Welcome to the Badass Best of 2016. We’re kicking off this year’s posts with one of our favorite genres, Urban Fantasy! Take a look below for our 5 favorite UFs from this year with a few honorable mentions.
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews || Published Sep 20th 2016 by Ace || 5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar. Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead. The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules.
Why We Love It: How could a book that’s #9 in the series be so damn.freaking.good! Magic Binds was worth the wait. There’s just something about getting lost in this world that’s irresistible, and it’s not just the thought of Curran bursting out of his sweats. It was fast paced, with a super strong plot, lots of action and great humor (even with all the blood!) An amazing precursor to the series finale.
Synopsis: Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city. Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both…
Why We Love It: Level headed heroine, very interesting magic system, great one-liners and intense circumstances which the author manages to keep light with witty dialogue and banter.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn || Published Jul 5th 2016 by DAW || 4.5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea. But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.
Why We Love It: Everyone, and everything, is so over the top that it’s hilarious. Very different from 90% of all other UF out there.
Borderline by Mishell Baker|| Published Mar 1st 2016 by Saga Press || 4.5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales. For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds. No pressure.
Why We Love It: Different UF heroine from all the others out there, story has fae creatures galore and they were Christal’s favorite kind of fae (creepy and slightly crazy), secondary characters are all colorful and unique.
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning || Published Jan 19th 2016 by Delacorte Press || 4.5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet. But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves. Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
Why We Love It: Funny, fast paced and it even made Wendy cry!
Honorable Mentions (click cover for review)
Upcoming Badass Best of 2016 Lists
Romance – Contemporary
Romance – Historical, PNR & Erotic Romance
Romance – M/M
Mystery & Realistic Fiction
Most Anticipated Reads of 2017
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