Thursday, 28 April 2011
Books I Love: Urban Fantasy
Thank-you kindly to Celine for giving me the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Nyx Reviews.
My name is Sharon, I am very new to book blogging, having recently started my first blog, Obsession With Books, which is perfectly named for me since reading is my obsession. It is an outlet for me to express my opinion on books and series I read since no-one in my personal life shares my love of reading.
I have been reading for as long as I can remember, my choice of genres have certainly changed over the years but now I am older, I have an appreciation for all words penned by authors no matter the genre. Their creativity is magical and a wonderful gift to have.
Of course, my tastes have certainly changed since my youth, there is so much variety available to us and I tend to go through phases of what I like and dislike; reading the same genre at a time for me generally leads to the books running into one another & I read so much it gets confusing! I am also a series addict.
I am an avid reader of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance and Young Adult.
If I had to choose a favorite genre, it would be Urban Fantasy. It took me a while to distinguish the difference between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance and while I thoroughly enjoy a clearly defined HEA (Happily Ever After), I also enjoy a more creative in-depth storyline with a great plot.
Urban Fantasy is commonly a world set in a contemporary setting where magic or paranormal events are accepted to exist but there is no defined HEA ending which is so necessary to the romance genre.
My love of UF is definitely influenced by my favorite authors; Karen Marie Moning is the author of the Fever series, my all time favorite set of books. They are a dark, gritty yet sexy UF which has twists and plot turns that constantly held my interest; the last book, Shadowfever, was an epic ending to a brilliantly written series. This is how I would also describe a few of my other ongoing series, Stacia Kane (Downside Ghosts), Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson), Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires) & Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels). All of these series I cannot recommend highly enough.