A Beginner’s Guide to Fangs by Matthew S. Cox

Cox skilfully balances the extremism inherent in both vampires and teenagers with the unique complexity of every person, creating young adult urban fantasy with both passion and depth. This novel is the second in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers might lurk ahead. With a whole fortnight of being a vampire under her belt, Sarah Wright … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Fangs by Matthew S. Cox

Weeia on My Mind by Elle Boca

Boca weaves a fresh perspective on urban fantasy with the very real issues of both policing and covert operations to create a thriller driven more by ethics and character than flashy powers. This book is the second in Boca's Weeia Marshals series. There may be spoilers ahead. When one of the Weeia merchants is threatened … Continue reading Weeia on My Mind by Elle Boca

Red Shirts & Reviews | mishaburnett

"Haven’t you always wanted to be part of the shadowy underworld of outlaw spellcasters? To live the life of a magical gangster, full of danger, intrigue, unlawful conjurations, and bucketfuls of cold hard cash?" — Red Shirts & Reviews | mishaburnett Misha Burnett, one of my favourite authors, is offering a chance for your name … Continue reading Red Shirts & Reviews | mishaburnett

The Van Helsing Paradox by Evelyn Chartres

Chartres fuses ancient conspiracies within the Church with urban fantasy to create a fast-paced horror adventure that doesn’t lack for depth. Clara Grey’s family live in decidedly ungenteel poverty in a small mining town; a poverty that slides toward destitution when her father dies. Everyone says his cough finally got him, but Clara is certain … Continue reading The Van Helsing Paradox by Evelyn Chartres

Fanya in the Underworld by Jordan Elizabeth

Mixing magic, steampunk, and colonialism, Elizabeth creates a fantasy tale that is fast-paced and personal without sacrificing depth and wider consequence. Fanya’s father was her father’s rightful heir; Instead the Council granted her inheritance to her stepmother; an inheritance that is being sold to unscrupulous men and the profits frittered away. Hoping to protect her … Continue reading Fanya in the Underworld by Jordan Elizabeth

NYV: Punk by K.D. McQuain

Fusing one of the archetypal devourers of life with a culture defined by the raw expression of being alive, McQuain creates a visceral take on both vampirism and modern society. Palestine, Texas, is as far from metropolitan excess as one might get. Yet even that rural isolation is too polluting for Christian’s mother to allow … Continue reading NYV: Punk by K.D. McQuain

Seven Things Not to do When Everyone’s Trying to Kill You by Megan O’Russell

Displaying a firm grasp of how all lives suffer the same burden of the mundane without losing the excitement of magic and high-stakes adventure, O’Russell continues her fresh take on the trope of a young person who discovers they are a magician. This novel is the second in The Tale of Bryant Adams series. This … Continue reading Seven Things Not to do When Everyone’s Trying to Kill You by Megan O’Russell

Time to Live by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth fuses an urban fantasy world free of the usual creatures with key tropes of young adult fiction to create something both fresh and familiar. Seventeen-year-old Banon Andreeta is a child of Clan Genae. Her parents believe she is merely a rebellious teenager, ignorant of her lineage and the powers it will bring; however, her … Continue reading Time to Live by Jordan Elizabeth