The best paranormal/fantasy novels with kick-ass sassy heroines

Who am I?

I am a lifelong reader and now a writer of Paranormal Romance and have been reading Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for the last 25 years. I can not get enough of the world-building and character development that goes into them. Now, as a writer, I love to explore powerful kick-ass female main characters and hot alpha werewolves.


I wrote...

Luna Rising: Book 1 of the Luna Rising Series

By Sara Snow,

Book cover of Luna Rising: Book 1 of the Luna Rising Series

What is my book about?

Standing at 6'4" with steel grey eyes, he might look like a walking dream, but he acts like a first-class jerk. Who would have thought that one night, while dragging myself home after doing double shifts at the diner, I'd be jumped by three men...only to have Xavier come to my rescue.

Oh yes, Xavier bloody Blackwood saved my life...but the thing I saw, the creature that ripped those men to shreds, wasn't the Xavier everyone thinks they know. He was a wolf, a demon, a creature from myth, but before I had time to process, he knocked me out too. Humans that learn about the existence of werewolves have to die...There are no exceptions. 

The books I picked & why

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Dead Witch Walking

By Kim Harrison,

Book cover of Dead Witch Walking

Why this book?

I have not read this book in ages, but I would read it over again in a second. The MC Rachel is a kick-ass paranormal bounty hunter reining in the law-breaking supernature creatures for a government agency. I love the humor and her interactions with the secondary characters, and they only get better as the series goes on. The relationship between demon Al and Rachel is an especially fun one, though book one is just Al’s introduction.

*Note:  Last I heard, the kindle edition has formatting & editing issues not present in the hard copy I read.

Dead Witch Walking

By Kim Harrison,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Dead Witch Walking as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From New York Times bestselling author, Kim Harrison, comes the first book in an exciting urban fantasy series; packed with the perfect balance of wry humour and thrilling action, which will delight fans of thrillers and fantasy alike.

Rachel Morgan is a white witch and runner working for Inderland Security, in an alternate world where a bioengineered virus wiped out a great deal of the world's human population - exposing the existence of the supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity.

For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down law-breaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she…


House of Earth and Blood

By Sarah J. Maas,

Book cover of House of Earth and Blood

Why this book?

We all know SJM can spin an incredible tale, but this book takes a little bit to get into when you first start. Hold on through the set-up of MC Bryce Quinlan’s world and you will be richly rewarded in the end. Bryce is a headstrong, sarcastic woman who hasn’t had it easy, despite the fact that she’s the daughter of the fae Autumn King. Seeing Bryce finally come into her own and find someone who loves every bit of her sass keeps me waiting on the edge of my seat for each new installment of this series.

House of Earth and Blood

By Sarah J. Maas,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked House of Earth and Blood as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Moon Called

By Patricia Briggs,

Book cover of Moon Called

Why this book?

The MC Mercy is not only headstrong and independent, she has a wicked sense of humor which is all the more evident when she is interreacting with her divorced werewolf neighbor Adam. There are a ton of subplots and action that allow us to see that she is smart and cunning and puts her deductive reasoning skills on display. There is a reason that this book series is considered the quintessential introduction to the werewolf genre.

Moon Called

By Patricia Briggs,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Moon Called as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The first novel in the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson series - the major urban fantasy hit of the decade

'I love these books!' Charlaine Harris

The best new fantasy series I've read in years' Kelley Armstrong

MERCY THOMPSON: MECHANIC, SHAPESHIFTER, FIGHTER

I didn't realize he was a werewolf at first. My nose isn't at its best when surrounded by axle grease and burnt oil . . .'

Mercedes Thompson runs a garage in the Tri-Cities. She's a mechanic, and a damn good one, who spends her spare time karate training and tinkering with a VW bus that happens…


Magic Bites

By Ilona Andrews,

Book cover of Magic Bites

Why this book?

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who is hiding from her enemies. When here gradian is murdered she seeks justice and gets drawn into a power struggle. She is snarky and headstrong, which sometimes get her into trouble. Her dynamic with the Pack is interesting to watch and the world building is fantastic.

Magic Bites

By Ilona Andrews,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Magic Bites as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Halfway to the Grave

By Jeaniene Frost,

Book cover of Halfway to the Grave

Why this book?

Cat Crawfield, half-vampire is on a mission to take out the undead as part of a personal vendetta. When she’s caught by vampire bounty hunter Bones, they become partners and hijinks ensue. She becomes a kick-ass demon hunter with sass (though at times, she can be a little naïve). But Cat and Bones together sizzle in their interactions, especially when you throw in his sarcastic wit. 

Halfway to the Grave

By Jeaniene Frost,

Why should I read it?

8 authors picked Halfway to the Grave as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Kicking off the sexiest, smartest, most badass paranormal romance series out there. You won't be able to stop turning the pages.

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of those deadbeats is her father - the guy responsible for ruining her mother's life.

But when she's captured by Bones, a bounty hunter and a vampire, she finds herself forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for his help in finding her father, and still astonished she hasn't ended up as his dinner, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her…

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