Monday, January 29, 2018

Urban Fantasy Fun...

The Who:  

Barbara Yager -- one of the Baba Yagas. (It's a title, not a name.) She rides a motorcycle; she can heal and do magic; and she can kick some serious ass. She's been summoned to Clearwater County to help find a missing girl.

Liam McClellean -- the small town sheriff who is leading the investigation into the recent disappearances of three young children. He's doing everything he can, but there are no leads and no clues. Then Barbara Yager shows up out of nowhere and not only is she beautiful, she's also stubborn, odd, mysterious, and infuriating. And Liam is not quite sure what to make of her.

The What:   

Barbara is sure there's Otherworldly magic behind the children's disappearances, but she doesn't know why, or who's responsible. Although she does have a suspect. Now if only she had some proof to go along with her suspicions,  and a way to counter the spell and recover the missing children. Then there's Liam. He's determined and sincere and not entirely sure he can trust her.  And she wants to tell him the truth about who she is and what's really going on in his town, she's just not sure how to do it so he'll believe her. But she's got to figure it out fast, because they're running out of time.

The Fun:  

Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake is an entertaining mix of mystery, magic, and mayhem, with just the right amount of romance. Liam and Barbara are great characters, but I also really liked Chudo Yudo, the dragon disguised as a dog who lives with Barbara and guards the Water of Life & Death. (Not only does he read historical romances, but he finds Barbara's attraction to Liam--a first for her--very amusing.) There's great magic in this book, too:  rusalkas, and spells, and a hidden door to the Otherworld. It's a good escapism book and a fun fantasy read. I liked it a lot.

Happy Reading!


30 comments:

  1. I have been looking for urban fantasy recommendations, having become read through all of Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop's books. This does sound like fun, and luckily our library has it!

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    1. Give this author a try and see if you like her. I've read two books by her now and enjoyed them both! :)

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  2. Sounds like such a fun read. I have to admit to enjoying a bit of magic in my stories :)

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    1. A bit of magic now and then is definitely a good thing. :D

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  3. This does sound like fun! Mystery, magic, and mayhem--right up my alley. :)

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    1. And Barbara, or Baba as she prefers to be called, is a tough, fiesty, smart heroine. I liked her a lot.

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  4. Hmm a mashup of urban fantasy and crime novel. Sounds very fun. I love urban fantasy.

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    1. Yeah, a little magic, a little mystery, lots of laughs. I had fun reading this one.

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  5. This sounds like a fun mix. Great review!

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    1. It worked for me. I really enjoyed all the elements of this one. Thanks for commenting! :)

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  6. Sounds like a fun read. Is this part of a series?

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    1. It is part of the series, only it looks like the books that follow it are about the other baba yagas.

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  7. A very original idea, I will see if my library over here has it.
    Thanks for recommending it!

    Kind regards,

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    1. If you end up reading this one, let me know what you think of it! :)

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  8. A dragon disguised as a dog who reads?! I must find this book!

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    1. Yeah, Chudo Yudo is great. I want a book just about him. :)

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  9. This doesn't sound like my thing, but it still sounds fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  10. I read a prequel of this and liked it but I never did continue with the series. I thought it might be too romancey for me. Maybe in the future I'll go back to it.

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    1. There is some romance, but it doesn't overpower the story or get in the way of the mystery and magic. At least, not in this book.

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  11. This sounds like a fun one! I don't read a lot of urban fantasy but I'll have to remember this one.

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    1. Sometimes a little magic really hits the spot. :D

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  12. I love the sound of this one! I have read one of Blake's books and enjoyed it. I keep meaning to read more by her. I just love urban fantasy!

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  13. Ah, what fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it and will give thought to reading it. Might be something I'd like... and the dragon and a true Baba Yaga, way to go!

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    1. Thanks, Kari...and thanks for commenting! :)

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  14. I'm dying to know more about Chudo Yudo. That sounds amazing.

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    1. He's great! I'd read a whole book just bout him. :)

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  15. Oh, this sounds like fun! And not as dark as some urban fantasy. I'll definitely give this a look.

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    1. I think you might like this one! (It's got a little romance in it, too.) :)

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