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To Kill A Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil Series Paperback – August 25, 2010
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While I was a little hesitant about the cover of Fire Burn, this cover caught my eye and held it, perhaps because Dulcie is much more my kind of protagonist than Jolie is. Dulcie is a go-getter, a strong female character with a mind of her own and the ability to fight her own battles. As a fairy, she's blessed with supernatural speed and, of course, the magic of fairy dust--a power which, to my delight, is rather originally handled in this novel.
I suppose "original" would be the best way to describe the world-building, too. While there were many familiar elements -- witches and vampires and fairies -- Mallory has created a fresh twist on the paranormal, viewed through the eyes of a snarky, entertaining heroine. The plot itself is often light-hearted (the story begins with Dulcie being turned into a slime monster) but isn't afraid of the darker side too; what with murders and betrayals, this story has just the right mix of romance and suspense to make it a perfect weekend read.Read more ›
I rely heavily on amazon reviewers alerting me to new authors. I'm obsessive about going thru other reviewers list of reviews, to see if we share book taste in common. I rely on a book being good if it's recd more than 100 reviews and still staying at 4 stars. Boy was this one ever the exception that proves the rule.
Bad, bad, bad. Very exceptionally weak writing. It felt like the author was really conflicted about who her heroine needed to be. I think she had the potential for two or even three completely separate books and mashed them into one. I was so confused by this heroine and who she was.
And the heroine was, too! How can she be this kick ass regulator, yet squeamish when in the middle of an S&M club? I was way underwhelmed with her backbone. There just wasn't one.
Finally, FOUR guys with the hots for her? That has to be a new record. And why? Absolutely no clue as to why.
Please don't waste your time.
The characters are very one dimensional and there is no plot arc at all. Dulce (heroine) is apparently pivotal in solving a mystery but everytime she asks Knight (one of the "heros") why the answer is always "that's confidential" or "top secret." Its like the author couldn't even come up with a good reason, I know I certainly couldn't. The heroine is unlikable and irritating. Considering she's supposed to be the best Regulator, her coworkers must all be idiots (which is demonstrated by Trey).
I read the whole book because I try to give indie authors the benefit of the doubt, but I just couldn't find anything to like about this one. Characters and subplots need to be desperately edited down and focus more on character and plot development. I'm glad I picked this one up for free and I have no intentions to continue with this series.
O'Neil is a fun character to follow. She has a distinct voice and walks through her curious world with an air of confidence that is easy to read. She's relatively good at what she does and definitely has chemistry with Knight and Bram, though I feel it's a bit lacking when it comes to Quillan, but I'll get into that in a moment. O'Neil's main flaw, aside from her rather weird first name (yes, I know it's Spanish for "sweet", but it really does not roll off the tongue if you ask me) is that she's got a lot of Mary Sue in her. Being the best at what she does, being stunningly beautiful, having a great job, and never completely breaking down over the course of the novel. I never really felt like this was an ordeal that she couldn't overcome, and that is important in a main character. We need to feel their struggle as the story progresses and while I saw her having some difficulties, they mostly felt inconvenient rather than life threatening. She's certainly still entertaining, but I never connected with her and that does lessen some of the enjoyment.
Knight is also an entertaining fellow. I liked him and had no trouble believing the romance between him and O'Neil. However, he is a little bland for a love interest. We get to learn some things about him, but I never really got that one moment where I was like, "Aw, yeah. This is a great guy and I want to see three more books with him in them." It's similar to the problem I had with O'Neil--I never found an emotional connection with him, even though he's gorgeous and charming. He's not a one dimensional character, but he isn't exactly three dimensional either.Read more ›
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A great, lighthearted novel, a very likable heroine, a very good start to a new(?) series. Well written, this is a comedy (in the classic sense)- adventure story with lots of... Read morePublished 21 days ago by michael wood
Dulce and Sam trey and knight WORK well as a team this I'd how they find the creature and take it downPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this book. I will admit that it was rather predictable though.Published 1 month ago by that girl Laura, the weird one
Dulcie O'Neal is a fairy and in law enforcement. She tackles things that are paranormal in the normal world while her boss' boss and most things that go bump in the night live in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberley
Not to bad, not great
It had its moments, It took a while to get interesting
This is not my normal read, but I found the book lighthearted and fun. It's good for a change of pace from my standard fare. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William L Benton
This was a quick read and is "chick lit" in every sense, the humor and self awareness helps to move beyond the super nature detective and mysteries that take themselves all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Willson
Offering the first book for free was brilliant. I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. I've already finished it and picked up book 2. Very pleased.Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Ward