I spent a lot of time debating what to do for this week's "Books to read if you like [insert TV show/movie/video game here]" topic. For some, I couldn't find more than a couple of books that fit the bill. For others, the list ended up being way too similar to previous Top Ten Tuesday posts. I thought about doing Buffy from the vampire perspective, but I'm kind of over the whole vampire thing. So let's go with werewolves/shapeshifters instead, shall we? OKAY.
1. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Obviously, if you like Bitten the TV series, you should check out the original source material. It's pretty different to the series, and a lot of fans of the Women of the Otherworld books were (understandably) quite upset with certain events that happened in the show. But I think they're both worth reading/watching, even if they end up going in fairly different directions!
2. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
I talk about the Kate Daniels series a lot, and with good reason: it's awesome. Kate may not be a werewolf/shapeshifter, but Curran sure is (well, he's a werelion, anyway). Their relationship is quite similar to the tumultuous ups and downs of Elena and Clay's relationship in Bitten, but starting from the beginning rather than having an entire messed up history between them.
3. Soulless by Gail Carriger
Another one featuring a super-strong king of the werewolves type guy and the woman who rolls her eyes at him constantly. This one has the added bonus of steampunk, extreme amounts of sass, incredibly ugly hats, and truly fabulous characters. Which isn't to say that the others don't have fabulous characters. Oh, you know what I mean.
4. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Angua is a lot like Bitten's Elena Michaels. But Carrot couldn't be less like Clay if he tried. And sure, this book doesn't focus a lot on the fact that Angua's a werewolf or what that means. If that's what you're after, give The Fifth Elephant a go instead. But Men at Arms is Angua's first appearance in the Discworld books, and she's pretty awesome right from the get-go.
5. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
The Edge is a completely different world to that of the Kate Daniels series, and these books are a LOT more romance-y. But this one - which features a protagonist who shifts into a wolf - was my favourite of the series.
6. Mr. Darcy's Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen
Okay, this one's a total guilty pleasure. Even the author admits that it's basically cracked out fan fiction. But it was FUN cracked out fan fiction. Basically, Darcy is a werewolf and he's determined to tell Lizzy before he proposes to her. Go in with zero expectations and there's every chance you'll enjoy it. Totally silly, brainless fun.
7. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Okay, so Wolf isn't exactly a were/shifter. He's a Lunar soldier with a few lupine tendencies. But this book is so great that I couldn't not include it on the list. I mean, a dystopian retelling of Little Red Riding Hood? How on earth could you pass up on that?!
8. Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
I giggled my way through the first book in this series, Kiss of Steel, because it was pretty ridiculous and the main love interest dude was a bleached blonde vampire with an East End accent named
Spike Blade. I was uncertain going into Heart of Iron as a result. But I ended up really enjoying it. And not giggling every two pages. So...WIN.
9. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Armstrong's YA series, Darkest Powers, features teenage supernaturals, including a werewolf on the brink of his first turn. In this, the final instalment of the trilogy, Derek finally turns. But he's not sure of himself or his powers or his strength or how to handle the mutts that start coming after him and his friends. It's a great contrast from the werewolf characters that Armstrong gave us in Bitten and the other Women of the Otherworld books.
10. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Look, when you're talking about a paranormal urban fantasy book that got adapted into a TV series, you basically HAVE to have a Sookie Stackhouse book on the list somewhere. It's been years since I read this one, but if I remember correctly, this is where Harris adds werewolves to the equation.
Honourable mention: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for giving us Remus Lupin. It doesn't QUITE fit the bill here, but it still deserves a mention because it contains werewolves and is excellent.