (March ’10). Just thought I’d recommend it in case there’s anyone out there with tastes like mine. I need more books to fill in the gap between Sookie Stackhouse book releases.

    • Amy:

      Yes, I saw this book in a bookstore while on travel and I remember thinking that it looked like a great book. I love Victorian romance & mystery almost as much as I love fantasy. So a book that combines those genres is definitely interesting to me. I didn’t purchase the book at the time because I’d already purchased other books and didn’t have much room left in my luggage.

      Thanks so much for recommending this book and prodding my memory. I just downloaded it from Amazon! Can’t wait to read it.

      For others, here’s more info on the boook:

      Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger.

  41. Heather on said:

    Thanks for creating this list of books to read!!

    I have seen them on the previous posts but I would also like to recommend and the Ilona andrews(Kate Daniels Series) and any of the Jeanine Frost books are awesome. Does anyone know of another series that has the same writing styles of these authors (other than what’s posted)


    • Yes, the Kate Danies series by Ilona Andrews is great as well as the Jeanine Frost books!

      As for other books that you might like:

      1. Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner (about a demon hunting soccer mom!)

      2. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

      3. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

      4. A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix

      5. Matters of the Blood by Maria Lima

      These are the first books in each series. You can’t go wrong with ANY of these books.


  42. Rafa on said:

    This comes highly recommended:

    – Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
    – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
    – Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
    – Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
    – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
    – Night Huntrees series by Jeanine Frost
    – Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

    All of these were a pleasure to read. I would recommend them to anyone.

    The Women of Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong is not too bad, but they weren’t the kind of books that you can’t put down.

    I have also read some of the Anita Blake series, and it’s not for everyone, I gave up after the fourth. The Riley Jenson series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood I found too pornographic. And the House of Night series by PC Cast was too young, and teenage language was quite irritating.

  43. I have recently began reading urban fanasy and am looking for a more intellectual series. Although i enjoyed Laurell k Hamilton, the plots of a super-natural heroine with a magic vagina has become tiresome. Is there anything out there withing the urban fantasy genre that is more involved and sculpted around the same lines as George RR Martin or the Hyperion series, without just being true sci-fi.

    • Bob:

      Have you read the books in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher? They’re about a modern day wizard that battles supernatural baddies. It’s written with great wit and the storylines are well written.

      Also, Simon R. Green has a “Nightside” series that’s a bit darker but equally witty and well written.

  44. Tracey on said:

    My friend turned me on to this website.

    How awesome to find several series I have not read yet. I don’t think I saw one I’m reading now mentioned and it’s pretty good. I think it was better than the P.C. Cast House of Knight books. It’s called Vampire Academy the Guardian series by Richelle Mead

    So far I have read and loved in order of most to least:

    Anne Rice vampire series
    Anne Rice Mayfair Witches series
    Anne Rice Taltos series

    Sookie Stackhouse series Charlaine Harris

    Rachel Morgan the Hollows series by Kim Harrison (the first book starts out slow but the next 9 books really make up for it)

    Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

    Riley Jensen the Guardian series Keri Arther

    Vampire Acadamy series by Richelle Mead

    Anita Blake Laurell K. Hamilton (the first 7-9 books were really great but they started to get a little too much erotica and whole lot less about butt kicking vampire slaying/zombie raising. * Adult books, not for kids.

    Merdith Gentry by Laurell K. Hamilton *Adult books, not for kids.

    Black dagger brotherhood J.R. Ward

    house of night- by P.C. and Kristin Cast

    Jazz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin

    • Tracey on said:

      Oops I combined two series….The Vampire Academy is the series written by Richelle Mead which is awesome and Riley Jensen, also awesome, is the Guardian series written by Keri Arther.

      Coincidentally The Vampire Academy’s main character is Rose Hathaway, who is an actual vampire guardian. Hence my confusion over Guardian being the series name!

  45. its so awesome that most of my favorate books are being read. just the only thing is that nobody said anything about Tanya Huff. her Vicky Nelson series is just as much of a staple as the Anita Blake series and Sookie Stackhouse series. the first one is called blood price.

  46. Kerry on said:

    I have a few other suggestions in addition to the suggestions people have already posted about. Hope it helps all of the people who have read the rest of them like me.

    Betsey Taylor Series – by MaryJanice Davidson (Book#1- Undead and Unwed)
    ~ These are lighter reads, but the main character, Betsey, is hilarious. It’s like Legally Blonde has died and came back as a vampire. She is flippant and superficial, but she is hilarious. There is also a light romance theme throughout the series.

    Megan’s Mark – Lora Leigh
    This is a book in the middle of the Breed series. I did not care for the other books, but this one got me worked up. It has the perfect alpha male character that makes me melt. I think out of all of the books I have read, his banter and aggressiveness is my favorite. He reminds me of Bones, but even more forward and sensual (that is saying a lot too, because I LOVE Bones). ITs not as deep of a read and its character development is not too in depth, but even so, its a good read.

    Midnight Awakening – Midnight Breed Series Book #3 – Lara Adrian
    This is my favorite Midnight Breed book. This is one of those series where every book focuses on a new romance between two characters that were minor in prior books. This one focuses on Elise and Tegan. It is my personal favorite because I love Tegan and how hard to get he is. I like the chase and he definitely provides that. He is also borderline jerk and I have always been turned on my guys like that.

    As everyone has already posted, I just wanted to reiterate… The Night Huntress series with Kat and Bones is my favorite. The character development and dialogue really brings you into the book, similar to the Twilight series, but even more so because its more adult, therefore more applicable for those out of highschool age. I must warn you though, if you read too many of these type of books, you will start feeling lonely and wonder why you got a raw deal with your husband :) LOL

    • Kerry:

      Thanks SO MUCH for posting those recommendations! From the books you listed, I’ve read the Lara Adrian Midnight Breed books and you’re right, they’re great.

      Also, you’re so right about the relationship between Kat and Bones. I highly recommend the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost to people that like the Sookie Stackhouse books!

      Thanks again!

  47. Lisa on said:

    I’ve read some series that aren’t listed here, as well as some that are. I’ve read some good young adult as well as adult books: My favorite teen series are:
    The Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead
    The House Of Night books by PC and Kristen Cast
    I also REALLY liked The Immortals series by Allison Noel, which isn’t exactly the same- immortals, no vampires or shapeshifters.
    Cool teen fiction, futuristic series: The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield.

