October 24th: Top 5 Favorite Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of Your Choice] This is a repeat topic from last year, but as it’s a good one AND interchangeable so it can be different each year, it’s back again.
Oh my gosh! Only five books and I can only narrow it down to one paranormal creature?! This is going to be SO hard because I love fantasy books and there are so many different paranormal creatures that I love reading about! But since I can’t go over them all…I’m going to focus on two: fae and dragons!
1. A Court Of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Blurb: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.
My thoughts: The entire series of A Court Of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas are my absolute favorite books. To be honest I really didn’t read a lot of books based on fairies/fae and I was very curious when I started this book and series. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Literally one of the best written books/series in the history of mature Young Adult, fantasy and romance. Yes I went THERE and you need to read this book and series ASAP.
2. A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.
My thoughts: A Court Of Mist & Fury is my favorite A Court Of Thorns & Roses book. No spoilers but if you took my advice and read A Court Of Thorns & Roses, the world just expands and the story grows even more and A Court Of Mist & Fury will blow you away.
#3. Rhapsodic/The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa
Blurb: Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.
For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.
My thoughts: Again I read this book when I was just starting out reading fae books, it’s a little slow at first but definitely contains a heck of lot of Laura Thalassa magic and Des is hot, hot, hot! Plus it’s not just focused on fae but also the main character is a siren which is pretty cool.
#4. Storm Born by Richelle Mead
Blurb: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.
Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…
My thoughts: Richelle Mead was one of my favorite authors growing up with her Vampire Academy series. As much as I loved those books I really like her strength is in fantasy/adult romance. The Dark Swan series features a lot of creatures but one of the main focuses is fae (mmm Dorian!) and all four books are definitely a ride! I need to re-read and review this series soon but I highly recommend if you are interested in fae and other paranormal creatures.
#5 Fire In His Blood by Ruby Dixon
Blurb: Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.
Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her. Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.
My thoughts: Ruby Dixon is one of the best paranormal romance authors around and she is some of the best Kindle Unlimited books around. She is known for her alien paranormal romance series but I prefer her dragon series. Fire In His Blood is the first of five books out so far and tells the story of how dragons came from a hole in the sky and destroyed the world. Humans are in hiding while dragons roam around searching and attacking. When a woman finds herself alone with a dragon she finds out the truth of the situation and honestly I wish there were more books out because this story is SO interesting and different! Plus I think dragons are awesome and they deserve more book time when it comes to all genres of books, but especially romance.
Those are my top picks for paranormal creature books! I’ve REALLY been into fae books lately and they kind of have taken over my life and that is 100% okay because I really love them. Right now I feel like they are the vampires that were super popular several years back but when it comes to fae there are so many different types of them with different backgrounds and stories that make it really interesting to read about. Plus dragons, do I need to say more? DRAGONS. Anyway, what is your favorite paranormal creature to read about?