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Subject: Underrated Books
Date Posted: 1/28/2009 8:25 PM ET
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Okay.  I would like to know what books in each of the following categories that are your personal faves but you think are either totally underrated and/or best kept secrets:  Vamp books, Were books and Magic.  I know it's my question, but I really have to think about this for a while.  I have a bad habit of reading the popular authors and book I have to put a lot of thought.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 8:36 AM ET
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for magic i think the sons of destiny series by jean johnson is underrated. I really like them, the characters are great and the story arc is good too, and it changes enough to keep it interesting.

I'd have to think on the other ones

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:09 AM ET
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Michelle Bardsleys vampire series I think is under-rated.  So far only one in the series was a little dissappointing.  Lots of action and funny parts.  Good quick read.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:28 AM ET
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I still think Sunshine by Robin McKinley is one of the best vampire books, and I don't really see it referenced very often.  I re-read it frequently.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:38 AM ET
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My favorite most underrated

vamp... would be Marta Acosta's and Jennifer Rardin's.

Magic...Ilona Andrews.  I liked Jenna Maclaines new series too, but it's only one book so far. 

Shifters...at one time it would have been Patricia Briggs but I think she is very popular now. 

Werewolf.. Nocturne City by Caitlin Kittredge

I'm sure there are others I can't think of right now.  

Never read Jean Johnson, it's one of those that the cover really turns me off.  Maybe I'll have to give it a try.

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Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:46 AM ET
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yes definitely jennifer rardin, she is awesome. Also the vampire babylon series by chris marie green, another great one

the highland were books by kendra leigh castle is also another good one

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 6:22 PM ET
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YA vamp would be the Blue Blood series. I absolutely love this series!

Jennife Rardin I really did not enjoy.

I have all of Jean Johnson's that are out but never read them yet.

Vamp series... I have to think about that one.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 1:19 AM ET
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I enjoyed Sunshine and it's a keeper for me. 

Definitely like the vampire babylon series as well.

So far only one of the covers for the Sons of Destiny books (I think it is the one for The Mage--dude is way too bulgy!)  has rated a big eww for me but as I hope to have my nose in the book I'm thinking I'll ignore the cover:LOL:

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 3:18 AM ET
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Eileen Wilks for weres.  (And her books have strong women.)  I agree on Sunshine.  Although people seem to either love it or hate it.  For magic, I keep going back to Patty Brigg's Dragon Blood and Dragon Bones.

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Date Posted: 2/2/2009 6:11 AM ET
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ITA with respect to Sunshine.  Great book.  Also I love everything Neil Gaiman, but I suppose that's not really underrated!

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 11:41 PM ET
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The Count by Helena Dela.  A ghost story with a very practical realistic feel.  A romance set up with no romance.  I haven't found any other books from this author.  Wish there was more.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:18 AM ET
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The Art of Arrow Cutting by Stephen Dedman.  Magic and bad vamps.  And there is a sequel, Shadowsbite?

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 10:05 AM ET
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I second Eileen Wilks The World of the Lupi series. They just keep getting better and better, IMO.