    For ADULT readers:
    I HAVE to mention the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, since they are my gold standard, and the first adult vampire books I read.
    I also found a series I love just as much: The Demonica series by Larissa Ione. Graphic sexual content, but it ALSO has a great storyline and excellent writing!
    I’ve read several adult paranormal romance series. I would say I liked The Midnight Breeds series as well, by Lara Adrian- VERY similar to Black Dagger Brotherhood, but maybe a little more tame.
    Other light, quick reads that I enjoyed, but didn’t obsess about while I was reading:
    Cherry Adair- Night Fall, Night Secrets, Night Shadow
    Any Sherrilyn Kenyon book :Read The Dark Hunter books, The League series, and Lords of Avalon under Kingley MacGregor.
    Christopher Moore- I read Bloodsucking Fiends, there are 2 more I haven’t started yet. If you like Sookie, you’d probably like these. They’re funny and quirky.
    I read PC Cast’s Divine Series, which I really liked, light and funny, lots of wine refences and romance. Read the first in the Godess series, not quite as good.

    For a frame of reference: I HATED Ann Rice’s Interview With A Vampire. I read 1 Anita Blake book, was given the next, but I can’t bring myself to start it because I felt like I suffered enough through the first one, even though the guy at Borders told me they get better after that.

    I just finished my 100th book since last July (which was the latest House Of Night Book). I picked up Twilight, which was the first book I’d read for fun in 14 years, and I haven’t stoppped. Thanks for the other suggestions listed!

  48. Shelby on said:

    Ok. thanks so much for writing this and everyone for adding on!!! I’ve been searching so long for a list exactly like this!!! Strong, funny, DIVERSE personalitied and generally likeable/good female charcters and sexy masculine unique and LIKEABLE/interesting and multi-faceted men! Loved patricia Briggs mercy novels, Karen macinerney Sophie Garou novels and Karen Marie Moning’s MacKayla Lane novels!! I don’t have a new authorr to add, just other books by this author.. ALL of l.j. Smith’s books http://www.ljanesmith.net/booklist.php got me and my older sis through our hs nights once we were in – some weekends, too. She was an amazing author, and the series that made television was actually one of my least favorites but I loved EVERY SINGLE BOOK she ever wrote. Talk about fantasy world escapism – tot wish I could be ANY one of those characters and live their lives. Check out the night world series. I have collected them. They may be for a YA audience but they still do it for me when I want to read an author who just knows the right way to deliver an edge-of-your-seat (bed) girl action fantasy with strong and mostly moral Characters (still good to read that stuff, ya know?) and extroardinary gifts. Her daughter (I believe?) now writes under her mothers (pen) name (not entirely sure of this though) and has added onto the Vampire Diaries series. Orig l.j. Smith though, wrote main books of series only, as far as I know (been wondering what happened but think she may have passed due to cancer, anyone know? truly Wish my sis and I couldve thanked her for her books – she really seemed like she wanted to make the world a stronger and more fantastic place – at least she helps in the inner thoughts (and as she says, give good female role models to young women) Orig. Lisa Jane Smith series I loved are: Night World, Dark Visions, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game – if you get them you’ll have to stock food so you can hole up and become a part of their world..

  49. I like everyone else got into the paranormal romance/fantasy fiction series after reading the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series. Since then I’ve read a lot. Here are some my favs:
    Richelle Mead – all 3 series but Vampire Academy is definitely my fav. I love Rose and Dimitri. But The Succubus and Dark Swan series are great as well.
    Kelley Armstrong – I wasn’t sure about these at first thinking i was a vampire fan, but i fell in love with Clay and Elana (werewolves) i actually prefer the stories with the wolves to the magic ones but they are ok too.
    Jeannine Frost – loved em totally addictive
    Cloe McNeil – Chicagoland Vampires was good and can’t wait for the next book in a few months
    JR Ward – Blackdagger Brotherhood series was excellent, addictive, and super sexy
    Patricia Briggs – Mercy Thompson series was good too it needs a little more sizzle though i haven’t read the alpha and omega series yet
    i was not a fan of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton i just couldn’t get into it
    for YA books:
    i already mentioned Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead which is my favorite
    Robin McKinley – Sunshine was awesome Maggie Stiefver – Shiver another excellent choice and i recomend the audiobook on this one the girls voice makes the story!
    Cassandra Clare – Mortal Instruments
    Alyson Noel – Immortal Series
    Claudia Grey – Evernight seris
    Melissa De La Cruz – Blue Bloods series
    Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games series is not about sups but one of the best series out of all of these
    LJ Smith – Vampire Diaries was ok compared to the others

  50. Rachelle on said:

    Orson Scott Card’s Enchantment is not a part of a series, but I loved it so much I think it’s worth mentioning. The hero is a male scholar who sort of falls into a fairy tale while walking in the woods in Russia. He meets a princess from a bygone era and the culture clash and romance that ensues is very realistic and interesting. I recommended the book to my friends and they devoured it. I wish they’d make it into a movie.
    Also, thanks so much for the recommendations, I was definitely in Sookie Stackhouse withdrawal. Where to start though? I wish there were a way to prioritize everything mentioned.

  51. NAOMI on said:

    I’m so glad I came across this site.
    I just bought a kindle and have been itching to start a series that i can just keep instantly downloading book after book.

    I loved twilight, the vampire academy series, blue bloods, and my favorite is the sookie stackhouse series.( love the show true blood as well)

    I wanted an established series so I could spend all summer poolside (as I did last year with the sookie books)
    and just read book afer book after book.

    I think im gonna start with the night huntress series by jeaniene frost and then go on to the mercy thompson series

    I’m soooo excited, thank you thank you thank you

    • Glenny on said:

      I would add JR Ward- Black Dagger Brotherhood! There better then great…I have not found a series that can compare! The Brother will keep you great company poolside…I bet you you’ll be jumping in to cool off every hour on the hour!!!

  52. Kristina on said:

    Hi everyone,

    So glad found this blog. Thanks all of you for suggestions. I have read Twilight Series and Sookie. Really enjoyed Sookie’s series as it is more adult and more interesting thatn Twilight. Though Twilight is written buetufully, I found it a bit teenage and not enough action, second book was boring – film brilliant, 3rd book good, and fourth – I am just glad I have finnished. Where with Sookie I can’t wait for each book, hopefully whe will publish more books.

