Last month Epic Reads posted something rather epic (as they usually do) with a United States of YA map, showcasing a Young Adult book by settings for each U.S. state. The moment I saw that, my mind went to my favorite subgenre. Urban Fantasy.
Thus the U.F.A. list was born! (Thank you to all the readers on Goodreads and this blog for your suggestions!)
- Alabama – ??
- Alaska – Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
- Arizona – Hounded by Kevin Hearne
- Arkansas – ??
- California – Rosemary and Rue by by Seanan McGuire
- Colorado – Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
- Connecticut – ??
- Delaware – ??
- District of Columbia – Death Magic by Eileen Wilks (Thanks, Patricia!)
- Florida – Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
- Georgia – Magic Bites by Illona Andrews
- Hawaii – Grim Tides by TA Pratt (Thanks, Deborah!)
- Idaho – ??
- Illinois – Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
- Indiana – King Maker: The Knights of Breton Court by Maurice Broaddus
- Iowa – ??
- Kansas – The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton (Thanks, Haley!)
- Kentucky – Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper (Thanks, Angie!)
- Louisiana – Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
- Maine – Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
- Maryland – ??
- Massachusetts – Unshapely Things by Mark del Franco
- Michigan – Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
- Minnesota – War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
- Mississippi – River Road by Suzanne Johnson
- Missouri – Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Montana – Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
- Nebraska – ??
- Nevada – Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
- New Hampshire – ??
- New Jersey – The House of Discarded Dreams by Ekaterina Sedia
- New Mexico – First Grave to the Right by Darynda Jones
- New York – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
- North Carolina – Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
- North Dakota – ??
- Ohio – Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
- Oklahoma – Sacred Ground by Mercedes Lackey
- Oregon – Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
- Pensylvannia – Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
- Rhode Island – Shadows in the Darkness by Elaine Cunningham
- South Carolina – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Thanks, Haley!)
- South Dakota – Strange Angels by Lili Saintcrow (Thanks, Haley!)
- Tennessee – The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe
- Texas – Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
- Utah – Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Thanks, Haley!)
- Vermont – ??
- Virginia – The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by LJ Smith
- Washington – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
- West Virginia – Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout (Thanks, Haley!)
- Wisconsin – Hannah’s Garden by Midori Snyder
- Wyoming – ??
But to collect them all, I’m going to need your help. Preference given to books set in a single state – traveling through a state doesn’t count.
And for bonus UF points – Canada!
Chirp, do you have any titles for me?
My daughter and I are in the process of writing a YA novel entitled ZOMBIO AND JULIET set in New Hampshire. It’s a modern day retelling of…well, Romeo and Juliet but in comedic form. I’m not sure if it’s Urban Fantasy, though.
I’ll show her this map and then we’ll head to our local bookstore. We’ve got some reading to do!
There’s so much overlap between PNR and UF that it’s getting harder and harder to say. A few of the titles I picked crossover – esp with authors like Kelley Armstrong and Laurel K. Hamilton…
A great list I found while researching (and wished I found much much earlier when i first started) is the Altas of Urban Fantasy http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?28308-An-Atlas-of-Urban-Fantasy
Some books in Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series take place in D.C. (for example Death Magic).
That’s a great suggestion – I haven’t come across this author before. She’s on my to-read list now. 🙂
Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series is based in Ohio.
I can’t believe that slipped through the cracks between the map and the list. (Adding! Thank you, chirp!)
Maria Lima’s Blood Bargain series is set on Kentucky.
Never mind, it was Texas! *headdesk*
Kentucky: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper
I just looked it up, and it’s def going on my to-read list.
A nod for London here – authors include; Benedict Jacka, Suzanne McLoud, Tom Pollock, Kate Griffin, Ben Aaronovich
Illinois: Chicagoland Vampires or Firespell both by Chloe Neill
Wyoming: Unearthly ….it’s not Urban, but it’s paranormal romance
Kansas: The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
Utah: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
South Dakota: Strange Angels by Lili St. Cow
West Virgina: Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout
South Carolina: Beautiful Creatures
Love the map. Marla Mason by TA Pratt has relocated to Hawaii in her most recent book, Grim Tides.
The author, T A Pratt is male, the her I’m referring to is Marla.
Not sure if Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia would be considered Urban Fantasy or Paranormal. They travel around a bit, but they’re based in Alabama.
That is awesome! Poor Wyoming is blank, but it’s hard to write “Urban Fantasy” in a state with half a million people. Not many urban areas here lol
I wonder if that could be written into the plot itself. A magic creature or magician who uses cities to feed his/her power ends up exiled to Wyoming, and has to battle the Great Bad with just the power of his/her wits and friends!
Maryland–Cora’s Choice series by me! 😉