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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 5/6/2018

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

We certainly have some books for you today! Things are exciting around here – not only has spring arrived but there is a super deal out there for a fabulous author, Laura Bickle.

Laura Bickle created one of my favorite characters ever. Sparky, a salamander familiar and elemental, is half the investigation team with Anya Kalinczyk being the other half. If you want a super read, check this out: Anya Kalinczyk series. 

In more recent publishing is Laura’s series, Dark Alchemy also known as Wildlands series . The news this week is that this series is on sale as Kindle Monthly Deals for May! Each price pointed at .99, a person can hardly go wrong with that entertainment value!

Title:
Dark Alchemy
Author: Laura Bickle
Series: Dark Alchemy #1
Released: March 24, 2015
Publisher’s description: Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up – desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain – her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful interests. Petra’s father wasn’t the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.

Title: Mercury Retrograde 
Author: Laura Bickle
Series: Dark Alchemy #2 (or Wildlands series)
Released: October 27, 2015
Publisher’s description: Something venomous has come to Temperance …

It’s been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance’s resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pass up the promise of discovery, Petra joins in the search.

Among the newcomers is a snake cult on wheels―the biker gang Sisters of Serpens. Unlike some, the Sisters don’t want to kill the basilisk―they want to worship it. But things get complicated when the basilisk develops a taste for human flesh that rivals the Sisters’ own murderous skills.

Meanwhile, the alchemical tree of life is dying, and the undead Hanged Men of Temperance who depend on it know the basilisk may be their last chance for survival. With time running out for everyone around her, Petra will be forced to decide who survives and who she must leave behind in this action-packed sequel to Dark Alchemy.

LOOK OUT! Owl is on the adventure path again!! Also, Kristi Charish is a B & N spotlight pick! How exciting is that?? What that means is that you can get Owl and the Japanese CircusAdventures of Owl #1, for $1.99 until Monday, May 7, 2018!! Take this series for a spin –

Title: Owl and the Tiger Thieves 
Author: Kristi Charish 
Series: Adventures of Owl series #4 
To Be Released: May 7, 2018
Publisher’s description: In this fourth Owl novel, Kristi Charish (The Voodoo Killings) melds sparkling fantasy with the grit of urban underbelly—with a detour through the world’s most spectacular cities. This is perfect for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

Through no fault of her own, Alix has found herself essential to the fate of the world as we know it. She didn’t mean for this to happen—she was quite happy being merely the notorious antiquities thief, and ex-archeologist, known as Owl.

However, years ago, Owl reluctantly entered the secret world of the supernatural. Her goals: complete one job, escape one bounty on her head, continue her thieving in peace.

Fast forward to today. Now, she has become a key player in a brutal paranormal civil war that is rapidly getting out of hand. The leader of one of these factions—a lethal opponent called the Electric Samurai—grows more powerful by the second. To stop him, Owl sets out to find the long-lost, legendary group known as the Tiger Thieves.

But will it be too little too late? One thing Owl misses about “normal” archaeology: there are few emergencies with thousand-year-old relics.

 

HOLD ON TIGHT!! Here comes Harry Dresden! Whoo! Hooo!
Title: Brief Cases 
Author: Jim Butcher 
Series: Dresden Files #15.1 
TO BE RELEASED: June 5, 2018
Publisher’s description: An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City’s favorite wizard.

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue–and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published “Zoo Day,” Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

The collection includes:

* “Curses”, from THE NAKED CITY, edited by Ellen Datlow
* “AAAA Wizardry”, from the Dresden Files RPG
* “Even Hand”, from DARK AND STORMY KNIGHTS, edited by P. N. Elrod
* “B is for Bigfoot”, from UNDER MY HAT: TALES FROM THE CAULDRON, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in WORKING FOR BIGFOOT
* “I was a Teenage Bigfoot”, from BLOOD LITE 3: AFTERTASTE, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in WORKING FOR BIGFOOT.
* “Bigfoot on Campus”, from HEX APPEAL, edited by P. N. Elrod. Republished in WORKING FOR BIGFOOT.
* “Bombshells”, from DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
* “Jury Duty”, from UNBOUND, edited by Shawn Speakman
* “Cold Case”, from SHADOWED SOULS, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes
* “Day One”, from UNFETTERED II, edited by Shawn Speakman
* “A Fistful of Warlocks”, from STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMBSTONE, edited by David Boop
* “Zoo Day” – brand-new novella, original to this collection

