Question of the Day: Top 5 Fave UF/PNR Reads?

PBriggs-Moon CalledIf you’re a follower on the Facebook page, then you should be familiar with the random Question of the Day posts I throw up every so often.  I haven’t been throwing them up here as often as I originally thought I would, but I couldn’t resist posting the latest one.  It’s as simple as this…

What are you top 5 favorite UF/PNR reads?

For myself, it’s hard to think of only five. There are just so many great ones, but I would have to go with (in no particular order): Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave), Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites), Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking), Riley Jensen by Keri Arthur (Full Moon Rising) and Mercy Thompson by Patricia Brigg (Moon Called).

I love asking this question every so often since it’s always amusing to see how answers change.  Last November, I threw this question out on Facebook and this is what people had to say:

Jenevieve D: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called), Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking), Sisters of the Otherworld by Yasmine Galenorn (Witchling), Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (Bitten), and Riley Jensen by Keri Arthur (Full Moon Rising). I’ve got the Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews on my shelf waiting for me to read and I’m reading the October Daye series by Seanan Maguire (Rosemary and Rue) right now and enjoying it. Just not far enough in to say if it would go in a top 5 or not.

Jennifer K: JUST 5??  Dark-Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Fantasy Lover); BDB by JR Ward (Dark Lover); Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called); Shifters by Rachel Vincent (Stray); Dark Days by Jocelyn Drake (Nightwalker).

Robyn C: 1. Night Huntress, Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave) | 2. Signs of the Zodiac, Vicki Petterson (Scent of Shadows) | 3. Feral Warriors, Pamela Palmer (Desire Untamed)  | 4. Shifters, Rachel Vincent (Stray) | 5. Elemental Witches, Anya Bast (Witch Fire) – in no particular order. I’m currently reading the Kate Daniels (Magic Bites) and she’s climbing up the ranks with every book.

JRWard-Dark LoverMud M: Rachael Morgan/Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking), Jane Yellowrock/Faith Hunter (Skinwalker), Outlander series/Diane Gabaldon (Outlander), Night Huntress/ Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave), Kate Daniels /Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites), and Mercy Thompson/ Patricia Briggs (Moon Called), BDB/JR Ward (Dark Lover)

Danielle B: Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave), Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites), Dark Swan by Richelle Mead (Storm Born), Persephone Alcmedi (Vicious Circle) by Linda Robertson, Guild Hunters by Nalini Singh (Angels’ Blood)

Bill W: In no particular order: Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher (Storm Front), Signs of the Zodiac by Vicki Petterson (Scent of Shadows), Weather Warden by Rachel Caine (Ill Wind), The Hollows by Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking) and don’t know what I would round the five out with, maybe the Black Sun’s Daughter (forgot the author on this one.) (Unclean Spirits).

Becky L: Top five, eh? Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson (Scent of Shadows), Shifters series by Rachel Vincent (Stray), Hollows books by Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking), Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow, and Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin (Once Bitten, Twice Shy).

Kristina N: particular order: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called), Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison (Dead Witch Walking), Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave), Gin Blanco by Jennifer Estep (Spider’s Bite), & Shifters by Rachel Vincent (Stray). I have more & even a few others sitting on my shelves waiting to be read.

Melanie T: This is too hard for me so I’m gonna give you my top 5 for both UF and PNR. These are in no particular order. UF: Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave), Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton (Guilty Pleasures), Shifters by Rachel Vincent (Stray), Otherworld by Yasmine Galenorn (Witchling) and Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called). PNR: Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter (The Darkest Night – really anything by her as I ? all of her books), Feral Warriors by Pamela Palmer (Desire Untamed), Elemental Witches by Anya Bast (Witch Fire), Offspring by Jaime Rush (A Perfect Darkness) and First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost.

Candace B: NH by Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave), IAD by Kresley Cole (A Hunger Like No Other), BDB by JR Ward (Dark Lover), Chicagoland by Chloe Neill (Some Girls Bite) and Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites) (top 5? I could go top 10 easily).

Jessica H: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton (Guilty Pleasures), Blood Ties by Jennifer Armintrout (The Turning), Merry Gentry by Laurell K. Hamilton (A Kiss of Shadows), Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks (How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire), Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning (Darkfever)

CNeill-Some Girls BiteNow 8 months later, I’ve asked this question again and I’m curious to see if there were any changes.  Hopefully, we also have some new series to check out.

Lovlivlife Reviews: I gotta go with Kate Daniels (Magic Bites), Fever (Darkfever), Night Huntress (Halfway to the Grave)… Hmm- trying to narrow down the others.

