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Subject: Help me decide which series to read - It's DECIDED!!!
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:25 PM ET
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OK, so my 2009 reading challenge is going to have alot of do with getting series read.  So I was thinking I could get some help from my fellow paranormal fans.  I'll make the list and anyone that wants came tell me their top 3-5 favorite series off of it.  That way it will help me decide which series to give priority to.  Thanks for the help!

 

  1. Agency of Extaordinary Mates by Various Authors
  2. Tales of the Sazi by Adams and Clamp 2 votes
  3. Thrall by Adams and Clamp
  4. Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian 2 votes
  5. Darkhart and Crosse by Harper Allen
  6. Bewitching Mysteries series by Madelyn Alt 2 votes
  7. Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber 1 vote
  8. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
  9. Mercy Holdings by Toni Andrews
  10. Blood Ties by Jennifer Armintrout 1 vote
  11. Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong 10 votes
  12. Nikki and Michael by Keri Arthur
  13. Spook Squad by Keri Arthur
  14. Wicked Series by Nina Bangs 3 votes
  15. Vampire Huntress by LA Banks
  16. Crimson Moon by LA Banks
  17. Real Vampires by Gerry Bartlett
  18. Faery Tales by Holly Black 2 votes
  19. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher 10 votes
  20. Mediator Series by Meg Cabot 2 votes
  21. Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine 5 votes
  22. Devine Series by PC Cast
  23. Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole 3 votes
  24. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  25. Dragonfyre by Deborah Cooke
  26. Changeling Detective Agency by Elaine Cunningham
  27. Ophelia and Abby by Shirley Damsgaard 2 votes
  28. Pepper Martin by Casey Daniels 2 votes
  29. Candace Steele by Cameron Dean
  30. Wolf Tales by Kate Daniels 3 votes
  31. Bigtime by Jennifer Estep
  32. Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank
  33. Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn 3 votes
  34. Chintz and China by Yasmine Galenorn 1 vote
  35. Retreivers by Laura Anne Gilman
  36. Gardella Vampires by Colleen Gleason 1 vote
  37. Vampire Babylon by Chris Marie Green
  38. Gillian Key, Paradoc by Talia Gryphon
  39. Merry Gentry by Laurell K Hamilton 9 votes
  40. Nightcreature by Lori Handeland
  41. Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris 5 votes
  42. Lily Bard by Charlaine Harris 2 votes
  43. Aurora Teagarden by Charlaine Harris
  44. The Hollows by Kim Harrison 10 votes
  45. Savannah Vampire by Raven Hart 1 vote
  46. Charmed by Candace Havens
  47. Blood Series by Tanya Huff 2 votes
  48. Guardians of Eternity by Alexandra Ivy
  49. Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson 3 votes
  50. Ghoul by Julie Kenner 1 vote
  51. Haunted Bookshop by Alice Kimberly
  52. Mageverse by Angela Knight 1 vote
  53. Midnight Warrior by Deidre Knight
  54. Magnus Pack by Shelley Laurenston
  55. Dirk and Steele by Marjorie Liu
  56. Young Brothers by Kathy Love 2 votes
  57. Aisling Grey by Kaite MacAlister 5 votes
  58. Dark Ones by Katie MacAlister
  59. Vegas Vampire by Erin McCarthy 1 vote
  60. Magic by Cheyenne McCray
  61. Succubus by Richelle MEad
  62. Fever by Karen Marie Moning 8 votes
  63. Paladins in Darkness by Alexis Morgan
  64. Signs of the Zodiac by Vicki Pettersson 1 vote
  65. Jaz Parks by Jennifer Rardin 7 votes
  66. Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye
  67. Immortally Sexy by Stephanie Rowe 1 vote
  68. Darkwing Chronicles by Savannah Russe
  69. Dante Vampire by Lilith Saintcrow
  70. Voodoo Moon by Cheri Scotch
  71. Imperia by Gena Showalter
  72. Alien Huntress by Gena Showalter
  73. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter 2 votes
  74. Psy by Nalini Singh 3 votes
  75. Study by Maria Snyder 3 votes
  76. Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks 1 vote
  77. Anna Strong by Jeanne Stein
  78. Monere, Children of the Moon by Sunny
  79. Kitty by Carrie Vaughn 2 votes
  80. Hunters by Shiloh Walker
  81. Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward 5 votes
  82. World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks 2 votes
  83. Tairen Soul by CL Wilson 3 votes


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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:42 PM ET
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Kate Daniels seris by Ilona Andrews is great, as is The Hallows series by Kim Harrison. I also really like the Merry Gentry series, but I am a big Laurell K. Hamilton fan - people either seem to love or hate her.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:19 PM ET
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79.  Kitty Kitty Kitty. 

