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Review: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant […]

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Review: Stray Witch (The Vampires of Emberbury #1) by Eva Alton

A magical story about a lost witch recovering her self-esteem and overcoming a terrible mistake, a seemingly cheerful vampire with a tortured past, and finding love in the most unexpected of places. Alba is about to lose everything after her divorce… until she meets The Vampires of Emberbury, who dwell under an abandoned graveyard, stuck […]

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Top Fantasy Post Series: My Top Urban Fantasy Series

Hello book lovers and welcome to my first in a series on my favorite fantasy books! Today’s topic at hand will be my favorite fantasy series that are classified as urban fantasy; contemporary set fantasy books usually focused on vampires, werewolves, and some witches! The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews This series by Ilona Andrews […]

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Trope Discussion: “To turn or not to turn,” the vampire question

Introduction: What is the trope? This trope typically appears in vampire romances. The question is whether or not the vampire in the relationship should or shouldn’t turn the human. Often, the question comes up for a variety of reasons. The obvious and practical reasoning is that a vampire is immortal and typically never ages, whereas […]

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Review: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a […]

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Review: This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic. Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It’s her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new […]

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Review: These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling [Hocus Pocus Readathon #4]

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a […]

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Discussion: Pros and Cons of Urban Fantasy

Intro: Defining Urban Fantasy Hello book bees, and welcome to my follow up from my High Fantasy pros and cons list! Over the many years of my being a reader I have begun to transition from High Fantasy and more traditional fantasy to urban fantasy, where I often find writing that I enjoy more and […]

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Review: Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell #1) by Juliette Cross

New Orleans is no stranger to the weird and magical. So it’s no surprise that Mateo, a metal artist and a werewolf, is able to find a few witches there who may be able to help him. See, Mateo is cursed and unable to transform into his wolf counterpart. The wolf inside him has begun […]

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What is Urban Fantasy?

Urban fantasy is not magical realism It can be difficult to find extensive literary thought on this topic, in part because both sub-genres of the fantasy category (and fantasy itself) are considered “lesser” in the world of literary thought and aren’t thoroughly discussed, nor examined. However, this article from 2019 is the easiest to read […]