What are the best urban fantasy series?

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    #1Magic Bites (Kate Daniels)

    Magic Bites (Kate Daniels)
    Magic Bites is the first book in the Kate Daniels series written by Ilona Andrews. This urban fantasy paranormal book is first published in 2007 by Berkley Publishing Group. 
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    James Meyer
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "To be honest...while this is rather good I did prefer the Chronicles of Narnia over this. Chronicles had a definitive story-line, world, and over-arching rule-set while this has a...well very loose grasp on realistic themes. Supernatural themes, mysterious parental figures, and secret powers are all present here and while, at times, it works...sometimes it really doesn't which holds it back."
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    #2Grave Witch (Alex Craft)

    Grave Witch (Alex Craft)

    Grave Witch, the first book in Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series, is about Alex Craft, a witch who can talk to the dead. In this book, Craft was attacked while talking to a ghost who died in a high profile murder.

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    Michael Gutierrez
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Grave Witch (Alex Craft) is far from the best urban fantasy series. The story is predictable. It feels like I've read this a hundred times already because it doesn't bring anything new to the genre."
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    #3Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake)

    Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake)

    Guilty Pleasures, the first book in Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, is about Anita and her investigation of a series of vicious slayings in St. Louis, where supernatural forces are lurking about.

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    Susan Powell
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "The blood suckers are back. Guilty Pleasures is another vampire novel in a world polluted with them. Novels that is not vampires. The story takes place in St. Louis, a city not often known for its vampires. That honor belongs to New Orleans where funky religions and cults reign. But vampire stories are always fun so if you are inclined to enjoy reading about people dying and serial unexplained murders then you'll enjoy this book. You'll get you hunger fix."
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    #4Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)

    Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)

    Spider's Bite, the first book in Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series, is about Gin, who grew up as an assassin on the streets after her family was murdered. Later, Gin was duped and her handler was killed, and now she's out for revenge.

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    Joe Green
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "Spider's Bite is a fun game to play that is highly involving. New twists and turns as a part of the game. The action will keep you involved and wanting to play even more. Be sure to check it out sooner rather than later."
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    #5On the Edge (The Edge)

    On the Edge (The Edge)
    On the Edge, the first book in Ilona Andrews' Novel of the Edge series, is about Rose Drayton, who was living a normal life in the Broken, and Declan Camarine, who was a noble in the Weird. The two come together to save their worlds.
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    Kathryn Munoz
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "On the Edge is hands down the best urban fantasy series I've read to date, its exciting and fresh and is a great adventure. I absolutely loved it. The character development when the two worlds meet is phenominal."
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    #6Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock)

    Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock)
    Skinwalker is a paranormal fantasy novel by Faith Hunter. Originally published in 2009, it is the first installment in the Jane Yellowrock series. It tells the story of the titular character, a skinwalker of Cherokee descent.
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    Arjun Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Poltergeist is my favorite book. It has got me to read lots of other paranormal books. My newest book I read is called Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock). It did a good job of freaking me out while I was reading it. I was pleased while reading it."
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    #7The Mortal Instruments

    The Mortal Instruments

    The Mortal Instruments is a best-selling fantasy series by Cassandra Clare. It follows Clary Fray,Jace Herondale, and other Shadowhunters at the New York Institute as they rid the world of demons.

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    Thomas Thompson
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "If you are looking for a new book series this should fill the spot. It may not be the best but you should enjoy it."
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    #8Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Born an aristocrat, once he got disavowed from his family, Qhuinn has finally found his place in this world as a fighter in the war against the Lessening Society. Love has never been in his life, but this paranormal romance book will show you that two hearts can become one. 

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    Philip Turner
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I really enjoy reading this author's work. The romance is effortlessly woven into the narrative of this book and for a fantasy novel it feels so real! "
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    #9Bitten (Women of the Otherworld)

    Bitten (Women of the Otherworld)

    Bitten is a suspense novel with a huge international success. Elena Michaels lost her parents in a car accident when she was a child. Smart, beautiful and engaged to be married she discovers that her fiance is a werewolf. 

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    Karina Velasco
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "If looking for a thriller or suspense this is a good one. Similar to twilight but instead of the vampires being the main man, the werewolves are the star of the show. Elana Michaels life will never be the same when her fiance makes her into a werewolf like himself. "
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    #10Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of warriors in charge of protecting humanity from many threats. This organisation's best warrior is Rhage, who has lots of personal problems due to getting kidnapped and abused as a child. He will meet Mary Luce, who is also a survivor and they will develop strong feelings for each other.

