Royal Street Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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Rarely has an urban fantasy so moved and entertained me on the very same page! Royal Street offers an insider's view of post-Katrina New Orleans, in all its heartache -- and all its heart. A witty, resilient heroine and an irresistible cast make this a sure hit with fans of Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher. (Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the Shade and Wvmp Radio series)
Not only a highly enjoyable read but also the beginning to what could be an "elite" paranormal fantasy saga. Is Suzanne Johnson's ROYAL STREET the paranormal fantasy debut of the year? ... if I had to choose right now, this book would get my vote (Barnes & Noble SF/F Review)
Unplug the phone. Turn off the TV. You won't want to be interrupted. I read it in one sitting. A thoroughly enjoyable world and a likeable heroine make for a fun read (Cat Adams, author of Siren Song)
The sensational new urban fantasy series that's bound to be 'a sure hit with fans of Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher' - Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the SHADE and WVMP RADIO seriesSee all Product description
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Sensible, non-stupid protagonist
Interesting, complex and well-written secondary characters
Just enough romance to appeal, without overtaking
Villains you kinda-sorta have a crush on on the sly
Interesting hierarchies within the supernatural community
Magicky woo woo stuff
A well-plotted mystery with a thrilling conclusion
Vibrant and easy to visualize setting
Great dialogue and engaging narration
Wizards, weres, vamps, shapeshifters, and my favourite of all: historical undeads kept alive by the magic of memory (so. freaking. cool!)
If you don't like any of those things...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Just kidding. But seriously, this is a great start and I enjoyed Drusilla - DJ - Jaco very much. I also have my beady eye on the hunk of man goodness that is Alex, and Jean Lafitte? What an interesting fellow. I'll reserve judgement on him for now until I delve deeper into his delicious undead brain.
I also really enjoyed the focus being on wizards for a change. And a female wizard to boot. Such a great idea to have your main character have an almost limitless potential for awesome. As long as she knows the spell for it, and can summon enough power, she can do pretty much anything. Which is so much more exciting than if she were, say, a werewolf or something.
What can you do? I can be a wolf.
What can you do? ANYTHING!
Which would you pick? Yeah, me too.
So I hope I've convinced you to go check it out. It should be on the shelf of every UF lover, without exception. I will not accept excuses.
4 Stars ★★★★
There was a lot to recommend this book. It is the first in a series and if it is seen as an introduction to characters then it's a passable easy read. The description of the devastation after the hurricane was some of the best writing in the book and was written with feeling and sensitivity. Unfortunately, it took too long for the plot to get going and when it did everything that happened was largely predictable.
I would read another in this series but I can't help but feel that Janet Evanovich and other similar authors have mastered this style of writing and this felt like a pale comparison.
The fact that the events of the book happened during hurricanes Katrina and Rita could have been interesting, and I'll admit it was handled respectfully, but I also felt like it was never fully engaged with. It was a plot device and little more and DJ came out of it amazingly unscathed.
The conclusion felt a little deus ex machina and rushed. But I'll be reading the second in the series, so not a total bust.
Note: borrowed from library
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