Ever since my reading binge began in May 2012, I have not seen any signs of it abating. I have amassed 186 entries on Goodreads since I discovered that website—not including some books I couldn’t finish. It has become my source for researching a new book to read and I encourage you all to check it out.
I thought it’ll be great to highlight some the best books I have read so far, so I’ve started this series of my 5-star reads which is really based on the Goodreads scale. I frequently get asked about book recommendations, so I have divided my books into categories. I’m starting with the popular Paranormal/Urban Fantasy books. I have started this as a page on the menu bar as well and will add to it as I add more books to the list.
Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
I came across Karen Marie Moning’s books through her Highlander series. I was very intrigued with the Paranormal aspect that she had incorporated especially starting with the books of the twins Drustan and Daegus, Kiss of the Highlander and Dark Highlander respectively. However it was her Immortal Highlander that had me falling in love with the fae prince—Adam Black. In Immortal Highlander, we get introduced more intricately into the world of the Tuatha Dé Danaan—a highly advanced race of immortal beings that settled in Ireland thousands of years before the birth of Christ and are known as Fae (not fairy, because that sounds tinkerbellish). We are also introduced to the Sidhe-seer—a person that Fae magic does not work on and is capable of seeing past the glamour or illusion cast by a Fae to see its true nature. These two beings play an important role in the Fever Series.
I was hesitant to read the Fever series at first because I was not into Urban Fantasy then. But I kept on hearing about Barrons, that he was the ultimate Alpha male. Heck, he even won an Alpha Showdown against the best of the Paranormal beings in fiction. Well, let me just say, when I did finish the Fever series, even after reading tons of books afterwards, there is no greater Alpha than one Jericho Barrons. At the beginning, the reader is left with the question “Who exactly is Jericho Barrons?” Well, sometime between Book 2 and Book 5, the question morphs into “What the feck is Jericho Barrons?” Anyway, the heroine, MacKayla Lane was very likable, but in these books, it was Barrons who kept the intrigue going. The order of the Five books in the fever series are: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever & Shadowfever.
The novels are about the quest for the SinSar Dubh, a book belonging to the Tuatha Dé Danaan which contains the deadliest magic within its encrypted pages. It contains the spell of unmaking which can destroy the world by well … unmaking it. Several factions are after the book: The Seelie (fairer court of fae), the Unseelie (dark court of fae), Barrons who mentors and uses Mac to look for the book(Mackayla Lane is a Sidhe-seer who has the power to sense Fae objects), The Mackeltars (from the Highlander series), and a group of Sidhe-seers. Throughout the series you are kept guessing who the good guys are. Is Barrons a good guy, are the Seelie? What is Barrons? 🙂
Immortals after Dark by Kresley Cole