Halloween Fashion on the UK High Street!

It’s been a little while since the last Geek on the High Street due to holidays and getting back on track, and this month I’m doing something a little bit different! While most months I’ll be sticking to a particular fandom/franchise I am going to be doing some themes as well because I’m going to run out of fandoms and also because being a geek is more than just being a fangirl. I think this quote from Simon Pegg sums it up quite nicely:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don’t and I first realised this when I was browsing someone’s Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I’d quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Unfortunately health, badly behaving internet and house maintenance shenanigans has meant this has been posted later than intended but that does have the benefit of a lot of these items being on sale now! So do check them and the pinterest board out asap to get your Halloween and bewitching fix in before the items disappear for another year.

 

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T-Shirts

There are so many fabulous halloween t-shirts out there right now! It was so hard limiting myself to just six to showcase for you so do check out the pinterest board for more. A lot of stores went with similar themes and slogans with their own twists so if you see something here and aren’t sure about it definitely take a look because I can guarantee there will be an alternative at another store.

First up is this cute and chic skeleton hands heart T-shirt from Ms Selfridges, currently reduced to £9.80 so grab it while you can! This skeleton tank top from Claire’s might not look that great but follow the link to check out the back; it’s completely made of lace spider webs! Again it’s currently reduced to £8.40. For the more fashion conscious ladies there’s the ‘Hallow Queen’ cropped T-Shirt from Topshop, unfortunately it’s only available in medium now and it’s down to £7.00. At the bargain price of £3.00 pumpkin spice lovers can  announce their love for the flavour all year round with this t-shirt from Matalan. Halloween spirit or homage to the Bat Family? You decide with this cheeky Bat T-Shirt by PrettyLittleThing available from Next for £12. My last choice is this adorable Ghouls just wanna have fun T-Shirt from George at Asda, one of several great T-shirts in their Halloween range this year now down to £3.00 and still available in all sizes!

 

 

Jumpers & Long-Sleeves

One benefit of British weather at this time of year is that we get some really awesome snuggly Halloween apparel too! Check out these great jumpers and long-sleeved tops that I found. Next are the champions of the Halloween sweater brigade in my opinion and I’m going straight in with what I consider the best of the bunch. This gorgeous Black cat hooded sweater from Next (£24) which even glows in the dark! How amazing is that?! It definitely made it’s way onto my wish list. Next up is neat wool sweater with a bold ‘What up Witches’ slogan for £18. If sequins are your thing you can go all out in this Halloween sweater with sequinned pumpkin and bats for £24. I really like the patterned effect of this Purple Bat Sweater available from next for £24, although personally I would say this is closer to pink than purple. Or if you prefer to go for a more subtle look then this striped top is perfect for you. In traditional Halloween colours it features a small bat logo on the breast pocket with the words ‘Let’s hang’, again from Next for £18. And the final item that made the cut is a Black Bat Jumper from Peacocks, reduced to £11 – but be quick as they’re selling fast!

 

Dresses

No Halloween would be right without a Halloween party and if you’re not in the mood for a costume check out some of these fabulous dresses which you can add to your wardrobe all year round! The first dress on my list can actually double as an easy costume as this Black Collar Shift Dress, £22.40, from Dorothy Perkins is giving me all sorts of Wednesday Adams vibes! In a similar vein of style is this Bat Collar Skater Dress Ladies by Jilted Generation available for £24.99 from Sports Direct. Ever the gold mine for some great geeky fashion, Sports Direct have some wonderful alternative dresses that are perfect for Halloween and another great dress I spotted there is this sequinned skeleton party dress which has been reduced by 70% down to £15.99 – unfortunately it’s now only available in sizes 8-12 but that’s still a fantastic price for any ladies in that size. If you prefer a less fancy skeleton dress then there’s this great Lipsy skeleton bodycon dress available from Next for £22 in sizes 8-18. Also from next is this super cute Spider Web Halloween Skater Dress which makes me think of a couple of neighbourhood friendly superheros and could definitely be reused for some causal cosplays. It is flying off the shelves though with only sizes 12 and 14 still available so grab it for £23 asap! My final choice is this absolutely stunning Hell Bunny black rose and cobweb dress from Yours Clothing for plus sized ladies available in sizes 16-32 and while it’s priced at a steep £59.99 it’s a piece that can be used for a range of occasions.

