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  1. Mars447

    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    There's been a urban fantasy drought, huh? Pax Arcana #5, Legend Has It, is out. Just read through it. It took me a while to get into it, but then I wasn't in the headspace for reading when I started, but I thought it was pretty great.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Finished the latest Kate Daniels book. The invented lore is pretty lousy but the character interactions, particularly around long timers, are really enjoyable. The Andrews are not that good at exposition and worldbuilding, however. There's a gem of a decent story in the World of the Lupi books (especially with the main character) but it's smothered by all the Paranormal Romance bullshit. Werewolves being only male? Heroine being forced into a relationship by BS magic? No thanks. Peter McLean's Dominion is the second book in what appears to be an unintentional parody of bad gritty noir urban fantasy.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I just read "Heroine Complex" by Sarah Kuhn. It's a pretty decent, light read about a demon fighting superheroine...'s personal assistant. There's a bit of romance (including a sex scene that was steamier than I'd expected) with a guy who's not really an alpha hole, but the bulk of the character relationships revolve around the lifelong friendship between two women, who have their own personality flaws and foibles. Also, points for making the BFFs Asian American. The climax is pretty rushed, however, and by the ending is a little too pat. It's almost as if the author realized she was running out of words for the book and scrambled to wrap everything up. And it is very light. A gossip columnist/Z-grade celebrity leach plays a major role as a foil/antagonist, for example. 3.5 to 3.75 out of 5
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    The Nightmare Stacks was pretty decent. A little dumb for the sake of being dark, and the main character of this one isn't the best, but I had fun reading it. It's the latest book in a long series, however. Not urban fantasy, but I enjoyed Jon Skovron's Hope and Red. Street gangs meet pirates meet ninjas and some pretty fun action pulp.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I found this document from a publisher's studio that said that the upcoming book 5, "Legend Has It", is the last book. Which really sucks if its true. But still, it wouldn't be like Generation V, which spent a (mediocre) book on kicking everything into a total paradigm shift and then abruptly got cancelled. I just want more UF series with characters written and treated like Sig, damn it.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I didn't think that the love triangle made Sig look bad because I thought it was pretty clear that she knew the other guy was becoming a toxic asshole and was only staying with him due to guilt and probably a healthy serving of emotional abuse. And she wasn't really leading John on at all, which is the #1 thing I hate most about love triangles in fiction. At any rate, it's a moot point by the end of the book, haha.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Yikes, that looks awful. I can't even begin to understand the mentality that thinks of kidnapping and abuse as romantic or sexy. The Andrews' aren't entirely strangers to this trope, though. Isn't that basically the premise to their Hidden Legacy series? Still, that does look bad even from a genre perspective that is full of controlling and arguably abusive male love interests.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Maud is pretty cool.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I don't know, she seems like a decent facsimile of a Millenial graduate student. But seriously, the pacing sucks balls. They're not as bad as some other UF I've seen out there, but they still don't quite make Sturgeon's 10%. Maybe I should have clarified that I wasn't finished with the book yet. And still: why katanas?
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Sig is awesome. I wish that there were more characters like her in UF. Took a look at the Chicagoland Vampires books. Why do European vampires use katana? I mean, they're Europeans, and if they were looking for a sword designed for cutting above all else then sabers are right goddamn there. The books aren't awful so far, but still, why a katana?
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    The bad part isn't so much that he talks about music period, but that he talks about music in the way that makes you think that the author literally just looked this stuff up on Wikipedia and maybe Youtubed a few songs but knows nothing about the actual music. The protagonist doesn't come across as a student of the blues genre at all. He's a lot like Kvothe from the Kingkiller Chronicles in a way. Although at least his love interest (introduced in book 2) actually does shit and can pull her own weight in the plot. The books aren't awful (sure, the music segments are skip-worthy, but I skip through Kate's sex scenes as well) but they're not something that I would actively seek out if I wasn't grasping for good UF.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Still, four books in and she's still trying to run from her problems, which means that it's not until half way through the book before she actually gets involved in the plot. Maybe book 5 is better, but the first 4 didn't exactly convince me to stick with it. Picked up the Yancy Lazarus books by James Hunter on KU. They're perfectly functional books in the Dresden-clone subgenre, although they fall into the male author trap of the first book being absolutely awful with its female characters. Still, any time the protagonist (who is supposed to be a great blues musician) starts talking about music the books immediately drop into cringe-inducing territory. There's something about the author name dropping famous blues standards in the most mechanical fashion that is absolutely unreadable to me.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I got 4 books into Kitty Norville and I just can't continue. Kitty is a huge wimp, and the books all take forever and a day to get to the plot.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I really liked Pax Arcana and consider it to be one of the best UF series of the pulpy type that I've read, but everyone has different tastes. So fingers crossed, hah. Anyone read the Twenty Sided Sorceress series by Annie Bellett? Also, Jesus, I really need to get to finishing The Rook.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Speaking of London and Steampunk, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series is pretty fun (dumb but fun) UF that is weighted more towards bullety murder than sappy romance on that continuum.
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