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Precinct 13 Paperback – August 7, 2012
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Anyway, so I approached this book with a little trepidation and was delightfully surprised. This is an urban fantasy book but it's very much character driven. The characters are well written and compelling and she keeps the plot light but involved at the same time. There is a tongue-in-cheek humor to the whole book that reminds me a bit of Mur Lafferty.
Tate Hallaway flips the traditional thinking of magic and the supernatural in new and exciting ways, delivering a fresh take on the otherwise standard rules and mythology readers are so accustom too. Hallaway's accidental witch and unusual magic shows she's not afraid to take herself too seriously. That willingness to think outside the box of convention works to set Precinct 13 apart from similar books. None of the characters were typical supernatural creatures when you got beyond the surface title, there was always something slightly different in their magic or being that took the world building an extra step further making everything a bit richer. There were a lot of interesting ideas, that could've gone horribly wrong but somehow worked. The story lines and mysteries flowed and came together really well.
I think the least interesting part of the book was the romance. It was there, it was fine, but very typical. I didn't like the somewhat domineering chemistry of Valentine and Alex, plus they just kind of fell in with each other. Their relationship didn't go with her personality to me. There is a possibility in the future for a romantic rival to liven things up. But for the most part I didn't find the love story as innovative as some other aspects of the book.
Overall Precinct 13 was a really great read. The author successfully manages an eclectic hodgepodge of ideas creating a contemporary interpretation far from the norm. Leaving me excited to see what Tate Hallaway comes up with next for Alex and Precinct 13.
Pierre and her new job should be just the new start she is looking for. However, when her first body gets up and walks off in the middle of an autopsy, she gets involved in the paranormal part of Pierre. When she confesses to the police chief that the body is missing, she gets directed to Precinct 13 - the paranormal police force in Pierre. There she meets a number of other paranormals including a half-fae officer, a golem, a technomage, and a werewolf-vampire cross.
Life gets even stranger when she learns that she might be a witch. But if she is a witch, where is her familiar? Enter the former boyfriend - Valentine - who happens to be a very rare dragon and a most unusual familiar. Alex is soon very involved in solving the case of her missing necromancer and also a case involving crop circles and cow mutilations.
This was a fun introduction to a new series. Alex is a great character who adapts pretty well to the new world she has entered. Valentine is also a unique sort of hero and love interest. Dragons are exactly cuddly or human but he is devoted to Alex. I look forward to reading more books in this series.