    After all your comments, decided to read Black Dagger BrotherHood, wasn’t sure in the beggining, but when I finished 1st book in just few days realisied that it is very exicting and I love it. I am already on third book and ordered the rest 5 min ago.

    Next series probably will be Vampire Academy or Fever Series, a lot of positive feedback here.


  53. I love your website – nice work!

  54. erica on said:

    Twilight was my first experience with paranormal romance. When I started it, and couldn’t put it down. After I was finished, I wanted something a little more adult. I stumbled upon “Dark Lover, which is the 1st in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and was hooked. I have read, and enjoyed a lot of books since then including:
    Sookie Stackhouse series, (loved)
    Chicago Vampire Series, (liked)
    Women of the Other World Series, (liked a lot)
    but my all time favorite books I have found yet are the “Night Huntress Series.” I absolutely fell in love with Cat and especially Bones. Ahhh! In my opinion,He is better than Edward in Twilight.

    My second favorite series was the “Shifter” series by Rachel Vincent. Although these books are not about vampires, they are about Were Cats. I thought I wouldn’t like the theme at first, but got totally hooked on them. Her best book yet was the most recent one in the series called “Shift” But you really should start with the 1st in the series to enjoy them.

    Jaye Wells, “Red Headed Step Child” and her second book in series were good reads as well.

    Hope that helps some of you.

    • Erica:

      Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Erica,
      I also love J.R. Ward and Jeaniene Frost. I just finished Jaye Wells and am looking forward to February 22nd (since Jeaniene, Jaye, and Kim harrison’s books all come out the same day!!)

      I am going to try Rachel Vincent based on your reccommendation. If you haven’t read Karen marie Moning’s Fever series you should definitely check that out, it has become my second favorite series even though there are only going to be 5 books. :)

    • I must agree with you. I pretty much followed the list of books mentioned here and i loved the “night huntress series”. Loved everything about it and looking forward to the new one. I really really like Patricia Briggs Mercy series also looking forward to the new one coming out. Just finished the Anna Strong Chronicles it was pretty good. I keep coming back to this page when i finish book series to start a new one.

  55. tiffany on said:

    I’ve come back to this site after reading each book “almost”. I’m sure you have nothing better to do with your time, (with sarcasm)but I would love a list with a bit of info… You have such a vast knowledge of the topic, and have read sooooo many books. I’d love to know which books are more steamy, or more YA. I love series that have some conclusion at the end each book. I stopped reading PC cast, house of night after the 4th book, and didn’t care how the first 2 blue bloods books just stop. They were also a bit too highschool.

    Sookie Stackhouse for me was perfect, just a enough romance to balance out a great story, and some resolution at the end. Because of your recommendation, I am now in love with the night huntress by frost. Always looking for more.

    I couldn’t get into the first Anita blake. I enjoyed Kelley armstrong’s bitten and stollen, but would like more of a series, and stollen didn’t have as much of clay (herroine and hero interaction)as I would have liked. Vampire diaries = to juvenile for me. Twilight got me into the fantasy romance, but sookie and nighthuntress I enjoy way better. I like Mercy Thompson, but wished there were romance.

    I am wondering about some of your other recomendations. Which have romance as well as substance? Any recomendations?

    What about…
    Fever Series by Karen Moning
    Black Dagger Brotherhood, JR Ward (sounds steamy, but is the story good? didn’t care for anitat blake.)
    Alpha & Omega? any more romance than Mercy Thompson?
    Richelle Mead’s Vampire Accademy too juvenile?

    It’s nice to know a book is good, but good is different for everyone. I’m not as concerened about plot, I’m open to alot, but would love to know if books fall into an adult or YA category. Is it written well? with fun characters, or just rushed out with no conclusion helping ensure the authurs paycheck…cough…PCcast. does it fall under romance, or just fantasy? or is it just stemy sex without a story?

    I would even love to just know which of the books you recommended over a year and a half ago, which have romance? which are YA etc. I know you’re busy, but thought it couldn’t hurt to ask.
    Stay at home mom, who loves to escape while the kids play.

  56. these SEEM to be all the same little girl fantasy type things, i know sookie stackhouse books are different from trueblood but i had a dream with trueblood characters in it and im looking for a book that has complex society and relationships between the fantasy realm creatures and modern world, a way for them to fit into each other. do any of these books have something like that? or can you recommend one?


    • Kathie Cossette on said:

      Hey Max,

      I would definately go for the Fever Series if I were you. The first chapter or two I didnt think it would be for me, but it is an AMAZING read, very intricate and I stayed up long into the night on more than a few occasions because I could not put these books down. Very hot

  57. Heather on said:

    This is a great list and I have read most on it. I keep coming back on for new leads on a good read and I am never disappointed!!

    I May have missed it but I didn’t see the Allie Beckstrom Series by Devon Monk. So far I’m really enjoying this series and I think it is becoming one of my faves.

    Hope this helps!

  58. Everyone is going to hate me as i disliked the twilight books immensily. The female character was such a bad role model for young girls i just couldn’t get over her! Her character was on par with a paperback romance in scope and she was all about being protected by her man, whom she almost immeidately knew was the one and only man for her, she would do anything for him! She was like barbie doll totally plastic. maybe i am exaggreating a little but you know what i mean. If my mother ever read the book and meant the authour there would be a death and my mom is 70. She would think it set back womans role models 50 years.

    I think suprisingly that the series by PC Cast was a better series up to a point. The last book was just okay.

    Hamiltons books are now becoming hard porn so you might as well just get a porn dvd at this point. Something along the lines of S&M. i loved her early books but the writing was bad, then the writting got good, and now the porn is bad.

    The characters i like are the more real ones. Neither good nor evil. More like a person. I think the Kitty goes to books are actually good characters. Why in the end though do all these characters have to submit or be dominated. Can not they just go on a little messed up?

    i totally enjoyed the eariler Sookie books. The series is starting to become more of the same. I want sookie to become magical or something. But in a way i guess the book is more like real life in that it goes on slowly.

    the hallow’s series i really loved. Although once again there could have been heavy editing on some of the scenes and it could have been a slightly better book however the plot was excellent and the characters 3 d.

    i have read almost everything on the list. I read about 800 books a year so i am fairly critical. Sorry about the spelling and grammer..learning disablity and no spell check.

