Gods, demons, vampires, changelings, shapeshifters, angels, telekinetics…the world is as diverse as the endless limits of our imagination. I’ve never attempted writing a paranormal or fantasy romance or story, but I love reading them. Why? Because there’s nothing normal or ordinary or bland about these characters and their stories. They’re superhuman, incredibly complex and irresistible on pretty much every level. I’ve made a list of my top five paranormal novels. If this is a genre that interests you, please read them. I guarantee they’ll melt your heart and scramble your brains (in a good way).
- Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh:
If there was ever a hero I wanted for myself in real life, Kaleb Krychek was it! Flawed, scarred and the most powerful man on the planet. You need to understand Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling world to know what I mean when I say he’s a dual cardinal, telekinetic and telepathic. He is dangerous, volatile and loves only one person – Sahara. The only friend he’s ever had and the only human being who’s ever loved him. This is an epic love story and one that I can re-read a million times and still have it grab my heart every single time.
P.S – If you haven’t read Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling series, this may not be the book to start with as it is Book #12 in the series. Start from the beginning, they’re all pretty awesome.
- Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward:
“Are you there Ehlena?”
I don’t think there was ever a scene better crafted than this one. In one fell swoop, J. R. Ward shows you the need, the craving, the yearning the two protagonists have for each other. Rehvenge and Ehlena are incredibly well etched characters. Strong, confident and unconditionally loyal to each other and the close few they count their own, they are worth every page dedicated to them. Oh, and have I mentioned, they’re vampires?
- Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali) by Falguni Kothari:
Is there anyone who didn’t love Karna in the Mahabharata? If there is, I haven’t met them. Falguni Kothari gives us an interesting, funky take on Karna post his rebirth and his second chance at Draupadi. In the dark age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. She has an interesting surprise or plot twist in her story or maybe I should say SIX of them…Read it to know more.
- Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews:
Hugh D’Ambray, one of the antagonists in the Kate Daniel’s series, turns hero for this book…and boy, does he turn! He’s gorgeous, powerful and a protector, a believable one. Ilona Andrews, the husband-wife writing duo, do a commendable job of redeeming him without whitewashing his faults. And Elara, she’s a surprise alright. To get a man to fall in love with you even when you terrify him, is something I didn’t know could be done. This book is one of my favourites and I’m really looking forward to the next in its series. I wish it wasn’t such a long wait.
- My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster:
Rosalind and Jasper are a complete surprise in this amazing London Steampunk series. They’re technically Book 3 and for me are the strongest book of the series. I loved them both for their incredibly strong backstories and the bond between them that the author weaves. When the person you love stands on the other side of the line from you, what do you choose: your love or your mission?
And, that’s my top 5 books in the fantasy/paranormal realm. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them. I promise they’ll go to the top of my TBR. 😊