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My name is Phoebe Harkness. When I’m not trying to cure the disease that killed the world, I’m roped into an unwilling role as ambassador between the humans of New Oxford, and the Genetic Others, all those things that go bump and grind in the night. I don’t get paid enough. It’s been six months since the Duke of Sanctum, the infuriating vampire named Allesandro, upped and My name is Phoebe Harkness. When I’m not trying to cure the disease that killed the world, I’m roped into an unwilling role as ambassador between the humans of New Oxford, and the Genetic Others, all those things that go bump and grind in the night. I don’t get paid enough. It’s been six months since the Duke of Sanctum, the infuriating vampire named Allesandro, upped and disappeared. Right in the middle of the Tribal crisis too. I’m still mad about it. But a new power rises at Sanctum, and the boy who would be king is bringing his carnival to our Halloween streets. A vampire pride march in a city fuelled by prejudice and intolerance: what could possibly go wrong? Indeed, somebody, or something, clearly wants to cancel the festivities, and is picking off the vampires one at a time, and in messy ways. CSI hasn’t needed body bags, they’ve needed mops. What kind of monster hunts monsters?


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My name is Phoebe Harkness. When I’m not trying to cure the disease that killed the world, I’m roped into an unwilling role as ambassador between the humans of New Oxford, and the Genetic Others, all those things that go bump and grind in the night. I don’t get paid enough. It’s been six months since the Duke of Sanctum, the infuriating vampire named Allesandro, upped and My name is Phoebe Harkness. When I’m not trying to cure the disease that killed the world, I’m roped into an unwilling role as ambassador between the humans of New Oxford, and the Genetic Others, all those things that go bump and grind in the night. I don’t get paid enough. It’s been six months since the Duke of Sanctum, the infuriating vampire named Allesandro, upped and disappeared. Right in the middle of the Tribal crisis too. I’m still mad about it. But a new power rises at Sanctum, and the boy who would be king is bringing his carnival to our Halloween streets. A vampire pride march in a city fuelled by prejudice and intolerance: what could possibly go wrong? Indeed, somebody, or something, clearly wants to cancel the festivities, and is picking off the vampires one at a time, and in messy ways. CSI hasn’t needed body bags, they’ve needed mops. What kind of monster hunts monsters?

30 review for Paper Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Lee

    Where do I start with this amazing story! I was lucky enough to read it last year, and I've been patiently awaiting its release so I could shout its merits from the rooftops. Is this as good as Hell's Teeth and Crescent Moon, the first two books in the Phoebe Harkness series? No. It's better. Deeper. Richer. Twistier. Sexier. Phoebe Harkness is a wonderful character. She's exactly the sort of person you wish you could have coffee with, and you know she might turn up with odd socks on because she's Where do I start with this amazing story! I was lucky enough to read it last year, and I've been patiently awaiting its release so I could shout its merits from the rooftops. Is this as good as Hell's Teeth and Crescent Moon, the first two books in the Phoebe Harkness series? No. It's better. Deeper. Richer. Twistier. Sexier. Phoebe Harkness is a wonderful character. She's exactly the sort of person you wish you could have coffee with, and you know she might turn up with odd socks on because she's spent the night trawling the dark underbelly of New Oxford. In this book, someone (or something) is stealing New Oxford's most treasured things, and Allesandro, the vampire Duke of Sanctum, has disappeared, just when Phoebe needs his help the most. As the tension rises, and vampire deaths spatter the night, the new vampire King, the mysterious and alluring Dove, is planning a carnival to bring all of New Oxford together. That's all you're getting as a teaser, because you really need to pick this book up RIGHT NOW. James Fahy is a writer at the top of his game. He writes the dark post apocalyptic streets of New Oxford like he was born there. There are so many twisting threads in this story, and he weaves them together to make a tapestry you'll be thinking about long after you close the last page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Rose

