In Pyresnakes, a man disappears into another realm, and his boyfriend and grandmother have to venture in after him to bring him back. In Scarecrow, Meg’s latest crime catches up with her, and she makes a deal in order to obtain her freedom, but it only leads to more trouble. In Charm City, demonologist/exorcist Simon meets an intriguing woman who also exorcises demons but using an entirely different kind of magic. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three fantasy novels!
Pyresnakes by Tray Ellis
*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
Honestly, I mostly read this because I wanted to read about a kickass grandma going on a dangerous journey to another realm, but that was not this book. There was no real tension or sense of consequence or urgency. Ruth stated right in the beginning that Aran wasn't in danger, it was just that they had to find him because he might not remember Brandon and his life on this realm. And, then once they got there, everything for both characters was super easy and nonchalant. Even the other things that happened, like finding the pyresnakes, didn't turn into anything. Also, the writing/characters' voices/dialogue all sounded too formal to feel natural, and all the characters seemed underdeveloped. So this didn't work for me, but it might be good for anyone looking for something super light, quick, and stress-free with a bit of fantasy.
Scarecrow by M.R. Pritchard
Charm City by Ash Krafton
*I received an ecopy of this book via Story Cartel. This has not influenced my review.*
This was pretty much your typical urban fantasy with supernatural baddies and a rough-around-the-edges protagonist, but it was good. The main character, Simon, had a strong voice, felt developed, and was damaged but likable and sympathetic. The pace was steady. The magic was interesting---Chiara had innate powers, and Simon had all these charms and medallions and herbs and spells. The plot was where I had a few issues though. Some things in the plot and backstory could've been explained better, either I didn't understand the goal of the book or it kinda changed, Chiara's desire to help Simon fix his past mistake seemed really sudden, and it seemed like Chiara was the one who did everything in the end. But the plot wasn't terrible, just a little rough. Overall this book didn't blow me away, but it was an enjoyable read.