Friday, 28 October 2011

The Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Urban Fantasy

You might have heard that Jaye Wells, fantastic author of the Sabrina Kane UF series declared October UF month (an author after my own heart!) so I thought it was time to declare once more ow much and why exactly I love love LOVE the urban fantasy genre!

As I could go on for hours and hours about the reasons why UF is so fantabulous, I thought so as not to scare you away I'll try to limit myself to a very short and to the point list.

Top 5 reasons why UF rocks and why everyone should read it

1. Because of the awesome, kickass, independent heroines!

Really, one of the constant things of UF which never let me down: the heroines besides being role models for girls and women of every age when it comes to standing up for yourself and taking care of your life, are real despite living in fantasy worlds. Kate (from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series and Elena from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series) are both tough yet vulnerable women, who have their own insecurities and fears which make them relatable and so human.

2. Because of all the action!

Let's face it, the life of most of us isn't that thrilling, every everyday life is just like everyone's else, so it's thrilling to experience danger, excitement, mystery from the comfort of our couch :-)

3. Because of the unique worlds!

Adrian Phoenix's Kallie
Urban fantasies have the best of both worlds: they are set in modern time so the reader can relate when the characters are using their cell phones and living in a big metropol, but it also has that magical, paranormal, mysterious side we relish: there are super powers, supernatural species, psychic bonds and other fantastic things.

4. Because of the humour!

Until I became hooked on UF I don't think I read many humourous novels or that it was an important detail for me in a novel. That all changed when UF books showed me the light. Because maybe at first you wouldn't believe that these dark and gritty and dangerous tales could be funny, but oh yes they are! I just love how the authors ease the tension with some humour and witty banter in a heart-stopping scene when adrenaline is running high and your palms sweat with fear. You should try Master of None by Sonya Bateman, you'll never look back from UF.

5. ... and of course because of the heroes!

Because let's face it: even if in real life we couldn't bear to live with an overbearing, possessive man, in our novels we simply relish the strong and possessive alpha males, who in UF are equal partners to the heroines and not just their rescuers. The relationships and love between the hero and heroines are another aspect I love love love in my UF.

One of the most iconic UF couple: Cat and Bones in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series

+1 and a bonus one: Because of the gorgeous covers!

Urban Fantasy novels have the most beautiful, unique and magical covers out there. I couldn't choose any favourites, so just a few:

(If you'd like to see more amazing UF covers, just google it)

So here you go, a mini list of my Top 5 Reasons Why I Love UF.

Here are a few past posts I did on different UF related topics if you haven't seen them, take a look, you might discover some new favourites ;-)

So tell me, why do YOU love Urban Fantasy? 

And if for whatever reason you haven't given it a try, trust me, we just have to find you a tailor-made series and you'll be hooked. If you'd like some suggestions don't hesitate, I would love to initiate you into the amazing UF world! :-)

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