Friday, 20 December 2013

Emma's Top Urban Fantasy and Paranormal/Horror Reads 2013

This is probably the genre I read the most (possibly a sign I should branch out next year! :P), and when I tried to pick ten favourites, I found it impossible. So I've linked to the reviews of some of my favourites instead! Click on each book cover to find my review. :)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys is unlike any other paranormal book I've read, and that's no mean feat! I also read the second book in the Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves - keep an eye out for my review in 2014!

Another unique read is Laini Taylor's fabulous Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Set partially in Prague, partially in a vividly imagined alternative world, it offers a totally new view of angels and demons!


If you like your fantasy worlds immersive, definitely check out Splintered by A.G.Howard, a, eloquent retelling of Alice in Wonderland unlike any other I've read!

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)Speaking of beautiful writing, Ink is not only well-written, it also features stunning illustrations! It's set in Japan and has a unique mythological backdrop.

The Night Itself (The Name of the Blade, #1)Another fantastic book which draws on Japanese mythology  is The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott - keep an eye out for my review coming next year!
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Whilst I started reading some excellent series this year, one of the books I most looked forward to was the conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices trilogy. Clockwork Princess certainly didn't disappoint!

The Archived (The Archived, #1)One of my favourite books with a brilliant concept is Victoria Schwab's The Archived, in which the dead are shelved like books. Amazing writing!
Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld, #1)

Another book with a unique perspective on the afterlife is Michelle Muto's poignant Don't Fear the Reaper. Michelle is a brilliantly talented indie author whose chilling ghost story, The Haunting Season, is an Amazon bestseller - with good reason!
The Haunting Season

Finally, I discovered two series this year I'd been missing out on - the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. I read both in only a few days, and loved them!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)

1 comment:

  1. I've only heard of a few of these. It's nice to see well-written works that aren't ultra-popular being read. (That's not to say that there's anything wrong with most ultra-popular books. Those should be read every bit as much.) Unfortunately, I have too little time to read everything, especially now that I'm branching out into the adult age group (clean adult, I'll add).