Today I have Aimee from Coffee Table Reviews on for My Favorite Things. She’s going to share her love of fantasy and paranormal with us. Aimee was a friend from before I started blogging, we officially ‘met’ on shelfari and I was so excited when she started a blog up as well!
Without further ado lets welcome her to the blog!
I started reading Paranormal Romance a few years ago and it refueled my love for reading. It was different from anything else I had read previously. Books from Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell,Michael Connolly, Dean Koontz, and others were mostly what I read. I started to slowly stop reading. Nothing really captivated me much. I liked Dean Koontz more because his had a slight sci-fi feel to them with a little mystery. Then I read Harry Potter. While mostly fantasty, it lead me into a more mystical genre. What I loved about Harry Potter was the whole secret world of wizards and witches that ‘muggles’ knew nothing about.
Then I started browsing other books that were outside of my normal genres. Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, and Rachel Caine among others. I found myself submerged into a whole new reading experience. Where anything could happen. It didn’t have to be logical or rational. The dark side of romance had really helped me find another love for reading. I was enthralled with various vampires. I had started watching True Blood which lead me to the books, in which I had finally given up on the tv show and loved the books. I have never thought I could love vampire books before. But there aren’t just vampire books. There are werewolves too, which made me fall in love with alpha men.
While I love romance and prefer it, I also love Urban Fantasy. Which isn’t usually focused on a relationship, while you can find romance in it, they are more centered on the story instead. The mysteries of the paranormal. This is really where I fell in love with the idea that it doesn’t have to be logical. When an author can write their own world with their own guidelines, it is fun to learn that world. Learn their myths and creation stories.
While we have tons of different vampire and shifter novels, no one series is like the others. Which, really, would be boring if they were. I love how Patricia Brigg’s wolves and vampires are nothing like Carrie Vaughn’s. Each author presents a very unique world, connected only with comment elements of creatures. And what I love even more, is finding a book out there that really catches my attention when they feature a paranormal character I hadn’t expected. Like mermaids (Forgive My Fins), mythological beings (The Goddess Test, Darkness Becomes Her) or talents that would classify paranormal (The Body Finder, The Candidates). I love the diversity and I love the genre. If it’s paranormal, sign me up!
About Me and Coffee Table Reviews:
Hey guys! I’m Aimee. I live in Wyoming and absolutely love it. I love all things outdoors except for the winters when it snows like crazy. I love to camp, go 4 wheeling, hiking. BK (aka Before Kindle) I used to pack at least 4-5 books with me going camping or traveling. Where ever I go, I have to have my books. With my kindle, I’m excited to have just about a full library with me.
My blog, Coffee Table Reviews, has been up for over a year now! I’m pretty excited about that. It seemed the natural step since I’m such an avid reader and was already doing my own reviews anyway. I have meet some great people blogging and had some great people help me along the way (including Candace). I have had a great time talking books with people in this community who share the same passion for reading.
Aimee is being incredibly generous and is giving one lucky person a book of their choice (up to $20) from The Book Depository. The giveaway is open internationally (where TBD ships).You must be 13 or older to enter. The giveaway ends July 5th, 2011
Tell us why you love paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy, etc. Or what book or series got you back into reading (if you experienced something like that). Remember to leave contact info!
You don’t have to check out Aimee’s blog to enter, but if you enjoy my blog you should enjoy hers. She reviews more adult books then I do, but she has a lot of young adult book reviews as well. Her reviews are well written and have convinced me to read more then one series!
If you do drop by be sure to say hello from Candace!