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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Vin (a girl) discovers that she is an allomancer, who can use metal based magic to become stronger and essentially gain superpowers. She is one of the gifted few who can use every form of this magic, and she is particularly talented and more powerful than most others with the same abilities. She is recruited by Kelsior, who is assembling an Oceans 11-style crew to take down the ultra-powerful evil overlord of the world. It has elements of fantasy, elements of a good caper book, elements of romance, and elements of superhero to it. There are other books in the series, but the first is by far the best. It works perfectly as a standalone story. If you like anything I’ve written, you’ll probably like this book. If you don’t like anything I’ve written, you should still get this book. It’s that good!

Ink Mage by Victor Gischler

Each magical tattoo that Rina receives gives her a different superpower. By the end of the trilogy, she’s a force to be reckoned with, taking on an entire army.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

This is a LONG, SLOW MOVING book for about 90% of the way until it suddenly moves at breakneck speed until the end. It’s a tale of political intrigue and magical mysteries but very original despite it’s fantasy setting. It features a husband and wife who have never actually met as the protagonists. I love Princess Sarene who single-handedly thwarts the invading army through completely political means.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before, so creative! Certain people have the ability to fight off an invading army of chalk drawings–yes, chalk drawings–by creating living chalk drawings of their own. A boy without the ability but with the talent for it teams up with a girl who does have the ability in a wonderful little adventure tale.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena is hard. She’s a tough chick. And kind of a bitch. But I suppose that’s how an assassin should be. I liked her enough to read the entire series… πŸ˜‰

Vampire’s Kiss by Ella Summers

You will sense some patterns to books I like. Most have a good romance. Many have snarky, badass heroines. Some have superwomen. This one has all of the above. The protagonist drinks another type of “nectar” in each book of the series, giving her another set of superpowers. I’ve read all but the last couple in the series… which I will absolutely read as well!


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This series is actually by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter author), written under a pseudonym. They are traditional gumshoe stories, set in modern day. A supermodel is murdered and her brother hires Cormoran Strike to investigate the case. It is brilliantly done, as are all of J.K. Rowling’s books. Again, if you like detective stories, you’ll love this one. Nothing supernatural here, though.


Awaken Online: Catharsis by Travis Bagwell

A friend of mine got me to read this and a couple of other LitRPG books. This is the only one that I liked. But I REALLY liked it. It is well-written and the characters are great and well-developed. I’ve read six of these books, mostly because I really love the Jason and Riley relationship. He actually just came out with a new one, and I plan to read that one as well. The author is so great at getting you to root for the bad guy (and the beautiful/deadly bad girl! πŸ™‚

Persephone Falling by Skyler Grant

Genetically engineered superheroine? Greek mythology? LitRPGish? Check, check, check. I liked it. I intend to read the sequel.

Science Fiction

Swann Box Set by Ryan Schow

A diabolical geneticist is hired by a girl’s father to “beautify” her. Down the road, several books into the series, he gives her superpowers as well, including telekinesis. The writing is hit or miss, and the plots have huge holes, but you won’t care because the stories are just awesome! πŸ™‚


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Supervillains have taken over the country city by city, and there are no superheroes. The villain that runs Chicago is an invincible villain named Steelheart. Steelheart killed David’s father, and David is bent on the impossible–revenge against Steelheart. With the help of a team of resistance fighters, he might just pull it off. There is a superheroine, but her identity is a bit of a secret.

Super Me by ElF and Papayoya

An audio series about a beautiful (and superficial) girl who gains superpowers and uses them for the good of… well… her. Fun writing and wonderful voice acting… these books are a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

Villains Don’t Date Heroes by Mia Archer

A book that was recommended to me by ElF. It is well done, and I enjoyed it. If you like funny, entertaining superheroine love stories (like yours truly), you might enjoy this one. I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but I intend to.

