by Caitlin Kittredge
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Maybe I've never noticed before, but it seems there is a new section popping up in my local book stores - Paranormal Romance. I'm not sure what puts a book into this category but that is exactly where I found Street Magic. I'm not a big romance fan, mind you; I was just in a funk, moping through the shelves when I stumbled across this section and thus this book. It promised more action and less bodice ripping than many of the others. And it was set in London. Sold and sold.
Street Magic is an interesting mix. It has signs of brilliance partnered with so-so writing. There are several "perfect sentence" and "beautifully worded" moments. There are more mediocre moments. The big turn off for me though is the flip-flopping of the main characters; strong, weak, weak strong. It makes sense for one of them I suppose but for the other - not so much. And romance? Um, not in this book. At least not in my opinion; even Twilight had more chemistry between the two leads. The lack of heat between the two characters doesn't detract from the story - it just didn't fit my expectations given the genre I thought I was reading.
Don't get me wrong, Street magic is a good book. It's fun, entertaining, fast paced. And it does have flashes of great writing. Unfortunately, it doesn't have that HOOK that has me scrambling out to the book store for the next in the series, especially given everything already on my TBR shelf.
I'd give this one 3 brews.