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Urban Fantasy, where to start?

Part 1

Picking up a new genre is never easy and when you pick up one that usually includes vampires, shape-shifters, fae and other such interesting creatures, you really need to open that first page with an open mind. If there is a rule where to start, not only do I not know about it and to be honest neither do I care. Instead I will give you a list of my favorites over the years. So if you want to have a go here is some options for you to look at but there are so many good collections out there that I will continue the list at a later stage.

A Hidden Fire

A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

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One of my favorites is Elizabeth Hunter,  I am absolutely addicted to her books and have no qualms with this recommendation.

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he’s hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.

Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.

History and the paranormal collide in A Hidden Fire, the first book in the bestselling Elemental Mysteries series and semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012.

Magic Bites

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

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Another absolute favourite is the Ilona Andrews duo and their books are as good as it gets as far as reading UF goes.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Moon Called

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

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There is something about Mercy Thompson that once you start reading you won´t want to put it down.

Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by J.L. Murray

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J.L. Murray is an incredibly talented writer but unlike the above authors she has a little darkness in her pen. The story doesn’t go the way you expect and the results are startling to say the least. One of the most fun reads ever in UF.

Niki Slobodian sees things – things that aren’t supposed to be there. Labeled an Abnormal by New Government, her name is tacked onto the Registry, which seems to be getting longer these days. Now she can’t work or she’ll end up the same place as her father: in prison. But with no money coming in, Niki’s getting desperate.

Kindling the Moon

Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

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There is a special story about this book, when it first came out Amazon did not deliver to Mozambique and I didn´t have a kindle at the time. I emailed the author and asked if it was possible to buy directly from her, I was after all desperate to read this book. Jenn Bennett did better than that, she sent me a PDF to my email. I have since then purchased all the books but the PDF is still in my email, it is a special momento which I am not quite willing to let go.

Meet Arcadia Bellbartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Storm Front

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Jim Butcher is a must if you read UF. Personally, I don´t think a UF list is quite complete without his name on it.

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get . . . interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

Hope that you find something that you like here, these, are in my humble opinion, worth your time and money.

 

 

 

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A Review of The Arcadia Bell Series by Jenn Bennett

This is is a review that is long overdue and I have been most unkind to this wonderful author. Back in 2011 I was browsing through Amazon and came across a brand new urban fantasy Kindling the Moon: An Arcadia Bell Novel Book 1 by Jenn Bennett and after reading the blurb I really wanted to read this book, I was new to Amazon and I didn´t have a kindle so I happily pressed the purchase button only to be told that this particular title was not available in my country. WTF!!!??? Are they kidding me?

Offended I contacted Amazon asking why the hell I couldn´t buy this book and they were very kind and informed me that it was something to do with the publisher and blah blah blah… at the end of the day the result was the same, I couldn´t buy the book. I e-mailed the author through Goodreads explaining what happened and whether I could buy the book directly from her and pay via paypal, it so happens that this author has what we can describe as morals and integrity and instead of charging me for a book she sent me a free copy in a pdf format. I have since then bought all the books in series (yes! they are finally available here as well) and three years later I have finally read the whole series and yes! I am finally writing a review.

“Ms Bennett my most sincere apologies in the delay, not because me or my review are extra special but because you are!”

This is a review of the Arcadia Bell Series. Overall, Ms Bennett you get a five star rating from me.

There is this woman her name is Arcadia Bell and she works in this really cool tiki bar called Tambuku Tiki Lounge, she has an incredible anti-social partner Kar Yee and this is where the story starts, a bar full of demons, not Dante´s Inferno version but a way cooler version of the guys and magicians and spirits and a really crazy world full of labyrinths that you keep turning the pages to explore.

Then Lon Butler comes into the picture and the description of the man is a 70´s porn star, which immediately brings to mind Brendan Benson but physically they are completely different and later she compares him to a pirate. His physical description does nothing for me but as the story moves along I think the man is sexy as hell and I don´t care what he looks like anymore.

Jupiter or Jupe as we all know him, a thirteen year old kid (and Lon´s son) who arrives and grabs your heart and by his third appearance I want to adopt him. With the exception of Ilona Andrews´Ascanio and Julie I have yet to find another author who can make me really adore a teenager the way Jenn Bennett did, this requires major skill.

The story revolves around these characters, major action, humour, horror and romance. Well written books with fantastic characters and some really crappy family situations which makes you look around at your own family and thank all the gods and goddesses that you can remember for the wonderful and normal people in your household.

Character development is done to the T, you find yourself immersed in their world and everything that is happening around them, every now and again I would find myself holding my breath and looking around to see if anyone was watching me making those weird faces that I so often make when reading an awesome book.

This is an amazing series to get lost in, with or without coffee (preferably with) and to fall in love with Cady, Lon and Jupe.

Thank you Jenn Bennett, for the gift of the first book (I now have an official purchased copy) for the gift of this amazing world you created and the characters therein. I will be a fan and will continue to read your work with the utmost pleasure.

Here is the link to Ms Bennett´s webpage if you want to look at the Arcadia Bell books and her new series the Roaring Twenties series which I will start now.