 

Jewellery

I have to say one of my favourite things has been the amount of Halloween jewellery I’ve found. Some of it has been really unique and the great thing about geeky jewellery is you can sneak a little bit in to accessorize any outfit. Take these black cat earrings from Marks and Spencers, £5.00, for example, although they’re designed for Halloween they’re perfect for all year round! How about these dangling spider earrings £2.00 at Primark if you’re brave enough? If you’re more of a hoops kind of girl get decked out in style with these gold-toned skull hoops from George Asda for £4.00. Chokers are back in trend and there are so many beautiful Halloween chokers on the pinterest board, but my pick is this two pack choker and long necklace from H&M, £9.99, which lets you also play with the current layering trend. This adorable silver toned boo pendant is only £5.00 from Next.Last. but not least, this bumper back of Halloween motif earrings is a must for any fan of this holiday and will keep you going as you countdown to next year’s Halloween. It’s a fabulous £9.00 right now for 20 earrings from Claire’s.

 

 

 

Accessories

I didn’t want to go too far into costumes, however, in my search for geek fashion there were some accessories and items that bordered on costumes that were just too damn gorgeous not to show you. I also recognised a few pieces that I knew some people would probably include in their daily outfits so I wanted to throw a few bits in. Like this sequin feather headband from Accessorize, £5.00, which screams 20s flapper style to me. Accessorize also has some great beauty items that only pop up at this time of year but are really useful for the geek community for cosplay or conventions, such as these gold butterfly face stickers, £5.00. They have a whole range of stickers which I’ve added to the pinterest board for you guys. They have a few nail art items too, and I particularly like these chic spider nail art stickers. These black tinted bat sunglasses will definitely help you stand out from the crowd, and they were just too quirky not to include. They’re £3,99 from New Look. The last two items are more costume than accessories, and I hope you’ll agree with me that they’re just too beautiful not to include. Unicorn horns are all the rage this year, but for me it was this one from George at Asda, £3.00, that won best in show. And then there was this stunning dragon mask from George at Asda which is just amazingly detailed for £10.00!

 

 

Hair Accessories

There were that many incredible hair accessories that they got their own category. Like jewellery I love the diversity of hair accessories for being able to add that little touch of geekiness, and the perfect example is these sweet glitter cat ear hair clips, £3.00, from Claire’s which you can just slip in to add a little bit of fun to an outfit. Be the belle of a very creepy ball with this Spider Web Fascinator Headband £4.20 from Claire’s. Halloween hair clips are really popular this year and Claire’s has a great collection. My favourites from them are this 2 pack of skeleton bow hair clips, £2.70, and this 6 pack of assorted glitter Halloween designs for £4.00. You could go for the full colour experience with these Halloween extensions with bat and pumpkin clips from Accessorize for £5,50, or if you prefer a more monochrome look there’s these black Halloween slide clips from New Look for £3.99.

 

 

Over to You

I hope that you enjoyed this slightly different Geek on the High Street! As always I do appreciate your feedback so please do let me know what you think of the idea of seasonal and/or themed editions. I’m not sure yet if I will be doing a Christmas one because at the moment the only Christmas items I’ve seen so far have been Disney related. If I see some more geeky Christmas fashion for women I’ll gladly put one together (I’m really hoping for some ugly Christmas jumpers at least!). As for theme ideas I’m thinking of things like fantasy, magic, mythology, science/space, bands/music and so on. Basically any type of ‘geek’ that I can think of and find fashion for in UK stores. Any suggestions are welcome!

What are/were your plans for Halloween this year?

Do you buy Halloween fashion or items each year?

What is your favourite thing on this list or the Pinterest board?

