Category: Urban Fantasy


In December, Rosey from Rosey’s Reviews sent me a message asking if I wanted to contribute my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2011 after I participated in the half year Top Ten List.

It was a hard list to come up with. I strictly looked at the 16 books I had given a 5 Horseshoe rating and from those picked the books I have read more than once. I noticed that my Top Five have not changed from the first list, and like on that one the top three are easily interchangeable.

The images are linked to my review of the books. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

This book is number one because I have been recommending it like crazy to people! Lisa did an amazing job with her first book of her Zodius Series. (I think my mom has re-read it more than I have!)

The Legend Of Michael is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Legend Of Michael

Number of Pages: 382

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5156-6

2. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

This was my first Steampunk book and what a great introduction to the genre! This is the book I recommend to those who want to get in to this genre. Meljean did an amazing job with giving her readers a living, breathing Victorian era story that relies on automation. I have not had the chance to read the second book, but the novellas are just as enjoyable!

The Iron Duke is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

ISBN: 978-0-4252-3667-6

3. 12.21.12 by Killian McRae

This is an amazing debut book by Killian McRae. She did a masterful job of weaving a contemporary story that explored the history of Egypt and the paranoid suspicion of the Mayan Calendar. If you love Indian Jones, Stargate, and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, you will love this book!

12.21.12 is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Killian McRae

Title: 12.21.12

Format: eBook

Publication Date: December 2010

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-9363-0554-4

4. Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Fever is Joanne Kennedy’s third contemporary western romance. The primary story is a rekindled relationship story between the two main characters (one of my favorite types of romance), but the underlying plot is an amazing social acceptance and education story. Joanne shows in this story that everyone, no matter their physical or mental disabilities, is capable of great things if given the chance and motivation.

Cowboy Fever is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Joanne Kennedy

Title: Cowboy Fever

Number of Pages: 393

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-402-25141-2

5. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

I greatly enjoy Ilona Andrews’ writing. This husband and wife team writes fantastic Urban Fantasy books. They write deep characters that are fun to watch grow through their stories. I knew that this book was going to be good when it starts with Rose shooting her grandfather with a crossbow.

On The Edge is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: On The Edge

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1780-5

6. Badlands by Seleste deLaney

Badlands is a Steampunk Novella that takes place in the United States after the civil war, but it is a different world than what our history shows. Seleste wrote beautiful deep characters, and left me very satisfied with the story. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

Badlands is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Seleste deLaney

Title: Badlands

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: February 28, 2011

Publisher: Carina Press

ISBN: 978-1-4268-9125-0

7. Savor The Danger by Lori Foster

Savor The Danger the third book in Lori’s Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series. I fell in love with Jackson after he had a night of passion with a woman he had been chasing for months and then couldn’t remember the night. While trying to protect her, he spends his time trying to convince her to do it again. Sometimes a desperate Alpha Male is fun to read.

Savor The Danger is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Print and Nook editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lori Foster

Title: Savor The Danger

Number of Pages: 411

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7582-8

8. Locked In Silence by Shiloh Walker

Locked In Silence is book of Shiloh’s Grimm Series. Out of the ones I’ve read so far (which isn’t the whole series, yet), this one really touched me. I won’t spoil who the lead is, but his story is a tear jerker.

Locked In Silence is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes And Noble in Nook edition.
Publication Details:

Author: Shiloh Walker

Title: Locked In Silence

Format: eBook

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 978-1-6092-8528-9

9. Giving Up The Ghost by Melissa Ecker

With Giving Up The Ghost, Melissa gave every woman even more reason to hold tight on to their spouse. This is the story of a woman who loses her husband in a tragic accident and a year later believes he is visiting her. But things aren’t as they seem. Make sure you have a box of tissue next to you when you read this one!

Giving Up The Ghost is available from Amazon in Kindle and Print editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Nook edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Melissa Ecker

Title: Giving Up The Ghost

Format: eBook

Publication Date: April 2011

Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

ISBN: 978-1-9358-1781-9

10. Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed’s Honor is the second book in Linda’s 2011 Creed Trilogy. This series is following the Creed’s of Colorado. Linda Lael Miller has given her readers a couple, everyone can relate to, who reminds us all that home is where love thrives and that love has a stronger pull than anything else in the world.

Creed’s Honor is available on from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions

Publication Details:

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Title: Creed’s Honor

Number of Pages: 377

Publication Date: June 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7580-4

There are many other books that deserve to be on a top ten list but these are my favorites of 2011. What are favorite books from 2012?

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About ten days ago, Rosey from Rosey’s Reviews sent me a message asking what my Top Ten Books of 2011 were so far. It was a hard list to come up with. The top three are easily interchangeable. Here is the list I sent to her.  The images are linked to my review of the books. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

This book is number one because I have been recommending it like crazy to people! Lisa did an amazing job with her first book of her Zodius Series.

The Legend Of Michael is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Legend Of Michael

Number of Pages: 382

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5156-6

2. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

This was my first Steampunk book and what a great introduction to the genre! This is the book I recommend to those who are wanting to get in to this genre. Meljean did an amazing job with giving her readers a living, breathing Victorian era story that relies on automation.

