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My Kindle has smoke coming out of its ears I’ve been reading so much lately.  A 12 hour plane ride to England and back helped me polish off quite a few exciting reads I was itching for!  Most of them lean towards the girl bent, and I promise to delve into more man-friendly literature in the next few months, if only for a personal change of pace.  I read a bunch of great books though, starting with the latest installment in the Raine Benares series The Trouble With Demons!  I think I love this series so much because:

a) It’s written in the tone of all the popular urban-fantasy that are the rage now, but it’s set in a believable, not cheesy “olde fantasy” world.  Not many series pull that off. The magic system is well thought out and the elves aren’t poncey.  Bonus.

b) The writing has an unforced sense of humor which makes the characters very likeable and believable.  I actually laugh out loud sometimes when I read these, not common with me.

c) The plotting always feels like a romp.  The adventures and conflicts the characters fall into remind me of playing a great video game or D&D game. I always feel like I’m present in the action.

c) There is a believable sustained love triangle that has lasted 3 books without the characters hopping all over each other, GASP!  Delicious romantic tension that makes me eager for more!  (I’m rooting for the paladin of course 🙂 )

BONUS:  Even though I read this on the Kindle, the cover art has improved immensely from the first two (less pink FTW!), so read away!

Next, as a refreshing rinse from all the vampire/fantasy stuff I’ve been reading, I picked up a mystery series with three books (so far) starring Lady Julia Grey. The series has a strong romance plot, but I wouldn’t pigeonhole it only as romance because the mystery is very good and the characters are great, very involving.  I read these in England, and the author clearly loves Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights and Rebecca and I found it very evocative to read them while hearing people with British accents, LOL.  Fortunately for me, I read these again on my Kindle.  Look up at the cover art and you can see why I’m relieved.   Book 1 has a great cover, books 2 and 3 want to make me slit my wrists.  A dismembered man hand and cheap flammable prom lace do NOT help sell these books!  For God’s sake, go back to the original cover art, it’s much more appropriate!  Love the series though, will be looking for more.

Last (but certainly not least, check my GoodReads account for all my latest updated books) I read the third in Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series.  At this point you probably can’t suggest an urban-fantasy/urban-paranormal-romance series I haven’t at least TRIED to read.  If it isn’t on my GoodReads I probably forgot to add it (or wanted to forget it).  Most of these books aren’t that great and seem like Buffy rip offs.  Maybe because I was ON the show, my patience runs thin and if I see another description of a dark tormented vampire who makes a gun-toting, leather-pants-wearing heroine light-headed with desire while she’s kicking his ass…well, I’ll do something bad 🙂  but this series definitely is one of my favorite of the genre.  There are vampires and werewolves and werelions, etc, but the world is so well put together and justified, and, more importantly, the characters are believable and have real relationships and care about each other.    The writing is witty and exciting and the series seems to BUILDING to something rather than just being stretched out for sequel after sequel.  Thumbs up in a very crowded genre!

I read about 8 other books on the trip, a few about the Black Plague because…I love the Black Plague, LOL! Now I’m planning to focus on some Sci-Fi now, or some straight mystery for a change of pace.

  • You should read a book called City of Bones, followed by the sequel City of Ashes. Now this may seem silly, but I'm recommending these because they are GOD AWFUL. They were written by a Fan Fiction writer, and as such are full of stereotypes and forbidden love. It's also Urban Fantasy, that I assume you haven't read. It's not particularly elegant,but I'll think you'll enjoy it for a laugh.

  • Ena

    An unintended advantage of an e-book reader is that you don't have to worry about the cover art of the book you're reading, or the genre, or whatever guilty pleasure you would prefer not to publicly announce 😛 But the intended beauty of carrying around a library worth books in your bag is extremely appealing. I'm looking forward to get one when their price tags have more sensible numbers on them.

  • Roy

    The new Dresden files book “Turn Coat” came out a few weeks back. I assume you have read this series, if not you should.

  • Thank you for the wonderful review, Felicia! And I completely agree with your video game/D&D opinion. I think my books would transition nicely over to games. Basically, I write the kind of books that I want to read — fun, fast-paced, and above all, character driven. I'm so glad you love them, too!


  • For something different, try Vicki Petterson's series. She's a former Las Vegas showgirl who now writes great urban fantasy set in (!) Las Vegas. First book is called The Scent of Shadows.

