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The Mercy Thompson series is a classic in the urban fantasy genre. Mercy is a stubborn, headstrong, independent, hardworking, thoughtful, and caring shapeshifter. She is friends with both werewolves, vampires, and other magical beings.

Most of our suggestions have som of the same elements as above in common with Mercy Thompson. We have also included a few TV-Shows in our suggestions, but most of them are other similar books.

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Mercy "Mercy" Thompson's life is not exactly normal.

Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire.

Mercy's strange connection to these strange creatures of shadow and night is about to get her into some seriously deep water.

Luckily, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

Books

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

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Kate Daniels is a mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical messes left behind by others.

When her guardian is murdered, she gets dragged into a power struggle between two of the stronger factions within Atlanta's magic community. The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who control vampires, and The Pack, a clan of shifters.

They blame each other for a series of bizarre murders.

Kate finds herself the counterpoint in the struggle to normalize their relationship and to stop the murders.

Is Kate Daniels good?

This is a good read and the start of a great series. Magic Bites has a strong and interesting heroine. It's worth reading.

Why is Kate Daniels recommended?

Kate is not a shifter like Mercy, but the Kate Daniels books do have a strong shapeshifter pack theme.

Both the Kate Daniels books and the Mercy Thompson books are urban fantasy books with female main characters. They both also have some romance, but not too much.

If you want more similar to the Mercy Thompson series then the Kate Daniels books are a good suggestion.

Why: strong female mc shapeshifting urban fantasy

Bitten (Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

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Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in the world. She was turned by her former lover Clay. He betrayed her and bit her in his werewolf form.

Elena did not like to live in the pack, so she left to live in human society. She left to live in Toronto with her human lover.

But then the pack alpha calls her to help fight a sudden uprising of murderous mutts. Mutts are werewolves not affiliated with a pack.

Elena Agrees to help fight the mutt uprising, but only because she felt she owes the pack alpha.

Once the mutt uprising is over, Elena will be squared with the pack. She will be free to live life as a human.

Is Otherworld good?

Bitten is an excellent book, and most of the other books in the Otherworlds series are also great. It has interesting characters and a fast-paced plot.

Bitten is a pleasure to read.

Why is Otherworld recommended?

Bitten, the first book in the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong does also has a strong werewolf pack them and it also has a female main character.

The books shift between other supernatural characters as the main character. Not all are werewolves, some are demons and witches.

This series also has a touch more romance than Mercy Thompson.

Why: strong female mc shapeshifting urban fantasy werewolves

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

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Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, also known as a blood prophet. What this means is that she can see the future when her skin is cut.

Meg and others like her have been enslaved for their abilities, but she manages to escape.

She stumbles into Lakeside Courtyard, a business district controlled by the others, and she manages to land herself a job as the human liaison.

The others are vampires, shapeshifters, and other magical beings. Humans have no control in their small part of town.

Meg is safe from her enslaver as long as she stays inside the land controlled by the others. But is she safe from the others?

Why is The Others recommended?

The Others have werewolves and other paranormal beings. But it is set in a post-apocalyptic world where most of the land is controlled by the Others and humans live only at their mercy. It is a different take on the typical themes.

If you like Mercy Thompson and want more like it but less stereotypical, then the Others is an excellent book series.

Why: werewolves vampires
Why not: weaker female mc mc is not shapeshifter

Stray (Shifters #1) by Rachel Vincent

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Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student and a shape-shifting werecat.

After she is attacked by a stray she is ordered home by the pack alpha, her father.

Female werecats are rare, and two others have gone missing. So it's understandable that her father is worried.

What will happen to Faythe?

Is Shifters good?

The Shifters are ok paranormal books. Not the best, but still far from the worst. Give them a try, they are worth checking out.

Why is Shifters recommended?

The Shifters series has a slightly more teenage girl book feel to it than the Mercy Thompson books. It has a younger college girl as the main character and it does have more romance.

If you want something like Mercy Thompson but with more romance, then the Shifters might be worth checking out.

Why: shapeshifting femlae mc
Why not: younger target audience

Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)

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Kitty Norville is the wolf with the lowest status in her pack. She is submissive to everyone.

She has just realized that she can make it on her own working as a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station. This means that she doesn't need the pack so much as she used to.

Or so she thinks...

Kitty ends up getting one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail.

She may have bitten off more than she can chew?

Is Kitty Norville good?

It's a while since I last read any of these books, but I remember them as fun and interesting. They are worth reading if you like urban fantasy books.

