Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hooked On A Novel

Good Afternoon Folks!

This posting is coming at you courtesy of Regina's question posted in my comment section under yesterday's post. (Kudos go to Regina for asking the question and helping to inspire this post!) Wow. You people have got to continue writing awesome comments...sometimes I don't know what I'm gonna say on any given day and then...WHAMMO! I read my comments and I think, "Hey! That would be a good post." I'm enternally grateful.

Alright, Regina's question was in regards to some Paranormal novels to read (particularly a series I'm reading now). So here's what I'm gonna do: I'm gonna given a list of some of my favorites and anybody who's interested can choose what you want. No pressure, your choice:

First and foremost my foray into paranormal and fantasy probably started with fairytales. If you haven't got a background for that, just look at any Disney movie like Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid or even others like Enchanted, Ella Enchanted, Ever After. Those movies have all the elements. Also, Grimm's Fairytales and things by Hans Christian Anderson (think The Ugly Duckling, Thumbalina, The Little Mermaid) will help (I mean actually reading the stories, too).

From there I entered the world of Narnia, courtesy of CS Lewis: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse And His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle. Although, I think The Magician's Nephew was originally supposed to be the first book in the Narnia series.

And then the whole thing just morphed into what it is today. Me bouncing around reading all different ones. So here's a rundown of the adult-version of my hunger for fantasy/paranormal:

Lynn Kurland's novels are good. I like her Time Travel ones. I recommend starting with A Dance Through Time or going to her website to get information on reading order. She's got some good ones out there. That one I mentioned was a fun read (although there's others of hers that were very fun). I haven't read her Nine Kingdoms novels. I pretty much stick to her MacLeod/de Piaget family novels. I've heard the other series are good, though.

Ciara Gold has a Sci-Fi Romance out, with a bit of fantasy thrown in. Actually there's two novels that I know of in this series, she also has other books. I've read Celestial Dragon; it was pretty good. Interesting.

Kerrelyn Sparks' Love At Stake series have characters I've enjoyed. I don't know how people feel about graphic sexual scenes, but I will say the majority of the books aren't that way. I really love Gregori. I think he's hysterical. So far there's not a book that centers around him, yet. Start with How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire, since it's the first one. I really liked that one. So far it's my favorite.

I'm currently reading (and enjoying immensely) Michelle Rowen's Lady & The Vamp. It's funny and fun. Although, it's not the first book in the series, so if you want to read in order, start with Bitten And Smitten. I like Rowen's style.

If you want to know what all the fuss is about regarding The Twilight Saga, check out Stephenie Meyer's Twilight to start with. Those I especially recommend reading in order: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn <---in that order. (I also enjoyed this series. But, like Meyer, herself says, they're not for everyone, so you don't HAVE to enjoy them just because I did).

If anyone wants to chime in, just go ahead and mention good ones in the comment section. I know a lot of people are into F.L Baum's Oz books. I think they're good. Haven't read much of them, but I've looked at them and I can see imagination, fun, action, et cetera. Some of my nieces and nephews and siblings have really loved them.

Gail Carson Levine has some good ones out there. They're mostly for YA/Middle grade readers, but I like them. Ella Enchanted, Fairest and there's some other ones that are out there. She has a nice style.

There's a lot to choose from out there, and I've only posted a few, but some of those I love the most. I do enjoy Kerrelyn Sparks' books because those characters are just fun. She often has some witty dialogue, as well. Ciara Gold was an adventure into a genre I don't read a lot of (Sci-Fi type romance) but her imagination is incredible. How she thought of all that is a glimspe into a writer's mind (She also has some other ones, too...I think some Historical and Time Travel, I haven't read them, yet, though).

In any case, do you have any paranormal/fantasies to add? If you read Sci-Fi, feel free to put in any you liked.

Anyway...happy reading!

Have A Story-Filled Saturday!


J.J. Bennett said...

Here are some others (Fantasy)I've liked too.

"Leven Thumps" Series by Obert Skye

The "Charlie Bone" Series by Jenny Nimmo

"The Candy Shop War" by Brandon Mull

of course the "Inheritance" Series by Christopher Paolini

bethanyintexas said...


Thank you for your additions! :-)

Ciara Gold said...

Hey Bethany, you're making me blush. Thanks so much!

Anyway, if you haven't read Susan Carroll's Bride Finder, it's an awesome paranormal. It's the book that sorta inspired me to write in this genre. It's an older book but still a must in anyone's romance library I think.

bethanyintexas said...


Yay, we have a mutual admiration society going on here! You're most definitely welcome and thank YOU for dropping by here.