Books Maureen needs to read
Magic themes in a school setting:
Tam Lin– Pamela Dean (bonus- one of my favorites ever) Faerie myth in college setting
Hex Hall– Rachel Hawkins. Student body includes vampires, werewolves, witches.
Magic system in urban setting:
Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series. Start with So You Want To Be a Wizard
Sunshine– Robin McKinley. Because I like how she put magic charms into her world, sort of as taboo, but sort of as a given. Also bonus vampire.
Vampires who don’t, ahem, suck. Or sparkle.
The Historian– Elizabeth Kostova. Scared the pants off me in a very good Dracula sort of way.
A Discovery of Witches– Deborah Harkness. Vampires and witches in academia at the doctoral level. I disagree with one major plot point (a romance) but otherwise, love it.