The Fantasy and Urban Fantasy genres are not books that I read on a regular basis. I really have to have a solid recommendation for them before I'll buy and even then sometimes I'll hem and haw for a while before I actually lay down my cold hard cash. I think it's because I love my romances so much. I want that HEA at the end of the books and it usually doesn't happen with F or UF books, IDK. I've have read some really great books though and I'm always happy when I find a great series that I love.
Renee goaded me until I finally bought the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and man am I glad I did. She literally had to shove the book at me in the store and say, "buy this!" lol Thanks, Renee! :)
Amy C had to email me a bajillion times for me to finally perk up and buy the Black Jewel Trilogy by Anne Bishop, which is dark fantasy, and then I thought I'd be smart and buy the omnibus edition. More fool me. Seriously. That thing was so effin big it was completely intimidating and it sat on my shelf for about 6 months before I picked it up and dug in. Of course then I couldn't put the damned thing down because I was completely and utterly hooked.
The first book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews was sent to me as a gift from another friend Amy who thought I'd enjoy the series. I think book 2 had already been published by that time and she wanted me to not fall too far behind. Magic Slays sat on my shelf for years! (Talk about falling behind in a series.) I tried to pick it up and read it once and I just couldn't get into it. I almost gave it away twice in the blogger book swaps but something held me back. Last year when I finally sat down and read the book it was good. It wasn't great but definitely good enough to keep reading the series. I then picked up book 2 which I liked a little better. Book 3, Magic Strikes blew me away. I loved that book and immediately read books 4 and 5 after which I also loved like chocolate...I just couldn't get enough.
So where is all this leading? I want you to recommend some Fantasy or Urban Fantasy books to me. I feel the need to expand my repertoire (yeah, like I don't have enough books to read, right?) and I'd like to know what you think. I would probably like stories that have more romance in them but that's not required. So tell me - which books/series do you love and think everyone should read and why do you love it/them so much?
I also have another mystery box of books to give away thanks to Holly at The Book Binge. This box is filled with Fantasy and Urban Fantasy reads so if those are up your alley leave a comment with your F/UF book rec, along with your email address no later than Friday, January 20th at 7:00pm to enter to win. Again, I'm sorry, but this has to be limited to the US only.