The Stepsister Scheme, Red Hood's Revenge, and The Snow Queen's Shadow, by Jim C Hines. Excellent light-hearted (but punchy and dramatic) PG-rated fairy tales in which happily ever afters don't always happen, strong-willed princesses kick butt to save the prince, and true love sometimes turns out to be between two women. I really need to get the other(Mermaid) book to complete the set.
Faefever, by Karen Marie Moning
Urban fantasy which I realised, in retrospect, is the third book of a five book series. A trad Southern Belle goes to Ireland to try and solve her sister's murder and finds out that she, like her sister, has special magical powers that let her see and kill the evil Fae. The writing is quite good, the narrator quirky but vivid, and the characters' interactions interesting, but the book ends on a massive cliffhanger, which left me feeling cheated, unsatisfied, manipulated, and quite angry. This is an author I'll actively avoid in future.
The Fallen Queen, by Jane Kindred
Fantasy that mixes our world on earth with angels, a heavenly host, and lots o' demons. It took me several tries to get into this one; the writing is fairly good, but it's a bit info-dumpy due to the massive worldbuilding. The main characters are very well drawn and, when the story is focused on the personal level, very interesting. I loved how the interpersonal romance/relationships were built, and that they included gay, straight, and bisexual characters. The story, thankfully, ended with a happy-for-now. I will look for the next books in this series.
Last Car to Annwn Station, by Michael Marriam
A lesbian urban fantasy-romance. A social worker, unwilling to accept the 'closed case' ruling from her superior, tries to secretly follow up a case of child abuse and finds herself and her friend pulled into the world of fae via an otherworldly trolley car system. They have to take on killer hounds, reanimated corpses, users of evil magic, and angry fairy kings -- while falling in love with each other. Fairly average, but good for an afternoon's entertainment.
The Bone Palace, by Amanda Downum
Fantasy set in a pseudo-Renaissance type world with lots of court intrigue, murder, mystery, royalty, ex-lovers, etc. This is the second book of a series but it easily stands alone and resolves satisfactorily. The prose is lush, heavy on description and sensory detail, and quite readable. The book twines together the storylines of several point-of-view characters including a bisexual necromancer and a transgendered noble who is the prince's mistress. The interpersonal relationships are beautifully rendered. I must read the other books in this series.