    • Dare:

      You’re among friends here – feel free to share your thoughts on any fantasy books! Also, if you can think of other books that we might like, feel free to list them.

    • OMG I totally agree with you! I’ve been trying to tell my friends that’s why I don’t like Twilight but they just don’t get it! The Bella character makes me nauseated! I don’t mind needing a man’s help (especially a good looking one LOL) every now and then, but geez stand up for yourself once in awhile. I don’t know if you have ever read Vicki Pettersson’s “Zodiac Series” but it explores this very thing – Standing up for yourself despite your troubles. Great Heroine

  59. Stephanie Grohol on said:

    I have a reccomendation….Lynsay Sands Argeneau Series….The series is very good and well done. The characters in these books are actually from Atlantis but immortal. They do have to live on blood in order to survive, but other than that, they are not truly vampires, unless they make the decision to turn into one. Very good books. I also love Christine Feehan’s books, and J. R. Ward’s. Also, has anyone tried reading Alyssa Day’s Warriors of Poseidon? Excellent books. Also try Gena Showalter, the Atlantis series.

    • Stephanie:

      I never read Warriors of Poseidon! They sound really interesting.

      Have you read any of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by J.R. Ward? They’re also really good!

      • leslie on said:

        i am reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood book’s right now and i love them. i just finished “lover eternal” went to Hastings and they didn’t have the next book in the series which is “lover awakened”. ugh i was so disappointed!

  60. Glenda on said:

    L.A Banks Vampire Huntress series is really good it is a 13 book series. I loved them. You can look them up.

  61. i will suggest Changeless and soulless by gail c(something) they are steampunk novels(a new term for me). I really enjoyed them both. they were totally different than what i expected. The new one is out in Sept i believe.

    • Dare:

      I recently came across these books by Gail Carriger and agree that they’re FANTASTIC! As you said, the two books in the series thus far are:


      The next book, Blameless, comes out September 1st as you said. These books represent my first exposure to steampunk and now I’m hooked.

      Thanks for the recommendation – I’d forgotten to pre-order Blameless (I’d put it in my “Save For Later” list) but I just added it since it comes out next week.

      • Can anyone tell me about the Christine Feehan books? she has many, not sure where to start. I really like the paranormal romance!

  62. Has anyone read No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon?

  63. Just came across this site after googling for: if you like Charlaine Harris you might also like… :-) I’ve read most of what has been listed. I’m an urban fantasy lover but seem to be in funk lately. All the latest books in most of the series (with a few exceptions)have not held my interest at all. Maybe I have too many series going at one time… not sure.

    There is one new series out that I didn’t see mentioned here yet (if I missed it, sorry for repeating) – Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter

    The first book in the series is called Skinwalker. It’s similar to Mercy Thompson in that Jane is as the title suggests. But that’s about where the similarities end with these two ladies.

    There are two books out with the 3rd installment coming in January of 2011. I’ve read the two out and enjoyed them… action and a strong heroine is always the hook for me.

    I will warn, however, they’re not exactly an easy read. —I’m a fairly critical reader, so some may not have the same issues as me.— The author feels it necessary to explain Jane’s “shift” every stinking time in detail (chore), and it takes some getting used to as the animal she most often shifts to has a mind of her own… literally. But there is something about them that has me ready for the 3rd book. I’ve read about so many vampires that I’m getting dulled to the allure they once held for me, but there is something about a particular vampire in this book that has me itchy to see what this author has up her sleeve.

    Like I said, I’ve read most of the books listed here or at least looked into them, but I would welcome any suggestions (see above *funk*). I’m really in the mood for some really good magic! Any recos on that would be awesome.

    Love the site!!

    • I think you’d like Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. The first book is Spider’s bite.

      It’s about Gin Blanco, she can control 2 of the elements and she’s a hired assassin. She’s a tough, strong character. Even though she’s an assassin, you’ll love her.

  64. Hey, I searched for this website on Bing and just wanted to say thank you for the superb study. I would have to concur with it, many thanks again!

  65. cannieq on said:

    Love this site, have read the Twilights and just finished the 10th Sookie Stackhouse. I was at a loss as to what to read next. Rushed to the bookshop after work and was recommended Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Gonna give it a go tonight and will let you all know how it goes.

  66. I am more than halfway through Jeanne Stein’s Anna Strong Chronicles…they are really good! I can’t put them down!

  67. cannieq on said:

    An update for you all on Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten. I did enjoy this book especially the relationship between Elena and Clay but was dissapointed to learn the next books in the series do not stick with the same characters and i wanted more of a series that follow on from each other so have just started Sherrilyn Kenyons dark Hunter series will keep you posted

    Sookie Stackhouse series = LOVED
    Twilight series = LOVED
    Bitten Kelley Armstrong = Enjoyed
    The Host = Really enjoyed
    The vampire diarys = Didn’t like at all, forced myself to finish the 1st book and have no intention of reading any of the others.
    Dark Hunter series = will let you know!

  68. loved sookie, but i was talking to someone who said there was female slayer seires that was as fun (no not buffy). kinda like realistic sookie who kicks ass against evil vampire (which they are you crazies!).
    does anyone know what i am talking about?

  69. Davina on said:

    Emily: There are a couple that i can think of.
    – Anita Blake Books – Laurell Hamilton The first ones are good, like 1-8..towards the end they get a little pornish.
    – Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
    – Night Huntress Series – Jeaniene Frost

  70. cannieq on said:

    I have finished the first book of the dark hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon…well if you are into Mills and Boon then you will love it, but personally i need something more meaty and the story line was so bad my husband asked what it was about and i was to embarresed to tell him!!! Dont get me wrong, im on this site because i enjoy fantasy books but summoning a greek god who has beeen trapped in a book for 2000yrs to be a sex slave for a month is going a bit far lol. i am now most of the way through Christine Feehan’s Dark Prince the 1st book of her Carpathian series and although it is much better than the last book i read it just isn’t living up to the Sookie series so im still on the hunt, think i may order the Night Huntress series and give that a go. Will keep you updated x

  71. Hilary on said:

    I LOVED the Mercy Thompson series and the Katie Chandler series by Shanna Swendson. I also really liked the Night Huntress series. Don’t overlook Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly series, they are a good read as well. I read the Anita Blake series but not really into all the porn. If anyone has more suggestions please post!

