Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Maryland & Middle Atlantic
Source: Ebook, purchased
Publishing Date: 2018
Synopsis: Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.
Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.
Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.
Unless she can stop it.
I enjoyed this new urban fantasy a lot more than I expected. I don’t read as much urban fantasy as I did a few years ago. It’s hard to find original characters and plots. This book has some familiar paranormal characters and some familiar plot points, but has enough freshness for me to really enjoy it.
I also like many of the characters. I felt I got to know enough about them to understand them at least a little bit. I especially like the main character–Shiloh Harrison. She’s courageous, a little insecure and a bit impetuous, but she tries her best to do what she thinks is right. She’s half-djinn and half human and she has problems because of her mixed heritage. I don’t think I’ve read any urban fantasy with djinn characters so that was nice. The other characters were also ones I enjoyed reading about. I’m looking forward to reading more about many of them. One thing I didn’t like at all (and I think most people will agree with me)–I didn’t like the spiders in the story at all!
The story kept me guessing about what exactly was happening and how it all fit together. I had guessed a few things, but not all of it. I also like that the story wasn’t predictable and that some things happened I didn’t want to happen. Not everyone is safe and it doesn’t all end happily for everyone.
Dark urban fantasy?
For me this is bordering on dark urban fantasy. I don’t like books that are too dark and I don’t like horror. There were a few elements which crossed into horror for me–but I’m easily scared! I don’t think a lot of people would feel that way…lol. And I kept reading every moment I could!
Next book comes in 2019
There are plenty of loose ends for the next book which is already scheduled for 2019. I really want to find out what happens next! And now I think I need to search out some of Kelly Meding’s backlist!
My Rating: B
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