  • Love the phrase “cheap flammable prom lace” and proud to be present at the birth of a new genre, the bodice burner.

  • Hey Felicia! I'm an asssitant in the editorial department for MIRA Books, which publishes Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey Series. First of all, thank you for reading and blogging about Deanna's books! We love them here and are always happy to hear others are enjoying them as well. As for the covers, I'm SOOO with you. Not a fan of the new designs. That being said, the original cover for book 2 was done in the same style as book 1, but when book 2 was reissued before the release of book 3, the cover was redone. I have *no* idea why they decided to go this way. Anyway, thanks for blogging about your favourite reads! Not only is it interesting to see what you've been reading, but I also feel that books recommendations can only help the publishing industry in what feels like such an uncertain time. Keep it up!

  • Kathy

    The Kindle is very dangerous to bookaholics like us! It lets me take sooo many books with me where ever I go. Oh and all of the series you talked about really rock. Have you tried Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series? Oh my, gives those Carpathians a run for their money! Yum

  • Beth

    Just in case, I have to ask of you've read “Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis. You want Black Plague? This book will give it to you.

  • Dustin

    Since you mentioned Jane Austen, have you read Seth Grahame-Smith's re-write of Pride and Prejudice? It's called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I haven't done much more than read the first few pages yet, but what I've read is very funny.

  • Anne

    I just finished “The Trouble With Demons” as well, and I agree that the series balances the right amount of humor, adventure, and non-cheesiness. However, the romantic tension is slowly killing me. Whenever Raine encountered Mychael, I was close to screaming “Kiss him already!!”

  • I know, they really really need to get it on next book, it is killing me as well.

    BTW you guys like the new comment system? It's powerd by Disqus, I'm experimenting with it. You can post video responses and “Like” comments so I think they show up further up on the post. Anyway, just trying it out now.

    • Jess

      I started the series last week based on your recommendation and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m almost done with the last one.

      I have to disagree with you on one thing: Tam is way hotter! He screams sexy all over. I feel like there is way more sexual tension between those two than with Mychael. Don’t get me wrong Mychael is good looking in my minds eye but Tam just screams danger Will Robinson danger.

      Thanks again for the recommendation I’ll check out your goodreads for more. I been starving for too long and the only cure for my starvation is more books or cow bell! 🙂

  • Doomsday book is one of my favorite books! Have you read her other book “TO say nothing of the dog” or something? I love that book so much too (although I can't remember the title precisely, LOL!)

  • I am not a fan of the Carpathian series. Too much grunting “YOu my woman” stuff. I kinda like the lady to have a choice in her mate 🙂 But I'd check out a different series by the author.

  • Beth

    Oh yes! Love “To Say Nothing of the Dog” (of course you got the title right!) I want her to write more in that universe.

  • Kathy

    Have you read Linnea Sinclair? Oh my! LOVE her books! ALL of them!!!

  • Oh, I was just going to say the same thing about Connie Willis. I also loved her To Say Nothing of the Dog which pays homage to Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat. But with TIME TRAVEL.

  • Ali

    On the Black Death, William Manchester’s “A World Lit Only By Fire” is awesome, and also Norman Frank Cantor’s “In the wake of the plague”.

    Have you read Sergei Lukyanenko’s “Night Watch”? It’s the start of a very Russian urban fantasy series. Dark and moody and surprising.

  • Francesca

    Hey Felicia, glad I can’t afford a kindle or I don’t think I’d ever be able to do anything else. Then again with what I just shelled out on books maybe I can’t afford Not to have one! One of the urban Fantasy series that I enjoy is the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, it starts with Dead Witch Walking set in Cincinatti(!!!!!) Its definitely bubblegum, but bubblegum is fun. I’ve feared the possibility of buffywannabeness but I was proven wrong. Also I just picked up a couple books by Martin Millar which look promising, ‘The Good Fairies of New York’ and ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’ Also I’m reccomending Terry Prachett and the books ‘The Wee Free Men’, ‘A Hat Full of Sky’, and ‘Wintersmith’, because those three are a damn good read.

  • Tracy Davis

    Wow… funny thing to mention Lisa, I actually met Lisa Shearin through a message board and we’ve talked several times. I was so excited when I got to go to a B&N and actually ask them to order her book because they had sold out. I’m also really happy to know that her next book was out. With school being crazy and work not helping I hadn’t been on the message boards lately… but now I can go get the next in the series… YAY!! I need to check out these other finds too… thanks for the tip! 🙂

  • England? You were in England? I missed that meeting!

