Since joining Goodreads I have found many “new to me” authors and series.
I took the site’s general “2014 Reading Challenge” and have signed up again this year. In addition to that I decided to sign up for a few reading challenges that the groups I belong to have set it’s members.
Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of magical novels and stories set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings–as opposed to ‘traditional’ fantasy set in wholly imaginary landscapes.
The urban fantasy protagonist faces extraordinary circumstances as plots unfold in either open (where magic or paranormal events are commonly accepted to exist) or closed (where magical powers or creatures are concealed) worlds.
A romantic subplot may or may not exist within the context of the story.
This post is all about the annual reading challenge that the “Urban Fantasy” group have set for the whole of this year (2015). There is a book montage at the end of this post and throughout the list you can click on the author’s names to visit their own websites in a new window…
7 to 38 books, depending on your level
Duration: January 1 – December 31, 2015 (Honestly,
I originally designed this to be an open-ended challenge that would take however long you need to complete it. So if December rolls around and we’re still not done, we could roll it over into next year.)
– This challenge is divided into four parts. You may choose to do all parts or only one, two or three parts.
– The books may be from any genre, unless specified otherwise in a category.
– Re-reads are allowed as are books used for other challenges.
– You may post your list up front or as you go and you may make changes as you go.
Choose your level:
Fingerpaint – Any one part
Watercolour – Any two parts
Acrylic – Any three parts
Oil – All four parts
PART ONE ~ 7 books
Roy G. Biv is an acronym for the order of colours in a rainbow. For each letter, read a book in which the title, series name, or author’s name (first or last) begins with that letter.
PART TWO ~ 8 books
Read a book with a cover that predominantly matches each colour.
Red: Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians #5) by Dianne Duvall
Orange: Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade #2) by Stephanie Rowe
Yellow: Jonas (Darkness #7) by K.F. Breene
Green: Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4) by Felicity Heaton
Blue: Darkness Reborn (Order of the Blade #5) by Stephanie Rowe
Purple: Huntress (Alexa O’Brien, Huntress #0.5) by Trina M Lee
Black: Darlings of Darkness by various authors
White: Cupcakes, Trinkets and other Deadly Magic (The Dowser Series #1) by Meghan Ciana Doidge
PART THREE ~ 12 books (2 for each colour)
1. Red is the international colour for stop. Read the last book in a series or trilogy. (The most recent release in an ongoing series will also count.)
The Fate Series: Complete Box Set (Fate #1-3) by S.Simone Chavous
2. Red is an auspicious colour for marriage. Brides in India and Nepal wear red saris; in Japan, a red kimono symbolizes happiness and good luck. Read a book in which a wedding takes place OR there is a wedding themed item in the title or on the cover.
1.In Japan, yellow often represents courage. Read a book featuring a kick-butt female character.
2. Yellow is the colour most often associated with the deity in many religions (e.g. Hinduism and Ancient Egypt) Read a book including a god, gods, or god-like characters or the people who worship them.
1. Blue is the #1 favourite colour of all people! Read a book from one of your favourite series.
2. Blue jeans are worn all over the world and a dark blue suit is professional business attire. Read a book with a denim-clad character on the cover OR a sharp businessman in the story.
Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1) by Annie Bellet
1. Green is universally associated with nature. Read a book with characters trying to protect/preserve wildlife or nature OR read a book with a character that can control or influence nature (This could include anything from controlling weather, making plants grow, or communicating with animals).
2. Traffic lights are green all over the world. Read the first book in a new-to-you series.
1. Among Mediterranean people, purple was reserved for emperors and popes. The Japanese christened it “Imperial Purple”. Read a book featuring a character who is a member of royalty OR with a royal title in the title or series name. (e.g. queen, prince, duke, emperor, raja, etc.)
Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates #2) by Felicity Heaton
2. Purple is the colour of mourning or death in many cultures (U.K., Italy, Thailand, Brazil) Read a book in which a character dies.
1. Orange is the colour of life rafts, hazard cones, and high visibility police vests. Read a book featuring a police officer or a book in which a character’s life is saved.
2. The middle traffic light is orange in France. Read a “middle” book in any series (any book other than the first or last/most recent release)
PART FOUR ~ 7 books
And finally, read a book in which a primary character’s name (first or last) begins with each letter:
R: Ryland Samuels – “Darkness Unleashed (Order of the Blade #7)” by Stephanie Rowe
I: Ian Fitzgerald – “Forever in Darkness (Order of the Blade #4) by Stephanie Rowe
N: Sebastien (Bastien) Newcombe – “Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians #3)” by Dianne Duvall
B: Tiff Banks – “Along Came a Demon (Whisperings #1) ” by Linda Welch
O: Josephine O’Connor – “Grumpy Old Wizards” by John O’Riley
W: Willow Rhoswen – “Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae #1)” by Deanna Chase
BONUS TIME ~ 3 books
You can read these books in addition to the ones above or you may use them to replace up to three books from above. For example, if you’re having trouble finding a book for the “I” in Roy G Biv but you have one with a rainbow on the cover, you could use the bonus rainbow cover in place of the “I”.
Bonus item #1: A book with a rainbow on the cover. “Clouded Rainbow” by Jonathan Sturak
Bonus item #2: A book with the word rainbow, rain, or bow in the title.“Vigilante of Shadows (Scarlet Rain Series #1)” by Miranda Stork
Bonus item #3: A book that you’re ‘tickled pink’ to read. “Date me baby, One more time (Immortally Sexy #1)” by Stephanie Rowe
So, have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Some of these books I really liked (I even found a couple of new favourite authors completing this challenge! Yea!!) and as always you can see all my reviews on Goodreads if you’re interested.
…and that’s it – challenge completed!! That was fun! You can check out other reading challenges that I’ve taken part in by searching the tag/label #Reading Challenges and a montage of the books from this challenge is below!