For those of you in the UK; do you feel that Halloween has now become a big holiday over here or is it still more of an American thing?

Let me know in the comments! <3

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don't and I first realised this when I was browsing someone's Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I'd quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

40+ Horror & Supernatural Inktober Prompts

Inktober 2018 Prompts - Horror & Supernatural

Welcome to the second post in a series of posts featuring prompts for Inktober – this week the theme is Horror and Supernatural! If you’re not familiar with Inktober I’ll be going into more detail in just a moment but basically it is an art prompt that takes place every October using only ink. There is a set prompt list created by the original Inktober founder, however, it has become such a wonderful community project now that there are so many new prompts popping up each year. Every year Inktober is responsible for the creation of so much fantastic art and connecting people with new artists. It is also so inspiration for many people and with so many fantastic prompts to choose from there is something for everyone! So I wanted to share them all before October comes around so people can take part or start following hashtags to see the wonderful art that emerges from these prompts.

Disclaimer: I have done my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in. If I have accidentally included a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige.

 

About Inktober

Inktober is an art prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an ink drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it 🙂

Below is the official Inktober 2018 prompt list:

 

 

Horror & Supernatural

Last week it was magic and fantasy and this week it is everything at the darker end of the scale as we head into the horror and supernatural prompts! Here we have gothic horor and spooky fun mixed with dark gods, witches/witchsonas, creatures and gore (these are hidden behind a spoiler tag as they may be triggering to some readers).

 

Spooky Fun

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2018 Inktober challenge lists! Are you getting ready? Choose a list and follow along, producing 1 inked drawing a day for the month of inktober. I hope these lists inspire you to draw! I personally might be using either kidsVSmonsters or sword and sorcery lists. Tip 1: I find it good to sketch out ideas and roughs in september to get ready for October. Tip 2: browse the relevant hashtags everyday for inspiration ( #inktober #inktober2018 etc) Tip 3: get some good inking pens that are easy to use and suit your style Tip 4: Finally, don't forget to use the theme tag for the list you choose, so we can all see what you create! The tags: A Pirates Adventure = #pirateinktober A Dark Circus = #circusinktober Nightmare Fuel = #nightmareinktober Kids vs Monsters = #kidsinktober The Jungle = #jungleinktober A Dystopian Future = #dystopianinktober Sword and Sorcery = #swordinktober A Wicked Western = #westerninktober Street fighters = #fighterinktober Share these lists freely with your people. On tumblr last year there were over 70,000 notes and shares. Just tag me @dropthedrawings Have fun! #inktoberlist #inktoberlists #list #lists #inktober2018list #inktober2018lists #inktobertheme #inktoberthemes #pirates #monsters #artchallenge #art #artprompts #artprompt #inktoberthemes

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Witches

 

 

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Familars & Creatures

 

 

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Deities & Demons

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Gore & Blood

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Over to You

Have you ever taken part in Inktober? Or any other art prompt? I’m planning in taking part for the first time this year and I’ll be posting more about that at the end of the month!

Did any of these prompts catch your eye?

If you’re not an artist will you be following any of the hashtags to see what art is created?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a prompt to add to the list? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Please keep in mind that only 2018 Inktober prompts will be listed.

 

Last week it was magic and fantasy and this week it is everything at the darker end of the scale for the horror and supernatural inktober prompts!

5 Must See Halloween Movies [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Halloween movies

 

When I first saw this prompt I initially chose the other one (Halloween tv episodes) then switched to this and eventually ended up with too many to choose from! So here are my 5 must see Halloween movies. I’ve interpreted ‘Halloween movies’ as movies to watch on Halloween rather than one’s set/based on Halloween as that list, for me, is tiny.

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Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is funny, it’s witty, and it’s just a bit scary and freaky without making it too much of a scare fest. I love the characters and their relationships, as well as the historic and lore elements surrounding the three sisters.