    I’d love one of those kindles, but I have a problem with technology – I used to use my Palm for ebooks until that broke down. I’d only end up breaking it.

  • Q

    The cover for “Magic Strikes” is great.

  • worm

    Have you read

    Never let me go
    by the british author Kazuo ishiguro.

    Its becoming a movie with kiera knightley.

    Its about cloning, kinda like the island, but more drama based. It was actually pretty good. Heartbreaking and the book was on time magazine top 100 books from 1923 to 2005.

    Your post on those female vaginal books are funny.

  • Okay, I JUST now I saw that you already knew about To Say Nothing of the Dog.

    Well, whatever, WHATEVER FELISHA.

    *runs into bedroom and slams door crying*


    This isn’t Twitter is it?

    • Dont cry! I can pretend I didn’t read it for you 😀

  • Gonzo Lamar

    I have to log in in support of the Dresden Files. Maybe you’re looking for urban fantasy with Romance thrown in, but I love the grittiness of the detective genre with the magic thrown in.

    I’ve just finished reading the second of the Mercy Thompson books. Shapeshifting fun! Werewolves and vampires. Well worth a read.

    Love the Guild!


  • IrvineKinneas

    I googleed this ”Raine Benares” thing… Man, there is no French version! WTH?!? Ok, I can read in English, but I won’t read a WHOLE serie in English, even if it looks totally awesome!

    The world should have only one language! (and of course, it should be French! What: It’s the language of love after all! ^_^). Or at least everything that is released should be translated in every language, so that everyone may enjoy it!

    In the meantime, I’ll keep this serie’s title in mind. Maybe it’ll be translated one day…

  • Hi there !

    I actually discovered you on Roommates, and then some days later on Dr. Horrible. It was such a great surprise to see you in two series at the same time (Well, I know that Dr. Horrible « aired » almost a year ago and that I’m viewing these shows backwards, but still) so I googled your name, and I’m really glad I did. I find it really cool to finally « meet » an actor that’s not, you know, unapproachable.

    About the reading, I just finished a book. Quite old. It’s called “Lord of the Rings”, maybe some of you here have heard about it (;D). I’m late, I know, the books were just collecting dust on my shelves… I’m also reading “Le Papillon des Etoiles” (The Butterfly of the Stars) from Bernard Werber and “In Tenebris” from Maxime Chattam, both french writers. They’re quite good actually, very different styles, I like it.

    I will definitely come around here again, so… See you soon, I guess !

    xx, Stéphane.

    • And by “actor”, I mean “actress”. ;D

  • I can’t figure out how to look at your goodreads lists so i can’t tell if you’ve read the bordertown anthologies. They’re fairly old at this point so you may not know of them. great collection of stories by a great collection of authors.

  • Second the Ilona Andrews recommendation, one of the best heroines ever.

    Try the Jaz Parks series and the Thorn St. Croix series. Good stuff.

  • Brian

    Just saw you on My Boys! It seems like you keep ending up in the only thing I ever watch. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  • Ben

    With all of your positive (and very public) feedback of the Kindle product, they should send you one for beta testing. (and they should send me one for suggesting it!)

    And I also have a blog request, I’d love to read a Felicia blog about what it’s like as an up and comer living in LA. I’m most curious about how “nice” people are out there and especially in your highly competitive industry. Maybe all of your success wont be representative of everyone’s life in LA but at least we can learn about your unique perspective on it.

    (I hope my first attempt at an html link works–if not, maybe I’ll google for some help and try again) Ok–I think i figured it out…needs a “close tag.” Here goes nothing…

    • I will take this note! I am very busy writing Season 3 so Blog posts are not coming as fast as I’d like them to 🙁 But when I get time again in the next few weeks I’ll try to add this topic to a post!

  • Have you read Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald? I think it would be right up your alley given these picks.

    Happy reading, and happy making cool stuff.