Why is Kitty Norville recommended?

The Kitty Norville books also have strong werewolf themes and the main character is female. She is not as strong as Mercy, but she is still an interesting character.

If you like the Mercy Thompson books then you might also like the Kitty Norville books. They are worth checking out.

Why: werewolves vampires female mc
Why not: weaker mc

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

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Atticus O'Sullivan is the last of the Druids, and he runs an occult bookshop in Arizona. He is a handsome, tattooed Irish dude that looks like he is in his early twenties, but in actuality, he is over twenty centuries old.

Atticus is shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. He is giving the dog the same life-extending potions that he takes himself, so his dog is way older than the average seven years a wolfhound gets. When they are not hunting they watch movies and have witty conversations together.

Atticus draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword. The sword is known as Fragarach and it can cut whatever it hits. In this first book, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. He has finally tracked Atticus down.

How is Atticus going to handle a good?

Is The Iron Druid Chronicles good?

The Iron Druid Chronicles is an exciting page-turning series where you often laugh out loud from all the witty commentaries. This series is absolutely recommended.

Why is The Iron Druid Chronicles recommended?

In many ways, the Iron Druid Chronicles is kind of different than the Mercy Thompson books. It does not have a female main character and it does not have shapeshifters as the main theme. It focuses more on gods.

The Iron Druid Chronicles are som excellent urban fantasy books.

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill

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Merit was a graduate student until she one night was attacked by a rogue vampire.

She would have been killed if another vampire had not stepped in and saved her.

Her savor was Ethan Sullivan, the master vampire of the Cadogan House. Merit moves into their mansion and has to learn to live as a vampire while someone still is trying to take her life.

Is Chicagoland Vampires good?

The Chicagoland Vampires is an OK paranormal vampire romance book. It's not among the best in the genre, but its good enough.

If you want more in this genre then its worth reading, but if you want something fresh then you should probably avoid it. It is not unique in its genre.

Why is Chicagoland Vampires recommended?

Chicagoland Vampires are as the name implies more about vampires than werewolves. It also has many more romance elements than the Mercy Thompson books. But they are a good read if you like paranormal romance books.

Why: female mc urban fantasy
Why not: more focused on vampires

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter

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Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker

She shares her body with the soul of a mountain lion and she can take any form as long as she has some bones with DNA from the shape she wants.

Jane works as a freelance rogue-vampire hunter.

In this first book, she is hired to take care of a nasty rogue-vampire in New Orleans. When she is there she comes in contact with the vampire society and learns about the "sane" vampires. She also learns more about her own Cherokee heritage.

Is Jane Yellowrock good?

A great story and strong characters make this an excellent series.

You should read this. Absolutely worth checking out if you like these kinds of books.

Why is Jane Yellowrock recommended?

Jane is also a strong female shapeshifter. She can shapeshift into any feline she has the bones of. Its a very good urban fantasy and it is not to heavy on the romance.

Why: shapeshifting strong female mc

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Anita Blake is a necromancer and vampire hunter.

Vampires are protected by law, but when some of them get out of hand, then you call Anita Blake, the Executioner.

Guilty Pleasures, the first book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. It starts out with someone killing innocent vampires.

Anita is approached by Jean Claude, the second strongest vampire in the city. He wants her to help figure out who is killing vampires. Anita agrees to help out after a bit of vampiric arm-twisting.

Is Anita Blake Vampire Hunter good?

This is the start of an excellent vampire series.

Well, the beginning of it is excellent. I stooped reading around book 10, it had started to go downhill a little before that.

But the first books are absolutely worth reading.

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

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Dina Demille is by all appearances a fine young woman who runs a quiescent Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town. She also owns a small Shih Tzu named Beast.

By all counts, she should be a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem is what to serve her guests for breakfast.

But Dina does not have a regular bed and breakfast.

It's an inn for otherworldly travelers who need a place to stay. The inn is also not a regular house, its a living thinking magical construct that requires inhabitants to survive. It also has the capability ti shaped to whatever form Dina or her guest needs.

But Dina's inn is not in top shape, it's on the verge of starvation.

To solve this Dina has let a retired aristocrat responsible for millions of deaths permanently hide out in her inn. The inn need some inhabitants to survive, it does not care who. And since Inns are neutral zones, no one can stop her from housing this Aristocrat.

But this is not unproblematic. Not everyone cares about the inn's neutrality.

But that's not all. Dinaalso gets entangled with a Vampire commander and her neighbor that's a werewolf.

Is Innkeeper Chronicles good?

