Co-Founder | Freelance Editor
Why I read: I read fiction to distract my mind from real-life problems.
Favorite Genres: Urban fantasy, fantasy, historical fiction, and most things supernatural and paranormal. In my books, I want mystery, adventure, challenge, some humor, a lot of karmic smackdown, and the occasional bloody justice.
Reading Style: I love books that go deep into characters and worlds. I really want to know the characters, to be able to invest emotionally in them and their challenges. I like learning about cultures, so understanding the world is important to me as well.
Audiobooks: I also love audiobooks when the narrators are good. I think reading a book and listening to it are two very different experiences and work on different areas of the brain. Some narrators do such an amazing job (e.g. Jim Dale with the Harry Potter series, Emily Grey with the Parasol Protectorate series, Lorelei King with the Charley Davidson series) that the experience just shouldn’t be missed.
Disclaimer: The reviews I post on this site reflect my own personal opinions. They DO NOT reflect the opinion of Red Adept Editing or any of my other clients, nor do they reflect the opinion of any other reviewers on this site or this site as a whole. As of March 2017, I do not post reviews for any book I have edited or that I know has been edited by Red Adept Editing (I am not aware of Red Adept Editing’s full client list). If you feel any review I have posted after March 2017 is a conflict of interest, please contact me so I can correct the error.
Ivana’s Reading List – stories I like.
Urban, Dark, or Contemporary Fantasy
- Aaronovitch, Ben. PC Peter Grant, particularly in audio.
- Anthony, Piers. Incarnations of Immortality. Older series, but the first five books are great.
- Armstrong, Kelley. Women of the Otherworld.
- Bateman, Sonya. Gavyn Donatti.
- Bickle, Laura. Anya Kalinczyk | Dark Alchemy.
- Birmingham, John. Dave vs. the Monsters (David Hooper).
- Bishop, Anne. The Others, particularly in audio.
- Black, Jenna. Morgan Kingsley.
- Blackmoore, Stephen. Eric Carter.
- Braun, Amy. The Cursed Series.
- Briggs, Patricia. Mercy Thompson | Alpha & Omega.
- Butcher, Jim. The Dresden Files.
- Caine, Rachel. Weather Warden | Outcast Season.
- Carey, Mike. Felix Castor.
- Carr, Viola. The Electric Empire series.
- Carriger, Gail. The Parasol Protectorate, particularly in audio.
- Charish, Kristi. The Adventures of Owl | Kincade Strange.
- Chastain, Rebecca. Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer | Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles.
- Drake, Jocelynn. Dark Days | Asylum Tales.
- Estep, Jennifer. Elemental Assassin.
- Farnsworth, Christopher. Nathaniel Cade.
- Del Franco, Mark. Connor Grey | Laura Blackstone.
- Garey, Terri. Nicki Styx.
- Handeland, Lori. Phoenix Chronicles.
- Harris, Charlaine. Sookie Stackhouse, particularly in audio | Harper Connelly.
- Harrison, Kim. The Hollows.
- Hearne, Kevin. The Iron Druid Chronicles, particularly in audio.
- Hudson, eden. Redneck Apocalypse.
- Huff, Tanya. Victoria Nelson | Tony Foster.
- Hunter, Faith. Jane Yellowrock.
- Hunter, James A. Yancy Lazarus.
- Jacka, Benedict. Alex Verus.
- Jones, Darynda. Charley Davidson, particularly in audio.
- Kenner, Julie. Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom.
- Kurtz, Katherine and Harris, Deborah Turner. Adept series. Older. Probably my first intro to urban fantasy.
- Maggert, Terry. Halfway Witchy.
- Marmell, Ari. Mick Oberon.
- McGuire, Seanan. October Daye.
- Mears, Emmie. Ayala Storme.
- Monk, Devon. Allie Beckstrom | Broken Magic | House Immortal | Ordinary Magic.
- Olson, Melissa F. Scarlet Bernard | Boundary Magic.
- Priest, Cherie. The Borden Dispatches.
- Rice, Anne. Vampire Chronicles (first three) | The Witching Hour | The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned.
- Rowland, Diana. White Trash Zombie, particularly in audio.
- Saboviec, S.L. Fallen Redemption.
- Shearin, Lisa. SPI Files.
- Sniegoski, Thomas E. Remy Chandler.
- Stark, Jenn. Immortal Vegas.
- Stein, Jeanne. Anna Strong Chronicles.
- Thurman, Rob. Cal Leandros | Trickster.
- Tuck, James R. Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter, particularly in audio.
- Vaughn, Carrie. Kitty Norville.
- Vincent, Rachel. Shifters.
- Wilks, Eileen. World of the Lupi.
- Auel, Jean M. Earth’s Children.
- Gabaldon, Diana. Outlander.
- George, Margaret. The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers |Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles.
- Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha.
- Kaye, M.M. The Far Pavilions.
- Miles, Rosalind. I, Elizabeth.
- Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With The Wind.
- Penman, Sharon Kay. Welsh Princes | Plantagenets.
- Stewart, Mary. Legacy: Arthurian Saga.
- Whyte, Jack. Camulod Chronicles.
- Herbert, Frank. The Dune Chronicles, original six.
- Hughes, Alex. Mindspace Investigations.
- L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle In Time Quintet.
- McCaffrey, Anne. The Tower and the Hive | Catteni.
- Anthony, Piers. Apprentice Adept. Older series, first three are good.
- Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Fall of Atlantis; The Firebrand; The Mists of Avalon.
- Feist, Raymond E. The Riftwar Saga | The Empire Trilogy (with Janny Wurtz).
- Hieber, Leanna Renee. Strangely Beautiful.
- Kay, Guy Gavriel. A Song for Arbonne |Tigana.
- Lawhead, Stephen. The Pendragon Cycle.
- McCaffrey, Anne. Chronicles of Pern.
- Roberson, Jennifer. Lady of the Forest.
- Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter, particularly in audio.
- Silverberg, Robert. Lord Valentine.