  • This is a story I thought you’d laugh at:

    I posted on my Twitter that I will never get more than 100 follows because I am not famous. To get 1000 or more, I will have to become famous or marry a famous person. Upon that being said, a friend & I started a conversation about just that. We deemed that, alone, we are just not funny enough to be famous. We would have to do something incredibly stupid or write a book that makes tween girls go into a love induced trance for a vampire or possibly a werewolf. Since none of that is currently on the table, it came down to marrying someone famous.
    He chose you because “smart is not something you can learn from Vogue, nor is talent. It does not hurt that she is pretty & has the cutest nose.” He became crushed to learn you are (I believe) engaged. He also offered to beat up (or just slap a run) if your current beau breaks your heart. he is thinking up his new choice. his 2nd choice.
    I couldn’t decide. I am not a very good fan girl. There are no celebrities I want to stalk, though many I admire & find appealing physical traits in (I am a photographer, so I really just want to take photos of all the celebrities I like, I am not sure what to actually DO with them if I were ever given the option to DO something with one). Anyway, to cut this short, 6 different online tests, 3 trivia/quizzes & one game of “this or that” (given two options, you have to choice within one second of the choices, no thinking), apparently I am supposed to marry Nathan [Fillion]. I was unaware of this. But thought, if you’re so inclined, let him know I make awesome spaghetti & can do laundry. Otherwise, I jsut like taking candid photos & wish there were more high resolution, normal photos of celebrities (not weird posses with heaps of makeup). If any one needs one of those.

    This was a very rambly post I will probably regret when the Vicodin & valium wears off (yay for injuries sustained in the process of being childish, having fun & sadly learning you are not 16 anymore & can’t heal instantly).

    • Ha! This is a hilarious story, very funny. Um, I apologize to your friend that I’m already “taken” but the fact he thinks my nose is cute is a great one in my column, as I’m not a big fan of it myself 🙂

      • HAHAHA…oh lord.

        His response was, “It’s ok, she can make it up to me if she has a sister. Or has Nathan send you a kissy face photo.”

        He does not think big enough, I am not sure why he did not stop at “send me Nathan”. Either way, you made our day by responding.

        PS. “I don’t understand how she could not be a fan of her whole face. If I got to see Felicia Day in a mirror every morning, I’d be really creeped out, but happy at the same time.”

  • Bruno

    Greetings, Felicia.
    It just happened I just ramdomly surfing at Tweeter, I find you and checked your works. The Guild are Dr. Horrible are such masterpieces.
    I wish there were people producing such intelligent and contemporary works here in Brasil too.

    Uh, that´s it.

    Regards, and the best for you
    Bruno, also an actor.

  • Rob

    Just watched the first season of The Guild. Hadn’t knowingly seen your work before but very much a fan now and will watch for you in the future. You have an attractive and intriguing face (yes, even your nose). I’m a professional sculptor and would would love to do a head study of you for yourself (or your significant other) if you ever get up to the San Francisco Bay Area. Can work from photos and/or sittings. Again, great work, you should have a great future.

  • Alex R.

    Felicia, if you haven’t read the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, drop what you’re doing and read them! Or at least try to fit them in somewhere 🙂 I was stationed in Korea for a year, and all I did was read, and these were by far the best books I’ve ever read. Incredibly exciting, a thoroughly thought-out world, fleshed-out characters, twists you’ll never (ever) see coming, moral dilemmas, and more! The first 2 are even out in paperback and Kindle!

  • TW Andrews

    Felicia, if you haven’t read the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, drop what you’re doing and read them! Or at least try to fit them in somewhere I was stationed in Korea for a year, and all I did was read, and these were by far the best books I’ve ever read. Incredibly exciting, a thoroughly thought-out world, fleshed-out characters, twists you’ll never (ever) see coming, moral dilemmas, and more! The first 2 are even out in paperback and Kindle!

    I’d second this. The world of the Mistborn trilogy is the most imaginative one that I’ve read about in a long time. Easily the best books that I’ve read in quite a while.

    • I actually read this. I LOVED the first book, the second two took turns I didn’t TOTALLY love, but I enjoyed the series as a whole. Have you read his standalone Elantris I believe? LOVE it. He’s finishing the Wheel of Time series and I feel like he will definitely serve Jordan’s voice well.

      • TW Andrews

        I likewise enjoyed the first book more than the second and third, but I often find that’s the case with trilogies. I especially enjoy the first encounter with a new world–particularly one as imaginative as that of the Mistborn books–and it’s difficult to replicate that feeling in subsequent books. With longer running series, like the Dresden Files, the book-by-book expansion of an over-arching plot often really draws me in.

        I’m pleased that he’s going to be the one who’s finishing the Wheel of Time. It might be sacrilegious, but I have a feeling that I’ll enjoy his books more than many of the ones that Jordan wrote.

