Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Well, it looks like an urban fantasy. Tough-looking chick in skimpy outfit, check. Toting gun, check. Urban background, check (points for the rooftop setting, though, which is actually important, plot-wise).
Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night… The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren’t for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family’s old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone’s spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city…
“Series” is pretty much implied in “urban fantasy.”
Urban fantasy may not be the most respected of subgenres, but when it’s done right, it’s so much fun. Discount Armageddon is tons of fun.
The Aeslin Mice! Or, as I like to call it, the Reepicheep factor. Any mouse that is a) intelligent, b) articulate, and c) wears clothing is always cute. The Aeslin do Reepicheep one better by also being hilarious.
No vampires or werewolves are prominently featured in this book! Look, I know they’re classics, especially the antagonistic setup between them, but it’s so refreshing to read about OTHER cryptozoological creatures.
Non-typical dragon/princess dynamic! I won’t say any more, because spoilers, but these princesses are obviously not damsels in distress.
Dance! Since Very is a semi-pro dancer, dance features in several plotlines.
I had almost given up finding another urban fantasy series which didn’t make me feel talked down to, and also made me laugh out loud, to tide me over until Gail Carriger (ILU, Gail!) publishes her next book. Well, here it is! Inventive, amusing, a heroine who is a real person, a love interest who is not a vampire or a were, who also has more than one side to him, and to top it all off, is not disgustingly Alpha in his behavior to her! What more could an urban fantasy reader ask for?