2016 Book Hankerings: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Sure, the holidays are over. But you know what gift keeps on giving all year long? Books! Glorious, wonderful books. And as vigilant bibliophiles, we're taking a peek at what great books 2016 will bring us! Today, we’re ogling 2016 paranormal and Urban Fantasy releases!
Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep (February 23) — When a series has been going on for so long — this is Estep’s fourteenth Elemental Assassin title — things can get stale or rote. Not so with Gin Blanco! We always want to know what scrape she’s going to get into — and out of — next. Bitter Blue has Finnegan’s relative returning from the “dead,” and we can’t wait for when all hell breaks loose.
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (March 8) — Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson and her Alpha werewolf mate Adam are back — and this time they’re dealing with a stolen child. (Also the cover is legit awesome. Were we ones to judge books by their covers. Which we are.)
Soul to Keep by Rebekah Weatherspoon (March 15) — We loved Weatherspoon’s Fit trilogy, so we’re pretty pumped (pun very much intended) that the third in her Vampire Sorority Sisters series is due out in March. That’s right, vampire sorority girls. What could be better? Not one thing, that’s what.
Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (May 3) — Did you know that they call Charlaine Harris, “the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”? Because that is delightful, just like Charlaine! Anyhoodle, we’re here for anything she writes, so the third in her Midnight, Texas, series is on our 2016 Must Read list. (That list is very long, yes.)
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh (June 14) — Psy-Changeling book number 15. Oh, did you need more info? All right. According to publisher Berkley and Nalini herself, this will be an ensemble piece, where favorites return, and the plot won’t be as focused on just one couple. Super in.
Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon (June 21) — The eleventh in Kenyon’s League series follows Dagger as he’s on the run. And because she writes like the wind (thank goodness) we’re also getting Dark-Hunter book twenty-six. That’s how it’s done, folks. Dragonmark, out August 2, and fans are mega pumped for Illarion’s story.
The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (June 28) — It seems almost greedy to be pining for the next Charley Davidson story when we just got one this week. But this is what it means to be a book lover. The heart wants what it wants. Per the blurb, Charley’s up to her usual antics, plus fighting with some gods. Can’t wait. Thanks for putting out two books a year, Darynda.
Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan (June 28) — We’re pumped for all the Feehan titles 2016 will bring us (especially Spider Game, the twelfth GhostWalkers title and Dark Carousel, the thirtieth Dark title), but Feehan’s debuting a new series, and our interest is piqued. Starring a Chicago crime family with a mystical secret — they’re shadow riders, who can control light and dark. Good, right?!
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (September 27) — September seems like an awfully long time to wait for the ninth Kate Daniels title, but we need to know how, exactly, Kate and Curran are going to make it work. We won’t wish our summer away, but we’ll remember to be glad when fall arrives.
Horde of Crows by Lila Bowen (October) — Bowen’s first Shadow title knocked the socks off of all the RT editors, so we’re anxiously awaiting the next from Nettie Lonesome. While we wait, be sure to check out the first title, Wake of Vultures, which RT’s Regina called “a game-changer” for the fantasy genre.