DO YOU NEED AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN FIX? Jennifer Estep will be self-publishing Venom in the Veins, Elemental Assassin #17. Aren’t we all so happy for self publishing! We’d all be stuck holding the bag if the publishers got their way about some series! Anyway, here is what Jennifer has to say about her new book.

Print book: The print book won’t be available to order until release day, June 12. I’ll share those links as soon as they are online. The price will be $14.99.

The print book will NOT be stocked in your local bookstore so you will have to order it online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also, the print book will be trade paperback size—not the smaller mass market size as the previous books in the series.

Audiobook: There will be an audiobook, and the awesome Lauren Fortgang will once again be the narrator. I’ll share more info about the audiobook as it becomes available.

Title: Venom in the Veins
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #17 
To Be Released: June 12, 2018
Publisher’s description: Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything …

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

Read the first chapter: http://www.jenniferestep.com/books/venom-in-the-veins/

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 4/29/18

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Big news, people!! Here’s an author that One Book Two has supported with reading and reviews of her books.  Who is that? Kristi Charish!!  We haven’t heard from her in awhile, but that’s because she’s holed up in her writing cave creating new and exciting adventures for us all.

Releasing on May 7, 2018 is the next in Owl’s adventure.

Title:  Owl and the Tiger Thieves
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: Adventures of Owl #4
Release: May 7, 2018
Publisher’s Description:  In this fourth Owl novel, Kristi Charish (The Voodoo Killings) melds sparkling fantasy with the grit of urban underbelly—with a detour through the world’s most spectacular cities. This is perfect for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

Through no fault of her own, Alix has found herself essential to the fate of the world as we know it. She didn’t mean for this to happen—she was quite happy being merely the notorious antiquities thief, and ex-archeologist, known as Owl.

However, years ago, Owl reluctantly entered the secret world of the supernatural. Her goals: complete one job, escape one bounty on her head, continue her thieving in peace.

Fast forward to today. Now, she has become a key player in a brutal paranormal civil war that is rapidly getting out of hand. The leader of one of these factions—a lethal opponent called the Electric Samurai—grows more powerful by the second. To stop him, Owl sets out to find the long-lost, legendary group known as the Tiger Thieves.

But will it be too little too late? One thing Owl misses about “normal” archaeology: there are few emergencies with thousand-year-old relics.

 

This next book may need me to go back and re-read the first in the series to remember where it left off.  The VooDoo Killings was released in 2016 here in USA featuring star Kincaid Strange. Kincaid’s next adventure will be released in January of 2019, so I have a bit to prepare.  I am definitely looking forward to it!


Title:  The Lipstick VooDoo
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: Kincaid Strange #2
Release: January 9, 2019
Publisher’s Description: Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there’s barely time to recuperate–let alone sleep in–before there’s a new problem in Kincaid’s world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade–the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control–comes home bound to a dead body, it’s up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he’d coveted for himself.

 

I really don’t want to talk about this because I’m sure if I don’t talk about it the end of the series really won’t happen, right? Yeah, you heard me right.  It’s the end.  I thought that depression was imminent UNTIL I talked with Author Stark.  She told me she will be releasing a new series in September-ish 2018 called Wilde Justice.

