As a teenager I adored epic fantasy, it was pretty much all I was reading and it is the genre that turned me on to genre fiction in general. As an adult I get a bit bored with some of the clichés and tropes of the genre. A trope that really annoys me is “the chosen one”, so that is included in a story it has to be otherwise freaking amazing. I enjoy stories with strong female protagonists, as you have probably figured out by now, so expect a predominance of those. But I still love a good epic fantasy story, so thought I would share the ones that I recommend with you.
I have divided the books into the adult books first and the young adult and children’s book afterward. If I have already reviewed a book I will link to my review, but most have not been mentioned on the site yet. As always I do not summarise plots, I link to Goodreads so go read the blurb if a book sounds like something you would like.
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In October I did a post about 25 Urban Fantasy Books that I recommend and it was one of the most popular posts on the blog, so I want to do one about paranormal romance. To me paranormal romance is mostly book candy. It is something I read to be entertained not something I read because it is really good or deep or anything like that.
When I read paranormal romance I want something that is entertaining, has a good romance plot and that makes me feel. I don’t mind crying all over my books when I am reading paranormal romance. I love supernatural creatures in my romance and the interesting dynamics that adds to the soup. I also like steaming hot sex scenes in my books, though isn’t a requirement. The books I’m including are set in the present day, so I will not include gothic romances, though those can be fun as well.
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As I have explained earlier why I like stories of the fay, but to restate it: The fay stories I like are the stories where the fae are not just beautiful glittering laughing creature – they are that but they are also seducers of the worst kind. The kind that will lead you into your own death and you will go with a big smile on your face. And you will go willingly. I like the stories of the fay court, of fay interacting with the real world. I like stories both of mundane people dealing with the fay and stories told by changelings and fay. Stories of the fay are quite often also stories about sex so there are quite a few of the stories here that have elements of erotica in them as well as non-vanilla sex.
In this post I will recommend my favourite stories involving the fay. It will be a mix of novels, short stories, tv-series and of course a movie or two. In no particular order
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I was inspired by Gail Carriger to do a post about what I enjoyed in 2013. This will be a mix of short stories, books and comics I enjoyed last year. Since I didn’t start this blog til September last year, I will draw on my goodreads reviews as well as the posts here.
As I said in an earlier post I read 87 books last year and GoodReads says I read 151 things all together, so I had plenty to choose from. I have decided that if I only read the newest book in the series this year, I might still recommend the series because I love long series. The reads are in no particular order.
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I am reading a lot of series and I am of course looking forward to the next installment in those series coming out. Here is a list of the books that is coming out next year that I want to read as soon as they hit the self. Most of part of series, of course, but not all.
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Earlier in the week I listened to Galactic Suburbia episode 30 & read Tansy Rayner Roberts’ post “25 Urban Fantasies! (or: The Angry Trousers Treatise)“. This inspired me to make my own list. I didn’t quite agree with Tansy on what urban fantasy list so I made my own post discussing it. My list has a lot of Angry Trousers, but there are also a lot of books that break that trope on the list or don’t even come near it. I like angry trousers protagonists but I also like all kinds of other protagonists. Most of my list is fairly new books with only a few books written before 1990 on there, because I mostly read things available in ebook format. And I didn’t read before 1990, so unless someone recommend something older to me, I have not read it.
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