  72. Stephanie on said:

    I HIGHLY recoment the temptest series. I read all the Stackhouse books, Twilight books, as well as plenty of other vampire or super natural books. These are highly interesting and a bit saucy. So far 2 book are out, Tempest Rising and Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler. I dont want to give it away, so here is what amazon says:

    Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

    Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

    It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie’s lamp.

  73. I will finished the 10th Sookie Stackhouse book tonight and was having a panic attack about what I would be reading next until I found this site. I have so many options that I can’t wait until I can get to the bookstore tonight. Thank you all!!!
    I have read:

    Sookie Stackhouse series = love
    Twilight series = love
    Anita Blake series = love even the pornish storyline the stories took

  74. I read almost everything mentioned here and J frost is a favorite of mine,
    I also love Richelle Mead all three series she writes very engaging,
    Nalini singh psy series-loved the first books, and the archangel series,
    Eileen Wilks_ world of lupi, I`m at book nr 4 and I like it
    Chloe Neill I really loved the 3rd book of Chicagoland vampires,
    Karen Chance -nice reading both series, I`m from Romania and her vampires are romanian so a little subjective
    Illona Andrews with Kate Daniells is getting better and better
    I couldn`t get trough Christine Feehan books, Sherrilyn Kenyon are a liitel better but still couldn`t ger far and Anne Rice vampire series, I mean first book is so boring, no action , can I skip it and read the next books, are they worth it?

  75. Shannon on said:

    So glad I found this site as I’ve been looking for some new series books to read.

    Kimberly Raye has an awesome series out..Dead End Dating..it’s a fun read. Lil owns a dating service for all creatures of the night.

    Jessica Verday has The Hollow. It’s a YA book that takes place in Sleepy Hallow. The Headless Horseman? Yep, he’s there. I almost didn’t read it and now I’m so glad I did. I’m waiting to read the second book in the serious now.

    Jill Myles. I can’t remember the name of her series but they are succubus, vampires, and angels. Very good.

  76. Just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to whomever suggested the Karen Moning Fever series. I LOVE these books! Stayed up way too late reading them on more than one occasion. And here’s my personal ratings of what I’ve read in this genre.

    Twilight series – Liked. My first foray into fantasy.
    Sookie Stackhouse series (Charlaine Harris) – LOVED. Care about these characters.
    Anita Blake series (Laurell Hamilton) – Loved at first. Agree character Anita got lost somewhere. Not gonna lie, though, still read them all. :)
    Vampire Diaries – Hated. Like the show. Books are awful.
    Mac Lane Fever series – LOVED! Most recent read.

  77. cannieq on said:

    latest update… am now on the 3rd Jeaniene Frost book fron the night huntress series and im loving it, feel like i have finally found a series that comes close to the sookie books and from the reviews will be starting on the Karen marie moning series next. Will update again soon

    Sookie Stackhouse series = LOVED
    Twilight series = LOVED
    Bitten Kelley Armstrong = Enjoyed
    The Host = Really enjoyed
    The vampire diarys = Didn’t like at all, forced myself to finish the 1st book and have no intention of reading any of the others.
    Sherillyn Kenyon,Dark Hunter series = Mills and boon!!
    Christine feehan, Dark Carpathian = Ok but felt old fashioned and the amount of times “white hot” was mentioned began to irritate.
    jeaniene frost, night huntress = LOVING

  78. I wrote in back in May and was checking back in. Just want to second the praise for a couple of the series mentioned: LOVED the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Also LOVED Richelle Meads Succubus series and the first 2 of the Dark Swan books. Both have a similar feel. Karen Marie Monings Highlander series is NOTHING like the Fever series, FYI. Also read Karen Marie Moning’s Immortals after Dark series. They get a little repetetive when read one right after the other, but it has good relationships with an ongoing background story, similar to Black Dagger Brotherhood, which I love, by the way… AND I have to recommend again, the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. Steamy, but with substance! Love her writing style.

  79. Hey Everyone! I love supernatural romances!

    I have the majority of the books that have been mentioned saved in my 4shared.com account in pdf form. Here is a link to my account if you would like to read the books for free.

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  80. I’ve only seen a few people mention these….

    The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – Great books, absolutely loved them, they are written by a husband and wife team. Action within the first few page which is why I love them!

    The Mercy Thompson series and Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs – also great books, the Mercy series starts out alittle slow in the romantic department but definitely worth the wait. What makes it better is that the Alpha & Omega series runs along with the Mercy books, some of the same characters and insight to what happened in other places while the Mercy series progresses forward.

    The Val Shapiro series by Parker Blue – kind of teenage but still good reads, there’s only two right now. She’s a half demon who slays vampires need I say more!

    I’ve read the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, good until a point. It seems like she loses interest in her characters the more books come out.

    Thanks for this website, its where I come to find new books!!

    • Jen:

      I’ve read the Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books and I can’t agree with you more – they’re fantastic!

      I also agree with what you said about the Anita Blake books.

      As for the Val Shapiro series, I’ve not heard of them. I’ll need to check them.

      Thanks so much for the comment about the website! It’s readers like you, who help others by leaving book recommendations, who help make the site so useful!

  81. Carrie on said:

    Has anyone tried the Broken Heart Series by Michele Bardsley? I hear that one is really good. I have read and loved the following:

    Sookie Stackhouse
    Dark Series – Christine Feehan
    Argeneau Series – Lynsay Sands
    Anita Blake – Laurell K. Hamilton
    Merry Gentry – Laurell K. Hamilton
    Black Dagger Brotherhood – J.R. Ward

    Also, what are your thoughts on the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole? I am thinking of starting that one next?

  82. Angelica on said:

    Hi everyone! I’ve been trying to read through this and get some books. I’ve read Twilight of course, The night huntress series, and the fever series. I’m looking for the last two mixed. I love the fae, vampires, ghouls and i love the adult context. I love Twilight but the heat in night huntress was great! The wanna be relationship in the fever series is great. I think I’m gonna try out the hollows series and see how that goes. Does anyone else have any suggestions for what I’m looking for?