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    Brandon Meyer
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "The author Ward was very successful at the first book but I cannot say the same thing for this one. I think the author just wanted to rush this book after becoming the best seller because of the first book. You may still want to look at it since the story is at least a bit of interesting, but not the writing or the characters."
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    #11Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

    Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood) is the first book in the series Black Dagger Brotherhood. The story revolves about vampire warriors who save their kind from de-souled humans who kill their race. 

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    Eduardo Rosas
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Dark Lover is an excellent choice for those who love addictive, non-cookie cutter fantasy series similar to Twilight. Plenty of romance for those who want that, and generous world building in prose as well."
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    #12Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)

    Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)

    The first book of the 'Guild Hunter Series' beings narrating the story of Elena Deveraux, a vampire hunter that kills many beasts and monsters for a living. This time, she has been hired to kill Archangel Raphael, something harder that will be harder than she thought, as his beauty might interfere in her job. 

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    Dorothy Gibson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I've read a few of the little novellas that start this series out and they've been pretty good"
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    #13Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles)

    Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles)
    Hounded is the first book in the urban fantasy series the Iron Druid Chronicles written by Kevin Hearne which is about Atticus O’Sullivan who is the last of the Druids.
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    Paula Esparza
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A neat tale set in modern times about a shapeshifting Irish man. The book is captivating and the lead character interesting. I want more!"
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    #14Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega)

    Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega)

    Cry Wolf, the first book in Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, is about Anna, who never believed in werewolves until she was turned into one and began a love-and-hate relationship with her pack's Alpha.

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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Seems like a neat read. I usually don't go in for this genre, but I know that a lot do. It's a fitting match for the category."
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    #15Storm Front (Dresden Files)

    Storm Front (Dresden Files)
    Storm Front is a supernatural paranormal mystery novel written by Jim Butcher as the first book for The Dresden Files series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2000 by Penguin ROC.
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    Xiang Yang
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I liked the setting. But, that was my favorite part of the book. The story itself was somewhat weak."
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    #16First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson)

    First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson)
    First Grave on the Right is an urban fantasy paranormal romance fiction and the first book in (Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It is published in 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 
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    April Wei
    Written on April 21, 2018
    " I think this urban fantasy hits the mark. It is a good fiction fantasy novel. The first book in its series is a good page turner. It gives the reader a lot of insight into the paranormal world. Overall a fun and good read."
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    #17Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)

    Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)
    Raised embracing her shapeshifter nature, Mercy Thompson had always lived with her fellow werewolves family. Everything changed when she got kicked out the community due to a forbidden love affair, so she started running a mechanic shop. One day, she meets a teenage werewolf, something that will get her in many troubles with the family that abandoned her. 
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    Dorothy Silva
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Werewolves are one of my favorite creatures, but they are often done in a poor way. This is not the case for Moon Called (Mercy Thompson). Everything in this book is done right. It is a page turner from start to finish. If you a new to urban fantasy, I strongly suggest this book. If you have already read many urban fantasy books, this is still a great read. When I was looking for a good werewolf book, this book did not let me down."
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    #18Darkfever (Fever)

    Darkfever (Fever)

    When MacKayla Lane's is murdered, the quest to find her sister's killers draws her to a world where nothing is how it seems. Soon she faces a greater challenge: stay alive long enough. 

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    Mark Evans
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "For anybody who imagines there is more to the usual urban jungle around us this book will be totally engrossing to you. The the main character MacKayla discovers she has otherworldly powers are her sister is murdered which begins a fight for her own life while she masters her new skills. Reading this you have no reason to question why this is one of the best-selling books in the urban fantasy genre."
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    #19Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles)

    Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
    Staked by Kevin Hearne is a fantasy fiction and paranormal romance story originally published in January 2016. This is the eight book in Hearne's The Iron Druid Chronicles series. It was nominated for the Audie Award for Paranormal.
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    Jeffrey Herrera
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "In a way this book's protagonist reminds me of classic vampire hunter Van Helsing. I enjoyed this book enough to want to check out the other books in the series. If you enjoy this sort of thing I believe it's worth checking out."
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    #20Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter)

    Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter)
    Archangel's Enigma is an urban fantasy paranormal romance fiction and the eighth book in Guild Hunter series written by Nalini Singh. It is first published in 2015 by Berkley Sensation. 
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    Jonathan Pearson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter) is a great fantasy series. Twists and a lot of turns."
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    #21Shotgun Sorceress (Jessie Shimmer)

    Shotgun Sorceress (Jessie Shimmer)

    Shotgun Sorceress is book 2 of the Jessie Shimmer series by Lucy A. Snyder. In this, Jessie becomes an accidental revolutionary in the magic realm, rushing headlong among enemies, horrors, wonders, and lovers.

