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Books with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads!
The Battle Sylph by L.J. McDonald – 2100 ratings – my review here
This is a fantasy with romantic subplots which hooked me pretty quickly (by chapter 5). Although there are some editing mistakes and the writing is not yet mature (it’s the author’s first book), the premise, plot, and world were gripping. Dealing with the slavery of supernatural beings and the ascension of a new Queen. I loved it despite its flaws. Free on KindleUnlimited.
Burn by Paula Weston – 1572 ratings
This Urban-ish Fantasy is marketed as YA but I didn’t find it to be so. Almost none of the characters are teenagers, the issues they are dealing with are not teenage-issues, and there are sex scenes in the series. I loved this book and series. The mysteries surrounding the main character were intriguing, the relationship between her and the other characters was deliciously complex, and the tension and action are unending. We, like the main character, are kept on the edge of our seat the whole time waiting to see what’s what. Its a 4 book series, completed now. It involves the long-lived and forbidden children of fallen angels who battle evil and search for their Fallen Angel fathers to re-imprison them. I highly recommend.
The collector’s society by Heather Lyons – 1204 ratings
This is just a really, really cool book for fans of literature. The characters are all adults, and pulled right from our favorite classics. I highly recommend you give this one a try, its so unique and clever, its really just a fun concept and well written. I’m very surprised this series isn’t more well known! Here’s the description of book #1…
After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth. It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings.
The Catswold Portal by Shirley Rousseau Murphy – 837 ratings
I read this book years and years ago, (for the first time, many re-reads since then) when my hometown still had a Waldensbooks! Its a really unique fantasy and you will especially enjoy it if you are a cat-lover. Its a big book and the plot is split in two, with part happening in our world, while the other part occurs in a fantasy realm ruled over by an evil queen (along with her despicable, crown-hungry, brother.) So it’s one part sweet romance between a young widow and a girl who’s lost everything, one part fantasy with ascension of a new young queen, and one part freaking CATS! Its phenomenal. Beautifully written, heart-rending, and epic. The link takes you to goodreads description.
Shadows and Gold by Elizabeth Hunter – 1210 ratings
I love Elizabeth Hunter! If you are a fan of urban fantasy with romance, and haven’t tried her yet, I highly recommend it. If you do, give the first book a real chance, it starts quite slow. The first several books follow the arc of one couple (similar to Cat and Bones) and then the series branches off to follow others from the world. Shadows and Gold is a novella that follows our beloved Ben and Tenzin, both of whom we meet in the original series. Tenzin is, of course, fantastic (fantastically out of her mind, literally), and its so much fun watching Ben try to be the responsible one and deal with her whims. This one is not a romance, though there seems to be an undercurrent of sparks between them, no? Its planned that Ben and Tenzin will have a full book series of their own soon, so this novella is kind of an introduction to that. Really good! An interesting take on vampires!
Twilight Phantasies by Maggie Shayne – 1423 ratings
I had a hard time deciding to include this or not, because its been a couple years since I read it and I can’t remember the details too much. But, I do remember that I liked it enough to tear through the entire series (and its a HUGE series), so I decided to include it. Like many series, I believe these actually got better after the first book. If you are looking for an urban fantasy romance series that you can really dig into, and which is already complete, you might try this one out! If i remember correctly, it is an interesting take on Vampires. It’s also an older series, so it was actually written well before the vampire craze of the last decade. I believe its quite dark.