Over the weekend read Lish McBride's debut novel, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, a YA (young adult) book about a slackerish fast-food worker who learns that he is a necromancer, his mother is a witch, and falls in with a crowd of werewolves and fey hounds.
I enjoy both YA fiction and urban fantasy, and McBride's hero, Samhain Corvus LaCroix, is an engaging fellow, as are his three fast-food worker sidekicks.
The plot is both stock -- hero is imperilled by a psychopathic, very powerful villian with nasty hunchmen, adventures ensue including meeting new allies -- and satisfying in that way that folk tales and fairytales are satisfying. What makes it fresh is the humor and Sam's self-deprecating attitude.
The second in the series, Necromancing the Stone, was released a few month ago, and I'm looking forward to reading it.