Reminiscent of Charles de Lint and Patricia Briggs, WRITTEN IN RED is urban fantasy the way it should be written. From the moment Meg stumbled into the Others land, half frozen, and sighed with relief at the H.L.D.N.A sign (Human Law Does Not Apply), I was intrigued. When the terra indigene (shifters, vampires, and elementals) she met spoke quite candidly about how they regularly ate humans for infractions as minor as trespassing or failing to leave a store the second it closed, I was hooked.
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Continuing with her Star Wars meets fairy tale mashup, Marissa Meyer delivers a strong sequel to CINDER in SCARLET, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cinder, our cyborg Cinderella turned alien royalty, is still on the run from the Lunar Queen, but this time she’s not the only one running. Little Red Riding Hood is reimagined as Scarlet, a pilot so desperate to find her missing grandmother that she accepts help from a street fighter named Wolf.
There was an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in season one called “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” that dealt with the idea of people disappearing if no one one ever noticed them. A girl that was totally ignored became invisible and ended up carted away by a mysterious government agency. Fast forward to 2013 and Jennifer Lynn Barnes has taken the idea of invisible teens and a shady institute and spun it into her book NOBODY.
The Mythos Academy series is one that capitalizes on the formula that made the Harry Potter books so successful. Take an orphan (a girl this time), reveal a magical heritage that is responsible for the death of her parent, ship her off to a magical boarding school, give her an inexplicably hostile teacher as well as a sage and cryptic headmaster, and make her integral to plot to return an evil power to the world… But try as it might, Mythos Academy is no Harry Potter.
Like many fans of this genre, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my gateway drug to the world of urban fantasy. So whenever I come across a book that is reminiscent of Buffy, or pays homage to the series, I get happy, happy, happy. Paige Cucarro’s Hellsbane series does both, and it does them well.
PERSONAL DEMON is difficult book to review. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s so average on just about every level. The characters are fine though not really memorable, the plot is descent though nothing that really captivates, and the romance was pretty standard without any real excitement.
Maggie Stiefvater is not a writer. She is a magical creature who spins stories and creates worlds so real readers can taste, touch, and breathe them in. THE RAVEN BOYS, the first book in the new Raven Cycle series is a wonderfully strange tale that takes just a little time to sink into before running off with the heart and imagination of every reader fortunate enough to read it.
I’m accustomed to powerful, grab-you-by-the-heart-and-never-let-go stories from Sophie Littlefield. The kind that resonate for weeks and weeks after reading. Both the Banished and especially the Aftertime series rank among some of my favorite books ever. So to say that I had high expectations for HANGING BY A THREAD
CLEAN is a cool book. That’s all there is to it. It has the kind of worldbuilding you can sink your teeth into, a damaged anti-hero who falls for an even more damaged anti-heroine, and an investigation to catch a teleporting serial killer.
The writing in AURACLE is transportive. Whether we’re hovering over a volcanic eruption with Anna during one of her ‘trips’, or we’re tiptoeing down her hallway trying desperately to avoid her violently drunk father, the words immerse readers in every magical or heartbreaking moment. And the characters are equally as vivid.