Friday, January 30, 2009

[ARC Review] - Street Magic

Title: Street Magic
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Series: Black London
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Year: 2009

I received this book for review from the author.

Summary: Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete's eyes - or so she thought. Now a detective, Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster's chilling prediction has led police directly to the child.but when Pete meets the informant, she's shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self. But he's able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget's kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey. Even though she's spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget - and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago.

Thoughts: Street Magic is an exciting fast paced read. Prior to reading this new book I read Ms. Kittredge's first two books in her Nocturne City series and just loved her writing voice. Her characters take you on a journey of non-stop action. The writing isn't bogged down with unnecessary dialogue that you find in some dark fantasy books. I always find that refreshing. Pete and Jack are quiet interesting and have great chemistry. Their back and forth nagging at each other was amusing. The only problem I had with it were the names "Pete" and "Jack". I had to keep reminding myself that Pete is a chick. Otherwise I really enjoyed this first installment.

Score: 4 Stars

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Upcoming Releases:
Second Skin (Nocturne City #3)- March 3rd
Street Magic (Black London #1)- June 2nd
Black & White (Icarus Project #1) - June 23rd
Huntress (anthology)- June 30th
Witch Craft (Nocturne City #4) September 1st


  1. Her name is Pete? Is it short for something? What an odd name for a chick!

    Glad you liked it!

  2. Hi Anna:

    This sounds like an interesting storyline.

    Great review. Happy you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing.


  3. Amy... it's short for Petunia. But she's mostly referred to as Pete. I think weird names run in her family because her sister's name is Morning Glory.

    Thanks Lea!

  4. Great review Anna! You know I would have never thought to read these kind of books before so I am very thankful to've opened up my eyes to new things with your reviews and thoughts...I'll have to check this one out!!

  5. They're named after flowers! I guess knowing her name is Petunia, Pete isn't so bad :)

  6. Hey, Anna :) It sounds like the same sort of dark storyline as say, True Blood. Happy you liked the story!

  7. Amy... Yeah I guess they are. They're mother was mentioned as being Juniper. I didn't make the connection. I'm having a very slow day. LOL!

    Barbara... Yeah it is, but much darker and with more magic.

  8. I read a book where all the females were named after plants and flowers. I can't recall what it was, but I know I liked it. Now it's going to bother me until I remember what it was.

  9. You know that sounds familiar to me too. The characters being named after flowers.



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