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Moonshine by Alaya Johnson

Urban fantasy is busting out of its contemporary settings, and Alaya Johnson’s cleverly titled novel, Moonshine, is set in a time and place—Jazz Age Manhattan—that seems especially well suited to nocturnal paranormal adventures. Johnson makes the most of the re-imagined era with her thoughtfully developed alternate history, and adorns it with period details that reach considerably beyond the Charleston and the bob. She also doesn’t shy away from the era’s less-than-enlightened views on gender, race, class, and immigration.

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Master of None by Sonya Bateman

Sonya Bateman’s debut novel, Master of None, is an entertaining diversion, with likeable good guys (especially fierce getaway driver Jazz) and a very scary bad guy. From the perspective of an experienced urban fantasy fan, the novel throws few curveballs. But one of those breaking pitches is Bateman’s use of djinni as a fascinating magical race.

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Changeless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger made quite a splash with her extraordinarily enjoyable debut novel, Soulless, a steampunk-spiced urban fantasy novel of manners. She and her charming protagonist, Alexia Maccon nee Tarabotti, return with Changeless, a steampunk novel of manners spiced with urban fantasy. With a few more novels this delightful, Ms. Carriger will be challenging Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris for the top of the New York Times bestseller lists.

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Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel by Seanan McGuire

October Daye, the narrator/protagonist on Rosemary and Rue is a welcome addition to the ranks of urban fantasy’s hardboiled female leads. She’s tough and smart, complicated, sympathetic, maddening, and believable. Not everything in this debut novel from Seanan McGuire is, however, as believable as its leading character…

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Strange Brew edited by P. N. Elrod

Will appeal to most readers of contemporary Urban Fantasy, if mainly as snacks between the more substantial novelistic meals these writers usually produce