Urban Fantasy

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The Dark King

The Dark King, Gina Maxwell's urban fantasy romance, invokes the rockstar Meatloaf's immortal words: "Two out of three ain't bad." The novel has a delicious love story, satisfying plot, and skimpy world-building. Given that this is fantasy - in this imaginary world, the Dark Fae rule Las Vegas - ...

B
The Stolen Heir

Holly Black's marvelous trilogy The Folk of Air is so damn good that when I heard she was continuing to explore the world of Elfhame, a kingdom of magical islands, I was thrilled. And cautious. Black's novel after the trilogy, Book of Night, was a hot mess. Would a return to Elfhame be a return to t ...

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Hell Bent

Have you read Ninth House? Because if not--and you're a loon if you haven't--this review is a waste of your time. Hell Bent is the second book in Leigh Bardugo's Alex Stern series and will likely to confuse those who haven't read the first. But for those of you who have... here goes. Our story be ...

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Spells For Forgetting

On Saoirse Island, a rain soaked isle in the Pacific Northwest, a murmuration of starlings portends death and the leaves on the trees may burst into color all at once. Here, magic is as real as greed and first love can bind two souls together forever. Emery Blackwood and August Salt were born on ...

B
Trailer Park Trickster

Narrated by Michael David Axtell David R. Slayton’s White Trash Warlock introduced us to Adam Binder, a likeable, complex and damaged young man with magical abilities – but rather than making him the strongest warlock who ever warlocked, the author gave him frustratingly mediocre powers, and ...

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Ninth House

The 1800 freshman matriculated at Yale University are likely a storied bunch. Over 35,000 applied to the famed Ivie--those accepted were likely the rock stars of their high schools with sky-high SATs and absurdly impressive resumes. None of them however have the talent that garners Galaxy "Alex" Ste ...

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Storm and Fury

I'm always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series featuring unusual creatures, so I was over the moon to learn that Jennifer L. Armentrout was writing a spin-off of her Dark Elements series - which happened to be the first series I ever read featuring gargoyles. Plus, Trinity, the heroine of St ...

B+
Diamond Fire

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews is book 3.5 in the Hidden Legacy series and moves the focus of the narrative from Nevada Baylor to her younger sister, Catalina.  On the verge of graduating from high school and having just come out to the magical families of Texas as a considerable talent known as a P ...

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Shadow and Ice

I absolutely adored Gena Showalter's Everlife series. It's a young adult fantasy trilogy that takes a unique look at the possibility of the afterlife, and it's a story I won't soon forget. So, when I learned that Ms. Showalter was starting a new urban fantasy series (Gods of War) for adults, I was e ...

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Diamond Fire

If you’re a fan of Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on the  novella Diamond Fire. If you’re not a fan of the series, A) you should be, and B) you should read all prior books before you even read this review. The series is wonderfully wri ...