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Reviews of books in a series, with a focus on urban fantasy.
Other genres include mystery, paranormal romance, and crime thrillers.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

* Series Ratings at-a-glance

Listed below are the most recent ratings (shown to the left of the series name) for the series I've reviewed, listed in alphabetical order by genre. Click the series name to go to my reviews of the books in the series.

This gives a good at-a-glance idea of what is out there and how I rate it, but to really get an idea of how a series has gone, you need to read more about the series. For instance, I've got the Stephanie Plum series rated a 7 of 10 because the latter books have gone from good to silly... but the first 8 or 10 books in the series were very good, many of them a 10 of 10.  The Dresden series is the opposite, with some of the middle books not rating very well, but the most recent book being good enough to raise the series by several points. 

There are also some debut series here, and in some cases there are only one or two books out. Not really enough for a full series rating, but I've got them listed here because it's not right to leave them off, either.

I guess the point is to just remember that the rating you see is how I've rated it after the last book in that series that I've read - and that the rating may have been different at another point in the series.

Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Romantic Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
. 8 of 10 Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk (after four books)
. 8 of 10 Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs (two books, two short stories)
. 9 of 10 Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton (after nineteen books)
10 of 10 series by M.L.N. Hanover (after two books)
. 8 of 10 Blood series by Tanya Huff (after six books)
. 8 of 10 Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman (after five books)
. 6 of 10 Dante Valentine series by by Lilith Saintcrow (after five books)
. 8 of 10 Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (after thirteen books)
. 6 of 10 Delilah Street series by Carole Nelson Douglas (after three books)
. 9 of 10 Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (after twelve books)
. 8 of 10 series by Ilona Andrews (after one book)
10 of 10 series by Jennifer Estep  (after two books)
. 5 of 10 Embers by Laura Bickle (after one book)
. 7 of 10 Felix Gomez series by Mario Acevedo (after five books)
10 of 10 Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh (after two books)
10 of 10 The Hollows / Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison (eight books, many shorts)
. 8 of 10 Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole (after eight books)
. 5 of 10 Iron Elves series by Chris Evans (after two books)
. 9 of 10 series by Nicole Peeler (after one book)
10 of 10 series by Faith Hunter (after two books)
. 8 of 10 Justine Jones, Disillusionist series by Carolyn Crane (after one book)
10 of 10 Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (after four books)
. 9 of 10 Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn (after seven books)
10 of 10 Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (after five books)
10 of 10 Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton (after eight books)
10 of 10 Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (after four books)
. 8 of 10 Nightcreature/Moon series by Lori Handeland (after six books)
. 8 of 10 series by Seanan McGuire (after two books)
. 6 of 10 Phoenix Chronicles by Lori Handeland (after four books)
10 of 10 Psy-Changelings series by Nalini Singh (after seven books)
. 9 of 10 Riley Jensen, Guardian series by Keri Arthur  (after nine books)
10 of 10 series by Seressia Glass (after one book)
10 of 10 Skindancer series by Anthony Francis (after one book)
10 of 10 Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire by Charlaine Harris (after more than ten books)
. 9 of 10 Soul Mates series by Jourdan Lane (also listed under Erotica) (after four books)
. 9 of 10 by Jill Myles (after two books)
10 of 10 Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (after four books)
. 9 of 10 Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (after one book)
. 9 of 10 Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (after more than ten books)

Paranormal Chik-Lit
. 6 of 10 by Madelyn Alt (after six books)
. 8 of 10 Bronwyn the Witch series by Candace Havens (after four books)
. 7 of 10 Caruthers Sisters by Candace Havens (after one book)
. 7 of 10 Psychic Eye Mysteries by Victoria Laurie (after seven books)

Crime Solving Women

. 8 of 10 Izzy Spellman series by Lisa Lutz (after three books)
. 6 of 10 Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series by Sue Grafton (after seventeen books)
. 9 of 10 Nadia Stafford series by Kelley Armstrong (after two books)
. 8 of 10 series by Richard Castle (after one book)
. 6 of 10. series by Patricia Cornwell (after seventeen books)
. 7 of 10 Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (first books are better) (after 15 books)

. 9 of 10 series by Jeff Lindsay (after four books)
10 of 10 series by Michael Connelly (after eight books)

Erotica and BDSM
10 of 10 Butterfly Unpinned by Laura Bacchi and Bonnie Dee (after one book)
. 9 of 10 Chaos Magic series by Jay Lygon (after three books)
. 7 of 10 Dark Elves series by Jet Mykles (after two books)
10 of 10 Deviations Series by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne (after four books)
. 8 of 10 Jarheads series by Sean Michael (after six books)
. 7 of 10 The Master Chronicles by Jamie Craig (after five books)
. 8 of 10 Daughter's of Arianne by Joey W.Hill (after three books)
10 of 10 Nature of Desire series by Joey W. Hill (after seven books)
. 9 of 10 Soul Mates series by Jourdan Lane (also listed under Urban Fantasy) (after four books)
. 6 of 10 Trattenbourgh Affair series by JJ Giles (after one books)


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  2. Glad it's helpful Jon.

    I've read more new authors in the past couple of months than is normal for me, but I'm really enjoying the fresh ideas coming out.

  3. I used the Barnes & Noble gift card my daughter got me the other day to pick up a couple of "known" authors' books, by Huff and C.S. Friedman, but also took a chance on a new one that I don't see mentioned in your series list, Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy. It was merely ok, didn't motivate me to run right out and buy the rest. I'll have a review up on my site next week (scheduled for the 14th, I think).

  4. I posted an update showing the debut series I've started:


    The three I most recommend out of the new series I've read this year are the Skindancer/Dakota Frost series, Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin series), and the Jane Yellowrock series.