        I did read Elantris and liked it quite a lot–I’m hoping that he revisits the world in subsequent books, I seem to remember that the ending left the door open to that.

        On your recommendation, I just finished three available books in the Raine Benares series and thought they were great! Thanks for the tip!

  • Felicia, isn’t Kindle a great tool? And to think I used to haul a heavy laptop around in the old days. No more packing books or hanging out at airport bookstores. I love my Kindle and use it almost every day.

    Have you ever read any of Elizabeth Berg’s short stories? Love her writing.

  • ilona andrews

    I’m so glad the books worked out! 😀

  • I can’t use a Kindle, I enjoy so much to touch the paper…

  • Shadowpuppetman

    If your looking for somthing a bit different, in my opinion, I would suggest reading A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore. Its a fun and interesting read about a “beta” male that stumbles into being a grim reaper. Its a dark comedy filled with humor (obviously), action, quirky characters, and supernatural.

    Anyways, just wanted to say that i enjoy your work and think you do a great job. You even make me want to buy an appliance at sears 😉

  • gtpeach

    Hey, have you tried the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs? I think you’d like it. Well thought out works of fae, werewolves, vampires, witches, and walkers. Set in modern day Tri-Cities. Very clever, love triangle that doesn’t involve jumping bones, sustained through 3 books and resolved in 4th book… or so you think, until another guy decides he’s in love with her right after she’s made her choice…. Definitely worth a read.

  • gtpeach
    • Yes, Loved this series. Got the #4 in hardback and am currently reading the Omega offshoot to it. I really like her writing and characters. RE comment below, Sevenwaters trilogy is FAB! I have those in hardback on my shelf. All these suggestions are great tho!

  • Book Recommendation: Sevenwaters trilogy. Starts with “Daughter of th Forest”

    I love that series.

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  • The Raine Benares series looks like it would be a good read. I haven’t had as much time recently to delve into some good fantasy books as I would like to, but I think this series would be a good starting point. Thanks for the referral! :]

    • Yes, the covers tend to scare people off I believe, ah to just have a navy background and a magic dagger. I think it would be a best seller 🙂

      • That’s true, the covers are detailed and explanatory to the series (I’m assuming), but there’s something…odd about it. I think that’s what makes me want to read it though! =)

  • I just read Mistress of the Art of Death and it’s sequel The Serpent’s Tale and they were both very good. The series is not fantasy but it does take place in medieval England and provides some pretty good mysteries. Check them out.

  • Max

    Neither Kindle nor the (more appealing imo) Sony Reader are of any use here in Aotearoa, so I comfort myself sour grapes fashion with articles like this one from wired
    <a href=””?Why e-books are ugly

    PS – how could you not like your nose, Felicia? It’s a perfect fit for the rest of your gorgeous cuteness.

    PPS. Any idea when we might be able o follow Delicia Fay on Twitter?

  • Ace

    Sci-fi, eh?

    Here’s where I shamelessly plug my webfiction serial, KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE.

    Think XENA meets BLADE RUNNER.

  • Dammit–every time I read your blog I end up adding to my already overburdened wishlist. But I forgive you because you’re providing a valuable public service (wading through the dreck on our behalf and sharing the good stuff). Cheers 🙂

  • For her birthday, I gifted a set of books, the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop (they’re not bad), to the fantasy-loving RPG’er in our gaming group a year or two ago. In return, she gifted me a set of books by Jaqueline Carey, the Kushiel series. I enjoyed the alternate fantasy reality and decidedly “romance novel” feel of the books very much.

    Also quite good was the set of books – four so far – by a local-to-me author, Maria V. Snyder, starting with Poison Study. I warned my brother upon loaning him the first that he would not be able to stop reading them until he finished. Sure enough, he couldn’t put it down. They’re very compelling.

    The Kushiel and Study series are available on the Kindle, but not the Black Jewels. I’ve read those last few there myself.

    Speaking only of science fiction, I’ve been reading everything by Vernor Vinge I can find. Sadly, there’s not a lot. Some of the short stories are pretty good, though. Yes, I’m also a Kindle junkie. 🙂

  • LOL Fantastic Wonderful Tract Morgan is one great and extremely funny perservere comedian. He help keep me in stitches for hours and give us a good time at any time great job

  • Hi, beautiful page however there is a issue whereby sometimes I am redirected to the base page whenever I view different topics in this page.

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