Short stories are a difficult form to master in any case, but when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, the author has an even tougher challenge: building an entire world in just a few pages. As with any short-story collection featuring multiple authors, some of the contributions to MAGIC CITY: RECENT SPELLS, edited by Paula Guran, are more successful than others. Ultimately, I think the anthology does a great job of showcasing many different interpretations of ‘urban fantasy’ and gives readers the chance to discover something new.
Fans of MISTBORN are going to love Greg van Eekhout’s West Coast take on the magical heist story in CALIFORNIA BONES, with its alternate Los Angeles, quirky ensemble of thieves, and introduction to osteomancy. Though I devoured it with the same gusto that the Hierarch devours the bones of Daniel’s father, the narrative moves very quickly, cramming several books’ worth of story into a single novel. There are so many fascinating aspects of the world van Eekhout’s created that I want more time to get to know its intricacies, and I think the relationships, in particular, suffer for the speed.
An interesting character vignette, in PIA SAVES THE DAY our favorite couple face each other again, back at square one. The first time these two fell in love, Pia was the hunted. This time, she must use all her cunning to get close to a cranky, injured, amnesiac dragon… or lose the man of her dreams.
A big welcome to Lisa Medley who is here to telling us about the basic reaper ruls and celebrating the release of Reap & Repent, The Reapers #1 (published on June 2, 2014 by Harlequin). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Reaper Rules: The Basics by Lisa Medley Reapers are grim by nature. Always with the dying. Throw in the complication of demons, a possessed reaper and a fallen angel bent on destruction, and all Hell will most assuredly break loose. These are not the reapers of myth because, let’s face it. Cloaked skeletons are in no way sexy. Chances… Read more »
I’ll admit it – after book two in the Noon Onyx series, I wasn’t super eager to keep reading. However, as soon as the cover to WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE came out, I knew I had to stick with it, logic being that there was no way a cover so pretty could be on a bad book. Luckily, I was rewarded with a well-written world, a maturing heroine, and enough action to keep me entertained the whole book.
A big welcome to Molly Harper who came by to answer a few of our questions and to celebrate the release of Better Homes and Hauntings, (published on June 24, 2014 by Pocket Books). Interview with Molly Harper All Things Urban Fantasy: While still paranormal, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS ventures into ghost story territory, which is a totally different than your other paranormal romances with vampires and werewolves. Was writing about a different supernatural phenomenon a challenge or a nice break? Molly Harper: It was a really nice break. Ghost stories deal more with the feelings and perceptions of being in a frightening… Read more »
Gorgeous colors and hot bodies aside, some days it’s clear that nothing generates anticipation the way good, old-fashioned adventure can. This week I couldn’t wait to lose myself in a copy of THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE, which cover caught your eye? If you’re a blogger interested in joining in on the commenting fun, fill out our Guest Commentator form here! Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake #16) by Kerrelyn Sparks Expected publication: December 31st 2014 by Avon Source: Goodreads Covers in Series New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks delivers the exciting conclusion in the Love at Stake series,… Read more »
Oh, semi-Gothic novel, how I’ve missed you. I cut my romance teeth on the classics in Gothic novels – Bronte, Woodiwiss and the indomitable Victoria Holt. GODDESS BORN isn’t quite in those categories, but delightfully close enough. The fact that there’s a Celtic goddess in there is just icing on the cake.
The second in The Awakening series, VAMPIRE’S THIRST follows immediately after VAMPIRE’S HUNGER, and I was excited to see what Kimber and Duncan were going to do next. Turns out, it was have a bunch of sex, and fight. A bit more on the erotic side than most books we review here on All Things Urban Fantasy, VAMPIRE’S THIRST could have been so great, but unfortunately it fell flat for me, with characters behaving in a nonsensical manner in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, nearly a complete lack of world building, and a mish-mash of tangents that were frustrating distractions from the main plot.
If I’m ever asked for a recommendation from a contemporary YA reader for an entrance book into YA paranormal, HEXED would be at the top of the list. Not so much for the caliber of the story, but because it’s a pretty good blending of the two genres in one little package.