Scroll down and take a quick look at the covers of this week’s recommendations.
What do you see?
The first thing you may have noticed is that all the covers feature a strong
woman. That’s no
coincidence because in the Urban Fantasy genre, it’s the lead heroine that runs
the show. We as the
reader see the world through their eyes, making it crucial that we feel a
connection to the heroine
from the very first page.
But what qualities make a strong heroine? What can an author do to ensure that
their readers relate
to the main character? In order to answer this question, I hit social media and
asked readers what
qualities they liked to see in a heroine and I got so many amazing answers.
One reader stated that she enjoyed seeing strength in her heroines, even in the
face of defeat.
Another reader said she liked her heroines brave and intelligent, someone who
constantly strives to
do the right thing, even if it means taking the harder route. Another reader
commented and said she
enjoys a little humor from her heroines, someone with sassiness and snark. I
have to agree with all of
these statements. All these things make up fabulous heroines but I also think
it’s about balance. Too
much of one can throw a reader off, but if you can find one that hits all the
right notes, you’re just as
susceptible to fall in love with the heroine as you are with the hero.
This week I’ve picked series that all have fierce heroines. Each one is
different but they all have
qualities about them that make them unique. I’m curious to know what qualities
do you like in a
heroine? And who are some of your favorite heroines?
Gin Blanco was first introduced as an ice cold assassin but over
the course of the series, she has grown so much, displaying her vulnerabilities
as well as her
strengths. Gin continues to evolve, making me admire Estep and her talents.
Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That’s the
question Gin Blanco asks when a friend’s long-lost relative strolls into town.
The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone—and a big problem for Gin.
Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series
RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”
It’s not easy
being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my
potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is
my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and
playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his
suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the
outside looking in.
It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend
is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole
loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for
Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the
syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is
planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This
person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in
the ground—for good.
Price has done something right because fans have been waiting a
long time to learn what happened to Alex Craft, the grave witch that can
communicate with the dead.
It shows that having the right balance of characteristics can make or break a
If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft.
She’s a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who
specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets.
She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both
in the human realm and in Faerie.
Fae can’t survive without a tie to
Faerie, and now that Alex’s true nature has awoken, she’s no exception. She must
align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she
makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which
causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation
entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before
she’s dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.
BLOOD IN HER VEINS by Faith Hunter
There was more stories to devour in this anthology starring, Jane
Yellowrock, the shapeshifting skinwalker. Hunter has created a stunning heroine
who is both smart
In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling
adventures from the world of vampire- hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan
favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal
to the metal in “The Early Years,” and the last thing a werewolf will ever see
as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” Get a searing look into the
pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the
Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in
In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of
Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman—and Jane must figure out how
to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New
Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a
visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most
powerful witch in Everhart history....
From the Big Easy to the bad bayou,
from the open road to a vampire’s lair—with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a
given: have stakes, will travel.
4 comments posted.
I have to agree with your selection but don't forget Kitty Kat Martin from the Alien series by Gini Koch!
(Kathleen Bylsma 7:41pm February 25, 2016)
Like all three. have read the first in series for Gin Blanco and Alex Craft and enjoyed. Jane Yellowrock is in my top four, the other three being:
Kate Daniels in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews;
Elena Deveraux in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh; and
Mercy Thompson in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The three of them plus Jane Y are tough to beat.
(Courtney Kronk 11:26pm February 25, 2016)