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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel, 2 July 2012
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R Cotterill (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
This, the second Olivia Lawson novel, takes a darker turn than the first, as Livvy has to face her inner demons, and struggle with the publicity her new-found fame has brought, as well as facing down another shaman who seems to be out to get her. I loved Livvy in the first book and it was great to see her facing some more tough challenges in this installment. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I can't wait for book 3!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 May 2012
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This review is from: Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
The second book in the `Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman' Series.
Things have changed a lot for Olivia (Livvy) in the year since the end of the events in Shaman, Healer, Heretic. Now she's living in a fancy condo, wearing fancy clothes, and catering to a very exclusive client list. She's also got SK(her intercessor) and Min (friend who is also a shaman) working with her on a day-to-day basis, and got people queuing up to be blessed by the `lightning' shaman.

Livvy is hiding a secret though. She's been researching desperately, and spending extra time in the underworld, and now thinks she's worked out exactly what she needs to do - to summon her mother from the dead that is! This is a big no-no, but Livvy desperately wants to speak to her so will try anything.

Other than this crazy idea, somebody else is causing a problem in the underworld, and this time they are aiming their wrath directly at Livvy, and she has no idea why. Dominique is angry at Livvy because she thinks that she should be the famous one, and is building forces to try and kill Livvy in the underworld. With Dominique's team standing 12 strong, Livvy is totally outnumbered.

With the death of a client on her hands following one of Dominique's attacks, and problems rising between Livvy and SK, can Livvy really defeat Dominique without SK's help, and what the hell is she doing with her dead mother?

This book is great! Livvy is just so loveable. She's a shaman, and now she's even a famous shaman, but she's still the same down-to-earth, flawed, caring girl she's always been. Her worries and fears are different to the average persons, but it's still easy to connect with her and understand where she's coming from. Livvy really is the kind of person you'd like to be friends with, `cause you'd know that if you needed her she'd be there for you.

I also love the secondary characters in this book. Min is quietly supportive, which is just what Livvy needs, and SK is the perfect balance to Livvy sometimes extreme plans. I also love that the love interest in this book is not your usual 6ft tall, muscle bound, Greek-god-type like in so many other books.

I thought the storyline in this book was also great. Livvy has gone from fighting an ancient God to taking on one hell of a cheesed-off woman, which actually sets just the right tone in showing that Livvy is still only human (and what is I they say? Hell has no fury like a woman scorned?) I also liked the way that the story kept you hanging on to find out what was going on with Livvy's mom, and what Dominique was going to try next. At times I really didn't want to put this book down, especially when a bombshell of information got dropped on Livvy that she really wasn't prepared for!

Overall, a great paranormal/fantasy book with a kick-ass lead female. Definitely worth a read, and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
9 out of 10.
(Book length: 5746 kindle locations)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 30 April 2012
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V. Cano - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
What a fun series this is! It has a little bit of everything and is a wonderful example of urban fantasy.
The best part of this book, the second in the series, is the relationship development between Livvy and Sk. There is a great sense of tension between these two characters, making for some thrilling romantic scenes that are handled with care and not overdone. Livvy is a great character that we slowly get to learn a bit more about in this book, delving into the darker parts of her psyche. But all the characters are good, even Dominique, the antagonist, is someone you love to hate.
The plot was fast paced, with all the neat twists and turns we got in the first book, and with even more action. The different viewpoints, some chapters seen through Livvy's eyes, others through Dominique's, and still others through SK's makes for exciting reading. The writing is good, although there are a few grammatical quirks here and there. But overall, a great, complex plot.
I highly recommend this series to all of you who love a good paranormal story. The shamanic world the author creates is wholly engrossing. I will be waiting eagerly for the next installment.
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