Title: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
Author: Chris Wooding
What it's about: Thaniel Fox is a wych hunter, someone who hunts the creatures known as wych kin which plague London. While on a hunt, he finds Alaizabel Cray, a pretty girl who appears under odd circumstances. It is revealed that she's possessed by a wych as part of a secret cult's efforts. Thaniel, Alaizabel, and their allies have to stop this cult from dooming London and the world.
What I thought: Really a good read. Alaizabel is a good character, strong-willed without being spunky and tomboyish. Thaniel is kind of a predictable hero, well-written for what he is, but not really bringing anything new to the table. The language of the story is great, though. You really get a vivid picture of the world. Also, the plot is awesome. I mean, who doesn't love dark magic, human sacrifices, and all that jazz?
Overall: Great read. Check it out if you like historical fantasy.