And for Charlaine Harris, either Lily Or Harper instead of Aurora.  But put something very light next to Lily, like the Young Brothers. (56)

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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:25 PM ET
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immortals after dark is the BEST series i have ever read, and i have read almost all of them...

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:30 PM ET
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trying to keep it to a short list of very favorites, here's my top 4 from that list in no particular order, since i can't decide which of many would get the #5 spot:

  1. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  2. Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine
  3. Merry Gentry by Laurell K Hamilton
  4. Blood Series by Tanya Huff

though there's plenty on the list i haven't read, some of which is on my TBR as well.  i'll be watching to see what others say too.

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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:39 PM ET
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Wow, it seems Ellen and I must have similar tastes.  Those are the ones I would have picked, though the only one I have completed is the Blood series by Taya Huff.  If you do go for it, I say you should follow it up with the Smoke series, too, since they are linked.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:55 PM ET
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I go for lighter/funnier and I'm still sorta a newbie but I enjoyed Kathy Love's  Young Brothers, esp the first couple of books. I've read the first in the Dresden Files and liked it  - the next 5 are in my TBR. I loved the love at stake series by kerrelyn sparks - light funny romances and characters show up in other books. I'm not sure why she wasted book 2 on that couple but oh well! so long as my other faves get their story! 

 for my tastes I'd probably go with finishing the Dresden files, aurora teagarden, the haunted bookshop, vegas vampires, the mcalister ones, Nina Bangs and the real vampires...but Kerrelyn Sparks and Kathy Love are 2 of my favorite series for being light and funny and sexy.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:00 AM ET
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Thanks everyone!  Matt, I have the Smoke Series by Huff as well, so if I go with that one I will definitely read it too.

I've really been wanting to get to the Dresen Files since I read a short story of it in an anthology, and the Weather Warden series because I love Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series!

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 1:37 AM ET
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Wow, quick question, (I have to ask) - do you have all the books, in all the series listed? I thought my hubby's and my TBR piles were bad but I think you've got us both beaten there ...

Needless to say, most of those series, are in said TBR pile but The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher are a must read, (got put on the keeper shelf). Also, even though it's a young adult series, my hubby really enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

Both of us are wanting to read Caine's Weather Warden, Harrison's The Hollow and Vaughn's Kitty Norville series, if that's any help?!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 7:09 AM ET
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I vote for:

Wicked Series by Nina Bangs

Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson

Aisling Grey by Kaite MacAlister

Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

Vegas Vampire by Erin McCarthy

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:33 AM ET
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I've read great reviews on this series Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews, I just started reading Kim Harrison's Hollow series and though in the begining I wasn't real sure I would like it I am now reading The Outlaw Demon Wails and I can't seem to get enough of these books.

I also loved the Morganville series and have read great reviews on The Weather Warden series.

You have a long list of really good books and I'm sure whatever you pick you'll love.  

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:56 AM ET
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Emma, I don't have every book in each series (although there's several that I do have them all) but I at least have the first 2-3 in each series and if I pick them to read then I'll just buy the rest if I like it :-)

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:13 AM ET
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I can't pick 3-5 lol these are my fav of that huge list Dreseden and the Weather Warden series are my fav 2 series, followed by Nalini SInghs. They are all auto buys and keepers for me

Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine

Psy by Nalini Singh

Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian

Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris

Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson

Jaz Parks by Jennifer Rardin



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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Ashley, you are the first one that said Lords of the Satyr, but since I'm sure not as many people read erotica as they do paranormal (I have this list posted in a shelfari group as well) I didn't figure anyone would pick it.  I think I going to read it for sure though because I just bought them new on my kindle last month!  They looked really good to me.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:39 AM ET
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I really like them, and I am not a fan of any book set in a historical setting that isn't Scotland lol They are very very different and I loved how Elizabeth Amber pulled everything off, and had the balls to do what she did lol

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:43 AM ET
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Also, as if you don't have enough, but Lilith Saintcrow and Keri Arthur both have more series with Imajinn books. I love Lilith Saintcrows Society series and her Watcher Seres, and even all of Keri Arthurs lol

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:47 AM ET
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I've read the other Keri Arthur series that I don't have listed here, at least I think that's all (Ripplecreek and the Circle trilogy).  I have Lilith Saintcrows other series on my RL as well!

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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:01 PM ET
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Harry, Harry and more Harry and a little bit of Bob too!!!  Dresden Files is a definite read!!!

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I am all about Thomas

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:26 PM ET
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Well out of that entire list there are only 4 that I have read or am currently reading....so out of those 4 here's the order of which is best to read.

