Series… love them or hate them?

Posted June 13, 2011 by Jen in Reviews Tags: , , , , ,

I’m a series girl. I’ve stated this before, probably several times, but I enjoy a good series – whether it be romance, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery…  There is something reassuring about seeing the same characters and settings book after book.  My love for series started young – when I read Trixie Belden, Little House on the Prairie and the Three Investigators.

Series are a staple of the books I read. I have several “auto reads” or “auto buy” series.  Here are my top favorites – these I recommend above all others (but I love so many more):

1) The Kate Daniel Series by Ilona Andrews.  

This Urban Fantasy series is set in Georgia, in a world that has been overrun by magic. When the first “wave” of magic struck the modern world, it started taking down anything built with technology. Now the world fluctuates between magic and tech periods.  In this new world, we have all sorts of magical creatures – shifters, magicians, necromancers…  I call this series “Thundarr the Barbarian for adults.”

Heroine: Kate Daniels – magical, powerful, great with a sword, all-around kick-ass 
Hero: Curran – Beast Lord, lion shifter, sexy, powerful, makes me purr

Book Titles –

My series rating 5 stars.

2) The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh.
This paranormal romance takes primarily takes place in San Francisco, CA. For those unfamiliar with this incredible series, the world is made up of 3 races: Psy: cerebral and emotionally void people that hold most political and financial offices; Changeling: shifters of many different species, in-tune with nature, emotionally fierce and loyal; and humans: the supporting race in the middle. The books focus primarily on two dominant Changeling packs: SnowDancers, which are wolves and DarkRiver, which are leopards. Ms. Singh has created an overall story arc dealing with the breakdown of the Psy “silence” and how the Changelings are coming into power. 

Book Titles –

My series rating: 5 Stars.

3) The Stormwalker Series by Allyson James
Is it paranormal romance or urban fantasy? I don’t care because it is incredible writing and storytelling! I just finished the third book in this amazing new series and I cannot wait for more. Taking place in Arizona, the stories follow the crazy life of Janet Begay, a Native American with earth-based storm magic and an evil goddess for a mother. She lives with the most amazing magic man, Mick and together they fight the evil that seems to follow Janet’s every step. Each book has suspense, mystery, action, and romance. Perfect!

Book Titles –
SHADOW WALKER (review to come this week!)

My series rating: 5 Stars.

4) The ACRO Series by Sydney Croft.
Erotic romance meets paranormal adventure… Think X-Rated X-men! Authors Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler have created an amazing, action packed world of covert ops, complete with complex good and bad guys. Each story revolves around several couples and keeps them coming back book after book.  This series contains on of my favorite, so emotionally charged scenes I have read in a book. The sixth and final installment comes out later this month.  If you want hot smex and action… this is a MUST READ!

Book Titles – 
TAKEN BY FIRE (review later this month!)
My series rating: 4.5 Stars.
5) The Guardians by Meljean Brook.
Another wonderful paranormal romance series that is full of story and light on fluff. Meljean is one of the best world-builders writing today. The Guardians are a race of protectors, each created when, as a human s/he sacrifices her/himself to protect the human race. They are like angels, but not quite. They fight evil demons and other “creatures from hell,” while trying to remain a secret to the humans around them.  
Book Titles – 
DEMON MARKED, coming 2011
My series rating: 4.5 Stars.
These series are also on my auto-read list:
Iron Seas by Meljean Brook (only one full book so far, but best read of 2010)
The Breeds by Lora Leigh (my guilty pleasure)
SO… which series can’t you live without?

12 responses to “Series… love them or hate them?

  1. great list Jen 🙂 only series listed here I don’t read is your no.3 spot, the Stormwalker series so I’m doing quite well lol

    (Lora Leigh’s books are the mother of guilty pleasure reads!)

    I would also add Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, though ACRO is listed which is fab.

    Gini Koch’s Kitty Kat series- UF but there is a hot romance on the side and it has hot aliens 😉 think Katy Perry’s E.T 😛

    Jeanine Frost’s Cat and Bones which I haven’t even had the time to even start but have them all inc the 2 spin off books and I’m guessing many people would say this one would be in their list XD

    oh and Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress and Kresley Cole’s IAD.

    I’m sure I missed some….

  2. Camille: This is not a comprehensive listing of all the series I read, but rather my “creme de la creme!” I love, love, love Demonica Series, but didn’t include it because it’s “over.” That said, the first book in the spin off series was FABULOUS and I agree it is an auto-read for me. So, that was an error on my part… I should have included it!

    I HIGHLY recommend the Stormwalker Series by Allyson James (#3) if you love Kate Daniels – amazingly well written!

