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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older is an urban fantasy set in Brooklyn. A long time neighborhood mural has started to fade. Cassandra Clare is planning to spend her summer repainting the mural and making some art of her own. That is until the figures in the mural start to move and she's made aware of her powers as a shadowshaper.
After books and books and books of urban fantasy rehashing the Celtic folklore of the Seelie and Unseelie courts going to war and dragging humanity into the fray, Shadowshaper was a breath of fresh air. This book draws on Latin American and Afro Caribbean stories.
Cassandra's world is filled with realistically diverse characters and a recognizably rendered neighborhood. My favorite supporting character is the archivist who helps Cassandra. I would read a novel with her as the main character.