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Junkyard Druid: A New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel (The Colin McCool Paranormal Suspense Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Colin is a young man with a problem. Trained as a hunter, he and his girlfriend, another hunter, are pushed by their mentor, a 2000 year old druid, into hunting something that turns out to be more than they can handle. When the fight goes poorly, he discovers he's been cursed and turns into a hulk-type berserker, killing everyone and thing in his path, including his girlfriend--who may be haunting him.
Threatened into accepting a job from Maeve, queen of the fae, he tries to balance returning to college, finding the object Maeve wants, and handling his drunken, drug addicted mentor.
Colin is a likeable character. Younger than usual in these type of stories, we see him struggling to overcome his crushing guilt as he attends therapy, and talking about not enabling his mentor. This is not to say the book is full of self-discovery angst. Instead, it just has the ring of a young man trying to live a typical life, failing through no fault of his own, and being damned annoyed about it.
Colin's world is richly populated with well known and lesser known people and creatures. There's the quartet of red caps who seem to be stuck in a bad 80's version of the Sopranos, the bar keep who is the head of the local vampires, the obligatory circle of witches/wizards with whom he has a mutual lack of admiration, various strange creatures from Irish mythology, werewolves, and a woman friend who shrouds herself so well in don't-look-at-me spells that people think he's talking to himself when he's having coffee with her. All of these creatures and people are integrated easily into the story, and make sense when they show up.
The only thing this reader felt could be improved was that some explanations were a bit overlong.
This story was an excellent read; lighter than others in this genre without sacrificing plot or characters. This reader looks forward to the next book.
This is a new adult urban fantasy with a lot of snark and suspense. It was a fun read with some unique characters. Colin himself is not so cool, but he's a nice guy who can kick butt. He's endearingly sorta nerdy at parts. I felt as if he was very powerful druid for a character in the first book of a series, but he's up against some even more powerful foes. I really loved some of the secondary characters like Sabine, Hemi, and Finn. Finn is Colin's mentor and not so likable as a heroin addict, but the mystery surrounding him is fascinating.
I wondered what the point of the journal entries were for the first third of the book other than to give us background, but it comes together later on to add another juicy layer to the plot.
I recommend this book to urban fantasy fans who love fast-paced action, wit, and mystery, and who want something different than the regular vampire and werewolf monster stories.
The writing and characters are also incredibly immature. I understand your MC is 20 but if you are an adult with life experiences to draw upon then use those. Even if you believe your 20 year old protagonist lacks a maturity of emotion, it's unrealistic and harmful for young readers to portray someone who is devistated by loss that then turns around and muses which of the numerous women he come into contact should he sleep with once he is over it.
Another character is described as having a social anxiety issue who self harms. The only insite we get is its because she is a gorgeous girl with big tits, which she hides using fairy magic, so nobody but the MC can see them.
Every single character is grossly sexualized. Every. Single. Character. I had to stop reading after the author ascribed a Martha Stewart MILF vibe to a character. It's like the writer looks at every character as a fuckable object.
The main character is supposed to be an "enlightened" man who loves bad ass women but also treats them with respect. Then female characters are divided into sluts or buzzkills.
Time and money are valuable commodities, don't waste either on this junk.