Carolyn Telesca is an Associate Director in Berkley Production, managing the backlist production for all Berkley formats and imprints, along with Perigee and Riverhead Trade. She is passionate about reading and publishing, and loves that she gets to come to work every day, and make books!
This is a great series for anyone that loves a vampire series without an overtly romantic undertone. While there are romantic relationships, Neill is able to continually develop her characters on a believable arch and plot line, which continues to draw me in even 11 books into the series. I also love all of the references to the great city of Chicago. Merritt is an amazing heroine thrust into a world she never asked for and certainly didn’t want. As she continues to fight for her independence and retain who she is inside, while taking her responsibilities to her new “family” seriously, it’s difficult not to root for her and want to be her friend.
Another fantastic author with a strong female heroine at the heart of it all, Moon Called kicks off the Mercy Thompson series in a captivating way. As a no-nonsense mechanic by day, coyote shifter by night, Mercy finds herself embroiled in the local Pack politics. Having grown up with werewolves, she is no stranger to the dangers and ways of this culture. Briggs gives you an amazing story with believable and lovable characters that you find yourself cheering for time and again. As the characters grow through the series, you find yourself wanting to know more and more about them. As I tend to find myself drawn to strong female characters, this is a definite win in my book for the promise of a great read!
Taking place in Chicago, IL the Dresden Files series centers around Harry Dresden – a gruff wizard for hire that is hard not to love. Butcher’s development of this sarcastic and witty down-on-his-luck hero is absolutely brilliant. I found that Fool Moon was incredibly entertaining but I actually came to love the series more and more with each book that followed. The way Butcher is able to draw you in, you feel sucker-punched once you realize that you are emotionally invested in what happens to his characters, and find yourself heart-broken at times right alongside them.
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