    I am reading IAD right now as my 2011 Series Reading Challenge. I am enjoying it very much!

  3. I have to say I adore series. My favourite being the Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, and have just started the ACRO series by Sydney Croft.

  4. I’m a series girl too! I’d rather get involved in a series instead of stand alone. I especially love when I get involved to a series that is well on it’s way. I hate waiting for the next book to be published. LOL

    #1 is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I just discovered it only 2 years ago so 6 books were already out. They are thick and I devoured those books. It takes Diana 2 years to write just one book so I am glad I didn’t discover in 1999.

    I love the Black Daggar Brotherhood series. I was a bit miffed that the recent release was so much money to purchase in Canada so I am waiting for the price to come down a bit.

    I love the Night Huntress series with Cat & Bones by Jeaniene Frost.

    I love 2 series by Lauren Dane. The Federation Series and the Brown Sibling series. Both have one book left to publish and then they’re done.

    Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. Lately her last few books have been meh but I still love the series.

    Lorelei James Rough Riders series. I love me some Cowboy love.

    Oh my I could still go on.

    Lisa Kleypas – The Hathaway Series

    Shayla Black – The Wicked Series.

    I just purchased Nalini’s books (after meeting her) and I am just going to start that one.
    Great list you have going on here and I have just added to my TBR list!


  5. mastacie: Isn’t Dark Hunters the best? The only thing is that her mythology has become increasingly complex and I can no longer remember from book to book what has happened, what is important, etc.

    Michelle: I agree about starting series when they are already established… Since I only started reading the PNR/UF genre in 2008, I’ve been able to read several series that way – back to back. Now I’m stuck waiting year to year! I’m scared to start Outlander based on sheer volume size alone!

    These days, with review obligations and family life, I’ve had a tough time breaking into established series. That is why I created the IAD Reading challenge this year – read 1 book each month. I’m going to do the same thing in 2012… Pick one or two series depending on number of books and read one per month. It’s a great way to catch up with out being overwhelmed!

  6. My first series ever was Trixie Belden. 🙂 My stepmother started me out on them and I’ve been hooked on one series or another ever since.

    My latest series of choice are:
    BDB – JR Ward
    Twilight (I can’t help it) – Stephenie Meyer
    Fever – Karen Marie Moning
    Stephanie Plum – Janet Evanovich
    Immortals After Dark – Kresley Cole (just getting into this series, but LOVE so far)
    In Flagrante Apocalypto – LK Rigel
    In Death – JD Robb

    I could probably go on for a while. I’m big time into series. I love being able to keep up with the characters and see what happens after the sunset, as it were…

  7. I am so with you, I am a series girl myself. I just like seeing more and more of certain characters.

    Some series I can’t live without:
    1. The Kate Daniels series BY Ilona Andrews

    2. BDB series by J.R. Ward

    3. Demonica series by Larissa Ione

    4. Fever series by Karen M. Moning

    5. Night Huntress (and Night Huntress World) series by Jeaniene Frost

    These are just a few, some listed above I haven’t started yet, but man I will, they sound great 🙂 Great list hon, thank you.

  8. I love a good series!

    I started out with Little House on the Prairie and absolutely loved Trixie Beldon! I also enjoyed L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series when I was growing up.

    My favorite’s have changed a lot along the way. I’ve only recently started reading PNR/UF and I’m totally in awe of all of the good series’ of books that are out there in that genre.

    My favorites so far are:

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
    The Fever Series by Karen Moning
    The Westfield Wolves series by Lydia Dare
    and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon….

    You have absolutely got to read that one series, in spite of the size, I can polish one off in a weekend. They are soooo good!

  9. Una

    I love your list and will add Allison James and Meljean Brooke to my list.

    However, besides Nalini whose books are autobuys for me, I LOVE Patricia Briggs! Her Mercy Thompson series is fabulous and if you like Kate Daniels, you will like Mercy.

  10. I, too, love series! In no particular order, my faves are:
    The Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
    The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
    The Prey series by John Sandford
    The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
    The Nightside series by Simon R. Green
    The Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher
    The Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton

    I would have included Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series…but…sigh.

  11. I’ve only read one of your favorites! You know what that means? There are SO many books out there that I have to read! lol Kate Daniels in my #1. The Fever books were my other #1 but it’s over now so I don’t have to pine over those books anymore. 😉 I am a BDB nut too. I also really enjoy the Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter and the Allie Beckstrom books by Devon Monk. There are many more but those are the ones off the top of my head. I’ve been thinking about this all day and the series keep coming and going out of my brain! lol