    Perfection!! Book 1 was amazing. Book 2 was super amazing. Book 3? SOOOPER DOOOOPER AMAZING!! If you don't have Phoebe Harkness in your life, you're doing it wrong. Go fix that. Oh witty, snarky Phoebe... how I missed you! This book is crammed with equal measures of horror and humour, and paranormal mystery and suspense, expertly woven, constantly building in tension until the epic showdown. Fahy is masterful in his vivid world building and rich characters. I didn't want to put it down. I think I Perfection!! Book 1 was amazing. Book 2 was super amazing. Book 3? SOOOPER DOOOOPER AMAZING!! If you don't have Phoebe Harkness in your life, you're doing it wrong. Go fix that. Oh witty, snarky Phoebe... how I missed you! This book is crammed with equal measures of horror and humour, and paranormal mystery and suspense, expertly woven, constantly building in tension until the epic showdown. Fahy is masterful in his vivid world building and rich characters. I didn't want to put it down. I think I could happily stay lost in the pages of New Oxford forever...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dusty Drosche

    James Fahy does it again! Paper Children brings us back to New Oxford and thrusts the reader into the busy life of everyone's favorite Scientist turned Genetic Other Ambassador, Phoebe Harkness. Something new is terrorizing the streets of New Oxford and threatens to derail the upcoming vampire celebration that could bring peace to humans and the genetic others! And where the hell is Allesandro? With Paper Children, Fahy once again puts his unique spin on the monsters we thought we knew. Vampires James Fahy does it again! Paper Children brings us back to New Oxford and thrusts the reader into the busy life of everyone's favorite Scientist turned Genetic Other Ambassador, Phoebe Harkness. Something new is terrorizing the streets of New Oxford and threatens to derail the upcoming vampire celebration that could bring peace to humans and the genetic others! And where the hell is Allesandro? With Paper Children, Fahy once again puts his unique spin on the monsters we thought we knew. Vampires and were-things, and now something else?! Oh my! This book is a tad darker than its predecessors as we are taken, quite literally, furtherand deeper into New Oxford and the chaos within the "protective" walls, where nothing and no one is as it seems. Fahy also shines with his knack for Phoebe's dry and sarcastic sense of humor as well as his ability to completely immerse his readers into his dark and twisted fantasy land. This series continues to get better and better with each volume and now that I've devoured the latest installment, I find myself once again counting down the days until my next trip into New Oxford!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amruta

    Another amazing read by James Fahy. I was so happy when the book was released and sad when I finished it. I just can't get enough of Phoebe Harkness and her crazy world. The author's writing style is very intriguing and the characters captivating. Phoebe is the perfect geek protagonist and Allesandro... Ah! Well, he's simply awesome!!! I was so obsessed with the book that I couldn't put it down. It's a perfect Halloween book. Please release the next book soon!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Review to come!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth Skye Denny

    Something new and terrifying is romping through New Oxford, bringing shocking horror to occupants human and “Other”. This third installment of the Phoebe Harkness series is the best yet! Our beloved sarcastic scientist is doing her best as ambassador to the city’s Genetic Others, but something foul is afoot trying to derail peaceful plans. Since this is the third book I have to say go read the previous two novels(Hell’s Teeth and Crescent Moon). You won’t regret falling into this amazing Something new and terrifying is romping through New Oxford, bringing shocking horror to occupants human and “Other”. This third installment of the Phoebe Harkness series is the best yet! Our beloved sarcastic scientist is doing her best as ambassador to the city’s Genetic Others, but something foul is afoot trying to derail peaceful plans. Since this is the third book I have to say go read the previous two novels(Hell’s Teeth and Crescent Moon). You won’t regret falling into this amazing genre-bending world. Mr. Fahy has outdone himself in bringing fantastic characters, worlds, and complex storytelling all with tongue-in-cheek dry humour and British wit. Paper Children and it’s predecessors will keep you wide awake, sleep deprived, and tingling with anticipation for what happens next. Once again I’m stuck waiting for the next installment of thrills, chills, and shocking reveals of Dr. Phoebe Harkness and Co. And you know what? It’s totally worth it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Alison

