What are You Reading Today?

I’m Reading: Father and Sons, Gordon Andrews. Curran POV Vol. II

This short book is a compilation of companion scenes for the Magic Series by Ilona Andrews (really a pen name for a husband/wife team.) The Magic series is written in 1st person point of view of heroine Kate Daniels. Fathers and Sons replays several scenes from the series from the point of view of Curran, King of the Shape Shifters (he’s shifts to Lion of course) and the man Kate drives crazy.  

The Curran books are an enjoyable treat. I like reading in 1st person but a disadvantage is not knowing what’s going on in the heads of other characters. The pair offer this book from their website but by requested of readers it is available on Kindle for 99¢.

The Kate Daniels/Magic Series genre is Urban Fantasy with romance elements. I’ve read the five full length novels and the series has become one of my favorites. (All in Kindle format so I’ve read them since 3/2011.).

Woman in dentist office is reading: Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games #3.

Preteen  in dentist office is reading: Holes, Luis Sachar

Learn More:

Ilona Andrews: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/

Suzanne Collins: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

Luis Sachar: http://www.louissachar.com/

What are You Reading Today?

I’m Reading: Grave Peril, by Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files #3.

Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire in Chicago. In this Chicago, most people still refusing to believe in magic and beings like ghosts, demons, and vampires that stir up problems for the city’s citizens and police. He’s not your typical hero: He’s not eye candy, not so heroic, not glamorous. He’s usually broke in fact, but he he makes up for these deficits in character and tenacity. I find this character endearing as well as entertaining.
In Grave Peril, Chicago is plagued by overly aggressive powerful spirits that don’t seem to have the usual limitations that has allowed Harry to spell them back to Nevernever into submission in the past.

Tim is Reading: Anathem, Neal Stephenson

Woman at the Liquor Store is Reading:
Water for Elephants
, Sara Gruen

Learn More:

Jim Butcher: http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden

Neal Stephenson: http://www.nealstephenson.com/

Sara Gruen: http://saragruen.com/

What are You Reading this Week?

I’m Reading:  Beneath the Skin by Adrian Phoenix.

Book 3 (of 5) in the Dark Urban Fantasy Maker’s Song Series, preceded by Rush of Wings and In the Blood.

Adrian Phoenix is an amazing writer, poetic yet gritty. This is not your typical Urban Fantasy Vampire series. I admit I had to struggle to I relate to the characters in the first book, especially rock star Dante, the enigmatic vampire (and something else) with a fuzzy grip on reality and personal boundaries. At the end of the first book I was intrigued and needed to know more. Within the pages of book #2 the hook was set deep, I came to empathize and care about Dante, Heather, Lucien, Von, and slew of other characters, most of whom are not what they seem to be. I’m only a third into Beneath the Skin and Phoenix has reeled me in under her spell.

Teen at Target is Re-readingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,  J.K. Rowling
Checkout Woman at Target is Reading:
Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
One of my Nephews is Reading:
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
My Daughter is Reading:
Door to December by Dean Koontz

Learn More:
Adrian Phoenix: http://adrianphoenix.com/
Neil Gaimen:  http://www.neilgaiman.com/
James Patterson: http://www.jamespatterson.com/
Dean Koonz: http://www.deankoontz.com/
Michael Ledwidge: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/michael-ledwidge/
J. K. Rowling: http://www.jkrowling.com/

Top Ten Tuesday Favorite Urban Fantasy Series

My Favorite Urban Fantasy Series 

I only included series that are still on-going or will end this year. It was hard to leave out my many favorites that have ended in the the past couple of years.

Please comment with your favorite series -of any genre.

List includes,  the Author, series name, the main character, then name and date of release of the first, latest, and next books.

1. Kim Harrison’s The Hallows – Rachel Morgan

First: Dead Witch Walking  4/12    Latest:  #9 Pale Demon 2/2011
My First Kindle book. I love the world of the Hallows and I’ve forgiven KH for Kisten’s fate—though it took a while

2. Karen Marie Moning’s  Fever Series  – MacKayla Lane

First: Darkfever 2006     Latest & Final: #5 Shadow Fever 1/2011
I have never angsted for a book’s release as much as I did for Shadow Fever, and now it’s over.  KMM has said there will be spin offs novel featuring the Fever series characters.

3. Rachel Caine: The Weather Warden Series – Joanne Baldwin

First: Ill Wind 12/2003     Latest: #9 Total Eclipse 8/2010     Next: ?
The gaps between books are getting long—RC is writing 3-4 series. I started reading Total Eclipse but felt I had to stop and reread previous ones so  it’s in my too be read pile.

4. Kelley Armstrong: Otherworld: Narrators Vary

First: Bitten 9/2001    Latest: #11 Walking the Witch 7/2010    Next: #12 Spell Bound 7/2011
Bitten was amazing. I enjoy the others greatly but Bitten was a hard act to follow.

5. Karen Chance: Cassandra Palmer Series

First: Touch the Dark 6/2006   Latest: #4 Curse the Dawn 4/2009    Next: #5 Hunt the Moon 6/7/2011
Cassie’s story unfolded at a break neck speed and has kept up the pace. I sometimes feel I ought to rest up before the next rollercoaster plunge of a chapter—but I can’t put the book down.

6. Karen Chance: Dorina Basarab Series

First: Midnight’s Daughter 10/2008    Latest: #2 Death’s Mistress 1/2010   Next: ?
Dorina’s Series spun off of Cassie’s series; Several characters overlap in the two series; KC’ does a masterful job of giving fresh perspective and new dimensions of these characters through Dorina’s pont of view.  Still, Dorina’s books would be great reads without reading the parent series.

7. Vicki Pettersson: Signs of the Zodiac Joanna Archer

First: The Scent of Shadows 3/2007    Latest and Final: # 6 Neon Graveyard 5/31/2011
This series ha so many unique and interesting premises and threads, I can’t imagine how VP will wrap the story up with this last book. I plan to reread the first 5 books before I delve into this last one.

8. Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series

First: Moon Called 3/2010    Latest: #6 River Marked 3/2011    Next: #7 Untitled Spring 2013
Too long a wait Grrr!  I love the little shapeshifer coyote adopted into the werewolves’ world.

9. Richelle Mead: Dark Swan Series- Eugenie Markham

First: Storm Born 8/2008    Latest: #3 Iron Crowned 3/2011    Next: #4 Shadow Heir 1/2012
I  discovered this series last February and practically swallowed the first three whole, one after another.

10. Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels Series

First: Magic Bites 4/2007    Latest: #5  Magic Slays 5/31/2011
I’ve only just begun this series but I’m hooked,  finished #1 and I’m excited there are three more to be read.