The Iron Duke is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

ISBN: 978-0-4252-3667-6

3. 12.21.12 by Killian McRae

This is an amazing debut book by Killian McRae. She did a masterful job of weaving a contemporary story that explored the history of Egypt and the paranoid suspicion of the Mayan Calendar. If you love Indian Jones, Stargate, and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, you will love this book!

12.21.12 is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Killian McRae

Title: 12.21.12

Format: eBook

Publication Date: December 2010

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-9363-0554-4

4. Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Fever is Joanne Kennedy’s third contemporary western romance. The primary story is a rekindled relationship story between the two main characters, but the underlying plot is an amazing social acceptance and education story. Joanne shows in this story that everyone, no matter their physical or mental disabilities, are capable of great things if given the chance and motivation.

Cowboy Fever is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Joanne Kennedy

Title: Cowboy Fever

Number of Pages: 393

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-402-25141-2

5. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

I greatly enjoy Ilona Andrews’ writing. The husband and wife team writes fantastic Urban Fantasy books. They write deep characters that are fun to watch grow through their stories. I knew that this book was going to be good when it starts with Rose shooting her grandfather with a crossbow.

On The Edge is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: On The Edge

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1780-5

6. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Bayou Moon is Ilona Andrews’ second book in the Edge series. Yes, I know, number 5 is the first book in this series. That should really tell you something about this series! This story follows a character from the first book through a different part of the Edge. Once again, it is an amazing story and characters.

Bayou Moon is available from Amazon in and editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: Bayou Moon

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1945-8

7. Badlands by Seleste deLaney

Badlands is a Steampunk Novella that takes place in the United States after the civil war, but it is a different world than what our history shows. Seleste wrote beautiful deep characters, and left me very satisfied with the story. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

Badlands is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Seleste deLaney

Title: Badlands

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: February 28, 2011

Publisher: Carina Press

ISBN: 978-1-4268-9125-0

8. Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed’s Honor is the second book in Linda’s current Creed Trilogy. This series is following the Creed’s of Colorado. Linda Lael Miller has given her readers a couple, everyone can relate to, who reminds us all that home is where love thrives and that love has a stronger pull than any thing else in the world.

Creed’s Honor is available on from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions

Publication Details:

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Title: Creed’s Honor

Number of Pages: 377

Publication Date: June 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7580-4

9. Awaken The Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

This is another wonderful debut novel! Anita gave her readers a very capable yummy clan of Highlanders. I would expect Anita to give Karen Marie Moning a run for her money, if she continues to produce stories like this one!

Awaken The Highland Warror is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Anita Clenney

Title: Awaken The Highland Warrior

Number of Pages: 430

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5123-8

10. When You Dare by Lori Foster

When You Dare is the first in Lori’s Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series. This is a compelling Romantic Suspense book. You might be surprised who ordered the kidnapping of Molly. I know I was. The second book in series can easily be on this list as well, but this is only a Top Ten not a Top Eleven list.

When You Dare is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lori Foster

Title: When You Dare

Number of Pages: 448

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-373-77571-2

There are many other books that deserve to be on a top ten list but these are my favorites so far this year. What are your current favorite books you have read so far this year?

From Author’s Website:

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

My Review:

Once again, Ilona and Gordon have delivered a wonderfully crafted novel. Bayou Moon is the second of Ilona and Gordon’s Edge Series but a reader does not have to read the previous book in order to understand what is going on in this book. I think out of the two Edge series novels, this one is my favorite. I am so glad that William got his Happily Ever After. Maybe it’s because I’m such an animal lover myself, but I always end up rooting for the changeling.

Ilona and Gordon bring the worlds of the Edge and the Mire to life in a way that few authors are able to. I could easily picture myself in those areas and sometimes could have sworn that I smelled the unique scents of the swamp. I kept finding myself talking to the characters, especially William. In my mind, that is a sign of a very good book. When you get so caught up in the story and the characters, that you are emotional vested and are offering your own advice.

With each and everyone one of Ilona and Gordon’s books, I am in awe of their story telling skills and they improve with each book. I am eagerly waiting to see what happens next in the Edge, but I also hope that we will still get glimpses of William and Cerise.

I give Bayou Moon a rating of 5 Horseshoes!!

Publication Details:

Author Ilona Andrews
Title Bayou Moon
Format eBook
Publication Date September 2010
Publisher Penguin Group
ISBN 978-0-4410-1945-8

From Author’s Website:

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

My Review:

I fell in love with the writing of the husband and wife duo who makes up Ilona Andrews, while reading their Kate Daniels series. They do not disappoint with this book. On The Edge is the first of a new series about an in between dimension. One that lies between our world and a world full of magic. I had high expectations going in to this book because of how much I love the Kate Daniels series.

I knew that this book was going to be good when it starts with Rose shooting her grandfather with a crossbow. It doesn’t kill him, just knocks him out for a bit. Then she proceeds to hose the man down because he is covered in mud and dog brains. Maybe I’m sick in the head or weird, but that whole scene had me laughing.