    Okay, to start off, i've been waiting to read this book f-o-r-e-v-e-r. The first two books are maybe my favourite in the whole genre, and then finally Book Three is here and I suddenly have a little panic attack. What if i've built it up too much? What if my expectations are too high? What if it doesn't measure up to the first two? Argh! Well I was worrying about nothing, as not only does it measure up to the first two books, it EXCEEDS them by a country mile. Really. Seriously, if you've been a fan Okay, to start off, i've been waiting to read this book f-o-r-e-v-e-r. The first two books are maybe my favourite in the whole genre, and then finally Book Three is here and I suddenly have a little panic attack. What if i've built it up too much? What if my expectations are too high? What if it doesn't measure up to the first two? Argh! Well I was worrying about nothing, as not only does it measure up to the first two books, it EXCEEDS them by a country mile. Really. Seriously, if you've been a fan of this series, (and if you're not, you should be) you already know how fast-paced, fun and multi-layered these books are. Well Book Three made it feel like the first two were just idling down the highway in eco-mode, and only now have we put the hammer down and are going full throttle. it's THAT good. Deeper into the history and lore of Fahy's 'New Oxford' setting, great new characters that are just as engaging and well put-together as the old favourites (all of who make a return here). and quite a lot more 'screentime' for Veronica Cloves, who is my favourite character EVER. The bad guy/guys/things in this one are much darker and chilling than we've seen before. The new places we get to see are filling out my New Oxford mind-map, and there was once scene which almost had me actually crying. The only thing wrong with this book is that I couldnt stop reading it and now i'm done and have to wait for book four now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    "Something, or someone, was making the city its own dark playground." Paper children the third book in the Phoebe Harkness series by James Fahy was as fantastic as I thought it would be. It had snark , danger and a surplus of vampires and other beings that hide in the dark. I'm not sure you can get much creepier than a violent giggling demon clown Just thinking about Phoebe's encounters with it is giving me goosebumps. Captivating from start to finish, I couldn't put it down. A series that "Something, or someone, was making the city its own dark playground." Paper children the third book in the Phoebe Harkness series by James Fahy was as fantastic as I thought it would be. It had snark , danger and a surplus of vampires and other beings that hide in the dark. I'm not sure you can get much creepier than a violent giggling demon clown ☠️🤡 Just thinking about Phoebe's encounters with it is giving me goosebumps. Captivating from start to finish, I couldn't put it down. A series that continues to leave me excited for what's to come. "Wonderful," I said dryly." I've always wanted to spend Halloween night in a crypt with a zombie. Now we just need to get there."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Well someone who will remain nameless ...(James) took his sweet time in writing this book ...Yes you!! You know who I am talking about, MISTER. I was seriously starting to think about developing some nefarious plans to energise your butt....but you know what, it was well worth the wait! You know that you have a great book on your hands when, I am driven to actually use less GIFs and more words. But I can't resist one or two of course. Book 3 is another great addition to the Phoebe Harkness series, Well someone who will remain nameless ...(James) took his sweet time in writing this book ...Yes you!! You know who I am talking about, MISTER. I was seriously starting to think about developing some nefarious plans to energise your butt....but you know what, it was well worth the wait! You know that you have a great book on your hands when, I am driven to actually use less GIFs and more words. But I can't resist one or two of course. Book 3 is another great addition to the Phoebe Harkness series, with a wonderful blend of humour (you have to love Clove), action and mystery, mixed with a tiny blob of romance. I am a huge fan of how James blends fairy stories/dystopian world and myths and legends, he has a smooth and engaging writing style that doesn't lose its way in a complex world build. Phoebe is chucked into the deep end, with a race to find missing children while been while having to solve the mystery of demons and angels. Overall a great read, and hopefully we won't be waiting as long for the next one.. I know where you live James.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dani Vee

