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To be honest the first YA Paranormal book I ever read was Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I loved it. I read the first three books in the series in one day. Since then I have really started to get into YA novels and I really enjoy all the different genres. At the moment I would have to say that fantasy and dystopian are my favorite. Most of the books I read are YA novels, but I really enjoy a good adult read as well.
Some of my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling, Ally Carter, Veronica Rossi, Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Armentrout, and Cynthia Hand. There are so many great authors and I keep discovering new ones all the time. That is one of the best things about book blogs. After discovering the blogging world I have been introduced to so many books that I would never have heard of otherwise. I love to introduce new books to people, my sister says that my house is better than going to the library because I have so many books and I am always recommending new books to her and all my friends. I am so excited to now be a part of this wonderful team at Dark Faerie Tales and help many others to discover new and wonderful books to read.
As a young child my mother would always read me a bed time story before I went to sleep. As I started learning to read I would read anything I could get my hands on. Sometimes my parents would become frustrated with me because I would rather be curled up reading a good book rather than run around outside. Now I put that love of reading to good use as a children’s librarian, helping others find that perfect book. I am usually not far from which ever book I’m currently reading.
Paranormal and supernatural stories have been my favorite genres since I was a teenager. I especially enjoy books dealing with vampires. This is why my favorite authors include, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lynsay Sands, and Stephanie Meyer. I’m also a total romantic and what goes better together than the paranormal/supernatural and romance. I do have to confess that I had been reading only adult books for a while, and then when I became a children’s librarian and had to buy books for young adults, I got hooked. I started reading young adult books to get a sense of what was popular today and I really enjoy young adult books just as much as the adult stories.
I’m a massive nerd whose love of books cannot be contained in a few mere words! I’ll read anything that’s recommended, but I’ve found a home in the fantasy and romance communities. Though a sucker for anything with a happy ending, I also find myself reading books filled with angst (dystopians are the perfect combination). Some of my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare, Tessa Gratton, Lauren DeStefano, and Sherrylin Kenyon.
It should be no surprise that I love reading. I especially love fantasy, and I prefer happy books with substance. I have a minor in English, and was introduced to many new genres in my college courses, but there’s still nothing like a good fantasy escape. I’ve found a new love for anything that is historically-based, whether it’s just the idea for the book, based on myth, legend, a true story, or written by a historical author. Sometimes I look for a real reading challenge, like something written in Olde English, and sometimes I just prefer to pick up something simply delightful, like a teen or preteen fantasy. My favorite authors are Jane Austen, Orson Scott Card, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Ernest Hemingway. I am excited to discover some new authors, genres, and adventures and to share them with you!
Juggling all-star cheerleading, honors classes, and the normal social agenda of a soon-to-be high school student, I still find time to read. In the car, before bed, you name it! I love romance like Twilight, dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games, and of course fantasy like Harry Potter. It’s not hard to devour the written word, and I also love to write. My life is school, cheer, read, sleep, with the occasional friend over or birthday party sprinkled in.
Some of my favorite authors are A. G. Howard, J. K. Rowling, Kiera Cass, Christopher Paoloni, and of course many more! I’m so excited to join the talented gang over at Dark Faerie Tales, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share the books I enjoy with others. I look forward to doing many reviews in the future!
I have an obsession with YA paranormal. Faeries, super-powers, and mythology are some of the main genres that grab my attention. Anything other-worldly or actual other worlds (dystopian or post-apocalyptic — yes there is a difference) are generally my favorite. Julie Kagawa, Veronica Roth, Ally Carter, and Tahereh Mafi are some of my favorite authors.
I buy books like other women buy shoes, purses or clothing. In fact, I’ve been known to buy books instead of shoes, purses or clothing. So it’s exciting to join the ladies of DFT who not only understand, but also share, what I call my “fiction addiction.” Any story with a strong heroine, quirky characters and passionate romance will find a place on my To Be Read list, but my all-time favorites are those with a paranormal twist. I especially enjoy stories that incorporate elements of world mythology, superhuman powers and dystopian futures.
I’m fairly tough in my reviews and my ratings reflect how the overall story made me feel. Does the end of the book or series make me feel like I’m losing a friend? Do I still think about the characters or story months after I’ve finished? Perhaps the biggest indication of the stories I rate the highest are those I re-read time and again despite a growing TBR pile.
Some examples of my 5 Skull rating (and my favorite authors) include: Tara Brown’s Born Series; Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me Series; Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series and Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant Series.
J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Stacey Marie Brown’s Darkness Series and Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series are the standard for my 4 Skull rating.
My 3 Skull stories include Elizabeth Naughton’s Stolen and Lauren Kate’s Fallen.
2 Skulls include Amy Plum’s Die for Me and Alyson Noel’s Evermore.
And RaShelle Workman’s Blood and Snow closes it out as an example of a 1 Skull (aka my Kiss of Death).
I am an avid book reader. I prefer Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Fantasy books, but I have no problem reading other genres, but I have a preference for books with a hint of supernatural. I have a massive book collection. Some of my favorite authors are Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh and Carrie Vaughn.
Like the girls here on DFT, I, too, have a voracious appetite for books. I will read almost everything, but if I have to be honest, I prefer to read paranormal, fantasy, and anything with romance. Some of my favorite authors, as of late, are Melina Marchetta, Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, and Michelle Zink. If you introduce yourself to me, and tell me you like to read, I will talk your ear off about stories, authors, and the latest fabulous read. I believe that it isn’t about how many books I have, or how trendy and popular the story is. For me, it’s all about the feelings and emotions I get when reading the story.
My first foray into paranormal/supernatural books came courtesy of Stephen King, who I discovered when I was in junior high. As much as I love Stephen King, I’m a romantic at heart and love a little romance in my books. I soon discovered L.J. Smith’s Forbidden Game trilogy and fell in love with paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I took a brief break from that genre in college, but then my sister recommended Twilight to me, and that started my love all over again. I’ll occasionally branch out and read contemporary or historical romance, but my favorite genres by far include paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and dystopian novels. My favorite authors at the moment are Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, and Seanan McGuire. I’m looking forward to discovering new favorites through blogging here at Dark Faerie Tales!