I love the Innkeeper Chronicles.

It has good character focus and interesting world-building.

It's absolutely worth reading. 

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden, a Chicago bound professional wizard, and the only one with an ad in the yellow pages. Business is sadly dreadful, even for a professional wizard PI. So when the local police ask him for help on a strange double murder, he jumps on it.

Is The Dresden Files good?

The Dresden Files is a must-read for anyone with the slightest interest in this gangrene.

Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane

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The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living is under attack.

The powerful Church of Real Truth has been in charge since the government fell. They have sworn to reimburse citizens that are being harassed by the dead.

Chess Putnam is a fully tattooed witch and a freewheeling ghost hunter.

She’s got a real talent for banishing the dead.

But Chess is keeping a dark secret. She owes a lot of money to the murderous drug lord Bump. He wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job. A job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, and a demonic creature.

TV-Shows

True Blood

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Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at Merlotte's, a bar in Bon Temps a small southern town in the states.

One day she meets Bill Compton, a 173-year old vampire. He stands out to her and they hit it off early on.

Vampires are outed to the world.

They try to be accepted as regular humans. A synthetic blood alternative called True Blood is their main strategy for acceptance.

Sookie`s life gets seriously complicated when she gets involved with the supernatural world. But Sookie is not an ordinary person herself either. She has the ability to read thoughts. Except for the thoughts of vampires. Witch is why Bill stood out to her when she met him.

True Blood is loosely based on the book series Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Is True Blood good?

True Bloodis an excellent TV show.

The story separates itself from the books after the first season, but that's OK. You should watch this show.

Why is True Blood recommended?

The main character in True Blood, Sookie, is not a shapeshifter. She is partially something else that gives her mind-reading abilities. But some of the secondary characters are shapeshifters, but vampires have a bigger part of this story.

Teen Wolf

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Scott McCall's life changes forever when he is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself.

Some changes are positive, like strength, super-hearing, and super healing.

There are also problems and dangers that come along with being a lycanthrope. Dangers both from other werewolves and other creatures.

But as if that was not enough, there are also werewolf hunters out there.

Is Teen Wolf good?

I like it. I think it is better than similar shows like Vampires Diary. If you like other teen paranormal shows then you will most likely like this one too.

Why is Teen Wolf recommended?

Teen Wolf has a younger highschool cast and targets the same age audience. But its a good show and it has werewolves and other supernatural beings.

Legacies

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Legacies is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. It follows a new generation of magical beings where some are the children of characters from the earlier shows.

Hope Mikaelson, Josie and Lizzie Saltzman, and Landon Kirby are the main characters. Hope Mikaelson is Klaus Mikaelson's daughter and she is a witch/vampire/werewolf hybrid. Lizzie and Josie Saltzman are the twin witch daughters of Alaric Saltzman. While Landon Kirby is something else.

The main setting in Legacies is The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Its a school for vampires, witches, and werewolfs.

Is Legacies good?

Legacies is an OK show, not great, but worth watching.

If you like this kind of teen fantasy show like Teen Wolf and the Vampire Diaries then its absolutely worth watching.

I personally find Legacies better than The Vampire Diaries, but not as good as the Originals.

October Faction

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The Allen family returns to Fred Allen's childhood home after his father's death. The children Geoff and Viv are disappointed that they had to leave Tokyo to live in this small boring American town.

But suddenly they learn that their parents and their ancestors have been part of a secret international monster-hunting organization. And they start to experience strange events.

Is October Faction good?

October Faction is worth a try if you like this kind of shows and think the description sounds interesting. But it's not anything special.

Lost Girl

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Bo is a sexy succubus, and to feed she sucks the life force out of people.

For years she did not know what she was and had no control of her feeding.

She fled one corpse after another.

Until one day she accidentally crossed paths with Kenzi, a drifter, and a thief.

Bo rescued Kenzi from a date rape scum bag by killing him, which this time finally made the fae catch up with her.

The fae is split into two sides, light and dark. Each Fae must choose one of the sides, and stick to it.

Bo, who until now has lived outside the fae community, vows to live on her own terms. Even if it means existing alone between the dark and the light.

She manages this with the help of her mischievous, but loyal friends. Her friend Kenzi, the handsome shapeshifter Dyson and the beautiful human scientist Lauren.

While Bo tries to unravel the riddle of her mysterious past, she and her friends also have to tackle other problems that arise.

Is Lost Girl good?

This is a really cool series if you are into this kind of stuff.

Absolutely worth watching.