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Favorite fantasy/paranormal element(s) in a book

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For a while, I really loved vampire-related stories. Now, I feel I gear more towards general magic (and maybe with some dragons involved). There's something about magic that is so intriguing to me. Perhaps it's because sometimes I wish I had some magical ability. :mrgreen2:

What's your favorite fantasy/paranormal element(s) in a book?
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I love this genre! When I read books I prefer to be transported to a world that is not the same as my reality. I go through many different types of books in a year. Currently I am also gravitating towards Vampire books, but I do prefer them to not be too dark, there needs to be some kind of lightness to a book, does that make sense?

If you like magic and vampires I would recommend the Elemental Mysteries book series by Elizabeth Hunter, it combines both magic and vampires which I enjoyed immensely.

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Faeries are my greatest weakness.

I have read more faery books than probably anything else. It's also the thing most likely to make me look at a book.

I also love portal fantasies, though can be a bit picky about them.

Fantasy (and paranormal) is one of my first loves, so I read so much of it. Vampires, werewolves, angels, everything. But faeries are my kryptonite.
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Tessa Morgan wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 02:34
I love this genre! When I read books I prefer to be transported to a world that is not the same as my reality. I go through many different types of books in a year. Currently I am also gravitating towards Vampire books, but I do prefer them to not be too dark, there needs to be some kind of lightness to a book, does that make sense?

If you like magic and vampires I would recommend the Elemental Mysteries book series by Elizabeth Hunter, it combines both magic and vampires which I enjoyed immensely.
Do you read romance?
If so, have you tried Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series?
It's angels and vampires (with a very original take on the vampire myth).
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I have not tried that series yet but I will have a look at it.

If you love faeries, have you tried Sarah J. Maas' book series, a Court of Thorns and Roses, I could not stop reading this book series, I even re-read it a couple of times. It is a 3 book series, if you want a longer read her A Throne of Glass series is just as awesome, it's an 8 book series :-)

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Tessa Morgan wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 02:34
I love this genre! When I read books I prefer to be transported to a world that is not the same as my reality. I go through many different types of books in a year. Currently I am also gravitating towards Vampire books, but I do prefer them to not be too dark, there needs to be some kind of lightness to a book, does that make sense?

If you like magic and vampires I would recommend the Elemental Mysteries book series by Elizabeth Hunter, it combines both magic and vampires which I enjoyed immensely.
I haven't heard of the Elemental Mysteries book series. I see that some romance. How much romance would you say this book series has? I can do some, but not a lot.
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Gravy wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 20:53
Faeries are my greatest weakness.

I have read more faery books than probably anything else. It's also the thing most likely to make me look at a book.

I also love portal fantasies, though can be a bit picky about them.

Fantasy (and paranormal) is one of my first loves, so I read so much of it. Vampires, werewolves, angels, everything. But faeries are my kryptonite.
Faery books? Do you have any good recommendations? :D
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Tessa Morgan wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 01:41
I have not tried that series yet but I will have a look at it.

If you love faeries, have you tried Sarah J. Maas' book series, a Court of Thorns and Roses, I could not stop reading this book series, I even re-read it a couple of times. It is a 3 book series, if you want a longer read her A Throne of Glass series is just as awesome, it's an 8 book series :-)
Ooo...I've been meaning to read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Throne of Glass series. It's good to know that you enjoyed them!
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Tessa Morgan wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 01:41
I have not tried that series yet but I will have a look at it.

If you love faeries, have you tried Sarah J. Maas' book series, a Court of Thorns and Roses, I could not stop reading this book series, I even re-read it a couple of times. It is a 3 book series, if you want a longer read her A Throne of Glass series is just as awesome, it's an 8 book series :-)
I have not tried them yet. I think it's one of those series I just assume I'll read eventually. :lol:
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If you try the Guild Hunter series and enjoy it, she writes another series, Psy/Changeling, that's just as good (possibly better :shifty: :shhh: ).
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hsimone wrote:
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Gravy wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 20:53
Faeries are my greatest weakness.

I have read more faery books than probably anything else. It's also the thing most likely to make me look at a book.

I also love portal fantasies, though can be a bit picky about them.

Fantasy (and paranormal) is one of my first loves, so I read so much of it. Vampires, werewolves, angels, everything. But faeries are my kryptonite.
Faery books? Do you have any good recommendations? :D
Of course. :D

Obviously, Seanan McGuire's October Daye (you know, if that wasn't clear). :lol:


Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series.
This one comes with a personification of Death/Reaper. (I love personifications of Death.)

The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.
I love these because, I swear, this is where I would have wanted to live as a kid. There are so many fae creatures, and just so much to love. I mean, a giant cow that provides magical milk?


I know there are others, but I can only think of ones that were dropped. :doh:
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I like magic too! In fantasy books, I like it more if there are elves and dragons involved. Wizards too! I think these fascinating creatures might be overrated to some, but you can't deny that they do make everything in a fantasy book superb! In paranormal stuff, I don't like vampires but I do like shapeshifters. Also, I don't like the romantic element these paranormal books always do/have, but I would like to see more of coming-of-age of these vampires. :D
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Gravy wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 03:16
hsimone wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 19:02
Gravy wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 20:53
Faeries are my greatest weakness.

I have read more faery books than probably anything else. It's also the thing most likely to make me look at a book.

I also love portal fantasies, though can be a bit picky about them.

Fantasy (and paranormal) is one of my first loves, so I read so much of it. Vampires, werewolves, angels, everything. But faeries are my kryptonite.
Faery books? Do you have any good recommendations? :D
Of course. :D

Obviously, Seanan McGuire's October Daye (you know, if that wasn't clear). :lol:


Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series.
This one comes with a personification of Death/Reaper. (I love personifications of Death.)

The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.
I love these because, I swear, this is where I would have wanted to live as a kid. There are so many fae creatures, and just so much to love. I mean, a giant cow that provides magical milk?


I know there are others, but I can only think of ones that were dropped. :doh:
Oh, I'm glad you clarified Seanan McGuire's October Daye as a recommendation because it wasn't clear :lol:

The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull is something that I've been wanting to read!

I added those two series and the Alex Craft series to my list to read. Thanks for the recommendations! :tiphat:
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briellejee wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 20:27
I like magic too! In fantasy books, I like it more if there are elves and dragons involved. Wizards too! I think these fascinating creatures might be overrated to some, but you can't deny that they do make everything in a fantasy book superb! In paranormal stuff, I don't like vampires but I do like shapeshifters. Also, I don't like the romantic element these paranormal books always do/have, but I would like to see more of coming-of-age of these vampires. :D
I agree! I love these elements, too, but could use a bit less romance. :)
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Sometimes it's hard to put my finger on what exactly I like in my paranormal series. I've read stories about elementals, vampires, and faeries. I think I enjoy the most when they are just finding out what they are. I like walking through that with them.

Speaking of which, has anyone read the House of Night series?
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Magic, specifically fairy tale retellings, have always caught my attention. Vampires fall under my second choice but many recent vampire books get a little too Twilight-y rather quickly.

I can 3rd(?) the Fablehaven series. It’s absolutely fantastic and places adult themes in a young adult setting (more in the Harry Potter sense rather than the romance of Twilight).

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