Review // Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

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Review // Stray Magic by Kelly MedingStray Magic by Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #1
Published by Harper Voyager on June 19th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: The Publisher
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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: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.

Unless she can stop it

My Thoughts:

Stay Magic was new to me when I was asked to review book 2, Stray Moon. I’ve been in a need for a new Urban Fantasy since the ending of my favorite, and I’m so glad this was brought to my attention; I am hooked!

I loved this unique mash-up modern world. Vampires & Werewolves are known to the public, but there are WAY more supernatural creatures about. Including our protagonist, Shiloh. With such a diverse cast, we are thrown into the mystery of kidnappings, killings, and revenants. OH MY!

I adored Shiloh. I thought she was fun, spunky and a badass. Yet she was vulnerable, too. She has a lot of growth throughout the novel, from being very hesitant with the vampire Tennyson (there is history there of the two races hating each other) to taking the role of leader during the investigation. She made personal sacrifices, which one could constitute as stupid, but it demonstrates her dedication to finding the person behind the events. Also, being a Djinn –  is completely FASCINATING!

My only small gripes with the book, I felt like there was a lot of side bars. It’s an urban fantasy, which is to be expected, but it didn’t flow naturally? Also, there was quite a big left unanswered. I can only assume that is because it will be addressed in book 2, Stray Moon

Also that ending. *pulls out hair* Well done!

Overall, I really loved this! If you’re looking for a new Urban Fantasy to start, this is it! Highly recommend. 


Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read Stray Magic? If so, what did you think? If not, are you into that kinda thing!?
  • Recommend another Urban Fantasy!

2 thoughts on “Review // Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

  1. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I read Stray Magic and enjoyed it but got denied for Stray Moon. Sigh. BUT you should look at the anthology Carniepunk as it has a novella prequel to this series which is very helpful. It was at my library and had some other great stories. UF is my jam. You could Read-along with us on the Alex Verus series. We are reading one a month and are just reading book 2 now.

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