Here are some urban fantasy recommendations. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive list of books in the genre, or even necessarily of all the urban fantasy books I’ve enjoyed. And I may not always list every book by a particular author (or even every book in a series).
The books on this list are some of my favorites, the ones that I think feature really interesting characters or unique worlds. Many of them have romantic subplots and a few have some steamy scenes, but the focus is still firmly on action and character development.
This is very much a work in progress.
A woman fights supernatural threats in an urban landscape changed by magical fluctuations.
A shapeshifting mechanic raised by werewolves helps various supernatural groups.
Alpha and Omega
Two werewolves with unique powers solve problems for their pack.
Simon R. Green
A detective with a versatile ability works in a secret (and extremely dangerous) supernatural community.
Something From the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, Nightingale’s Lament, Hex in the City, Paths Not Taken, Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth, Hell to Pay, The Unnatural Inquirer, Just Another Judgment Day
The Secret History Series
A secret agent with magical armor helps keep humanity safe from otherworldly threats.
Southern Vampire Series
A telepathic waitress in Louisana gets drawn into the newly-exposed world of vampires.
Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, A Touch of Dead [anthology] (October 2009)
A witch struggles with both criminals and relationship issues in an alternate-reality Cincinnati.
Marjorie M. Liu
The Vampire Diaries (ya)
A high school girl falls for a vampire and tries to resist his seductive older brother.
The Secret Circle (ya)
A coven of young witches deal with both supernatural and social drama.
The Forbidden Game (ya)
A girl and her friends play a strange board game that becomes all too real.
Dark Visions (ya)
Students at a school for gifted teens learn about an experiment that threatens them all.
A werewolf starts a supernatural radio show, but not everyone is pleased with the publicity.