My awesome friend James has asked me to collaborate with him on his Top Reads per Genre in an age group. Today I chose the urban fantasy genre. I hope you enjoy my spin on another one of his cool tags!
- Pick a genre. You can get very detailed and go into sub-genres, e.g. cozy, classic, etc. I’m starting general and may work my way down into the details.
- Pick an age range, roughly covering 12 years. You can add more or start with less, but I figured twelve ages seemed like a good one to start with.
- Pick a book for each age that you’d recommend to get someone situated with the genre.
- You can’t repeat an author within that age range.
- Explain why that author, book and age.
- Either show a book cover or provide a link to the book on Goodreads, or if you’ve read it and have a review, link your review.
- Start a discussion with everyone, e.g. is it the right age, is something missing…
- Tag others if you’d like, but I open it to everyone.
Urban Fantasy is a sub-genre of Fantasy that usually has supernatural elements in a contemporary setting. The worlds in which the stories take place are entirely fiction and can sometimes take place in a historical, modern or futuristic world. The age group outlined below goes from YA (young adult) to NA (new adult) to adult.
Age 14 – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Welcome to the world of magic! This is no ordinary book you’re reading. Once you read the characters in your story out loud, they literally come to life!
Magic takes a bit of a darker turn. You’re able to understand that things are not always sunshine and rainbows and it’s serious enough that people can die.
Age 16 – Switched by Amanda Hocking
Sometimes you learn that it’s okay to be different even if it means you weren’t born human. We all have a destiny in this world; some place where we truly belong.
Age 17 – Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Sometimes life is rough and it comes down to prison or being a poison taster. Nobody wants to die and in order to get to the bottom of nefarious plots, you have to step out of your comfort zone and learn new skills.
Age 18 – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Now it’s time to get a job. How about being a bodyguard for a vampire princess? You sleep at odd hours and deal with odd demons while struggling to find your own happiness in this world. Just ask Rose.
Speaking of princesses, how would you like to be one? You get to live a lavish lifestyle and fall in love with a man who saved your family from starvation and homelessness. Did I mention you’re a princess in a faerie kingdom and your real use is trying to break an ancient curse which involves trials you may or may not be ready for and could possibly end in death?
Age 20 – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Being a princess not your thing? Let’s get a real world job. How about a mechanic? You can get some great tips from Mercedes Thompson, coyote shifting mechanic. No ties to any pack and has a interesting group of friends from vampires to wolves to faeries.
Age 21 – Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
If that isn’t appealing enough, how about being a mercenary? You’re the one civilians call when the police and Paranormal Division of the government don’t want to handle your call in a way that you would be satisfied with. Banshee in your tree disturbing the neighbors but it’s actually your crazy grandma and you swear she’s gentle when she’s human? Call Kate Daniels for that.
Age 22 – Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
Now magic can be crippling. Just ask Allie Beckstrom. Magic always comes at a cost. In her case, its crippling migraines and memory loss but in order to follow magic signatures to their source, especially when murder is involved, it sometimes magic is the only way.
All this death is depressing right? Not if you’re Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire! She moonlights as an investigator but she also helps people cross over to the other side, whether its Heaven or Hell, when they die. Because she can communicate with the dead, she is also able to solve unexplained cold cases.
Age 24 – Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
Can’t talk about Death without talking about Angels. You can join a mercenary guild and be hired to hunt down and bring in a rogue archangels who’ve been killing young women in the city. By the way, archangels are gorgeous so there’s a high possibility of falling in love with one!
Age 25 – Radiance by Grace Draven
Ah, love. You’re at that age when marriage is on the table. How about an arranged marriage between two different people in the name of peace? A prince who’s only a spare heir to a noblewoman of no worth or value. Love is blind; it can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and creatures. It is beautiful and now you’re ready to head into your thirties armed with all types of magical, fantastical experience.