Sunday, June 6, 2021

Urban Fantasy Fun...

 

"I'm Makenna Fraser. I'm not what most people would call normal, never have been, never will be, and I'm fine with that. Members of my family...(are) what my Grandma Fraser called seers. We can see through any veil, ward, shield or spell any supernatural can come up with as a disguise. ... I work for Supernatural Protection & Investigations, also known as SPI. They battle the supernatural bad guys of myth and legend, and those who would unleash them. SPI's mission is twofold: keep the world safe for supernaturals and humans alike, and cover up the truth. ... My job as the seer for the New York office is to point out the supernatural bad guys, then step aside so the commando-ninja-badass monster fighters can take them into custody--or if necessary, take them out."

The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin is a fun supernatural adventure. Mac and her partner, Ian Byrne, the tall, dark and dangerous ex-military type, must track down two ten-foot tall monsters that have been unleashed on New York City by an unknown foe, and they only have two days to do it. Because on New Year's Eve, those mythic monsters are going to do some real damage.

There's a lot of mayhem and magic in this book, and some memorable characters, too, like Yasha Kazakov, the Russian werewolf who's one of SPI's best drivers and trackers, and Vivienne Sagadraco, the intimidating founder of SPI who also happens to be a dragon. This book also has some great dialogue, and lots of humor. And plenty of action. The Grendel Affair is well-written, reads fast, and is very entertaining! I liked it a lot. And I want to thank Ashley over at The Rustic Reading Gal for recommending this urban fantasy series; I can't wait to read the rest. 

Happy Reading!

32 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a fun read! :)

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  2. Of course the werewolf must be the best tracker! I love the setup of this and sounds like a lot of fun.

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  3. I like the added suspense of setting it so close to the big NYE celebration!

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    1. Gave a whole new meaning to a countdown clock. :D

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  4. I'm always on the look out for a new UF to love. Especially since I've read through (multiple times!) all my favorites. I'm off to see if they have an audio for this one. :)

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    1. I hope you get a chance to listen to this one. :)

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  5. Ooh I might need to add this- i love the sound of it!

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    1. It's just a fun read with both suspense and magic. How can you go wrong?

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  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! The rest of the series is just as much fun. It's always interesting seeing what kind of crazy situation they find themselves in next. :D

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    1. I can't wait to read the next one. My library has at least the next three, so I'm excited about that. :)

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  7. Oh that sounds like a lot of fun.

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    1. It's a good one, and there are several more in the series, so that's even more fun.

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  8. This sounds like a fun and interesting read. I really need to read more urban fantasy too so I'll have to keep this one in mind.

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    1. I liked the references to Beowulf that show up in this one; made it even more fun.

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  9. This sounds thrilling! I don't know that I've read too much urban fantasy and I always want to try something new.

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    1. I like the combination of mystery and magic that you get in many urban fantasy reads. And this one doesn't get very dark. It's just a lot of fun.

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  10. I don't read as much sci fi and paranormal novels as I would like but this sounds good because its set in NYC and I find the characters in urban fantasy much more relatable to me then sci fi that takes place on other planets.

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    1. And Mac is a very relatable character. I liked her a lot.

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  11. This does sound fun. And my library has it!

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    1. Yay! I hope you think it's as fun as I did. :)

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  12. Ooh, I remember reading this series a long time back. I just couldn't get enough Urban Fantasy in those early days, and Shearin's other Raine Benares series had been pretty enjoyable too. Didn't realize you read UF too!

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    1. I read a little bit of everything; and I love good urban fantasy! :)

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  13. I'm really looking forward to this series! It sounds really good. :)

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    1. I thought this first book was really good; I can't wait to read book #2. :)

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  14. Sounds like its a lot of fun. Urban Fantasy in book form is a bit hit or miss for me (on TV I love it). But I do want to give the Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London books a whirl one of these days.

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    1. I've read just one of Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books and I liked it. I just never got around to reading any more. My most favorite urban fantasy series is Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series. It's the best!

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  15. Sounds fun. I don't read fantasy much, but lately they've been catching my eye.

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    1. I enjoy urban fantasy, but I can't always find good ones. I have hopes for this series, though. :)

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