Category Archives: urban fantasy

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

This is a book that is very well written and infinitely quotable. We have highly nuanced and realistic characters who have all the faults, misunderstandings, and issues that teens find today. The humor is bittersweet and typically making a philosophical … Continue reading

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The Last Tsar’s Dragons

I am a fan of Yolen and Russian history but that’s not really what this book is about. The dragons here are a Maguffin – really, this should have been named “The Last Tsar’s Jews” because that is the only … Continue reading

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Slayer by Kiersten White

I think the first question most will ask about this new series is: does the book stay faithful to the Buffyverse. And the answer is a definite yes. The second question will then be: is it canon and where does … Continue reading

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Urusei Yatsura 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a trend among boys’ manga for the male protagonist to be given a magical girl (Ah My Goddess and Video Girl Ai were among the most popular). Rumiko Takahashi, however, … Continue reading

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How We Sell Our Souls by Emilie Lucadamo

How We Sell Our Souls is a fun and quirky read – more dark humor than darkness. The pacing is a bit off and it felt very much like it was written by a novice writer. But the story had … Continue reading

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Queen’s Quality 6 by motomi Kyousuke

I am so glad that Motomi took her story away from “here’s how to clean your house” and toward a more interesting urban fantasy. The series got off to a rocky start and it was clear the theme wasn’t working … Continue reading

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The Outlaw and The Upstart King by Rod Duncan

Once again, Rod Duncan proves he is one of the best contemporary sci fi/urban fantasy authors out there with a follow up just as good yet distinctly different than his previous book. Rather than regurgitating the same tale of action … Continue reading

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