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review 2016-04-12 16:53
Fun urban fantasy with In A Fix
In a Fix - Linda Grimes

In the mood for a funny UF, I was worried that I'd exhausted all the series possibilities already. Then I stumbled across In a Fix and my problem was solved.

 

As many of you know, I tend to loathe love triangles. Very rarely do I think that the "third wheel" complication is the one that our MC should end up with. However, in this case, I'm team Billy all the way. He's funny, he respects and supports Ciel, and honestly, Mark, the guy I think I'm supposed to root for, has no real personality. So I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this plays out across the series. (Though I reserve the right to change my mind and get annoyed.)

 

In a Fix is world building lite. There is a fun mythology with our characters able to borrow auras to take on the appearance of others, and lots of room for procedural mayhem with Ciel as a "fixer". She gets hired by people to become them in order to solve problems they can't or won't deal with.

 

So there's a lot of possibility for the A-plot cases over the series and also a lot of places for the characters to grow. Ciel is by no means perfect. She's a bit whinier than I generally like my heroines, but I see the spunk and backbone in her and I'm totally willing to go along for the ride. Basically, Grimes has given me a great jumping off point in this book, and I'm looking forward to spending more time in this world with her characters.

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review 2015-09-20 00:00
In a Fix
In a Fix - Linda Grimes I don't remember who's blog I saw this on originally, but I loved the look of the book and the blurb sounded awesome. I had to have it. But for one reason or another, it kept sliding down the TBR pile until one day, I just forgot about it. When I was going through my extensive TBR list on Goodreads looking for the perfect books for my Month of TBRs, this one jumped out at me and I knew I needed to make sure that it make it on the list. I am so glad that I finally explored this book.

We first meet Ciel while she is pretending to be Mina, a young, rich pampered young woman who hired Ciel to "get the ring" from her soon to be fiancé Trey while on vacation in the Bahamas. Except as it turns out, Trey too was replaced by another aura adaptor while he is doing a job for the CIA. Then of course, their is the other aura adaptor who was sent to keep an eye on Ciel during her assignment. Let's just say that I don't know which I enjoyed more, the action scenes or the comedy of who's playing who. And that was in just the first couple chapters.

It is so hard to find new and unique ideas, but this was the first time I read anything like these human chameleons. It was truly a breath of fresh air in the Urban Fantasy genre. Plus I was literally torn between laughing out loud and cringing at some of the situations that Ciel managed to find herself in. I'm not normally a fan of younger heroines, but Ciel is spunky enough for me to enjoy her. Then there's the love triangle aspect - normally not a fan. But this one looks like it could prove interesting enough to overcome my normal reservations about them. I had such a good time with this book, I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I gave it 4 stars.
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review 2014-09-11 00:00
In a Fix
In a Fix - Linda Grimes Great premise - but the author failed to deliver. Ended up neither loving nor hating it - just felt incredibly indifferent to the story and the outcome
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text 2014-02-16 02:46
Book Playlist Challenge - Day 29 - Stoner Rock
The Shambling Guide to New York City - Mur Lafferty
Wicked as They Come - Delilah S. Dawson
In a Fix - Linda Grimes

Day 29 is for books that were weird so I immediately referred to my "so very odd" shelf to see what to pick.

 

The Shambling Guide to NYC is definitely one of the more unusual urban fantasies I've read. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but I think it went a bit downhill toward the end.

 

I absolutely loved Wicked As They Come, but it is crazy odd. (In fact it's the whole reason I created the so very odd shelf.) Blud bunnies, clockworks, time travel... oh my!

 

In a Fix was a unique idea but unfortunately it was rather poorly executed.

 

Last day of the challenge tomorrow!!!

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review 2013-08-18 00:00
In a Fix - Linda Grimes

TSTL is a kind way to describe the heroine of this book. Ciel is whiny, childish, and rarely thinks any single thing through. Add to that a ridiculous love triangle and a nearly incomprehensible plot and this book was nearly a DNF. The small glimmers of humor and a hope that the story might end up somewhere close to coherent kept me in it until the end but I doubt I'll be continuing on with this series. I don't need all my fantasy to be dark and gritty, but I do need them to make sense and to have likable characters. This had neither.

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