Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Adult Urban Fantasy 101

kjhiTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s top ten is about what books to teach (any genre) 101. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre, and I greatly prefer books geared for adults. YA can be good, but it’s just not my preference. Instead of naming specific books, I am going to list top ten series since UF books usually aren’t standalones, and it would be hard to pick specific books out of a great series.

  1. October Daye by Seanan McGuire This is one of the best UF series around, but it’s highly underrated. It has phenomenal and highly memorable characters. Tybalt is one of the best characters ever written. The world building is top notch. It’s obvious from reading the series to know that Seanan McGuire plans ahead when she writes. When doing a reread there are things you notice that you didn’t the first time. The first two books in the series aren’t the best, but it gets really good after that.
  2. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews Most people know about this series and love it. It’s highly praised for a good reason. The writing is so good. It’s funny. Ilona Andrews knows how to write characters well. Even the side characters have depth. The first book is a little rough and confusing the first time, but everything smoothed out with the second book. Eight books in and the series is still going strong.
  3. Alex Craft by Kalayna Price This is one of those series where it’s a blend of UR and PNR. One of my most hated tropes is a central feature which is a love triangle. It’s the best love triangle ever! Both of the love interests are appealing, but personally I like Death. The only issue with this series is that it has been on hiatus for a few years, but supposedly the fourth book will be out early next year.
  4. Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane A truly original series for more than one reason. Chess the MC is a drug addict, which can be difficult to read sometimes, but is an interesting perspective. Terrible is an unusual love interest: he’s not good looking and is a thug but still remains appealing. The world building is unique and original. Since Chess lives in the ghetto, lingo was created just for those characters. The lingo was a little irritating at times, but you get used to it. The publisher cancelled the series before it was finished. It hasn’t happened yet but more books are supposed to be self published.
  5. The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning Another very popular series with rich world building. The characters are written in a way that makes it hard to know who is good and who is bad. Many of them are deceptive. It’s a fun ride trying to figure out who MacKayla can really trust. Originally there were only meant to be 5 books. So far those are the best. The other books is the series are okay. More are going to be written, so things may improve.
  6. The Veil Series by Pippa DaCosta This series is highly underrated, and not very well known since it’s self published. The characters are extremely well written. They are very complex. One minute you think you know them and the next you don’t. Good characters will do bad things and bad ones do good, which makes things unpredictable.
  7. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs A really good series with memorable characters. It has good storylines and world building, but it’s the characters that keep me coming back for more. Even the side characters are well developed and have personality.
  8. The Disillusionists Trilogy by Carolyn Crane Part of what made this series great was that it didn’t involve the usual supernatural creatures. The world building was unique. I’ve never read anything like it. The only downside was that there is a love triangle, but it worked into the story and world building well.
  9. Cassie Palmer by Karen Chance The writing style is different and can take a little while to adjust to. Some of the action scenes can be drawn out and slightly confusing. The series has gotten much better as it has gone on. It’s the kind of series where a reread is worth it because you’ll get more out of it. Karen Chance really impressed me by taking a character that I loathed and turned them into a character that I loved. It takes talent to pull that off.
  10. Charlie Madigan by Kelly Gay One of the best things about this series was that the MC is a single mom and still kicks ass. I’ve never encountered that in UF before. The world building was good. Most of the supes weren’t the usual weres and vampires. This was another series that was cancelled by the publisher. More books are supposed to be self published, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s worth reading even if another book isn’t published.

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