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On a back alley in Toronto's Kensington Market, above the Heaven & Earth Bakery, there's an apartment with a room for rent. The rent is negotiable. The location varies. Humans need not apply. For Nick, who calls 7C home, real life can be a lot weirder than his friends' role-playing games. Between regular stints at his job delivering bread and cinnamon buns to the otherworl ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Sexton's Cottage Books (first published May 1st 2014)
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Devann
I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review

I was stuck between 3 and 4 stars on this but ultimately I decided to go with 3. I think what was throwing me off was the formatting of the story. From what I can tell this was originally published as a serial and then put together into this book as what is essentially two novellas, but it's not really presented that was so when the story abruptly changed halfway through it took me a minute to get my bearings a
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Marian Thorpe
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is something about urban fantasy that takes place in a city well-known to the reader that adds a level of charm and attraction. The Toronto setting of The Tenants of 7C was a bonus for me, but even without knowing the Kensington Market district, this is a delightful collection of connected short stories.

Above the Heaven & Earth Bakery, in an obscure back alley, the tenants of apartment 7C are an eclectic mixture of decidedly non-human characters: a young werewolf, a Japanese demon, and a v
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Courtney Payne
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The synopsis did absolutely not do this book any justice. Everything from the plot lines to the characters to the setting were all such original ideas that I couldn't help but be surprised and enthralled at every turn. From the moment that the apartment (7C) was described I was completely hooked. I wanted to be there, exploring it. I wanted to talk to the characters and ask them questions, g
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Susan Anne
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a lifelong fantasy fan and am always looking for something new and different. The Tenants of 7C by Alice Degan is exactly that! She takes many of fantasy’s tropes, including elves/fairies, werewolves, vampires, satyrs, and other mythic creatures and mixes them with modern-day Toronto (one of my favorite cities in the world). Most humans are in denial about the presence of Others, but some are evil enough to know the human world won’t miss a few Others killed for sport. The ensuing conflict ...more
Barbara
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was incredibly entertained as I read this book. Fantasy, magic, paranormals all combine to make this a page turner. Nick is a young werewolf, with only one desire and is to fit in and finish high school. Tacky is a japanese demon who was magicked out of a picture and now resides and is the protector of 7c. Bakery goodies that have different functions and makes you feel good. Rose, a pregnant young woman who does the baking and fixes everyone's problems, a young vampire, a child satyr magic pen ...more
Marianne
The Tenants of 7C was a good urban fantasy collection. Admittedly I like it when stories are set in Canada, and this book felt very Canadian in terms of location and language/word choice. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the pop culture references. All of the stories were good, but I was a bit confused by some of the details in "7C Goes Down." ...more
Amanda
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a little annoyed at first because this book consists of short stories that read like chapters. Sequentially, the stories are not in order, but they are well written. I honestly feel they could be basis of a true novel instead of a collection of mini-adventures.
Monique
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting and exciting story! I was pleasantly surprised by it. A good UF story that perhaps is leaning more towards YA readers, I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Elizabeth
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Clare is a new field agent for Stake, Inc., an urban adventure tour company offering hunts for paranormal creatures: vampires, werewolves, and the like. Some of these hunts are staged, faked by actors and staff. Others are very, very real, especially if you have enough money. Based in the now, everything falls into place with a malfunctioning smart phone app meant to find magical energy signatures, a hidden bakery where everything is described as the best pastry ever, and a crazy apartment where ...more
Underground Book Reviews
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Tenants of 7C is a unique paranormal plot that includes a cast of human-like mythical creatures. While Degan’s often-humorous scenes are rather refreshing, aficionados of this genre may find themselves frustrated with her weak character development.

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Alice Degan is an academic and novelist (who also sometimes writes short stories). She studies and teaches medieval literature, and writes urban fantasy and something she likes to call metaphysical romance. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

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