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Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
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Apr 02, 10

bookshelves: fantasy-supernatural, mystery

There are so many out there doing some version of urban fantasy that it's hard to keep track. As with most, McGuire throws in her interpretation of various myths/traditions. In truth, it's hard to follow the book at first, as you try to absorb her worldview. Here, a changeling is the product of a mixed union--part human, part fae,an outsider in both worlds; they find dawn especially problematic. You can read the book to find out more about that.

October Daye is a changeling, but she resists the life expected of such a person. She's a good character--tough, resilient, smart, with a bit of tenderness when it's appropriate (and sometimes when it's not). When October misjudges, she misses by a mile, creating no little trouble for herself in her life and in her efforts to solve the murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, a hundreds of years old fae, who left one hell of a phone message for her.

I'm pretty worn out on vampire & werewolf stories (despite vampires being my very favorite monsters), so this was a refreshing treat.

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