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Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The "heroine". The lead character spends most of her time whining, some of it getting aggressive with vampire ringleaders who could break her in two even if she wasn't allergic to them (rather than treating them with a modicum of respect, and thus getting far more accomplished),and the rest of it bitching at people who might actually be willing to help her if she'd just get off her high horse and listen, something she is apparently incapable of. This is a character I wouldn't want to have a cup of coffee with-- why would I want to spend a couple of hours or more listening to her narration of a plot that isn't all that interesting to begin with?
She wasn't even really a baker-- she was some sort of Fae food scientist, working in a laboratory behind the bakery she owned. Among other things, she devised a narcotic additive for baked goods that falls into the wrong hands early in the book... what's never made clear is why she made it in the first place if she doesn't believe it should be used, or why after doing so she then informed her controlling and manipulative boss, who forced her to keep making them or else have the recipe be given to an unscrupulous competitor? Huh? Why invent it if she didn't think it should be made, and why tell her abusive boss after doing so? Either it's just a meaningless 'plot advancer' we shouldn't take seriously (in which case it shouldn't be in the book), or else our protagonist has less brains than the yeast she bakes with. Either way, this free book is way overpriced.
I managed to read the first nine short chapters or so. I'll give Deanna Chase credit: she writes far more grammatically than many of her peers, and without the egregious vocabulary errors that so many independently published authors are prone to make (why is it so hard to understand how to use rains, reins, and reigns?). She gets a second star for that. Her craftsmanship is fine... I just wish she'd come up with a better protagonist.
I really like the story line, and the characters all have their own personalities. I would like to see a bit more descriptive writing though and more world building. I hardly got a glimpse of Willows world. I want to know what it's like to live in New Orleans. What will I see there? What's the weather like? Also, I know Willow is a faery and I know she has wings, but I don't know what they look like. I want to know what Willow's wings look like. What color are they? Are they transparent, translucent, opaque, glittery, holographic? I just didn't feel like I got a good picture of her in my mind as I was reading. I'm also not fond of books written in the first person, but, again, that's just me, personally, and not the book.
The story line is serious, but some of the writing is more whimsical, such as when Willow gets nervous or upset and her wings flutter and lift her off the ground. I can't decide whether I like that, or whether I feel conflicted about it. I love that Deanna's books are edited very well. I can't tell you how irritated with a book that isn't well edited. I liked this book well enough that I want to keep reading the series. I definitely don't think this book deserves a 1 star rating. I've also been reading Deanna's Jade Calhoun series, and I like that series even better than I like the Crescent City Fae series.
I will definitely keep reading.
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