Here’s what she had to say:

Sara will not be shutting up any time soon–in the fall I’ll be launching a new series with her and most of the gang. It’ll be a tiny bit different in that my goal with the new series is to have them be standalone adventures vs. so deeply tied together that there was no way you could start in the middle of the series, and her focus will be different as a result of what happens in Wilde Fire… but this isn’t so much the end as a new beginning! :D~Jenn Stark

Title:  Wilde Fire
Author: Jenn Stark
Series: Immortal Vegas #10
Released: April 18, 2018
Publisher’s Description: It’s the end of the world as we know it…

The war on magic is here, and Mistress of the House of Swords Sara Wilde has done everything she can to prepare. The Arcana Council has recalled its most powerful members to hold the line, and the Houses of Magic are frantically strengthening their defenses. Then the first volley hits: a plague of demons freed to ravage the earth. Scrambling, Sara discovers that the war will be fought not on one front, but three–while new threats emerge at a breakneck pace.

All the magic in the world may not be enough to save it.

From an ancient coven in Chicago to the sunbaked streets of Vegas to the frozen ice fields of Antarctica, Sara rallies her closest friends and fiercest enemies to protect the earth from the gods and monsters raining down from the dark side of the veil. To succeed, Sara must confront the truths she’s been avoiding her whole life, and take on forces that have kept the Connecteds powerless for far too long. But is she willing to make the ultimate sacrifice?

When it comes to Armageddon, where there’s smoke there’s always Wilde Fire.

 

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Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish

Owl is back.  Captain was taken, can she get him back? She’s wanted (IAA), she’s working for people she doesn’t want to work (Naga and Dragon) for and she’s being hunted by mercenaries.  Another day in the life.  Of course it couldn’t be simple – all supernatural factions seem to have a hand in the pie.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  Owl and the Electric Samurai
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: The Adventures of Owl #3
Narrator:  Christy Romano
Released:  May 8, 2017
Description:  The third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.

Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I listened to this book in audio as well as read print.  The narrator for the audio does a fantastic job.  She distinguishes voices and the inflection is spot on.

This is an urban fantasy that has plenty of suspense, mystery and adventure.  No sex though there is a relationship between Owl and Ryan.  No cats were hurt in the reading or writing of this book.  There are some parts that are somewhat graphic with dismemberment.  There are Elves, Vampires, Zombies, Naga, Dragon and assorted other supernaturals involved.

Things are kind of hairy again with Owl.  It seems like she can never relax.  She has to find the video game masters because she’s afraid that if IAA get hold of them, they’ll be toast.  She has to find the Electric Samurai suit or she is toast.  Her elven friend may or may not be trusted.  Ryan acts weird – besides being an incubus.  Captain was taken, but he’s returned with his tail in a bunch, but otherwise unharmed.

I feel defensive of Owl through the book because it feels like Ryan isn’t always on her side.  Granted, she is a thief, but still.  Also, granted that Owl is not always the most mature and is heavily motivated by money and treasure.  I also feel like she’s often put between a rock and a hard place.  Her skills are used and somewhat abused, as is Owl herself.  She is one smart cookie and a tough one at that.

I can tell you that I love this series.  I usually don’t take to anti-heroes or “black hats” and that is what I’d categorize Owl as.  She is a thief and steals artifacts for other beings to use for their benefit, BUT if it is too dangerous, Owl will be sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

The writing is smooth and the action is fast.  It’s an easy read – I didn’t have to struggle to figure out motivations or hidden clues.  I could relax and take the ride without fear of missing any symbolic references or clues.

 

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

2016-standout-award-badge-smallWHOOP!  Now I know why Penguin Random House Canada was so excited about this book at BEA.  It’s AMAZING!  Both Nell and I are totally enthralled. Not only is this a fantastic urban fantasy, but it’s also a classic “whodunit!”

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Voodoo KillingsTitle:  The Voodoo Killings
Author:  Kristi Charish
SeriesKincade Strange Book 01
Publish Date:  May 10, 2016 (US audio)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionFor the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner…

For starters, she’s only 27. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.

And then she becomes the target…As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Sometimes knowledge is not the worth the headache.

OR

Murphy’s law: everytime you think you know something, the universe will prove you wrong.