Urban Fantasy

Best. Book. Ever. It will change your life. Seriously. πŸ˜‰

Angellfall by Susan Ee

This is a tale about angels… but of the old testament variety! They descend from heaven to end the world as we know it, killing and enslaving humans. The angels are definitely the villains of the story. Penryn, a spunky girl that can definitely take care of herself in a fight, rescues an injured angel, so that she can pump him for information on her sister. She finds herself becoming attracted to the angel, and … πŸ˜‰ Those of you who like my more romantic stuff may like this one. It has a fair amount of action with the romance, as is my preference with these sorts of things. If you don’t like romance, though, you won’t like this. Penryn is strong and tough, but she doesn’t have superpowers. The book is written in present tense as well, which is uncommon and gives it a great sense of urgency.

Dead Rising by Debra Dunbar

These are about a modern day female knight templar. She hauls around a broadsword except when the cops are about. She’s a bit of an outcast from her fellow knights, however, because she summons demons for information, has witchy friends, and has the hots for a vampire. I’ve read every book in the series and enjoyed them.

A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar

This series is one of my favorites. The audible narrator does an incredible job with it as well. It’s funny, wicked, and EXTREMELY entertaining. Highly recommended!!!

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

I LOVE Anita Blake. She is a badass’ badass and sexy to boot. Seriously. She is fearless, and, as she says, she doesn’t bluff. If she says she’s going to shoot you at the count of three, moral or not, a bullet will be flying on that third count. She is a necromancer who raises the dead for her day (well, night) job and kills vampires for fun. And you actually believe that she could take out the superfast, superstrong baddies on her own! I’ve read the first ten books in this series as well.

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Do dragons live among us, able to look like particularly attractive people? Well, in this book they do. I just finished book 5 if that gives you any indication of how much I liked this series… πŸ™‚

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Love, love, love these books about a slightly incompetent witch with a sexy bi vampire roomie! They are among my faves. I’ve read all fourteen. Highly recommended!

Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green

If you like my Murphy stories, you’ll probably like this. It’s a hardboiled detective novel gone urban fantasy and set in London. I read part of the first Harry Dresden book. These are darker and, frankly, better, in my opinion.

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

These books are about Kara Gillian, police officer and summoner of demons. Kara accidentally summons a good-looking demon lord, and, well, kinda has sex with him. Like, at first sight. These are very sexy books, though not really erotica. Kara is a tough but also slightly mushy cop. I like the books though. I’m about six or seven books into the series currently.

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

I liked this book quite a bit. The author does a good job of building relationships and keeping things mysterious while revealing a little bit of the time. I bought the next took in the series, but I haven’t read it yet. This is pure urban fantasy. I love the small town setting and outdoorsy feel to it as well.

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

It’s about a woman who ends up in her more beautiful sister’s body (not much of a spoiler since it happens in the opening chapters) and gains superpowers to fight the forces of darkness. Sounds right up my alley… which is why I bought it. It’s just that it could have been so much better!!! The execution isn’t great, but those who like my stories might like it. I read a few more in the series, and it was good enough to be published by a major publisher, so I probably shouldn’t criticize. It’s almost certainly better than my stuff! πŸ˜‰

Death Becomes Her by Michael Anderle

This book was strange. It is a lot like the things I write, a strange mixture of urban fantasy, science fiction, beautification, and superhero rolled into one. You would think I would love it, right? It was… okay. It’s part of a HUGE series, so a lot of people must like it. I haven’t quite gotten around to the second book. It might be one of those series that improves as it goes.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

This is about Merit, a grad student who is bitten and turned into a vampire. She’s snarky, fun, and super-powered, but the book rings a bit hollow for me. I just didn’t care about the characters enough to continue the series. The fact that it has continued for 13 books, however, say that many must like them… maybe it’s just me not connecting with Merit.

Grave Mistake by Izzy Shows

I liked this one and the second book in the series. I haven’t read past that yet, but I intend to. It’s a very fun urban fantasy book about a snarky female wizard.

Shadow’s Edge by JT Geissinger

This one’s about a species of were-panthers, and the unknowing heroine happens to be a super-powerful queen of their kind. This one was okay, but the romance didn’t really resonate with me. I never continued with the series.

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