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review 2017-06-26 12:50
#Audiobook Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus
Owl and the Japanese Circus - Audible Studios,Kristi Charish,Christy Carlson Romano

Owl (former archeology student Alix), is a well-paid antiquities thief. A year ago, she stumbled into the hidden world of supernatural creatures, accidentally killing a vampire in the process. Now she’s on the run, and it looks like her only way out of the mess is to make a bargain with a powerful dragon. Trusting only her best friend, Nadya, and a man who could break her heart, Ryan, she sets off on a dangerous journey, one that most likely will leave her dead.


Follow review teammate, Una, raves about this unique and interesting urban fantasy series, so I decided to give it a try on audio. Overall, I enjoy the mythology and storyline behind The Adventures of Owl series. I appreciate that Owl is a flawed human and makes mistakes. She is intelligent, but not always smart, which makes her a more realistic heroine. 


However, the very things I like about Owl also caused problems for me. She can be reckless and juvenile at times. Her character is inconsistent: at times smart and others not as much. She doesn’t seem to learn from her missteps. For example, the fact that she doesn’t walk away and hide from an online “friend” makes NO SENSE. She’s super careful, private, and protective, yet keeps going back to him, even though he is stalking her. Also, knowing how concerned she is with privacy, how can she NOT have any security lock on her phone? Again, an inconsistency of character.


The narration by Christy Romano was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed her narrator voice, which is fitting for the first person heroine. I started listening at 1.25x speed, but upped it to 1.5x after about five chapters. Ms. Romano does well with accents, however, at times they seems to drop. So when the dialogue is quick and clipped, both Nadya and Ryan’s voices sound very much the same. Also, Ryan loses his masculine sound at times, and it sounds like Owl is talking to herself. Overall, I like most voices, but the only voice I'm not fond of is the Red Dragon. It's described as perfect Western with no hints of Japanese. But it's too feminine. It doesn't suit a bad ass dragon.


Overall, I liked Owl and the Japanese Circus and the premise behind the series enough that I want to listen to the second book. I’m hoping Owl will begin to mature and develop into a more solid character, which seemed to be lacking in this first title.


My Rating: C+

Narration: B-

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url 2017-05-09 19:50
43 Books in series releasing today
The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel - Jo Nesbø
The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove: Vinyl Detective 2 - Andrew Cartmel
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone
In/Spectre 4 - Chasiba Katase,Kyo Shirodaira
Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series) - Kristi Charish

See full list at https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2016-09-22 02:57
Owl and the Japanese Circus (Adventures of Owl #1)
Owl and the Japanese Circus - Kristi Charish

I remember this being hyped in a newsletter I'm subscribed to, and after reading the blurb, I figured I'd give it a go, especially with the "Indiana Jane" mention in the blurb on Amazon, but I figured I'd wait and see if it went on sale. When it did, I picked it up and promptly forgot about it, until now when a fellow group member had it to read for a challenge this month, and I asked to do a buddy read with them on it to motivate me to read it. I kept it simple: 4 chapters a day to read it, but I found myself going "I hate this book!" after each of my daily readings! I noticed several problems I was having with the book, and it all added up to an overwhelming dislike of the first 85% of the book. Not a good first effort, if a reader hates 85% of your book!

First of all, Owl is not a likeable heroine. She's snarky, but she's not got an off switch for it. It makes her come off as a bitch and not a sassy and strong heroine. Couple her rampaging mouth with the fact that she is so reckless, stupid, and insensitive to other people/beings, and you wind up with a character that comes across as out for the profit only and nothing else.

Secondly, there was entirely too much supernatural dumped into this book, as if the author felt that the Urban Fantasy part of it couldn't stand on its own unless it had Naga, Ghosts, Vampires, Incubi, Succubi, Mummies, Dragons, and Onryu masquerading as Japanese Justice Spirits tossed into the mix. It made everything very unbelievable, and that's saying a lot considering the genre it is supposed to fit into!

Third, the World Quest game! It really felt like a rip off of Dungeons and Dragons Online or World of Warcraft, just based in Archeology. The game having clues to what Owl was working on was completely far fetched and had no relevance on the place where Owl's character found herself stuck at one point!

All things considered, I'm very tempted to abandon the series, but since I purchased the second book before reading this one, I'll probably wait a few months and come back to it in 2017.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-05-27 09:50
The Voodoo Killings (Kristi Charish)
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

2.75 stars rounded up

It just didn't grab me much. I ended up putting it down several times over, being distracted with Youtube videos or doing online shopping ... I couldn't really explain why it didn't. The characters were okay; I couldn't find faults in them. But it just lacked something to make me emotionally root for either one of them *shrugs*.

Although I did kind of wanting to know more about Cameron except the ending took care of that for me *sad face*. With him gone, and Nate taking his body instead. I liked Nate okay and wished they were both still available.

I am not saying that I dislike it; I just don't really care enough, which is why I'm not categorizing this as 2* read. It is one of those unexplained -- blame it on writing or story chemistry -- factors I guess. I'm not going to bother with the next book.

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review 2016-05-15 00:00
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish Urban Fantasy can be kind of hit or miss for me, but this one sounded intriguing so I thought I've give it a go...


Kincaid is a 27 year old voodoo practitioner/witch who gets called to help when a mysterious newly risen zombie wanders into her local bar. From there a story unfolds with twists and turns. We meet Nate her ghost roommate. Cameron the newly risen Zombie. Max her practitioner mentor, and Aaron her ex-boyfriend a cop. Along the way we also meet some more zombies, ghosts, poltergeists, and ghouls.

I enjoyed this one A LOT. It took a bit to get going, but since this seems to be the first book in a series the author had a lot of World building groundwork to lay. It soon picked up pace and I found myself having a hard time putting it down. It had a great cast of likable characters that I look forward to hearing more from.

Overall I am glad I gave this one a shot and will definitely be continuing on with the series.
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