This is an urban fantasy/mystery. No sex, no graphic violence but PLENTY of magic. The story completes without a cliffhanger; however, there is a lead into the next book and the next book cannot come too soon!

Necromancers. That’s what we call ’em. Kincaide Strange and her mentor are necromancers but they call themselves “practitioners.” There are laws that govern the use of that kind of magic and it has left Kincade out in the cold. She used to work for the police solving murders. She has been relegated to the rubbish bin by the new head police guy in town and her boyfriend (dirty, rotten scoundrel) because of her magic. Luckily, her best friend is a famous grunge rocker who happens to be allergic to responsibility—and corporeally challenged. Yep, he’s a ghost. Intrigued yet? Well, that’s not even the half of it!

I started this book on a Saturday and figured I’d read a couple of chapters just to get started. I was in the same place that afternoon after not putting the book down for anything less than a bathroom break. It was a page turner. The action, adventure, and characters were put together so well that it felt like I’d known these people for several books in a series when this is only the first. Having a ‘one sit wonder’ doesn’t happen with every author I read, but it seems like when Charish gets her groove on, she makes things happen. [Just reminding everyone of Owl and Captain (her other series).]

The mystery is good. Excellent, as a matter of fact. The author had me running down blind allies and taking wrong turns all throughout the book. Not once did I guess the real perpetrator. I was led through the pages of this book on a wild goose chase or two before it finished up with a bang. It was an amazing bang, too.

badge5v4The characters are whole and entertaining. If I had to pick a favorite character, I would be hard pressed. They were all exceptional. They were developed, complex and totally captivating. They each had their own personality so much that I questioned the integrity of a couple of them. There are loose threads that are left dangling to be picked up in the next few books. I don’t know if there will be several books, but I’m hoping. This series is NOT to be missed.

To reiterate: To say I enjoyed this book would be a gross understatement. It left me riding high and excited to see what happens next. I can’t imagine where Kincade and Nate will take us next, but I’m ready. More than ready!

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: I’ve been a fan of Kristi Charish’s Adventures of Owl series since I came across it last year. I was pretty excited to hear she had started a new series, and that it was out in audio. Plus, check out the cover and description! I just had to find out how Charish could combine Seattle grunge rock, Haitian Voodoo, and a Japanese geisha.

Why I kept reading: This supernatural murder mystery blew me away! The world building is fantastic, reminding me of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison in the depth of thought put behind it. Magic is out in the open, regulated by the government and policed just like everything else. The development of the rules of magic and the impact of magic on the culture hits my world building sweet spot.

The characters are deep and well-developed.  Each one of them feels real and worthy of my attention. Much like Charish’s Owl, I occasionally wanted to smack Kincade upside the head (actually, several of them could use a good smack) as much as I was rooting for her.

The action and mystery were fantastic!  I had a horrible time putting the story aside to work or sleep, I was so engaged in finding out who did it. Seriously, I went to bed one night with 4 hours left in the audio. I couldn’t fall asleep until the book was done!

The narrator, Susannah Jones, is absolutely perfect!  I had not heard her prior to this book, but you can bet she’s going on my list of favorite narrators.

AND THE ENDING! That was the best “Oh, shit!” ending I’ve read in a long while! It’s going to make the wait for Book 2 a KILLER!

badge5v4Why I recommend it: The Voodoo Killings is a masterful urban fantasy “whodunit.” It is one of the best, if not THE best, book I’ve read so far this year!  If you’re a fan of the genre, it’s going to knock your socks off.  And even if you’re not normally an urban fantasy reader, you have got to give this book a try.  It’s so exciting and so well written, you really don’t want to miss it!

I believe the availability of this book is still limited outside of Canada. The audio is available in the US and Canada on Audible.com, but I don’t think it’s available in print or on Kindle in the US quite yet. The audio is fantastic, so give that a try, or be on the lookout for the book release in your part of the world.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try Charish’s other series, the Adventures of Owl, Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series, or Melissa F. Olson’s Boundary Magic series.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish

The second adventure of antiquities thief, Owl, is even better than the first!  Kristi Charish and Owl are the newest editions to our must-read list.