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Just when you thought it was safe to... do anything.. the weird just gets weirder! Have you started this series yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Full of Genetic Others, a missing hot AF vampire, the sassy Phoebe and the ultra snarky Cloves - we are back into this highly entertaining and hilariously giggle inducing novel. Oh you don't think werewolves, bonewalkers, vampires and more aren't funny? Well you will. And now there's something different in New Oxford - and right when Fangfest is Just when you thought it was safe to... do anything.. the weird just gets weirder! Have you started this series yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Full of Genetic Others, a missing hot AF vampire, the sassy Phoebe and the ultra snarky Cloves - we are back into this highly entertaining and hilariously giggle inducing novel. Oh you don't think werewolves, bonewalkers, vampires and more aren't funny? Well you will. And now there's something different in New Oxford - and right when Fangfest is about to come into full swing. What the actual fuck is happening in this city?! I highly suggest you start with book one so you get a full on view of these fantastic and sarcastic characters. I love that this book just takes off from book two. Fahy does a fantastic job of weaving in bits to keep you updated without having to summarize the first two books. It's fun to see how these characters are evolving and as with most horror/paranormal reads, there are deaths a plenty and a few surprises along the way. But James.. really... with that one... did you have to and are you really? UFF, I hate that now it'll be a while before book 4 comes out to tell me what's going to happen next. But isn't that the sign of a great read? Highly entertaining and full of sarcasm and wittiness, this is one wild and fun ride.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Taylor

    No one does Paranormal dystopia quite like James Fahy. All of these books are showcases for how to write amazing characters and how to weave a wonderful tale, with monsters both 'other' and human vying for the good doctor Harkness' attentions. But Paper Children goes the extra mile. It's the strongest book in a series of strong books. Fahy's confidence in his writing bleeds through the pages as brutally and sassily as Veronica Cloves herself, and it's a joy to read. This time around, Phoebe is No one does Paranormal dystopia quite like James Fahy. All of these books are showcases for how to write amazing characters and how to weave a wonderful tale, with monsters both 'other' and human vying for the good doctor Harkness' attentions. But Paper Children goes the extra mile. It's the strongest book in a series of strong books. Fahy's confidence in his writing bleeds through the pages as brutally and sassily as Veronica Cloves herself, and it's a joy to read. This time around, Phoebe is chasing a demonic clown who seems to be able to appear and dissapear at will, and has been snatching children like some kind of giggling Krampus. (think of a cross between Candyman, Pennywise, and Freddy Kruger) But that's not the only bad guy. Phoebe has her hands full dealing with enemies left right and centre here, but she's no helpless damsel by any stretch. it's wonderful to see her getting stronger with every book. I cant wait to see where she heads next

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pennyjen

    Just Spectacular! In this third entry into the ever-more-impressive Harkness series, Fahy throws us deeper into both sides of Phoebe's gritty yet beautiful city. We get to see plenty of the dark underbelly of the Vampire scene, and we also get much deeper within the twisted and dangerous world of Cabal than we ever have before. This author has a talent for grabbing you by the collar on page one, and dragging you with merry glee at top speed through the novel. There wasn't a single dull moment, or Just Spectacular! In this third entry into the ever-more-impressive Harkness series, Fahy throws us deeper into both sides of Phoebe's gritty yet beautiful city. We get to see plenty of the dark underbelly of the Vampire scene, and we also get much deeper within the twisted and dangerous world of Cabal than we ever have before. This author has a talent for grabbing you by the collar on page one, and dragging you with merry glee at top speed through the novel. There wasn't a single dull moment, or point where I felt Phoebe was not in terrible danger of one kind or another, and I loved it! Masterful storytelling, blending genuine scares with hilarious moments, is what sets this series apart for me, and book three was definitely worth the wait. That ending left me with both kinds of shivers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dana Fraedrich

