The best urban fantasy adventures with snarky humor

Who am I?

As the author of 10+ books in my snark-filled and magical Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus universe, I’ve had plenty of practice mixing humor and urban fantasy. I’m also addicted to British humor like Monty Python and Black Books. Sir Edgar Allan Kipling, the magical talking cat in my books is my main outlet for humor with his feline aphorisms like “pride is unbecoming to humans, only cats and dragons do it justice,” and “if you wanted sympathy, you should have adopted a dog.” It has been my joy to seek out the snort-laugh-worthiest novels, learn from them, and produce laugh-out-loud adventures for my own wonderful readers.

I wrote...

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus Beginnings

By Lydia Sherrer,

Book cover of Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus Beginnings

What is my book about?

Wizard and archivist Lily Singer is having a bad day. Her troublemaking friend Sebastian Blackwell has dragged her into one of his “professional witch” jobs again. That would be business as usual in the magical underworld, except that, unlike Sebastian, Lily avoids adventure like most people would avoid the plague. Avoidance may not work this time, though, because adventure is coming for Lily whether she likes it or not, complete with angels, demons, fae, and a talking cat.

Come enjoy shenanigans galore with the first installment of this snarky magical adventure.

The books I picked & why

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Three Mages and a Margarita

By Annette Marie,

Book cover of Three Mages and a Margarita

Why this book?

I absolutely love the protagonist, Tori, with her blazing red hair and snarky red-headed temper. She is so bold and calls it like it is, yet has enough self-doubt to make her relatable and has lots of room for character growth. Her snarky internal dialog puts me in stitches! I love that she stands up for herself and others, even when it gets her in trouble, and she never plays the victim or thinks of herself as helpless. The book is expertly rounded out with fascinating worldbuilding, wonderful side characters, and an engrossing plot that is fun and full of meaning. It is a great start to a great series.

Between Jobs

By W.R. Gingell,

Book cover of Between Jobs

Why this book?

The Tasmanian setting and more subtle, understated snark of the protagonist threw me for a loop for the first part of this book, but it had been highly recommended to me so I stuck with it (plus I loved the premise and characters of this urban fantasy romp). By the end of it and into the second and third books in the series I was head-over-heels in love with the series, the author’s voice, and her wonderfully unique Aussie sense of humor. We all know that the first book can be a bit rough, and I promise you that by the end of the series I was so blown away by the excellent story-smithing and craftsmanship of Ms. Gingell that this series is one of my top favorite.

Half a Soul

By Olivia Atwater,

Book cover of Half a Soul

Why this book?

I’m a sucker for a good regency romance/urban fantasy mashup, and this one involving magic, sorcerers, and the mysterious fae was delightful. The protagonist having only “half a soul” and therefore immune to people’s opinions made her the perfect vehicle for the most amusing dialog and commentary you can imagine. The romance was well-paced and swoon-worthy (and on the clean side, which I prefer), the characters engaging, the plot twisty and satisfying. Overall a very fun read!

Slouch Witch

By Helen Harper,

Book cover of Slouch Witch

Why this book?

I’ve enjoyed all of Helen Harper’s books that I’ve read (they are all quite humorous) but I especially loved her Lazy Girl’s Guide. Slouch Witch introduces us to a powerful witch who was kicked out of magic school due to being blamed for someone else’s mistake. Now she’s dedicated to being as lazy and shiftless as possible to stay out of trouble and keep herself away from using her magic. Oh, and she has a cat who may or may not know everything that is going on, and communicates in one-word pronouncements that all cat owners can relate to. There’s a cute romance and fun book-by-book adventures to follow.

Good Omens

By Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman,

Book cover of Good Omens

Why this book?

Anyone who loves urban fantasy and snarky humor has got to read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Sir Terry is the ultimate purveyor of snicker-worthy humor and urban fantasy romps, and he brings all of that skill to bear to this delightful collaboration with amazing author Neil Gaiman. Not only is Good Omens a hilarious romp, but it ends up being quite insightful and touching along the way. I, as a religious person, was absolutely tickled by the irreverent religious humor (anyone who really knows God knows he has a great sense of humor) and unexpected mashups of well-known tropes. If you enjoy urban fantasy and snarky humor, this one is a must-read.

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