Reviews tagged "urban fantasy"


Fated by Benedict Jacka

Readers who enjoy the urban fantasy vibe but are put off by the darkness and moral ambiguity common in the genre may find just the ticket in this beginning to a new series. Alex Verus is a mage with the ability to see the future, but he keeps a low profile due to a past […]


Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova

Alex is a shy but surly teenager who lives with her adult sister Sarah and — despite their lack of parents — is homeschooled. This is odder than you might think, because Alex is a Weirn, a type of magic user whose power manifests as a semi-sentient familiar. Most young Weirns — as well as […]


The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Being a vampire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Nina, who’s been a vampire (and therefore a teenager) for thirty-plus years. Vampires don’t really have superhuman strength; they can’t shape-shift; and they most certainly are not sexy. What with the inability to function during daylight hours, the constant health problems, and the […]


Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier

Reason Cansino has accepted that magic is real, she’s escaped her evil grandfather Justin Blake, and she’s decided to somewhat trust her strange grandmother Esmeralda. But Reason still has problems: she–and her friends Jay-Tee and Tom–still face the awful choice of using their magic and dying young, or refusing it and going mad. Then a […]


Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is a private eye in Chicago . . . and he’s also a wizard, in a world where magic is not so much hidden as uneasily ignored. But his friend on the police force, Lt. Karrin Murphy, does believe him; so when a pair of people are found gruesomely and mysteriously murdered as […]


Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

All her life, Reason has heard about her evil grandmother Esmerelda: how she believes in magic (which doesn’t exist), how she sacrifices babies and small animals in her rituals, how you have to move counter-clockwise in her house to keep the magical energy flowing properly. Reason’s mother, Serafina, escaped from her when she was a […]


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

In terms of its general atmosphere, I’ve seen Neverwhere compared to Alice in Wonderland, but it’s really more as if Alice in Wonderland had a love-child with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which grew up into a punk teenager and ran away to live on the streets of London. As far as plot goes, I […]


Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

This rather engaging book retells the ballad of Tam Lin, setting it in a small liberal arts college during the seventies. It’s a charming idea, and it partially works. The depiction of college life is vivid and affectionate: Dean obviously loves both college and English literature, and that makes the book very enjoyable. The heroine, […]


Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

I suppose I should preface this review with the disclaimer that I’m not very attracted to vampires. I don’t find them instrinsically fascinating, and I don’t normally read vampire novels. So I probably wouldn’t have read Demon in my View except for a newspaper article about the author, who was fifteen years old when she […]