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    Arjun Rathore
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Shotgun Sorceress(Jessie Shimmer) tells a tale of magic and wonder. It's a good book for anyone into fantasy and urban settings."
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    #22Sunglasses After Dark (Sonja Blue)

    Sunglasses After Dark (Sonja Blue)
    Sunglasses After Dark, the first book in the Sonja Blue series, is a sensual fantasy thriller by Nancy Collins for young adults. It is one of the first urban fantasy books and was originally published in 1989.
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    Martha Herrera
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "The story line was good but this book left gory images in my mind. I did not read the entire book."
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    #23Fool's Errand (Tawny Man)

    Fool's Errand (Tawny Man)

    Fool's Errand is a fantasy novel written by Robin Hobb. This fantasy novel was published on 2002 by Voyager. Fool's Errand is the first book in the Tawny Man book series.

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    David Nelson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I read Fool's Errand several years ago and loved it. It was a very good read. (They might find a better proofreader, however: found two or three errors.) I highly recommend this book!"
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    #24Heroine Complex

    Heroine Complex

    Heroine Complex is the first book in the urban fantasy trilogy with the same name written by Sarah Kuhn which centers on Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter who are protecting San Francisco. 

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    Martha Solís
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Heroine Complex is a great modern day urban fantasy book. It is set in San Francisco and both super heroines are easy to get attached to. They both received superpowers from a demon and now use those powers for good to help the citizens of San Francisco. I enjoyed this book, especially all the odd ball and silly predicaments the characters got into. Highly enjoyable and highly readable."
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    #25Golden Fool (Realms of the Elderlings)

    Golden Fool (Realms of the Elderlings)
    Golden Fool is a fantasy novel written by Robin Hobb. This fantasy novel was published on December 2003 by Spectra. Golden Fool  is the eighth book of the Realms of the Elderlings.
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    Rodrigo Montiel
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Urban fantasy is an interesting genre, and this book delivers. It offers a nice story."
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    #26Spellbent (Jessie Shimmer)

    Spellbent (Jessie Shimmer)
    Lucy A. Snyder's Spellbent is book 1 of the Jessie Shimmer series. It was selected for the 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List. It's about Jessie Shimmer who's determined to bring back her lover, Cooper who was ripped from this world through a hellish portal.
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    Andrew Bryant
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "My cousin is an avid reader and I'm always looking for the next good book for him. I recently did a search for the best urban fantasy series and stumbled upon "Spellbent (Jessie Shimmer)" . I knew he was somewhat familiar with the Jessie Shimmer series but he hadn't read it yet so I decided to get it for him. Wow was he blown away. He loved the story, the characters and everything about the book. He is now hooked on Jessie Shimmer and is trying to get every book in the series."
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    #27Endure (Defy)

    Endure (Defy)
    Endure is the third and final book in the young adult fantasy trilogy Defy written by Sara B. Larson which centers on Alexa and King Damian who is now engaged to be married, however, they aren't safe yet from the danger. 
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    Virginia West
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "In my opinion this is exactly what users must be looking for!"
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    #28Switchblade Goddess (Jessie Shimmer)

    Switchblade Goddess (Jessie Shimmer)
    Switchblade Goddess by Lucy A. Snyder is book 3 in the Jessie Shimmer series. Jessie gained magical powers after traveling to an underworld to save her lover, Cooper. With a demigoddess after her, she must wield her newfound powers to save them.
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    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Switchblade Goddess (Jessie Shimmer) is one of the best urban fantasy series. It follows Lucy Snyder in her 3rd book of adventures. If you like superhero stories you will like this book. It was great to read and I can't wait until the next one comes out."
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    #29Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark)

    Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark)

    Sweet Ruin is an urban fantasy paranormal romance fiction and the sixteenth book in Immortals After Dark series written by Kresley Cole. It is published in 2015 by Gallery Books. 

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    Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is the sixteenth book is Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. This book is an absolute must read in the series and will be enjoyed by any fan."
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    #30Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin)

    Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin)

    Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep is a mystery fiction and urban fantasy novel originally published in February 2016. This is the 14th book in Estep's Elemental Assassin series. It was followed by Unraveled later that year.

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    Stephen Burke
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book gets off to a great start and really keeps the action rolling. It has a really gritty dystopian feel. With magic and dwarves, as well as crime and an underworld feel, this has to be one of the best urban fantasy series that there is."
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    #31Feverborn (Fever)

    Feverborn (Fever)
    Feverborn is the eight book in the urban fantasy series Fever written by Karen Marie Moning which follows Fae after she destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery causing the Earth to vanish slowly. 
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    Bruce Stevens
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I absolutely love urban fantasy books, so I was excited to try out Feverborn. I was extremely impressed! The book completely drew me into its world and I would highly recommend it. "
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    #32Sky Ghosts

    Sky Ghosts

    Sky Ghosts: All for One is the first book in Sky Ghosts series written by Alexandra Engellmann published in 2014. It is an urban fantasy about a girl assassin Patricia.  