Owl City of AngelsTitle:  Owl and the City of Angels
Author:  Kristi Charish
Series: The Adventures of Owl Book 02
Publish Date:  October 5, 2015
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

 


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

“Planes clipping sand dunes?  Let me cross that off your bucket list for you; doesn’t matter if you’re strapped in, it still hurts like a son of a bitch.”

“As a collective species, isn’t there something better we could come up with? Nope. Over five thousand years, and all we’ve managed are mummies, zombies, and a handful of walking skeletons.”

Zombies, Mummies and Jinn, OH MY!

You know how sometimes sequels are never as good as the original?  Yeah, not in this case.  This story is awesome and I am already begging for Owl #3.  It kept me strapped to my chair and madly page turning until the end and the end wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but there is one member of the cast that has been cat napped, I mean, kidnapped and Owl is not a happy girl.

In the first book, I said that Owl had relationship issues.  She takes her friends feelings and totally blows them off.  Now that I’m finished with book #2,  I’m not sure it’s on purpose.  I think she’s just that unaware.  Owl changed a lot for me in this book.  She’s finally approaching the threshold of “getting it”.  Owl has serious self esteem issues and I think she might be on the road to realizing those feeling are not true.  She’s good at what she does, even though it’s thieving.  She knows her artifacts and her history.  She makes archeology exciting.  But then again, being chased by vampires, zombies and mummies would lead to a certain amount of excitement, don’t you think?

Rynn is still a mystery.  He’s been around for a thousand years and he’s taken with a 27 year old human.  Yeah, yeah – old argument, I know.  I’ll forgo my soapbox in lieu of romance.  I like Rynn, but he’s a secret keeper.  He tells Owl he can’t tell, but I’m not so sure.

Carpe Diem.  The elf.  Where do I start on him?  He’s a huge mystery.  He needs a spell book, but doesn’t say why other than life or death.  How come a supernatural needs a human’s help?  Something going on there, but I don’t know what.

badge4v4World Quest.  How do these guys/gals…..supernaturals….humans ….whatever….know all about dig sites and artifacts and where they are hidden and stuff enough to build a game around?  Hmm?  How do they have all the maps and how are they accurate enough Owl can use them in her heists?  I have all sorts of theories, but I know better than to put them into print.  I’ll just embarrass myself when the real story is revealed.

The author is a writing maniac.  She had my attention from Chapter 1 til Epilogue.  Fast paced and enough twists and turns to give a person whiplash.  THIS is what I call adventure!!

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

“You know, sometimes I think the universe sits around waiting for me to say I’ll never do something, then comes up with fun and interesting ways to throw me in that exact situation.  You suck sometimes, universe.  Seriously.”

What a lot of fun!  In the second Adventure of Owl, Owl, Nadya, Rynn, and Captain set out to discover who is removing artifacts from the City of the Dead — items that curse any human who touch them.  Whoever is stealing them is impersonating Owl and everyone is after her — the IAA, the vampires, other supernaturals, and a Big Bad who is as yet unknown.

Throughout the story we learn a lot more about Owl’s troubles as an archaeology student that lead to her becoming an antiquities thief and just how insidious and evil the IAA–the governing body for archaeology worldwide–can be.  We also learn a bit more, though not everything, about Rynn’s nature as an incubus.  Owl seems to be growing as a person — she still does stupid, stupid things, despite her friend’s and employer’s instructions to the contrary; but, she’s learning to admit to her own mistakes and make smarter choices… sometimes. 🙂

badge4v4And there are several threads left hanging for future books, such as the life-or-death reason Carpe needed the Egyptian spellbook, and just who is behind the way-too-accurate World Quest game. I can’t wait to see what Owl and her friends get up to next!

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If you like this book…

… you might like the Raine Benares series by Lisa Shearin, the Immortal Vegas series by Jenn Stark, or the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka.

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