 

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Practical Magic

One of my favourite films, Practical Magic is about two sisters who are witches and a curse that any time a woman in their family falls in love their lover will die. It’s a legacy that makes both sisters grow up in different ways, one growing up careful and one growing up wild. I think the fact that the family is dysfunctional is something that draws me to this film, and the cast is fantastic, and filled with some amazing women. I’d say this film has a bit of everything; romance, sadness, drama, horror, family, and of course a whole lot of magic.

 

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Gremlins

How can you not love Gremlins? Just look at that face! Poor Gizmo, he’s such a gentle soul with a wicked side that as seen in both movies ends up in total and utter chaos. Gremlins I & II are a thrill ride that walks the fine line between being too corny, and getting it just right.

 

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End of Days

My dad introduced me to Arnie films when I was a teen, and I’m still a fan. I specially love End of Days, an apocalyptic movie involving a god-hating ex-cop who has lost his family (Arnie) and the devil (a wickedly fantastic Gabriel Byrne) who wants to seduce Robyn Tunney’s character to usher in the end of days. Like most Arnie films there’s blood, gore, lots of fighting and some fun theological stuff going on. Gabriel Byrne as the devil is a must see.

 

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The Faculty

Taking a break from magic, witches, horror and the end of days, and The Faculty brings in more of a sci fi vibe to round off this list. This was one of those films that had a lot of up and coming stars during my teen years, with many now being big names in the film industry. Back then, they were doing slightly cheesy teen movies like this one. But something about this film always made me love it, whether it was the actors or just the sheer horror of the idea of something like that happening to your own school.

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9 Urban Fantasy Novels I Love

Sharing Saturday: Urban fantasy novels I love

Urban Fantasy is my favourite book genre and has been since I was 13 when I picked up a copy of the first Night World novel as a magazine freebie. Since I have devoured as much as I can and continue to do so. I’m still catching up with a lot of series, although there are several now that I’m up-to-date with or close to completing. The great thing about older series is that you can usually binge read a lot of them as there are several books published already or available at your local library.

This is my no means the full list of urban fantasy series I am currently reading. These are the ones I love and think other people should try. I’ve also tried to keep the list to books and authors I probably haven’t mentioned previous (like in a Fandom 5 prompt).

 

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Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong

I’ve mentioned Kelley Armstrong’s other series, Women of the Otherworld, multiple times but not this series. Cainsville is more Thriller/Mystery with urban fantasy thrown in on top, and it has me completely hooked. Here’s the synopsis for book one, Omens:

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

 

 

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I originally saw the TV series before picking up the books, and even then it took me a while to get to them. When I did, I devoured 15 in two weeks and have fallen in love with the quirky bonkers wizard. Harry is one of those protagonists who will have you laughing, crying, and face-palming and yet you still love him. Some of the most ingenious scenes I’ve ever read have come from this series, it is seriously a must read. Here’s a sneak peak at the first book, Storm Front.

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

 

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Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

I know I’ve mentioned this series before, and I couldn’t resist sneaking it into this list because it is so god damn awesome. This is seriously one of those books I picked up and realised I’d hit the jackpot. Atticus is the only druid left alive, he’s several thousand years old and he’s hiding out from mythological creatures (such as gods) who want to get their hands on his magical sword (no, not a pun, he has an actually sword). There are three things that make this series super amazing; the portrayal of the different pantheons, they’re unique and so funny; Oberon, Atticus’ dog who he can communicate with and discusses bacon conspiracies; and finally, the geeky comments thrown in throughout every book. Kevin Hearne is a geek and it shows, and it’s not cheesy, it’s like you’re talking to your geeky best buds. Check out the synopsis of book one, Hounded;

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

 

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Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn

Another series that took me ages to get to, and one I fell in love with immediately. Kitty is a werewolf. Yep, a werewolf called kitty. To top it off she’s also a radio DJ. What I like about this series is that Kitty doesn’t start off as a badass, or someone with a reputation, she starts at the bottom. It also plays out what would happen if the world found out what goes bump in  the night. Here’s a look at the first book in the series, Kitty and the Midnight Hour.

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?

