Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Favourite Urban Fantasy Books *Book Babble Crossover Topic* – –
The technical urban fantasy definition is: a subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting. Works of urban fantasy are set primarily in the real world and contain aspects of fantasy, such as the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence or conflict between humans and paranormal beings, and other changes to city life. A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, real or imagined.
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Print Length: 370 pages
I couldn’t mention my top five urban fantasy novels without mentioning the Queen of urban fantasy, Holly Black. The Cruel Prince is just the latest example as to how good the urban fantasy genre can be. Specifically, what solidifies The Cruel Prince as a top five for me is the scene where the twins, Jude and Taryn, and their fairy sister, Vivi, travel to the real world to experience the mall. Humorous and well written, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t recommend at least one Black novel for best urban fantasies.
*To see my review of The Cruel Prince
, click here
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1)
by Erica Johansen
Print Length: 464 pages
While I had my ups and downs with this series as a whole, The Queen of the Tearling is a wonderful urban fantasy/high fantasy that mixes castles with Harry Potter. In particular, many of the books that influence Kelsea Raleigh and her ancestors are some that I consider influences on me. A great action pact read perfect for those long winter nights.
Print Length: 390 pages
I remember being absolutely obsessed with the Darkest Powers series when I was younger. Chloe Saunders, from what I can remember, was an excellent protagonist trying to navigate Lyle House, ghosts, witches, and everything that comes along with a really good urban fantasy.
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Print Length: 409 pages
The next two books on this list are ones you’ve probably heard me babble on about for months now. The first that you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about is The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater. This book was my first five star read of 2018 because it was the perfect blend of urban fantasy and paranormal YA. I’ve been easing my way into reading it’s sequel, The Dream Thieves, and hope to have it read in the next month.
*To see my review of The Raven Boys
, click here
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1)
by Helene Wecker
Publisher: Harper (April 1, 2013)
Print Length: 486 pages
Of course the other novel I go on and on about in the urban fantasy genre is The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1) by Helene Wecker. The longer I have to wait for the sequel, The Iron Season, the more time I have to contemplate just how spectacular the setting, characters, and overall presentation was. Helene, can you please come out with it soon? I beg you!
*To see my review of The Golem and the Jinni, click here*
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And those are my top 5 urban fantasy recommendations. Do you have any books that could fill this Top 5 Wednesday? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it!