I’ve had several people asking me for book recommendations on Facebook and Twitter lately, so I decided to post just a few books/series that I love reading. If you have your own suggestions you want to add in the comments, please feel free. This is NOT a complete list, just a few books that I feel like readers and fans of the Elemental Mysteries series might enjoy. Some of them are traditionally published, some are indie. But they’re all books that I’ve read personally and enjoyed.
Also, I’m including the link to an old guest post I did last year over at Once Upon A Series where I posted about the ten book series that influenced me most as a reader and writer. If there’s anything on that list you haven’t read, you can check those out too.
First, a couple Young Adult recs, for those who like YA paranormal. I don’t read much, but I can share these two:
Dark Betrayal Trilogy by Nichole Chase Long time readers know I’ve recommended this series before. I really love the blend of mythology and legend that Nichole Chase uses in this story and the teenagers actually talk like teenagers, which is always a plus, in my opinion. Warning: You will want to go visit Savannah after reading this.
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews Please, for heaven’s sake, if you haven’t read anything by Ilona Andrews, shove your TBR pile to the side and get started. The KD series is one of the most imaginative, exquisitely built Urban Fantasy worlds I’ve ever read. It’s an amazing blend of fantasy, humor, action, and romance set in a post Magic Shift Atlanta. The Edge series is just as good. Seriously, go. Go, go, go. You won’t be sorry. Feel like I’m pressuring you? Good. Go read it.
Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne I recommended this one on ElizabethHunterWrites.com a couple weeks ago. Great contemporary fantasy for those who love action, humor, and world mythology. I devoured these books and am eagerly awaiting the next one, which comes out on Tuesday. Also, a talking wolfhound. Don’t miss this series.
Master of Crows by Grace Draven Another under-appreciated indie gem for lovers of fantasy and romance. Love the characters that Draven writes in this stand-alone book. Highly recommended and a real bargain. I’d love to see this book reach new readers. It totally deserves it.
Elder Races by Thea Harrison Harrison writes fantastically layered characters in a really rich world. She also has some great novellas in this universe. These books are on auto-buy for me. They are on the steamy side, so make sure that’s your thing. But keep your hands off Khalil in Oracle’s Moon. He’s mine.
Iron Seas by Meljean Brook My first foray into steampunk and still my favorite. Another amazingly built world with great characters and tons of action. Also pirates, dirigibles, and zombies. (I mean, really? What else do you need?) If you love steampunk, or haven’t tried it yet, this is a great series.
This list is by no mean exhaustive. In fact, I’m sure I’m forgetting some great stuff, so put your own recs in the comments. I think, if there’s one thing all these series have in common, it’s an attention to world-building and character. Those are usually the two things that really draw me into a book or a series. I’ll try to update this page every now and then when I find a new gem that I want to share. For now, I hope you enjoy!