  83. Update! I posted somewhere up there. Here are my recommendations!
    1.Karen marie moning- This series is amazing. If you’re new to the series you’re in luck. The 5th and last book is out 01/18/11 AAAHH… I can’t wait!!! The reason I say you’re in luck is because the cliff hangers are horrible! There are some of us who have had to wait a year to get the final book!

    2. Ilona Andre- Magic series is a really good and fast read. Ilona does a good job in her world building. It’s dark with the right amount of humor that will have you chuckling

    3. Vicki Pettersson zodiac series- This is a totally unique addition in to the urban fantasy genre. The books get better and better. Sixth and Final book coming out may of 2011. You will not be disappointed and you’ll see why I say they’re unique. The fourth and fifth book did put this series and author on the top of my list.

    4. Stacia kane- Ghost of the underworld:Another very unique spin on urban fantasy. I absolutely love the books, but the main character is not perfect so some people may not want to read. The main character is a drug addict..I know..you’ll have to read the stories to really get it and trust me! They’re good!!

    5. Nalini Singh- Guild Hunter series- This is another very good read. Lots of steamy scenes to keep you turning! The third book is out 01/25/11 and I am eager to explore and get to know the characters more

    6. Jeanine Frost- Night Huntress series: I love cat and bones! They’re chemistry, the world they live in, and all the drama makes for a wonderful series.

    7. Karen Chance- Both Cassie Palmer and Dorina Staab- I recommend reading Cassie first and then Dorin Staab. I’ve read negative reviews on cassie palmer simply because of the sex scene being out of place on book 1. Trust me! This series is very good and you should give it a try. I am happy I continued :)

    8. Cassandra Claire- Immortal Instruments – This series is YA, but it’s still very good. I zoomed through the 3 books in a week!

    9. JR Ward- Black dagger series: These books are awesome. They’re romanctic with a whole lot of drama that will keep you busy for ages!

    10. Faith Hunter- Jane yellowrock series- The main heroine is tough and smart. I would not want to mess with her! I love this series and can’t wait to start reading book 3 that just came out 01/4/2011.

    11.Jennifer Estep- Elemental Assasin- This is another tough heroine and if you mess with her you might just end up dead :) Very good read and interesting plot.

  84. hi again…
    If anyone has any recommendations?? I have demonica series, jane true series, vampire academy & diaries, and Gail Carriger on my to buy list. I hope they’re good. I’ve read a lot of books that have not been up to par. I’ve read the first two books of patricia briggs (wasn’t my cup of tea), Kim Harrison I liked at first books but I stopped reading them (not sure why i stopped or why I liked them?). I like urban fantasy with a touch of romance. Books like the ones I mentioned above? thank you!!!

  85. Gena Showalter Alien huntress series great writing, a lot of steamy romance, somehow like Night huntress series but with different heros in every book

  86. Shannon on said:

    Thank you so much for suggestions I hope some of them come as ebooks I am just about to go over to the chapters site and see what I can get my hands on….

    unfortunately I read way to fast I just picked up the Southern Vampires (sookie stackhouse books) 3 days ago and I have burned through all of them at an alarming rate and am dying to get my hands on 11 (for some weird reason I had to actually go to the store and buy 2 of them as I could buy the ebook for koobo (chapters).

    I would also recommend the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series but Laurel K Hamilton they are really good.

  87. I loved lynsay sands and kerrelyn sparks for adults

  88. I ran across one series (only 2 books so far) called Vampire for Hire by J.R. Rain – a different twist…she’s a mom and a Private investigator but she is also a vampire.

  89. how abut Heather Killough-Walden’s “Big Bad Wolf Series” or Amanda Hocking’s My Blood Approves series. Both are decent series and both are realtively inexpensive for the Kindle!

  90. Christin Smith on said:

    Hi everyone! Just found this web site while looking for suggestions on what to read next…. Just finished the FEVER series by K Moning and I am at a loss! I tried her Highlander series and It is NOT the same! Not really what I like. I loved loved the FEVER series because it was more than romance & sex. I’m looking for a book that has real substance… grabs you and won’t let you go! Please can somebody point me in the right direction, I have 3 small children & get very little reading time so I try to really make it count. I would SO appreciate any feed back :) thanku for this great web site !!!!!!

    • Hi Christin,
      I also have a hard time finding books that are up to date and satisfies my book needs lol. I loved the fever series as well :) Nothing that I’ve read has knocked it off as of yet. I have suggestions some where above, but I read a few books after that, that are worth mentioning. These suggestions are not in any particular order. I like books that are more about the plot than romance and sex. Don’t get me wrong I like romance, but not the overly done. The fever series is a perfect example of what I like. I also like books that are creative and not the same ole stuff that we read again and again in Urban fantasy.

      Carolyn Crane- disillusionist: First book is mind games
      This is a triology and I am not sure when the final book is coming out. I know that the first two are out. The idea is very creative and the books are engaging. It’s about this guy who teaches a group of people with mental illnesses (depression, paranoia, etc..) to use their illnesses as weapons against the enemy. Very creative idea and I don’t think I’ve read anything like it.

      Vicki Pettersson- zodiac series- First book is scent of Shadows. There are 5 books out now and the final books is coming out in May 2011 :) yea!!!! Anyway, I think I’ve mentioned her already, but again her books are also creative. It’s another unique add to the genre for sure. Her 4th and 5th books were my favorite. I recommend reading them in order to fully understand.

      Stacia Kane downside series: First book is unholy ghost; there are 3 books out and no word on the release of the 4th book as of yet. I was a little skeptical at first with this one, because the main character is a drug addict. Once I got over that I ended up really loving this series.

      I am currently reading the third book of the hunger games triology. They’re not that bad at all for YA. If you don’t mind YA then I recommend the hunger games and the mortal instruments. Happy reading! and please share your suggestions. Nothing that is too much romance and less about the plot. Every now and then I will read paranormal romance (ie guild huntress, etc…). I prefer urban fantasy over paranormal romance.