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    Lawrence Johnson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "What a thrilling story, I could not put the book down! WIthout giving any spoilers away, if you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a must read. "
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    #33The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson)

    The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson)

    The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the urban fantasy series Charley Davidson written by Darynda Jones which follows the story of Jane Doe living in a village in New York but she has no memory of who she is or where she came from. 

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    Amanda Brewer
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I was hoping to find an urban fantasy series, and that is exactly what this is. It isn't the best writing in the world, but it qualifies in terms of what I was looking for. I love the subject matter and plot, and that counts for a lot. I hate that this is the ninth book in a series, however, because I prefer to start at the beginning."
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    #34The Wild Road (Dirk & Steele)

    The Wild Road (Dirk & Steele)

    The Wild Road is an urban fantasy paranormal romance and the eighth book in Dirk & Steele series written by Marjorie M. Liu. It is published in 2008 by Leisure. 

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    Tammy Wheeler
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Wild Road by Marjorie M. Liu is one of my latest favorites. The way she writes in a semi-historical way makes everything sound almost non-fiction."
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    #35A Red Rose Chain (October Daye)

    A Red Rose Chain (October Daye)

    A Red Rose Chain is an urban fantasy paranormal romance fiction and the ninth book in October Daye series written by Seanan Mcguire. It is published in 2015. 

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    Jacqueline Powell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think that this would make for an interesting read judging from the story line.I would definitely read it."
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    #36Souljacker

    Souljacker

    Souljacker: A Lily Bound Novel by Yasmine Galenorn is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel originally published in March 2017. This is the first book in Galenorn's Lily Bound series.

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    Julio Carrasco
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Interesting twist on vampire stories. When you think you have heard them all, along comes a new plot for vampires. Cool for those who enjoy the genre."
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    #37House of Cards (The Negotiator)

    House of Cards (The Negotiator)
    House of Cards is an urban fantasy paranormal romance and the second book in The Negotiator trilogy written by C.E. Murphy. It is first published in 2008 by Luna. 
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    Betty Howard
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I wanted a new urban fantasy series to occupy myself during slow times at work. This one is perfect. The characters are interesting and the story lines will get you hooked."
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    #38Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin)

    Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin)

    Spider's Trap is an urban fantasy paranormal romance fiction and the thirteenth book in Elemental Assassin series written by Jennifer Estep. It is published in 2015 by Pocket Books. 

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    Michael Griffin
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin)" as a birthday gift for a friend of mine, and I'm pretty confident that my friend really enjoyed it! It's a fantasy/paranormal/romance, fiction book, and it will surely catch the attention of the lovers of those genres. Nice one!"
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    #39Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles)

    Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles)

    Stone Cold Lover is a paranormal fantasy romance and the second book in Gargoyles series written by Christine Warren. It is published in 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks.

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    Wu Gao
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great urban fantasy series. It is recent which is great. It also has several good reviews."
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    #40Fool's Fate (The Tawny Man)

    Fool's Fate (The Tawny Man)
    Fool's Fate is a fantasy novel written by Robin Hobb. This fantasy book was published on November 23, 2004 by Spectra. Fool's Fate is the third book of the Tawny Man book series.
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    Nicole Payne
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Fool's Fate is an awesome book in the Tawny Man book series. It's a fun, whimsical fantasy series that's entertaining and captivating. The stories are fun and the characters are involving. A great read."
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    #41Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry)

    Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry)

    Divine Misdemeanors is an urban fantasy paranormal romance and the eight book in Merry Gentry series written by Laurell K. Hamilton. It is published in 2009. 

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    Wendy Yin
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Merry Gentry series has been and interesting series to read. Book eight did not disappoint. Merry is pregnant with twins. She is a very busy fairy princess that's more than just high maintenance. She really cares about those around her. She has a couple of bodyguards that spice up the romance and make this a wonderful series to read."

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Best What are the best urban fantasy series
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Magic Bites (Kate Daniels)Books 50 Paid
2Grave Witch (Alex Craft)Books 45 Paid
3Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake)Books 38 Paid
4Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)Books 37 Paid
5On the Edge (The Edge)Books 36 Paid
6Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock)Books 31 Paid
7The Mortal InstrumentsBooks 30 Paid
8Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood)Books 29 Paid
9Bitten (Women of the Otherworld)Books 26 Paid
10Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood)Books 24 Paid
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