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- Publisher: Amphibian Press; 2 edition (January 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 16, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B019BERINC
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How to Get Arrested: (The Starsboro Chronicles: Season 1 Episode 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Negatives: This would be a 4 star book for me if there had been less minor errors. There is a handful of typos, at least 20 instances of missing commas, and a handful of sentences that stood out to me as having awkward wording. Also as another reviewer said, some of the action scenes are told more than shown. Some other things I would have liked to see (and would take the book to 5 star,) was more development of Morgan's character and perhaps some more info or an explanation in some scenes involving them. Example; How did they get so comfortable and friendly that fast, they didn't sleep together. Also a villain that is woven into the stories and developed through the episodes, in addition to whatever Zurik is currently battling, would be awesome.
All things accounted for, I think the story was really good and I look forward to reading the next one. The author most definitely has potential and I think that her future books will keep getting better as she gets experience and published works under her belt.
What I liked:
Presentation: This is a very unique read in that it is presented in a series of small (40-80 pages) novelettes. One is released each month, with small sub-plots that tie together an overall arcing storyline. A literary TV series, if you will. Which is actually refreshing! If I were a publisher, I'd love to see statistics for reader retention when comparing a 150,000 word novel with a year waiting period until the sequel's release, vs. a 12,500 word novelette that releases new sequels of equal length each month over the period of a year? Hmmm.... *strokes imaginary moustache*
Premise: Zurik is your stereotypical bad-boy with a heroic mission. Morgan is your straight-laced cop who plays by the rules, but finds herself in the precarious position of being attracted to Zurik's "dark horse" nature. With plenty of witty banter and sexual tension, the pair stumble together into an unexpected partnership in order to hunt supernatural predators in their city. This premise smacks of X-Files meets The Vampire Diaries!! Which can never be a bad thing. *wink*
Potential Areas of Improvement:
Our Anti-Hero, AKA Zurik D'Vordi: If you've read my Book Review on Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows, you'll remember my insatiable soft spot for anti-heroes. I absolutely EAT THEM UP. Love them. Love their attitudes. Love their intelligence. Love their bad-boy haircut. EVERYTHING. Why? Because I believe there is no such thing as a true hero in real life. We all have elements of good and evil within us. Good people are merely those who decide to ignore their darker sides more often then not. But... that being said, I was a little disappointed in our Category 5 Anti-Hero in this title. I felt that Zurik's bad-boy streak extended a little too far for my liking, making it really difficult to relate to him as a protagonist.
Pacing: While the book succeeds in throwing the reader head-first into a tailspin of events right off the bat, the pacing was thrown off-kilter mid-ways with choppy transitions, stilted dialogue on occasion, and fight scenes that were weighed down with descriptive prose and "telling" rather then "showing".
Fey - This is not so much a negative as it is an interesting observation. When I first saw the word "fey" in the beginning, I assumed (like Morgan) we were discussing elvish fairy-like super beings. But according to the description of how Zurik dispatches these creatures (decapitation and silver through the heart), they seem to resemble a Vampire-esque type of incubus. It was intriguing to later find out that these are creatures created by Morgan la Fey (who suspiciously shares a name with our protagonist detective). I would have like to have gotten more information regarding this whole plot twist (starting with how the heck Morgan la Fey is even alive still), but I'm sure Ms. Quinn is saving this tidbit for later installments. Well played.
Visit Cameron J. Quinn's website for more information on her Starsboro Chronicles series. Ms. Quinn is also the author of Tales of the Salem Grimoire, Second Chances, and Artificial.
I rate this book 2.5/5 stars.