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Mixed Feelings: A Preternatural PNW Novel (Empathy in the PPNW) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 25, 2017
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Gwen uses her empathy ability to help her therapy clients. She’s approached by the same two characters who announced her ability weak when she was a child. This time they think she’s up for the job: of helping rescue some missing kids. Gwen, along with her best friend and admin Chloe and the horn dog werewolf PI Mel, will drop all their current clients so they can find out who’s nabbing these kids and stop some future kidnappings as well.
Gwen’s obsession with donuts, sweets, and sugar is hilarious. How can someone consume that much sugar without it adversely affecting them? I’m not sure it’s possible, but I don’t care. Gwen is not the most amazing hero and she’s helped almost every step of the way to save the kids. She herself needs saving every now and then. It is her gift that is more useful than herself at times, but her can-do and sarcastic sugar-loving attitude are hilarious to watch as she bungles along. Besides, she’s like any one of us, right?
I had a hard time getting into this book and kept putting it down until about halfway through. If you like urban fantasy, you probably won’t have this same lack of connection that I did with the plot and characters.
Not all questions were answered in the end and I’m very curious to see what happens with Chloe, the best friend, in subsequent books.
Her style is quick without being jerky and amusing without being self-satisfied. The beginning is slightly slow, but it gets better fast. The singleminded main character is entertaining and her friends charming, each character distinct.
She clearly has plans for more books and leaves you curious what's going to happen next. I'll be buying the second in the series!
Let me start by stating my fast-held belief: "Life is too short to read bad books." I delete most galleys I receive before ever finishing them. I have two jobs and work 6 days a week. I do not waste my time trying to finish a review copy that is not worthy of a good review (unless my boss makes me). I finished this book. I set aside one of my all-time favorite authors to give "Mixed Feelings" a read. This book is a joy.
Gwen is an empath of a different sort. She's rather self-centered and greedy. Early in the book, she learns she is expected to find some abducted children. She meets some terrifying Faeries who mistake her for someone with a powerful and mysterious mistress, but she isn't particularly fussed. Until someone steals her cupcakes and Twinkies. I love this girl!
The pacing of the story is spot-on. Too often, I get lost in the twists and turns of action and mystery novels. Burton takes me there. I'm neither lost nor bored.
The book isn't perfect. The emphasis on Gwen's sweet-tooth is a little overboard at times, but this book more than makes up for its flaws.
Here's the best thing. I not only loved the galley, I came here to Amazon to BUY it. there's no higher compliment than that.
I LOVED this book! The only reason it isn't 5 stars is that it was a little too bawdy for my taste from time to time. That is the only thing I didn't like. Seriously, that's it!
The plot was great. The pacing was good. There were hints that there is more to the story, so we want to read future books in the series. There was one scene at the end that didn't seem completely necessary. However, there might be events in the coming books in the series that reference that scene.
The characters are well rounded. They change over the course of the story and throughout the story we are allowed to see different sides of them. Even the minor characters were changed and adapted throughout the story. There are also lots of hints that there is more to come. However, the hints are not so large as to make you frustrated. You don't feel as if there is too much that you don't know.
I like this book enough to actually read future books in the series.
Most recent customer reviews
Gwen is a great leading character. She's not the in your face amazing heroine here to save the day, she's here for the sugar.Read more
Mixed Feelings was a fun read. If I had to sum it up in one word, I would say ‘quirky.Read more