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Weekend Reading [04/23-04/25] :: Werewolf Weekend Challenge!

I love shapeshifter stories. From Native American legends about raven tricksters and Celtic folklore about selkies it isn't hard to appreciate the idea of the dual-natured. But of all the shapeshifter breeds out there, few are as special to me as a reader as the werewolf.

In spite of living at the edge of wolf country in a state where wolves are considered a pest (don't get me started, I have a bad attitude toward ranchers who get mad that wolves are poaching their livestock) I have only once ever seen a wolf. But I was halfway around the world at the time living in Germany. My husband and I were taking a short trip up to the city from our tiny village and the sun was just beyond having risen in the East. A lush field with the first hints of spring green was damp with dew and as our car raced past so very quickly I saw a lone figure trotting away in the tall grass. I only saw him (or her) for a blink before we were too far down the autobahn but in that heartbeat I fell in love with wolves.

I suppose since we humans enjoy canine companionship it isn't a far cry to love wolves. Even before my lone wolf encounter I had found them fascinating and majestic. Their behaviors in a pack aren't so truly different from how humans interact with one another. Heck, most romance readers use the term Alpha to describe a certain type of hero even if the book is not of the paranormal bent.

This weekend Velvet of vvb32 reads is hosting a special werewolf weekend event. Since I plan to do a shapeshifter month later this year (I haven't decided which month hence no previous mention) I've been thinking a lot about werewolf books already. So I decided in taking part of this challenge to share links to some of my favorite series that have werewolves as main characters. I hope you'll find some of them useful if you're looking for a howling good werewolf read!

Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs / Set in my home town this series features Adam Hauptman and other werewolves including a gay couple. It is one of my favorites because it features many different paranormal races, a strong female lead and having familiarity with the territory is always fun. I've also enjoyed the comic book adaptations but not the spin-off romance series Alpha and Omega.

Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn / Traversing the country from Denver and Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. Kitty Norville is a werewolf who "outs" the paranormal world for good or for ill. What I love about this series is how different each book is. That and Kitty just plain kicks ass.

Broken Heart, Oklahoma Series by Michele Bardsley / When the PTA gets turned into vampires Broken Heart becomes home to lots of paranormals including several studly werewolves.

The Delilah Street Series / Vegas + paranormals = perfection! Okay, so I've read the first book so far but even though there was a lot I didn't like about it I fell in love with the world built here. Werewolves as mobsters? Hell yes!

The Demonica Series by Larissa Ione / Okay, so the series is mostly about a bunch of demons but one of my favorite secondary characters in the series is a werewolf!

Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark Series / This series keeps putting out books faster than I can read them and it is damned popular. I don't really dig alpha males but if you like a tortured werewolf dude as your hero the third book's Bowen is pretty foxy... err wolfy. ;)

Tales of an Urban Werewolf Series by Karen McInerney / If you're looking for a Texan she-wolf look no further than Sophie Garou. While not my favorite of favorite series this one is great if you want a little bit of romance and mystery with a big dose of wolf.

Emma Holly's Upyr books / Probably some of the weirdest shapeshifter fic I've read but if you're looking for something more on the erotic side these have a lot of werewolves getting it on. :P

Dark/Were/Dream Hunters Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon / Next to the "series-that-shall-not-be-named" (*coughanitablakecough*) this was probably one of my first exposures to werewolves as romantic heroes. Vane will probably always be one of my favorite heroes in a romance.

Of course there are other series that feature werewolves that I don't consider to be favorites or simply haven't gotten around to reading yet. L.A. Banks' Crimson Moon series is one that I hear lots of good things about. Terry Spear writes werewolf romances that I've read but haven't really loved. I read one of Kendra Leigh Castle's Drakyn books which feature dragon and wolf shifters as enemies and really liked it.

And what about upcoming werewolf reads you ask? Ellen Schrieber who writes the Vampire Kisses series has a new series about them coming out in 2011! The sequel to last year's Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater entitled Linger will be out this summer. And I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer and not just because it has a gorgeous cover (can we say jaw-dropping awesome) but because it's about a she-wolf coming into her own.

Of course if you check my tags for werewolf and shapeshifters you're likely to find plenty of reviews of books featuring werewolves in prominent roles. Even the supposed steampunk title I'm reading right now has some werewolves in it so that's what I'm working on all weekend and so far I'm really liking it. Soulless is definitely one of the stranger reads I've had this year so be sure to check back in the coming weeks when I get time to review it. And, of course, if you're interested in other werewolf topics of all kinds (like movies or whatever) head on over to Velvet's blog and see what she has up this weekend! :D
-- Rhi


vvb32 reads said...

ooo, great list. i hadn't heard of some. looking forward to your future shapeshifter event as i want to explore other shifters too. thanks for joining in!

M.A.D. said...

What an excellent, in-depth listing! And I cannot wait until the sequel for Shiver is available --- squee :)lol

Spav said...

Great list. I've read most of them, but there are a few that are new to me.


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