I don’t do horror. In any shape or form. Sure, I have watched (and screamed while doing so) The Ring and The Grudge, and I have read (and enjoyed) a Steven King novel or two. But the truth is, I just don’t care about horror genre. It does nothing to my soul. I don’t have the energy to be haunted by fictional horrors when I’m already terrified by Adult Responsibilities on daily basis. Plus, I really, really dislike ghosts. Not to offend any of them but they’re just so… boring.
That said, Halloween is everything. Hand-made costumes plus delicious home-cooked pumpkin pie is a sure step towards happiness that must be taken every year. (Preferably with red wine and a lot of candles.) Halloween also happens to be the perfect season to catch up on all those urban fantasy series that have been piling up on the TBR. I mean, what screams dark urban fantasy louder than blasts of cold wind and violent splashes of rain against your window?
And so, in today’s Top Ten Tuesday, let’s talk about top ten urban fantasy books to check out this Halloween season!
10. Colbana Files by J. C. Daniels
Colbana Files is exactly what one would expect from an urban fantasy series: lots of action, lots of sarcasm, and lots of testosterone. It may not be the most memorable or the most unique as far as UF goes, but it is entertaining and almost light, with a nice splash of hilarious romance, so I’d say it’s quite fitting for Halloween.
9. Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
So, ghosts. Talkative ghosts. And a Grim Reaper. Halloweenish enough? The catch is that Charley Davidson is on the lighter, chick-litish side of the genre. It still has the elements that make it urban fantasy, but it’s not nearly as plot and magic heavy as some of the other series on this list. So if you’re looking for something fun yet with a touch of creepy, Charley Davidson is something to consider.
8. Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
What’s more fun than vampire politics? And back-stabbing? And all sorts of intrigue? While Chicagoland Vampires was not exactly up my alley, I still see it as entertaining and fun. Again, not particularly creepy, but rather bloody. Because, duh, vampires.
7. Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Based on my review, Mercy Thompson should be way higher on this list. However, as glorious and perfect as it is, it doesn’t have a very strong Halloween vibe to it. But if you do not like dark creepy things, you might want to consider something slow and magical and Mercy Thompson is exactly that.
6. Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
This one, too, is a personal favourite, but slower in pace. The best thing about the series is that it is about multiple women, whose stories combine in one beautiful magical universe with all sorts of magic and creatures. So you get werewolves, and witches, and ghosts, and even demons.
5. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward
A few years back, BDB would have been way higher on this list, I think. Because this one is more on the paranormal side of things, with heavy focus on romance and sex. That said, Black Dagger Brotherhood is set in a very dark fantasy world of Caldwell, made grittier and more violent with the addition of Lessers. The political aspect and the overall plot is very much action-heavy, and violent, and goodness, all that testosterone! So if you want something sizzling but still dark and magical, this is it.
4. Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane
I do not know if it is my own personal grudge against ghosts or not, but this series creeped me out. In a good way, of course. The world of Downside Ghosts is dark and gritty, with a heroine who is not particularly self-assured or kick-ass. I think it says a lot that I both loved and didn’t get bored by a book about, you know, ghosts. In addition to magic, it deals with drugs, pimps and other aspects of living in a worst part of time. Probably the creepiest on this list. But it could be the ghosts…
3. The Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
Now we’re getting to the fast-paced action-packed stuff about all things bloody and violent. This one has not only blood-sucking vampires, but also ghouls. Brrr. Lots of sarcasm, fantastic dialogue, lovable characters, and incredible romance. And each book is one hell of a rollercoaster ride!
2. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Have I raved about Kate Daniels enough yet, you ask? Of course not. It’s never going to be enough. For a good reason. Such as one of my favourite romances ever, best heroine, incredible plots in every single book, amazing villains, awe-inspiring use of mythology, and absolutely glorious dark post-apocalyptic magical world. Kate Daniels has everything one could possible want from an urban fantasy series, from every imaginable creature with all sorts of twists to most incredible magic that has a mind of its own.
1. Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
This is my personal ultimate Halloween read. Out of all the series listed, this one has the most Halloweenish setting. Dark, rainy Dublin filled with deadly fae preying on humans. And the wild hunt in the sky. And Barrons Books and Baubles standing like a bastion against it all. Plus, one of the most cruel plot twists happens on Halloween…
And that’s it for my top ten picks! Have you read any of them? And what are you reading this Halloween? Do you say yay or nay to horror? DO GHOSTS CREEP YOU OUT?