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The Brightest Fell, and the Beautiful Tragedy of Deals with the Fae

Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis: October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, half-fae and half-human, not quite belonging in either world. It’s been hard, but she’s finally carved out a home and family for herself. But when her estranged and massively powerful mother shows … Continue reading

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Character Journeys in Once Upon a Time: the Savior, the Evil Queen, and Rumplestiltskin

The last time I talked about Once Upon a Time, I posted an overview of the show’s pros and cons over its six season run. And there were plenty of both. Now I’d like to get into more detail about … Continue reading

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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, A Ghost Story About Longing and Choices

Genre: Urban fantasy/ghost story Synopsis: Following her sister’s suicide, Jenna dies in an accident before her time. She’ll remain as a ghost until she bleeds her remaining time from others–making them younger while making herself older, until she reaches her … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time: At Its Best When Breaking the Mold, at Its Worst When Following It

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy tale retelling Synopsis: Emma is living on her own and working as a bail bondsman, when the boy she’d given up for adoption at birth appears on her doorstep. There’s nothing for it but for her to bring … Continue reading

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Every Heart a Doorway: The Painful Clarity of Not Fitting Into Your World

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ YA Fantasy Synopsis: Sometimes children stumble through a hidden entrance in their world into another one, and often that world is right for them in a way their own never could be. The lucky ones stay, but … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy Follows

Most of my urban fantasy mainstays, the series that I’m still following loyally, are ones that I picked up before I began blogging. Which means whenever a new book comes out, I’m left thinking about whether to address the series … Continue reading

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The Kate Daniels Series: Smartass Mercenaries with Complex Family Ties

Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis: Kate Daniels starts out as a mercenary with a secret heritage, trained with the purpose of killing one man. She’s supposed to keep to herself, keep hidden, until she’s ready. To avoid any ties that might make … Continue reading

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Once Broken Faith: Kings, Queens, and Murder at a Political Convention

  Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis: Toby Daye is a changeling, half-fae and half-human. She started off the series disconnected and aimless, a result of the years she lost due to a spell cast on her by her enemies. She’s come … Continue reading

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Durarara!!: Intrigue, Adventure, and Urban Legends in the Streets of Ikebukuro

(video) Genre: Supernatural Synopsis: In the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, the supernatural comes into contact with the mundane. A headless fairy spawns her own local urban legend as she rides through the streets on her motorcycle. A preternaturally strong man with a hair-trigger … Continue reading

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The Wolf Among Us: Powerful Characterization, Immersive World

Genre: Interactive mystery/adventure/urban fantasy Synopsis: All the characters we’ve heard of in fairy tales are real, but they’ve long since fled their homelands to find refuge in our world. Referring to themselves as Fables, Snow White, Bluebeard, and the Little … Continue reading

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