  1. Women of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong (I love this series...and I'm dissapointed I'm coming towards to end of it.)
  2. Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward (Great series with lots of action and steamy sex scenes.)
  3. Aisling Grey Guardian - Katie MacAlister (I finished this one, and thought it was hilarious.)
  4. Sisters of the Moon - Yasmine Galenorn (Not one of my favorite series that I'm currently reading, but I still want to see what happens so I've decided to keep moving forth with it.  So far the 2nd book has been the best, and I'm about to start up on the 4th.)

Hope this helps a bit :)

Jenni

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:33 PM ET
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I can list ones I didn't like lol

Vampire Huntress by LA Banks- totally not worth the effort i put into reading the first 4 books

Dragonfyre by Deborah Cooke- the first one bored the hell out of me...it was flat. I might read the 2nd if I ever got it from a game, but I wouldn't pay money or a credit for it lol

Wolf Tales by Kate Daniels- a lot of people like these, but there was one scene in the first that I cannot get past.

Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn- not a fan of slutty heroines lol

Monere, Children of the Moon by Sunny- too much like LKH for my tastes

 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:46 PM ET
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 I have quite a few of these sitting on my TBR too...but obviously only commenting on those I've read.

  1. Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian don’t bother
  2. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews loved it!  1st book is tough, 2nd book is great.  Urban fantasy
  3. Mercy Holdings by Toni Andrews
  4. Blood Ties by Jennifer Armintrout 1st book is good the rest blow. 
  5. Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong I love this series.  Some books are better than others. 
  6. Real Vampires by Gerry Bartlett cute, light read.  Wouldn’t put it at the top
  7. Faery Tales by Holly Black love Holly Black
  8. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher haven’t read them all but like them!
  9. Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine liked the series but don’t read them back to back
  10. Changeling Detective Agency by Elaine Cunningham love this series…wish there would be a 3rd book! 
  11. Ophelia and Abby by Shirley Damsgaard like what I”ve read. 
  12. Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank good
  13. Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn okay
  14. Merry Gentry by Laurell K Hamilton I actually like this series.  I’d recommend it!
  15. Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris good
  16. The Hollows by Kim Harrison very good, gets better as it goes along
  17. Mageverse by Angela Knight mindless erotica if that’s your thing.
  18. Aisling Grey by Kaite MacAlister love this, light and funny
  19. Dark Ones by Katie MacAlister okay
  20. Vegas Vampire by Erin McCarthy
  21. Magic by Cheyenne McCray eh….
  22. Succubus by Richelle MEad good
  23. Jaz Parks by Jennifer Rardin LOVE THIS SERIES! 
  24. Dante Vampire by Lilith Saintcrow good, urban fanasty.  Found some elements annoying but worth the read if for no other reason it’s unique. 
  25. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter good, but very much like ward and frank.
  26. Study by Maria Snyder LOVE THIS SERIES!  AGAIN UF
  27. Anna Strong by Jeanne Stein good, mixed feelings tho on the series as a whole. 
  28. Monere, Children of the Moon by Sunny okay, unique but very much erotica
  29. Kitty by Carrie Vaughn very good
  30. Hunters by Shiloh Walker
  31. Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward good, similar to frank and showalters underworld series.
  32. World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks I liked it, moves more toward UF as the series progresses. 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 1:19 PM ET
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if we're going to cover which ones we would perhaps suggest skipping:

  1. Hunters by Shiloh Walker - i had 3 of these, read them, they were ok but i won't go looking for more.
  2. World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks - i probably wouldn't have picked this up, but my mom had the first one for some reason.  (not her usual thing at all.)  i read the first one, and it was ok, but i'm didn't care enough to read any more.
  3. Vampire Huntress by LA Banks - read the first one, could not convince myself to read any more.  i do like her other series though.

and these are ones where i had the book, tried it out, and gave up within the first chapter:

  1. Ophelia and Abby by Shirley Damsgaard
  2. Gillian Key, Paradoc by Talia Gryphon

Alien Huntress by Gena Showalter -  kind of borderline.  i liked Awaken Me Darkly and Savor Me Slowly ok, but gave up on Enslave Me Sweetly after 60 pages.  (there's also some YA Alien Huntress books that seem to be listed as part of the same series, but i haven't tried any of those.)  i liked her Lords of the Underworld series better.



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My vote goes to the Midnight Breed, Vampire Huntress, and Kitty.  Midnight Breed is hot, hot, and more hot.  Vampire Huntress, is hot and DEEP.  Kitty is light and kind of whimsical!  Just my 2 cents.

 

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 3:29 PM ET
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Thanks guys!  And the opinions on what you didn't like help just as much as the do!  Expecially if you tell me why you don't like it!! LIke, Ashley said she didn't like Monere because it was like LKH, well, I like LKH, so that menas I probably will like it..hehe.

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