Solid 4.5 out of 5. This is considered “urban” fantasy even though it doesn’t take place in an urban setting. I think it would more accurately be described as contemporary fantasy. Either way, this is my favorite fantasy genre. I love books that include real human superstitions. I almost didn’t give this book a chance because it’s set in the American south and the plot sounds a bit cheezy and cliche. I’m glad I stuck it out because I ended up enjoying this more than any other book I’ve read recently.
Ok, so it is a little bit cheezy and cliche, but there’s a reason certain literary devices are used over and over again. People love them. I also love that Maggie Stiefvater’s writing does not get in the way of telling the story. It’s atmospheric without going overboard. The only thing that I find odd is that the characters are in high school, but they act like they’re in college. Why not just make them college students? Maybe it’s so it can sell as a certain genre?