These are the series that I cannot put down and hold in high regard! Well written, with riveting plots and incredible characters – they’re definitely the ones to share. There are a couple more I would have loved to add, but best to keep it short and sweet!
Mercedes is a mechanic who fixes Volkswagens. Just that premise had me laughing, but this is a series that is riveting in it’s plot and its relationships. Mercy is a Walker, a shapechanger, living in the midst of werewolves, faeries and vampires – trouble is Mercy’s middle name! The characters are formidable, the world-building is believable and best of all – our heroine is a no-nonsense kick-ass girl who doesn’t try to hard to make sure everybody knows it.
Take HBO’s True Blood and mash it together with Avatar: The Last Airbender. What you get is something close to The Elemental Mysteries. The writing is superb, the romance is heartbreaking, and the world in which Beatrice and Giovanni live is a dangerous one. You feel like you’re part of a secret society because of all the cloak-and-dagger dimensions, but it’s a rollercoaster of a tale. Best of all, it’s by a self-published indie author, so why not support it!
Best thing I love about the Kate Daniels series? Kate freakin’ Daniels, thats what. I love me a heroine who talks big and has the bad-assery to walk the walk. Kate Daniels has enough spunk in her to keep you on your toes. The world Kate lives in is simply amazing, and the writer duo behind Ilona Andrews does a great job to make sure the romance is irresistible. In a world that’s governed by Necromancers, vampires and shapeshifters, the plot that is weaved through the series is simply awesome.
Ooft. My love for Mac and Barrons exceeds all expressions for words. Moning’s worldbuilding skills is top-notch and the series only gets better the further you read it. The action is intense, the sex is hot, the plot twists and turns like a labyrinthine puzzle surrounded by Fae magic, and powerful artifacts and is absolutely exhilarating. You grow with the characters, mature with them and you only yearn to understand more. Adore this series.
(And I’m cheating because I’m also tacking on the Bloodlines series, set in the same world. So technically 6 paranormal series)
Well. What can I say about the Vampire Academy universe? Definitely unique, but the world building skills of Mead is mind-numbing. Seriously. This series will break your heart, build it back up again and leave it aching with something close to pleasure/pain. The characters are intriguing, Rose and Dmitri’s relationship is heartrending, and Lissa’s familial situation is enough to set your teeth on edge. A definite must-read.