    You know how sometimes you get super-psyched for a book and then, because you’ve built it up so much in your mind, the real thing doesn’t have a chance? Well, that’s definitely NOT What happened with this book. “Paper Children” is everything I wanted it to be and more. As I was telling some friends recently, it has everything! Adventure, mysteries, conspiracy governments, vampires and werewolves, ravening nightmare monsters, pop culture references, science, folklore... I LURVE it!!! It kept me You know how sometimes you get super-psyched for a book and then, because you’ve built it up so much in your mind, the real thing doesn’t have a chance? Well, that’s definitely NOT What happened with this book. “Paper Children” is everything I wanted it to be and more. As I was telling some friends recently, it has everything! Adventure, mysteries, conspiracy governments, vampires and werewolves, ravening nightmare monsters, pop culture references, science, folklore... I LURVE it!!! It kept me guessing all along the way. I cannot recommend this series enough!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris the_book_adventurer

    Wickedly Delicious Nothing short of 5 Stars for this absolutely amazing third sequence of the Phoebe Harkness series!!! It's intense, creepy, witty, dark, shocking, and brilliant. The plot is captivating and has such fantastic twists woven with character development and eloquently-described imagery, and it is always such a treat to meet up with Phoebe and Co. again! Fahy writes with such mesmerizing style, and he really makes you feel a part of the story by pulling you in with his fantastic Wickedly Delicious 😈 Nothing short of 5 Stars for this absolutely amazing third sequence of the Phoebe Harkness series!!! It's intense, creepy, witty, dark, shocking, and brilliant. The plot is captivating and has such fantastic twists woven with character development and eloquently-described imagery, and it is always such a treat to meet up with Phoebe and Co. again! Fahy writes with such mesmerizing style, and he really makes you feel a part of the story by pulling you in with his fantastic story-telling abilities! Paper Children is absolutely superb, and definitely a delightful third book in the adventures of dear old Phoebe 💚

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Grove

    First I'd like to thank the author for taking my heart, crushing it, stomping on it, wringing it tightly in his hands then smoothing it out a little when he handed it back to me. This book had a.few twists I did not see coming. He is a master storyteller and I can not recommend this series enough. I love all the characters, even Cloves. The plot was fast moving and I devoured this in a day! Literally all.the stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma McClean

    Bigger, Badder, Bolder and Better than the last, and the last was excellent. Paper Children drops us right back into the thick of it, wasting no time at all and thrusting us into a very messy and gory rooftop crime scene with poor Phoebe quite literally picking up the pieces. And it's like we've never been away. Cloves is wonderful in this book, and New Oxford seems darker and more dangerous than ever before. Couldn't put this down until I finished it. I just kept telling myself 'one more chapter Bigger, Badder, Bolder and Better than the last, and the last was excellent. Paper Children drops us right back into the thick of it, wasting no time at all and thrusting us into a very messy and gory rooftop crime scene with poor Phoebe quite literally picking up the pieces. And it's like we've never been away. Cloves is wonderful in this book, and New Oxford seems darker and more dangerous than ever before. Couldn't put this down until I finished it. I just kept telling myself 'one more chapter and I'll take a break', but it's the sign of a great story when you just HAVE to know what happens next. Brutally gory, with a creepy-factor through the roof, and Phoebe's usual blend of troublemaking and scathing sarcasm. a wonderful return to my favourite dystopia.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chevylace

