Such is the life of a Federal ...more
I absolutely loved this book! Having never read this author, I decided to take a chance on this book because I thought that the description sounded promising. Once I started reading this book, I found it to be incredibly hard to set aside. I found myself trying to squeeze in just a bit more of this book during every spare moment I could find and I probably didn't do a few things that needed to be done so that I could read instead. I ...more
Cynthia Farrell's narration was good except her cadence was too slow for my liking. I turned it up to 1.5x instead of my usual 1.25x on ...more
Shiloh is a U.S. Marshall in the Paranormal Investigation Unit. Her have to be available at all hours job makes relationships difficult, to say the least. However, her current boyfriend Vincent has her wondering if maybe more could be on the horizon, until a Vampire decides to take over a trailer park.
It is all on Shiloh as her boss goes missing, black magic is ...more
Shiloh Harrison is a Federal Marshall in the Paranormal Investigation Unit. After a long weekend working she wants nothing more than to spend time with her completely human boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of Vampires take an entire trailer park hostage, duty calls and she has to ...more
Vampires are running scared and its Shiloh’s job to figure out why when her boss suddenly appears as a talking head…
Delightfully surprised and found myself completely engaged in Meding's Stray Magic. The first book in the Stray series, I'm sure this ...more
Title: Stray Magic: A Strays Novel
Series: Strays #1
Author: Kelly Meding
Release date: June 19, 2018
It's been quite a while since I've started a new urban fantasy series, so when I was offered the opportunity to read an early copy, I shuffled my schedule in order to make it happen. I've never read any other books by Kelly Meding, but it certainly sounded promising.
I loved that Shiloh is a paranormal Federal Marshal. She's seen and experienced a lot of things that have left her ha ...more
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am a great lover of Urban Fantasy and the blurb of Stray Magic had me excited. Could I have found my next UF obsession? It seemed to have all the elements I like; a strong heroine, a range of paranormal races, magic, an interesting plot and a new world to explore. And although on paper I should have loved it, sadly it didn’t quite enthrall as I ...more
I first met our heroine, in the novella, Freak House. published in the Carniepunk Anthology. Someone holds Shiloh's father, an ancient djinn, captive along with others. During the rescue Shiloh mee ...more
The heroine, Shiloh, is a US marshal who works with a special paranormal unit. She is half human, half djinn, and as the story begins, she is just looking forward to a little R&R with her boyfriend, Vincent. Unfortunately, before they can get too cozy, she is called away on a case. A group of va ...more
I enjoyed Meding’s first Dreg City book, but this was a disappointment.
I found Shiloh and most of the other characters in the book annoying at first, and the feeling only grew with longer acquaintance. The world-building was spotty, almost a hodgepodge of magical and paranormal types without a coherent whole. I found the paranormal law enforcement aspects completely unbelievable, from only the two (noncommunicating) offices to the unprofessionalism and incompetence of the staff.
Stray Magic is the first book in the Strays series, and my first read by Kelly Meding. I really like this author's writing style, and I'm so happy to have found another urban fantasy series to read. It seems like the genre has been slowing and not as many UF books are being introduced these days. This series has a unique cast of paranormal character, a feisty and interesting heroine, and the promise of steamy romantic entanglements.
Our heroine, Shiloh Harrison, is a half-human djinn and federal ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Stray Magic, by author Kelly Meding, is the first installment in the authors Strays series. Protagonist Shiloh Harrison is a 28-year-old US Marshall in The Paranormal Investigations Unit under the auspices of the DOJ. Shiloh has been with the unit for 6 years and is currently second-in-command. Shiloh is a half djinni with abilities to grant three wishes and has Quarrel pheromones that are hard for her to control. Her abilities often ...more
So I'm afraid this book's rating may have suffered through no fault of its own, but because I'm jaded by the genre. It felt low energy and pedestrian to me, but, as I say, that ma ...more
I remember years ago reading Kelly Meding's short story, Freak House from the Carniepunk anthology and thinking it was really good! It had definite series potential. Fast forward five years and today we have Stray Magic!
Shiloh is half djinn and a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit, basically solving the serious crimes of the paranormal community in ...more
"Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.
Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.
Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: some ...more
She writes great urban fantasy stories with strong and likable heroines. I started my love affair with her writing with her Dreg City series a few years back. I knew I would like, if not love Stray Magic, and I’m kicking myself for waiting to finally read it.
After reading chapter 1 of Stray Magic I remembered there was a short story entitled Freak House set in the Stray ...more
The Master of Vampire who takes the hostage says that several vampires and werewolves and missing; this is his way to ask ...more
Shiloh Harrison is a U.S. Marshal in the Paranormal Investigations Unit stationed in Washington. DC. She’s just returned home from a grueling assignment when she’s called out on another case. Vampires have taken an entire trailer park hostage. Since the head of their unit is missing, Shiloh’s in charge of the negotiations. And of course it’s not a normal hostage situation. The Master Vampire says he’ll ...more
Stray Magic had me confused initially. I felt dropped into a story in progress, but it said book 1 one of the series. After the first chapter though, I was settling into the story pretty well and found several things I really liked:
Unique world: its modern times but the world knows about shifters and vampires. Our heroine works for an agency that deals with all things paranormal.
Shiloh is tough and spunky. If you like your heroines to be independent and in charge, you will like Shiloh.
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I've know about this author for awhile and liked one of her books I read. I bought the second book but haven't managed it yet. Her primary series I haven't read yet either. But I was excited to try this new Strays series .
Stray Magic is urban fantasy although it feels a little scifi. I guess it is because the world-building is unusual. The supernaturals are not the ...more
FINALLY! Finally a new urban fantasy series that has the potential to replace my favorite series that are unfortunately are close to being finished. I don’t know how long I’ve been scouring the different sites for some replacements with less than great success. Okay so to be fair this particular author is not exactly new to the genre or to overall being a published author but still this new book of hers is really phenomenal.
I was com ...more
Kelly Meding’s newest foray into the urban fantasy genre starts off easily enough with Shiloh finally back home after an assignment and ready to engage in some skin privileges with her boyfriend. Before they can get to the good stuff she and her team are called in to a sticky situation involving a whole heck of a lot of vampires, a hostage situation and a trailer park. Shiloh Harrison, half djinn/half human, is a Federal Marshal ...more
Shiloh is a US Para Marshall with the paranormal investigation unit. She just completed a dangerous mission and hoped to have some downtime with her boyfriend. However, when vampires took a trailer park of residents hostage, her pla ...more
So much action! So much magic! And hot sexy guys!
Great character development. I loved mom. I can see she has a future with the Para-Marshalls as their office manager. Would serve Shiloh right. Once again Kelly Meding gives us a sweet, caring character to fall in love with (Jaxon). If anything bad happens to him I will kill a MF!
The loose ends were nicely tied up by the end of this novel. However, there are some unanswered side questions. I wouldn't say...more
Interesting start to a new series. This is the first book by Meding that I've read. I would liked more closure at the end of this volume, but the characters and situations are interesting enough that I'll read more.
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One thing I liked was the heroine was unique in her make up. I don't recall reading about many half djinn. I really liked how her magic was set up/used and her restrictions to using it.
I like Meding's imagination for beings/lore that is already there. She adds a nice twist to keep it fresh.
I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
This is my first book from Kelly Meding as well as the first book in the Stray series. When I was reading I felt like this ...more