  91. Nichole on said:

    SO, i haven’t been on this sight i a while but glad to see it is still going. I, like many of you, burn through these books so fast it’s hard to keep a list going of what to read next. 100% the FEVER series was amazing, i just got a nook and burned through Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan, i think is more like Fever whereas it’s much more story then just romance. i need help to, i have read most of then books mentioned and am looking for the next BEST series. I’ve read all the standards,love kresley cole and j.r. ward and all those ladies mentioned here over and over…help me!

  92. Donna on said:

    I just started Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings series – LOVE IT!!

    I have read all of the other series suggested on this site.

  93. Hannie on said:

    U guys should check out “Jessica’s guide to dating on the dark side” the reson it’s so good is there is a lot of mysterys and the romance is so pure it pulls u in literlly so go ahead and check it out. the cover is red with a girl wearing a red dress danceing with a guy(u only see his back)…

  94. Jennifer on said:

    Hi guys ! I’m a fan of adult paranormal romance and i HIGHLY recommend these series :
    *Chicagoland Vampires – GREAT !
    *Night Huntress – STILL THE BEST SO FAR :)
    *Psy-Changeling Series – GOT HOOKED UP 😉
    *Sookie Stackhouse – NICE :)
    *Fever Series – GREAT ! GOT ME HOOKED UP 😉
    *Dark Hunter – CHECK IT OUT ! ITS GOOD :))
    *Black Dagger Brotherhood series – FINE FOR ME . I DONT LIKE IT MUCH THOUGH :)

    Books I also Recommend . (They’re either YA books or Non-fiction Books . ) I really loved them and i swear its not a waste of time.

    *Perfect Chemistry – YA (It has a sex scene however, but not that detailed.) ITS GREAT ! CHECK IT OUT GUYS, its funny and sweet :”> .
    *Soul Screamers series – GOOD ! IT HAS AN INTERESTING STORYLINE
    *ALL BOOKS BY Julie James – That Gal is the queen of Contemporary books ! Her books have sex scenes and her characters are HIGHLY developed . you’ll love the humor and sweetness in her books . I actually all read her books :)
    *Linda howard’s Open Season and Mr. Perfect – Mystery/Romance and they have sex scenes too . They are all thrilling !
    *Anna and the french kiss – YA . Really CUTE !
    *Poison Study and Graceling – YA . these Female Heroines are KICK – ASS ! Good books 😉

    I know its highly inappropriate to share books not in the paranormal genre but i swear you’ll all love them .
    They’re all romance :”> I dont read books not under that genre .

  95. Just started Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series – REALLY like it! humour, steamy love scenes, great world building.

  96. I don;t know if anyone has mentioned the women of the underworld series by Kelly Armstrong. It’s a series of about 11 books with each book being narrated by a different character of the cast. It’s definitely worth a look. I became hooked, especially the relationship between Elena and Clay!! There’s werewolves, vamps witches, sorcerers, ghosts a bit of everything.

    I too am now stuck after reading the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead Reckoning. Think I’m gonna try Fever Series next by Karen Marie Moning. Any other suggestions would be great.

    • Brandi Jo on said:

      I read the Twilight series a long time ago and enjoyed it, but it felt like a young reader series. Then I git hooked on Harris’ Sookie books, but the last few didn’t really feel as well our together. Instead of racing through to finish them I took my time. Then I decided to give Frost’s Cat & Bones a try. I absolutely loved all of them. I’ve read the Vampire Huntress and the world books all in a week. Now I am anxiously anticipating August for the next one. Any suggestions on a really good series until then?

      • Brandi Jo on said:

        I didn’t mean to write this as a reply. Oops!

      • Check out the following:

        The Alex Craft Series by Kalayna Price. Start with Grave Witch, the first book in the series. These books remind me of the earlier Anita Blake books (which is a good thing).

        The Hollows Book Series by Kim Harrison

        The Mercy Thompson Books by Patricia Briggs

        The Cassandra Palmer Books by Karen Chance

        The Demon Hunting Soccer Mom Series by Julie Kenner (start with Carpe Demon)

        The Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill (start with Some Girls Bite)

        Enjoy and let me know what you think of the books!

    • Jo:

      You’re right, the Women of the Underworld books by Kelley Armstrong are great. I also love Elena and Clay’s relationship.

      For additional book recommendations, check out the list I just gave Brandi Jo. Also, if you like the relationship between Elena and Clay you’ll probably really like the Mercy Thompson Books that I recommended above.

  97. Todd on said:

    Also a lesser known series that really appealed to me where the Luna Wilder books by Caitlin Kittredge…. I know you will enjoy by seeing that i have read many of the same series that you have on your site

  98. Todd on said:

    Also I would like to here input as to what series I should start next since there are soo many choices i have seen on the site…. I have read the Sookie Stackhouse Novels, The Hollows by Kim Harrison, Anita Blake series by Laurell Hamilton, Mercy Thompson novels by Patricia Briggs and Luna Wilder series by Caitlin Kittredge.. I am looking for more plot than romance due to the fact I am one of the few males Urban Fantasy readers I have seen Lol.. So far I have just gotten lucky as to what series I have read by walking around Barnes and Nobles and taking a stab at them and by seeing recomendations on covers by authors I have read but I think that method has run its course…Any input as to what series to read next would be greatly appreciated!

    • Todd:

      Have you read my article titled Fantasy Books for Men? Check out those books.

      And also look at The Council of Shadows by S.M. Stirling.

      Let me know what you think of them!

      • Todd on said:

        Actually I decided to read the Alpha & Omega novels after I posted and then I have started the Fever series….I decided I had to go with that since everyone raved about them. I appreciate the info and I will def check out your recommendations but to be honest I do enjoy the female heroine novels i have read….I just dont think I could enjoy one with a male lead as much even though I have not tried yet… Thanks again!

  99. Sharon on said:

    I am amazed that Chicagoland vampires by Chloe Neill has hardly rated a mention. I love all the series that you have discussed but Chicagoland is definitely a standout – especially books 3 & 4. I can’t stand the wait until November for book 5. The end of book 4 was sooo not expected. The only series I have thought equal to it is the Sookie Stackhouse series. I love that it differs to the many other series (though I seem to be addicted to them all) because the end of a book doesn’t necessarily mean the guy gets the girl. This series is like the most under-rated around. A MUST READ!!

