Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Series: Black London #1
Genre: Urban fantasy. It bears some similarity to the sexy pentacle tattoo genre, but there wasn't any sex.
Reason for Reading: It was 99 cents at Goodwill. Need I say more?
Pages: 335, including a sneak preview of book 2
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A dark-haired woman in an unbuttoned black dress shirt stares at a man next to her. He is blond with spiked hair and a surly expression. He wears a studded bracelet and belt and has a wallet chain and a bunch of tattoos. He looks like a bruiser, and there is blue energy crackling around his raised right fist. A London cityscape is behind them.
First line: "Michaelmas daisies bloomed around Pete Caldecott's feet the day she met Jack Winter, just as they had twelve years ago on the day he died."
Best part: I enjoyed the portrayal of the denizens of the magical community - the good, the bad, and the posers.
Worst part: Everything Pete (the female main character) did wrong was held over her forever. Everything Jack (the male main character) did was forgiven, even though his crimes against her were pretty egregious.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Lullaby" by the Cure
Recommended for: Urban fantasy fans who don't mind a certain feeling of unfairness in the books they read.
Related Reads: Night Life by Rob Thurman, Dead to Me by Anton Stout