MY TOP TEN URBAN FANTASY BOOKS/SERIES (in no particular order):
1)Women of the Underworld series by Kelley Armstrong-This series centers around women in various parts of the underground supernatural world. It switches from woman to woman about every four books or so and in some cases comes back to a woman for a book. So far there's been a werewolf woman, witches, demons, and many more. They deal with mysteries and the supernatural and have a little romance thrown in. Armstrong has been one of the top writers in the genre for a few years now and this series proves why.
2)The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs-These books are about a woman named Mercy Thompson who is a Coyote shape shifter garage owner who deals with the neighboring werewolf pack and daily mayhem from faeries and vampires in a world where the supernatural has been outed and people aren't taking it well.
3)The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris-Harris has been writing for years and with these books, it's easy to see why she's popular. Sookie is a small town girl who can read minds in a world where vampires have come out of the closet (so to speak) now that there is a synthetic blood they can drink and shifters are just making themselves known. When a vampire named Bill moves in next door Sookie's quiet lay low life is changed forever. Unless you've been living under a rock you know these are the books the hit show True Blood is based on. While I adore True Blood the show doesn't hold a candle to the books.
4)Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman-A man enters a underground London full of magic and mayhem when he helps a mysterious seemingly homeless girl. If you have not read this book that put Gaiman on the map (as well as Sandman Chronicles) then do so immediately. You won't be sorry.
5)The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger-In a alternative Victorian London where vampires and weres cohabitate with humans Alexia is reaching old maid stage and finds herself involved in a mystery and consorting with all sorts of people her proper mother just wouldn't approve of. This series is hilarious and is urban fantasy if Jane Austen were to write it.
6)The Curse Breakers series by Holly Black-Cassel is part of a family of Workers (people with particular magic gifts) who are apart of the mob. Determined to leave that life behind, Cassel has enrolled in a school where his only major crime is the betting pools he runs. Sadly, no one told his family he was out of the business. A fascinating well written series by the awesome Holly Black. I also recomend Tithe.
7)The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher-Harry Dresden is a PI who is the only publically working wizard in Chicago. This long series involves Dresden's cases and is good old fashioned PI mystery series with magic thrown in.
8)The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane-A lesser known series about wizards that help slow down planet Earth's death by various tasks. This series is a fascinating blend of fantasy, realism, and science fiction. I wish it were more popular, but there you go.
9)The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr-A series about fae politics that (to me anyway) is fascinating and imaginative.
10)The Paranormalcy series by Kierstan White-A hilarious series about Evie, a girl who works for an organization that moniters fae, shifters, and all sort of creatures.
Next week's Top Ten: Dystopians