 

 

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Merry Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

I had heard about this series for a long time, and it had been recommended by several friends. I can say that they were correct; it is fantastic. I also love the spin-off series Alpha and Omega. Mercy isn’t a werewolf, she’s able to turn into a coyote. There’s wolves, vampires, fey and so much more in this series. Highly recommended, and to get you started here’s the summary for Moon Called;

Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

 

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Riley Jensen : Guardian series by Keri Arthur

This series seems to be set in a near future where the supernatural is exposed and live and work alongside humans. There’s a bunch of futuristic tech, without seeming too sci-fi and the characters and world building are great. I’ve finished the initial series, and there’s a follow on series set in the future that I’ve still to read. Read on for more about the first book, Full Moon Rising.

In this exciting debut, author Keri Arthur explodes onto the supernatural scene with a sexy, sensuous tale of intrigue and suspense set in a world where legends walk and the shady paths of the underworld are far more sinister than anyone envisioned.

A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races–and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker–until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.…

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she’s going to find her brother….Easier said than done as the city pulses with frenzied desire, and Riley is confronted with a very powerful–and delectably naked–vamp who raises her temperature like never before.

In matters carnal, Riley has met her match. But in matters criminal, she must follow her instincts not only to find her brother but to stop an unholy harvest. For someone is doing some shifty cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior–by tapping into the genome of nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind–and just how much it needs her.

 

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Spellcrackers.com series by Suzanne McLeod

One of the things that drew me to this series is that it is based in the UK and written by a British author – both very rare occurrences in this genre. Thankfully it is an amazing series so I have kept reading it, enjoying the view of an alternate London (my home town). In this world magic and the fey exist, and are ‘out’ to humans. London is filled with people seeking magic and spells from witches, and vampire tourist attractions. Magic is an every day occurance, and the author has done a great job of thinking of useful every day spells. Genny works for Spellcrackers.com, a company that ‘cracks’ (aka breaks/subdues) spells, and this combined with a whole load of mythology, politics, and mystery make this series a must read. Here’s the introduction for book one, The Sweet Scent of Blood.

‘My name is Genny Taylor. I work for Spellcrackers.com. It’s a great job, pays the rent, lets me do the thing I’m good at – finding magic and cracking it – and the bonus is it’s run by witches, which stops the vamps from taking a bite out of me.

Not that vampires are the big bad any more, not since they launched a slick PR campaign – ­ oh, and they brought the goblins on board. Now the vamps are sought-after celebrities, and Getting Fanged and taking the Gift are the new height of all things cool.

But only if you’re human.

And I’m not.

I’m Sidhe fae.

And I know firsthand just how deadly a vampire can be.’

When Mr October, a sexy calendar pin-up vamp, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, an old debt is called in and Genny is forced to help prove his innocence, risking her job and the protection it offers – and threatening to expose her own dark secrets. Searching for the killer plunges Genny deep into the hidden heart of vampire society. It’s not long before she realises that she and Mr October are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle between London’s non-human communities . . . and it’s not just her own neck that’s at stake, but the lives of all London’s supernaturals.

 

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Shifters series by Rachel Vincent

There are so many werewolf novels out there that it is refreshing to have something different, and this series delivers it. Faythe is a female werecat which makes her very rare indeed. As a tabby she’s in high demand, and often restrictive by the idea that tabbies exist to keep the species alive. There is a lot of action in this series, and so much happens as it progresses. I’ve not yet finished it and so much has happened. Here’s the synopsis for the first book Stray;

There are only eight breeding female werecats left…

And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back… for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them…

 

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Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead

And last but not least is this series by Richelle Mead, best known for her Vampire Academy YA series. There’s nothing YA about this series; Georgina is a succubus, she steals souls through sex for hell. The whole network of heaven and hell is very intriguing, and as the series progresses it really does get more interesting. If you enjoyed Vampire Academy and like adult urban fantasy then you’ll enjoy this. Richelle delivers again with more twists, turns and heart-wrenching dilemmas. And here’s the summary for the first book, Succubus Blues;

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. . .

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