Lila M: Laurell K Hamiton, Chloe Neill, Jim Butcher, Simon Green, Charlaine Harris…. but also A LOT MORE.. hehehe

Kayla-Anne S: Kate Daniels Series (Magic Bites), Night Huntress Series (Halfway to the Grave), Fever Series (Darkfever), Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy) and Strange Angels Series (Strange Angels) and Gil Giberga Series by Levana Hyll.

Meleesa T: Anita Blake (Guilty Pleasures), Kate Daniels (Magic Bites), Night Huntress (Halfway to the Grave), Dark Hunter (Fantasy Lover), Georgina Kincaid (Succubus Blues)

Naomi W: Playing With Fire by Gena Showalter, Twice As Hot by Gena Showalter. Stray by Rachel Vincent, Alpha by Rachel Vincent and How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Melanie T: Individual books are too difficult so these are my top 5 series: Night Huntress (Halfway to the Grave), Lords of the Underworld (The Darkest Night – well really anything by Gena Showalter), Black Dagger Brotherhood (Dark Lover), Succubus Diaries (Gentlemen Prefer Succubi), Otherworld aka Sisters of the Moon (Witchling).

Katie GC: In no particular order Mercy Thompson series (Moon Called), Women of the Otherworld series (Bitten), Black Jewels series (Daughter of the Blood), House of the Night series (Marked) and Anita Blake series (Guilty Pleasures).

Kristina E: Mercy Thompson series (Patricia Briggs – Moon Called); Kate Daniels series (Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites); Sisters of the Moon series (Yasmine Galenorn – Witchling); MacInnes Werewolves (Kendra Leigh Castle – Call of the Highland Moon); Atlantis series (Gena Showalter – Heart of the Dragon) That was really hard to narrow down to 5!

Jessica H: Anita Blake – LKH (Guilty Pleasures), Fever Series – KMM (Darkfever), Love at Stake – Kerrelyn Sparks (How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire), October Daye Series – Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) and Sookie Stackhouse – Charlaine Harris (Dead Until Dark)

Aimee EP: Guild Hunter Series (Angels’ Blood), Fever Series (Darkfever), Night Huntress (Halfway to the Grave), Jane True (Tempest Rising), Elder Races (Dragon Bound)

FHunter-SkinwalkerSara M: Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series (Succubus Blues), Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series (Kitty and the Midnight Hour), Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series (Spider’s Bite), Jes Battis’s OSI series (Night Child), and… I can’t really think of a fifth that isn’t YA (Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series)

Chris S: Jill Kismet series by Lilith Saintcrow (Night Shift), Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called) and Dark/Dream/Were-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Fantasy Lover)

Amy MS: Dresden Files (Storm Front), Mercy Thompson (Moon Called), Jane Yellowrock (Skinwalker), Kate Daniels (Magic Bites), and Night Huntress (Halfway to the Grave)

Sapphire E: Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead (Storm Born), Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane (Unholy Ghosts), Demonica series (Pleasure Unbound) and the spinoff Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione, Vampire Academy by Mead (Vampire Academy), Jill Kismet by Lillith Saintcrow (Night Shift), Georgina Kincaid by Mead (Succubus Blues), Succubus Diaries by Jill Myles (Gentlemen Prefer Succubi), and A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare. I know that was more than 5.

Kristin H: Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites), Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs – Moon Called), Psy/Changeling (Nalini Singh – Slave to Sensation), the Edge series (Ilona Andrews – On the Edge) and Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy)

Gil G: 1. Fallen Angel, 2. Dark Prince and 3. Angel of Retribution, all by. Levana Hyll.

Alaina A: kate daniels (Magic Bites)/edge series (ilona andrews), Mercy thompson (Moon Called) / alpha omega (Cry Wolf – p. Briggs), Jane Yellowrock (Skinwalker) and Simon R Greens’ Nightside (Something From the Nightside)!

So what do you think?  Did you notice anyone who had changed their mind during the 8 month break?  I did.  *grin*  The next QOTD is now posted on the Facebook page and this time I’m asking what everyone’s Top 5 SF/SFR reads.  What in on the action?

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  1. In no order 1) Jr Ward. The Black Dagger Brotherhood. 2) Karen Moning. Fever Series. 3) Richelle Mead Succubus series and the Iron Crown series. 4) Jeannie Frost all of her series 5) Patricia Briggs I love Mercy Thompson

  2. I didn’t know that Larissa Ione had done a spin-off of the Demonica series. Lots of new stuff to read, thanks!

  3. The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, Walker Papers series by C.E. Murphy, Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, WVMP Radio series by Jeri Smith-Ready, and the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine.

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