Friday, July 11, 2014

What to Read Next: Sookie Stackhouse Series

In mourning for Sookie Stackhouse and the end of the True Blood series? Looking for a series to fill that whole in your heart? Well, check out these:

1) The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep
Why: It's got interesting world building like the Sookie series. Gin is also somehow charming like Sookie despite the fact that she's very very flawed. No vampires in this one, but lots of magic and lots of women kicking butt.

2) The Kate Daniels series by Illona Andrews
Why: This is another urban fantasy series with a awesome female main character. If you liked the shifter side of the Sookie series, this one is definitely for you. Also features many women kicking butt.

3) The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia  Briggs
Why: Again, excellent urban fantasy. Also features shifters and a badass heroine. Please ignore the scantily clad Mercy on the covers. It totally misrepresents who Mercy is and what this series is about (plus it doesn't make sense because in the books Mercy is strictly a t-shirt/jeans gal). It goes on for a bit long, but that is the book publishing world way nowadays.

4) Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
Why: Again, excellent world-building stuff and excellent female leads. I also suggest checking out the two YA spin-off trilogies that also take place in this universe (Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising).

5) The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
Why: Maybe you just wanted vampires being vampires? Well, this series has that. The quality of the series goes up and down. But this should be a pleasing one for Sookie fans. Also check out Caine's adult UF series.

6) The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
Why: Also has that urban fantasy flair with a sassy female lead. I've actually only read the first book of this. I need to get to the rest of it.

7) Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Why: The Lestat series has influenced a lot of vampire stuff today. Lestat is pretty much pre-curser Bill/Eric. While I don't think it's accurate to say Rice is why vampires became sexy...she certainly had a big hand in them becoming popular.

8) Dracula by Bram Stoker
Why: Well, I firmly believe all vampire/horror fans should read Dracula at least once.

To be honest if you're a Sookie fan any Urban Fantasy series should do the trick. I also recommend trying Harris's other series. She just started one this year as a matter of fact. Haven't gotten to it yet though.

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