Today's awesome, AWESOME post comes from Allison of The Allure of Books. She's going to break down her Top 10 All-Time Awesome, best ever paranormal romance series. Get your TBR lists ready, folks, because you're going to want to write these down...
10. A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang. I'm putting this book on the list even though it's a 2011 debut. I know Allison Pang has at least three books planned, so it will be a series. I really enjoyed the book, I thought the MC, Abby, had a really great voice and I know she'll keep things interesting for a long time. Plus: miniature unicorns. Need I say more?
9. Weather Wardens by Rachel Caine. I really like this series, but I've only read the first two books so far. Has anyone read them all? I hope the rest of the books live up to the potential I've seen thus far! Joanne and David together really make the stories interesting - although I'm more impressed with them together then as individuals. The set-up of wardens and djinn is really creative and original, and I love when Caine fits world-building into the plot.
8. Guild Hunters by Nalini Singh. This series is heavy on the romance side of paranormal romance, but I don't mean that in a bad way. The plots keep me interested enough as I read, but the thing that will really draw you into the story is the relationship between Raphael and Elena. The world set-up of angels ruling and controlling the vampires is also interesting, and should definitely create plenty of potential for new MCs once the series moves on from Raphael and Elena.
7. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. Mercy is one of the best female MCs, I love love her. She has such a strong personality. And I love that, even though she is one-of-a-kind in the supernatural world, she isn't the strongest or the best. There is enough of that already in the paranormal genre. The MC doesn't have to be the best - they just have to be dynamic.
6. Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong. This series is all connected, but the MC changes from book to book. There were a couple of books I wasn't crazy about at all, but for the most part this is a very strong series. The most recent book as well as the upcoming 2011 release feature a witch named Savannah, and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next for her!
5. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. Every book in this series gets better and better. Kate Daniels is another awesome MC, and I love that there is mystery surrounding what place she holds in the supernatural world. Definitely keeps things interesting. Curran is one of my favorite male leads as well, I love the constant tension between him and Kate.
4. Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep. I recently discovered this series, and read the three published books so far in rapid succession. I couldn't get enough of Gin! I've always loved assassin books, and add that in with the world Estep created and you have one awesome series. I love the elemental magic of this world - it reminds me a lot of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy (high praise), and the complexity of it will keep the series going for a long time...as will Gin's story of revenge. I am really looking forward to the upcoming 2011 release.
3. Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill. This is another series I recently discovered and read all at once. Merit and Ethan have the potential to be one of my all-time favorite paranormal pairings. Their relationship is tense and complex...I love it. I also love them individually...they both have plenty of complexity all their own. This is probably also one of my favorite worlds incorporating vampires and werewolves. Neill is able to keep things interesting and original, not easy to do with vamp lit these days.
2. Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Hands down this is the most original series on the list. Historical, steampunk, paranormal, romance...pick your favorite genre and chances are it is somehow incorporated into these books. Alexia and Lord Maccon...well. I don't even know how to describe them. If you haven't met them....they are delightful and you need to pick up this series ASAP!
1. Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost. Cat and Bones make it easy to declare this series my favorite. The first time I picked up Halfway to the Grave, I remember reading the first bit of it over and over again because I couldn't stop laughing. Cat is an awesome character, and even without Bones she would be able to carry a series. But...add in Bones and you have an unbeatable combination. Heck, he'd be able to support his own series too. I cannot say enough about how much I love them! The story arc(s) of the series are also brilliant, I look forward to each new release of this series - and the fifth book is coming out later in February. I can't wait!
...............................So what do y'all think of my list? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? Looking forward to seeing what everyone else's favorite series are! Thanks to Misty for letting me put my two cents in!