Sep 1, 2014

Posted by in Question | 7 Comments

Question – First Books in a Series that Knocked Your Socks Off.

Question Visual Again


Last Friday, I re-posted a review from one of my all-time favorite book-ones from a series, Generation V by ML Brennan.  I mention another book, Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett, which also blew me away.

Before we continue with my answer to this week’s Question, let me clarify something.  To me, there is a difference between a book-one in a series that was good enough to make me want to continue with the series and a book-one that makes me want to climb on top of the tallest building in my town and demand every person in hearing distance to run to the bookstore and buy that book NOW!

Today’s Question is about the second type of book-one.

On top of Generation V and Kindling the Moon, Mind Games by Carolyn Crane also belongs firmly on my list.  I remember being in awe of this book when I first read it because it was so well written and I had never come across a story premise like the one in that book.  And I can’t forget Written in Red by Anne Bishop!  What an amazing book!  Kevin Hearne’s Hounded and Kate SeRine’s Red are on there too.  Most of the other book-ones from some of my favorite series, I have to say, belong to the first type of “book-one-love”.  I looked at my favorites list and it surprised me how many series that I ended up adoring weren’t placed on my Favorites list after book one but took two or three books to get there.

Now it’s your turn to share!  Tell me about first books in a series that completely knocked your socks off.



  1. I have to agree that Written is Red is amazing and would definitely be the start of my list. I haven’t read the others you mentioned. I need to look them up. Some other great book ones, but they are older;
    Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton
    Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
    The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
    Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
    The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
    Written in Red by Anne Bishop
    Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
    Firelight by Kristen Callihan

  3. What a great topic. I have three that made me rush out to find the next in the series:
    1. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews – My favorite book series and authors.
    2. Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
    3. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – Bitten has the absolute best description of the human-to-werewolf change I’ve read.

    I anxiously await the next book in both the Kate Daniels and Elemental Assassin series.

    I also have to add Moon Called – the first Mercy Thompson -that one really hooked me as well.

  4. There’s a few that once I happened on the first one, I devoured all the books in the series out at the time, and made my bestie read them so we could talk about them.

    Soulless by Gail Carriger (coincidently this was left in the lost and found at my work, and I started reading it one night when I was board. I finished it in a day and then bought the next two on my way to work.)

    Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (I couldn’t put it down, loved the dynamic of Cat and Bones right from the start)

    Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (was hooked from the start, I had never read anything like it at that point)

    The Alpha and Omega short story by Patricia Briggs in On the Prowl (I happened upon this book at my library and I loved that story, I went back to the library the next day to request the first Alpha and Omega book and Moon Called, and I had my bestie read them all before I brought them back, now I count down the 11 months and 29 days between new installments).

    Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (it was the first series I read in the Urban Fantasy genre, and I was blown away by the world building and the feminine perspective in a typically masculine type story. I read the first eight books in the series in a little over a week.)

    Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield (loved these stories, turned my bestie and her teenagers on to them)

    Dead Until Dark- Charlaine Harris (this series burnt so bright in the beginning, I stayed up night after night to read them, through book 8, when Harris’ Sookie light burned out, so did mine)

  5. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
    First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    Written in Red by Anne Bishop
    And probably some others, but these are my favorites.

  6. Written in Red – Anne Bishop
    The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    Full Blooded – Amanda Carlson
    Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews
    My Life as a White Trash Zombie – Diana Rowland
    Cinder – Marissa Meyer
    Wither – Lauren DeStefano

    And sometimes the second book in the series didn’t live up to the first one, but those are the ones that made me sit there at the end going “wow, must go to bookstore now” or “why doesn’t that damn author write quicker”

  7. Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
    Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh
    Bitter Night – Diana Pharaoh Francis
    The Darkest Night – Gena Showalter
    Neighbor from Hell – R.L.Mathewson (not PNR/UF)
    and..many more 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *