Monday, June 18, 2018

Review - Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #1
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Date Read: June 13, 2018
Length:  336 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
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.

My Review

I absolutely loved this book!  Having never read this author, I decided to take a chance on this book because I thought that the description sounded promising.   Once I started reading this book, I found it to be incredibly hard to set aside.  I found myself trying to squeeze in just a bit more of this book during every spare moment I could find and I probably didn't do a few things that needed to be done so that I could read instead.   I am so glad that I decided to pick up this book.

Shiloh works as a Marshall in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.  She is usually the second in command for her unit but when they are called on a case and her boss is nowhere to be found, she takes the lead.  I should probably also mention that Shiloh is half djinn and the rest of her unit consists of a half vampire, an incubus, and a skinwalker so there are plenty of paranormal beings rounding out this story.  Their unit is called to a trailer park where residents are being held by a group of vampires.  This starts an investigation into a much bigger mystery involving missing vampires, werewolves, and a whole lot of danger.

I loved the characters in this book.  I think the fact that Shiloh is half djinn was a big plus for me since it is rather original.  Despite the fact that Shiloh has a few special abilities, I found her easy to relate to.  She was willing to make personal sacrifices when it was the right thing to do and proved to be incredibly smart.  Tennyson, a master vampire, was one of my favorite characters in this book.  I loved the way that he worked to protect the vampires in his line.  He acts selflessly several times during the course of the story and I thought that he was the perfect partner for Shiloh. 

I found the story to be very exciting.  Once I figured out a few things about the world this book was set in, I was hooked.  There was a lot of action in the story and I found myself worrying about the safety of the characters more than a few times.  The descriptions in the story were incredibly well done and I almost felt like I was there during some of the more intense scenes.  I really liked that this book kept the focus on the mystery and that the mystery was pretty complex.  There is just a bit of romance but it is really a very small part of the story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of urban fiction.  I found this book to be a highly entertaining start to a very promising series featuring a great group of characters.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.
About the Author

Kelly Meding discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal. When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, playing with her cat, or enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

28 comments:

  1. I liked her Dreg City books and I'm certainly going to pick this up on paperback!

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    1. I might have to check out some of her other books so it is good to know that you enjoyed the Dreg City series.

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  2. I am reading this now and enjoying it.

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  3. I've never read any of her books before either, but this one sounds like a good one to try! Glad you loved it so much, Carole :D

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  4. I've never read this author or even seen this title around, but it sounds like an awesome UF for when I'm in the mood for one. Thanks!

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    1. It was such a great first book. I hope you get the chance to read this one!

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  5. Oho.. what do we have here? You sold me with your enthusiasm, but I confess that combining investigations with paranormal characters is like cat nip for me. Thanks for the introduction, Carole. :)

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    1. I loved the mystery of this one plus the characters were fantastic. Such a great read!

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  6. Every time I read a great review of an urban fantasy series, I realize how much I miss the genre. But I never make time for it. This sounds like another good one!

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    1. This is one of my favorite genres and I had a blast with this book!

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  7. I love when a book is a pleasant surprise! This does sound like a lot of fun and urban fantasy is a genre I really want to read more of.

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    1. I adore this genre and this was a great start to a new series.

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  8. oh yes I was actually condering about this one to see if it was a good one. I'm glad it's the case!

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  9. That sounds great. I love finding a book that is hard to put down.

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  10. I've enjoyed everything I've read by this author. While she is less well known, she is still awesome. I already checked I can get this one at the library so I have reserved it. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  11. I am so glad you loved this one! It is in my TBR pile and I just know I will enjoy it too.

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    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of this one!

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  12. Meding, hmmm, I think I tried one of hers ages ago..aaaages

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  13. oh man the world in this one sounds so good o.o it def makes me miss UF, I need to read more of it

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    1. I loved the world this book was set in. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  14. Ahh people are really liking this! Definitely getting it.

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