“Street Magic” by Caitlin Kittredge introduces us to a underground world called the Black where magic is real and death is around every corner. Pete (Petunia) age 16, saw the apparent death of punk rocker Jack Winter during an invocation gone wrong. Years later after becoming a copper in London, children begin disappearing and Pete is on the case. The kidnapper continues to allude her until an old friend from her past seems to rise from the dead to help her. Jack Winter is not the same person he was before, now he is known as the ruthless Crow Mage with a nasty drug habit to suppress the voices of the dead. As Pete forces him to detox to help her find the missing children, she also begins to the unravel the magic secrets of her past.
The language in this novel is very gritty and very British which really brings the characters to life. The constant love/hate relationship that evolves between Pete and Jack is realistic and entertaining to follow. My only beef with the novel is that it is too secretive. I was getting annoyed whenever Pete asked a question and was only answered by “You mean you don’t know?” and it made we want to scream “OF COURSE SHE DOESN’T KNOW, GIVE HER A HINT!” The lack of information that was revealed made me feel lost and the wrap up happened way too quick without much explanation. I love the characters, the idea, and the language but the plot formation killed it for me. Still, it doesn’t put me off of the series. If anything, it hooked me in to find out more about Jack and Pete so I will definitely be giving the sequel, Demon Bound, a read.