  100. Ashley N. on said:

    I am really excited to try out some of these series! I just finished reading 2 new series “Jolie Wilkins” and ” Dulcie O’Neill’ both by H. P. Mallory. Also, I absolutely loved the “Harper Connelly” series by Charlaine Harris, hopefully she will write more.

  101. Check out “A Discovery of Witches” (Deborah Harkness) – witches and vampires and wonderful! First in a series, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Harkness is a really great writer and the characters are well-developed.

  102. Letha on said:

    There are a lot of amazing books recommended here. You would probably also enjoy Jacquelyn Frank’s Nightwalker series.

  103. Romy on said:

    Jennifer Ashley shifter series, super read, great books!

  104. Cannieq on said:

    Sookie Stackhouse series = LOVED
    Twilight series = LOVED
    Bitten Kelley Armstrong = Enjoyed
    The Host = Really enjoyed
    The vampire diarys = Didn’t like at all, forced myself to finish the 1st book and have no intention of reading any of the others.
    Sherillyn Kenyon,Dark Hunter series = Mills and boon!!
    Christine feehan, Dark Carpathian = Ok but felt old fashioned and the amount of times “white hot” was mentioned began to irritate.
    jeaniene frost, night huntress = Amazing
    Patricia Briggs, Mercy thompson series = Amazing
    Melissa De La Cruz, Blue Bloods = Fantastic
    Morganvillie Vampire series = Fantstic
    Karen marie Moning fever series = My favorite x

    • cannieq on said:

      have also since read……
      Jeanne C Stein, The Anna Strong chronicals = Amazing
      Patricia Briggs, Alpha and Omega = Fab
      Anya Bast, The Elemental witches series = Good and very naughty lol

      • Yes- I particularly love Patricia Briggs but they are all amazingly good. I love your comment on Anya Bast’s work – she does indeed do naught very well.

  105. love to read on said:

    3 good books are The Mating,The Finding and The Keeping by Nicky Charles. And there free. Love them!!!!

  106. It has been a while since I visited this blog. Of course by now everyone has heard of the fever series. I have found shadow reader by Sandy Williams and Blood Bound by rachel Vincent. Ever since the fever series I have been looking for books similar to the fever series rather than sookie. The sookie series has lost its spark.

  107. Well I can honestly say you all know your books. Its rare I find a site like this. But I did notice that no one mantioned
    David and Leigh Eddings. The series of 22 books is not only one of my favorites, Its fun, and you have to try to find a place where you are able to put it down. I know you are mostly mentioning female leads, but they are a great read and I had to mention it.

    Also there is Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
    (first book of the “Deed of Paksenarrion” trilogy)
    It has a FEMALE main character.

    But I have a question, and I swear I’m not nuts lol.
    I read three different books about2 years ago, I normally don’t have this problem but I lent out the books and never got them back so here goes:

    One, A clumsy witch with a mentor and she draws her magic from the earth and always seems to end up in all kinds of trouble.

    Two, A femalew who fell in love with a dragon who has a human form and they are planning on getting married but she is already going to have his baby, and his evil brother came back to try to kill his father, so the mob type wars have begun.

    Three, Another female lead with a guardian in dog form who only talks to her, but she travels through a portal and deals with Azreal, and head demon.

    Any help in identifing these writers and books would be deeply appreciated and I swear I really read these. lol

    Thank you in advance

    • Okay I actually found the first one LOL
      The Book is Called For A Few Demons More. It was an early Christmas present.

      Now all I need to find is the 2nd and the 3rd

      So Thank you

    • Audris:

      Yes, the first book is in “The Hollows” series by Kim Harrison. The witch in question is Rachel Wood, who’s great!

      As for the other books, I think you’re talking about the same series. The books are from the Aisling Grey Guardian series by Katie MacAlister. Aisling has a sidekick Newfoundland dog that talks to her. She’s responsible for guarding portals. She’s also in love with Drake, a gorgeous dragon wyvern who’s usually in human form.

      Here are the books in order:

      You Slay Me (Book 1)
      Fire Me Up (Book 2)
      Light Me Up (Book 3)
      Holy Smokes (Book 4)

      These books are AWESOME! I’m so glad you asked this question because it brings back great memories of Aisling and her adventures with “Jim” her wisecracking dog!

      Also, Katie MacAlister wrote a spin-off series called Silver Dragons which centers on Gabriel, the handsome wyvern of the silver dragon den. Here they are in order:

      Playing with Fire (Book 1)
      Up in Smoke (Book 2)
      Me and My Shadow (Book 3)
      Holy Smokes (Book 4)

      Clicking on any of the links above takes you to the Amazon page for the book!

      I hope you enjoy getting caught up with Aisling and her escapades. Also, give the Silver Dragons series a try – they’re fantastic! If you like the books about Aisling you’ll like the Silver Dragon books.

      And please come back and tell us what you think of these and any other fantasy books you fall in love with. We want people to share their great finds with each other!

      • Thank You so much. I can’t believe that you recognized them so quickly. And because I bought them at a Rite-Aid store I was questioning my sanity lol. I read Holy Smokes and Up In Smoke, one of each lol. I appreciate the links it made it easier to find the ones I read. I also have found 2 other series here that I am in fact reading.
        You all are wonderful.
        Have a wonderful holiday.

  108. Regina Whitton on said:

    I was wondering if you could help me find a book I read awhile back. It has were creatures in it (even mentions a wereduck) Has a character with “sparkle” ? in it. Has a cat who is really a demon of some sort and he loves ice cream. Please advise.

    • Can anyone out there help out Regina with this? It doesn’t sound familiar to me but maybe one of our readers has run across it. Sounds intriguing Regina!!

    • Regina Whitton on said:

      I finally found the book I was asking about. It is by Nina Bangs – One Bite Stand thx

  109. Jackie on said:

    Hi, I just stumbled upon this page and it was really helpful. I didn’t get through too many comments, but I wanted to suggest A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It’s the first book in her All Souls trilogy. It’s wonderfully written, and its like a mixture between Harry potter, a Dan brown angels and demons novel, and perhaps a bit of twilight. Although I don’t want to mislead you, as I have never experienced a story like this one. You should look into it. The second book is out, and the third one is still being put together.

    • You are right, Deborah Harkness’s books are wonderful. I actually review them in our sister site – VampireLibrarian. You can find my review of both A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Darkness in my Summer Reads list on the same site.

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