    Easily the best in this series so far, and it's a very strong series to start with. Phoebe Harkness is infected with the Pale Virus, the very thing she seeks to cure and save the world someday. In books one and two, we see the negative side of this, with her having to constantly self-medicate to stop from devolving into a zombie-like creature fuelled on hunger and rage that would give anything out of 28 days later a run for its money. Here in book three, we start to see some of the more positive Easily the best in this series so far, and it's a very strong series to start with. Phoebe Harkness is infected with the Pale Virus, the very thing she seeks to cure and save the world someday. In books one and two, we see the negative side of this, with her having to constantly self-medicate to stop from devolving into a zombie-like creature fuelled on hunger and rage that would give anything out of 28 days later a run for its money. Here in book three, we start to see some of the more positive side-effects, such as finding herself quicker to heal, (there are some witty wolverine references) and importantly, increasingly difficult to kill. Which is important, as there's always someone trying to kill the good doctor, and Paper Children is no exception. In a race to get to the bottom of some worrying kidnappings, some vampire murders of the messiest kind, and keeping her city under control as carnival time rolls around, Phoebe has more than one enemy working against her. (actually the bad guys in this volume almost outnumber the good guys) But it's all handled brilliantly, with the expert control of a circus ringmaster controlling the chaos, which is what i've come to expect from this writer. Characters old get more development, characters new slot right into the world of New Oxford like they've always been there, and Phoebe is sparkling and sarcastic as ever. The ending of this book blew me away, and is a real game changer for the series, which has left me impatient to see where it is headed next. Perfect five star read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lockwood

    I re-read the first two of the Phoebe Harkness books before dipping my eager toes into the new third one. Partly because I wanted to, and they are so good they definitely reward a second reading, but also to bring myself up to speed with where things were up to. I'm glad I did, because Paper Children drops us right back into the fast-moving horrors and thrills of life in the apocalypse, and as usual, it was all I could do to hold on and enjoy it. The story here is, as ever, cinematic and splendid, I re-read the first two of the Phoebe Harkness books before dipping my eager toes into the new third one. Partly because I wanted to, and they are so good they definitely reward a second reading, but also to bring myself up to speed with where things were up to. I'm glad I did, because Paper Children drops us right back into the fast-moving horrors and thrills of life in the apocalypse, and as usual, it was all I could do to hold on and enjoy it. The story here is, as ever, cinematic and splendid, with some set-peices so vividly described that i had my heart in my mouth. Fahy expertly weaves history and knowledge of the city of Oxford into the story, never feeling like a fact about a building or some scientific tidbit has been shoehorned in. it's clear the author does ALL his research, but it's blended into the narrative seamlessly. I only wish they would hurry up and make these into movies, as they have such good Underworld vibes! Book four now please.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marit

    I don't normally write reviews, but I think this author deserves more love and acknowledgement. This series is among my absolute favourites, everything is perfect: the characters are memorable, the humour is nice and dry, there is some good mystery involving paranormal creatures and the worldbuilding sucks you right in. My only regret about this book is [spoiler]that Allesandro didn't make an appearance until nearly the end (not counting the dreamwalking).[/spoiler]. I love Allesandro and Phoebe I don't normally write reviews, but I think this author deserves more love and acknowledgement. This series is among my absolute favourites, everything is perfect: the characters are memorable, the humour is nice and dry, there is some good mystery involving paranormal creatures and the worldbuilding sucks you right in. My only regret about this book is [spoiler]that Allesandro didn't make an appearance until nearly the end (not counting the dreamwalking).[/spoiler]. I love Allesandro and Phoebe together and I hope the author will explore more of their relationship in the next book. I also hope the next book will be published in a reasonable amount of time, because after three years I had almost lost hope (between #2 en #3).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Bolderston

    She’s back, kicking arse and taking names! I love Phoebe’s adventures and I can’t wait until the next one! Please keep writing her. I love the evilly good Cloves, and so much loss in this book! I’m unable to put these books down when I begin to read them. I just can’t wait for the next one! Thank you

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roman

    Ok. This series completely took me by surprise. It just keeps getting better and better (the world, the characters, the plot, the writing, everything)! Very excited to see how it all develops.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samyukta

    4 1/2. Really enjoyed this one! It was definitely worth the wait! Phoebe, Veronica and Alessandro are few of my favorite characters. Can't wait for the next one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Juliane

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mr M

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Adle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trini

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