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Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost)
Dark Days (Jocelynn Drake)
The Hollows (Kim Harrison)
Werecats (Rachel Vincent)
The Sign of the Zodiac (Vicki Pettersson)
Anita Blake (Laurell K Hamilton)
Southern Vampire (Charlaine Harris)
I want to know which series you prefer and why; the strengths and weaknesses of each series; you favorite paranormal/non-paranormal male hottie, and whatever else you want to reflect on about the above series. Note: I read all of these series, and only 100% up to date on Laurell K. Hamilton and Vicki Pettersson. Please keep your responses as spoiler-free for any "newbies" that stumble across this post.
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1. Southern Vampire (Charlaine Harris)- Pros: I like the writing and the characters. I find it light and funny but still emotionally involving. Cons: Ocassionally it trips into annoying if I'm not in the right mood. I've read all of them but the newest one.
2. The Hollows- Pros: I like the action and the intricate world building. The story arc is interesting, and I like that the main character keeps evolving. Cons: The latest one veered off the demon story line everyone wanted to tell a banshee storyline that no one really did. I am happy she finally got back to the murder, but if I had to lose a character that I loved a few books back (still can't reread that one) I want more about the demons and the elves, darn it.
I can't decide between the next 2 so I'm putting them in as a tie
3 (tie). Night Huntress- Pros: The stories are exciting, and the hero is lovely. The heroine is getting better. Cons: Kat, especially in the first book can be a whiny brat, so I don't really know what Bones saw in her (not to mention everyone else). Also, the books really rely on you having read them all and even then I find myself having to go back and reread to figure out things that the author should quickly explain to remind anyone who didn't memorize her books.
3 (tie) Werecats: Pros: I like the story and the world building and how the individual plots work in with the overarching story arc. Cons: Faythe and her constant "Daddy" whining and the fact that it's kind of "Bitten" with cats.
4. Anita Blake- the first ones are awesome and would have been higher. The latest ones seem to be the "everyone has sex with Anita" show. I actually like the Merry Gentry books better
The others I didn't read and so can't comment
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I am new in the paranormal genre.
Here is what I have read:
The first two books of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I loved it. I hope the rest are as good. They are such quick reads and interesting. I am so looking forward to getting the rest of the series. Bk number 3 is on its way. Yeah. I am thinking that Eric must be a hottie. Pros: Good writing, interesting characters, good story lines. Cons: It seems that all the of people killed are friends of Sookie's.
Antia Blake. I am now reading Bk. 1 and so far I really like it. It does get carried away a little but the writing is extremely good. Pros: I like the leading character. She is a strong, independent woman and I like that. Cons: I did not like the whole "rat scene" at all. I think it took away from an otherwise good story line.
I tried to read "Dead End Dating" by Kimberly Raye but couldn't get past the second chapter. I don't know why, but I didn't like it. To me there were no pros, only cons. Let me know, Jennifer, what you think.
Eta: Added a Con to Sookie
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1) Southern Vampire (Charlaine Harris) - Pros: Nice world building and mythology. Well written, complex characters. I especially like how Harris has created a community of people. Even minor characters have their own backstory which makes her world more believable to me. The stories may revolve around Sookie but the world she lives in does not. Cons: I don't really have any. There are minor nitpicks I may have, but they are specific to individual books - not the series.
2) The Hollows (Kim Harrison) - Pros: I really like the world building of this series and the way the author expands upon it with each book. I like the characters and the way their relationships deepen and change. Cons: Sometimes the heroine is a pain. And the last book left me feeling like the author is stretching the series out in order to keep the series going longer. I am wary that this may be the beginning of a down hill slide in the quality of the series.
5) Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost) - Pros: Good world building, lots of kick ass adventure. Cons: Secondary characters are two dimensional, primarily defined by their ethnicity. Left me feeling uncomfortable so I stopped reading the series after the first book. (I wrote a review for PBS that goes into a little more detail.)
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Well, I haven't read much from the list but I will give my comments on the ones I have read ;) The way you have them listed is actually the way I would rate them, and not only because it was the order of which I read them.