The characters are very well developed and their growth is enjoyable to watch. I love the boys, George and Jack. Their unique talents make life interesting for Rose. Jack is a changeling and George is a necromancer. With the help of Declan, the boys discover the joys and responsibilities of being magical beings. And Rose discovers that there are people out there who want her because of who she is, not what she can do magically.

With every aspect of this story the authors has done a wonderful job. It makes me want to go find the Edge and see if I’m able to cross in to it. I would also go searching for my own Declan.

I am looking forward to reading the next book, Bayou Moon.

I give On The Edge a 5 Horseshoe rating!!!

Publication Details:

Author 

Ilona Andrews
Title 

On The Edge
Format eBook
Publication Date September 29, 2009
Publisher Ace
ISBN 978-0-4410-1780-5

From Publisher’s Website:

Four brothers who go through an unfortunate “accident” reemerge 20 years later with no memory of their past or family. While they try to discover who they are, and cater to their girlfriends, they realize they have amazing but cursed powers of darkness inside their souls, and that they must protect New York City from the demons of Hell. To make matters worse, they must withstand the relentless onslaught of their curse. Full of action, comedy, horror, romance, and mystery, Phantom Four will keep you on the edge of excitement from start to finish.

(WARNING: Not intended for children.)

My Review:

After three attempts, I was unable to get past Chapter 4. Because this was a Did Not Finish for me, I am not going to rate it. However, I will tell you about the things that fascinated me about the story and characters and why I had problems with the book.

When I was first presented with the option to review this book, I was immediately interested in reading it. I was excited about the concept and how the author was going to weave the story. After I got the book, I read the last page of the book which is the history about the characters. The characters started out as plush toys that the Wilson brothers had made up superhero adventures for. Over the years the characters evolved and matured just the like the boys did. I have always enjoyed stories like that where a character or a group of characters have been with the author for a long time. I found it fascinating that each of the main characters each personified a specific Roll Playing Character Attribute; charisma, agility, strength/endurance, intelligence.

The story is written in the style of a screen play, like a person might see for a video game. It also kind of reminded me of the old style Roll Playing Books. Even though the concept of the story was interesting to me, the format chosen by the author made it difficult for me to read. This style would be a wonderful foundation for the creation of a Graphic Novel.

From what I saw on Amazon, there are plenty of people who have enjoyed this book immensely. If you, my reader, do decide to read this book, please come back and leave a comment on what you thought.

Publication Details:

Author 

Roger Wilson
Title 

Phantom 4: Children Of The Grave
Number of Pages 196
Publication Date September 13, 2010
Publisher Outskirts Press, Inc
ISBN 978-1-4327-6122-6

In 1997 the magical energy of the Earth went under a shift allowing ghosts to escape the City of the Dead and attack humans. After many deaths, the Church of Truth came to power, being the only organization that could control the ghosts. Twenty-three years later, the Church is still in power and protecting humans from the ghosts with yearly controlled release on the anniversary week of the first shift. The Church employs people with strong magic talent and trains them to be Churchwitches. Chess is a Churchwitch who is a Debunker. A Debunker investigates ghost activity and determine if it is a true haunting or a fake one. If it is a true haunting, she is charged with the duty to send the ghost back to the City. If it is a fake one, the Church deals with the family.

However, Chess is not a normal Debunker or Churchwitch. She lives in Downside. A part of Triumph City that is “bad side” of town. Home to drugs, illegal magic, and other societal ills. Chess is also a drug addict and finds herself if deep debt to her dealer, Bump. Now Bump has a job he wants Chess to complete and he will erase her current debt. Bump wants to start using the closed airport, Chester, to move his drugs. But his planes keep having technical difficulties. Bump is convinced it is caused by ghosts and wants Chess to get rid of them.

In addition to Bump’s request, Chess has an active case with the Church. She soon discovers a connection between the two cases and finds herself in danger. Chess is also threatened by Bump’s rival who does not want Bump to use the airport. Can Chess solve the hauntings to the airfield and not loose her life to the rival Drug Lord of Downside?

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I only recently started reading Urban Fantasy, my first series was Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. After seeing many people praise Stacia Kane’s Downside series, I decided it was time to give it a try. I was addicted to the story and the characters very quickly. Stacia has done a wonderful job in creating a very real world and making a very flawed heroine that you cheer on and want to keep following. I also held my breath every time I thought Chess’s lifestyle will be revealed to her employer. Even though Chess is an extreme drug addict and is constantly thinking of what drugs she will spend her money on, I can not help but love her. Part of me hopes that maybe someday Chess will go clean, but until she is willing to face her past, that will not happen.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Paranormal, but wants something different. This is not a book for people who need sunshine and daisies. This is for those who do not mind reading about people your mom always warned you about.

I am giving this book a 4 horse shoe rating!

Publication Details:

Author 

Stacia Kane
Title 

Uholy Ghosts
Number of Pages 352
Publication Date May 2010
Publisher Del Ray
ISBN 978-0-345-51557-5