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Quick Fix (Ciel Halligan) Paperback – August 20, 2013
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“Bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing--the perfect antidote to an attack of post-summer blues.” ―Kirkus Reviews on In a Fix
“Fans of both hard and soft fantasy and crime drama will love [the] protagonist's spunky, irreverent attitude as well as Grimes's character-building skills and unusual storyline.” ―Library Journal, starred review on In a Fix
“Seamlessly blending humor and action, Grimes thoroughly impresses with her debut novel. This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read.” ―RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on In a Fix
About the Author
LINDA GRIMES is the author of In a Fix and its sequel Quick Fix. A former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.
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"shape changers", but that's what they are. With direct contact they
can absorb enough of your "aura" to mimic you perfectly, and even with
indirect contact they can do it well enough to get by. While it's a
talent with obvious uses in the criminal and espionage world, Ciele
uses it to set up a business for outsourcing your worst life problems.
Don't interview well? No problem, Ciele will ace the interview as you
and get you in like Flynn. Have to be in two places at the same time?
Ciele will be in one of them.
I thought the first Ciel Halligan book, _In A Fix_, was a fun romp
and a promising series start, albeit with a few problems (villians
it was hard to take seriously, and a failure to get the most out
of her abilities for instance). In that book, we were presented
with a typical Urban Fantasy love triangle, with Ciele pulled between
the straight arrow CIA aura adaptor and her rougish pseudo-cousin,
also an adaptor. I liked the way that the love and sex angles were
not treated with life-and-death seriousness, and the mild kinkiness
that the shape changing (with gender bending..) angle added, and
in the end approved of Ciele's choice.
In this book, Ciel is back home, nursemaiding her young girl cousin
when a trip to the zoo goes wrong and the young adaptor is unexpectedly
stuck as an orangutan. While Ciel and her friends try to fix that,
while not letting the girl's mother find out, people start getting shot
and Ciel seems to be on the target list..
I'd have to say that book two is something of a sophomore slump.
I think there are a couple of issues that lead me to feel that way.
First, the scope of the book seems very cramped. The first one was
full of globe-trotting and trans-national (if silly) threats. This one
feels very confined as Ciel stays in New York City for the entire book, and
spends a large part of it dealing with, or avoiding dealing with her
large and beloved but stifling family. This includes being a baby-sitter
for most of the book, which dampens the "frisky adults" vibe of the action
and banter in the first book.
Second, the plot is kind of episodic and baffling. We get multiple
events piling up without a sense of an overall logic (there is one,
but it is not well conveyed until the end, and even then is not
entirely satisfying). There is also a lot of to-and-froing between
diferent locations and revisitings of actions in progress with
little change ("He thinks it will work this time." "He's waiting to
see if it works" etc)
Finally, I just got the sense that instead of being a cruical actor,
Ciel was just kind of along for the ride in this book. Events
happen to her and instead of shaping them, she depends on others
to rescue her. Indeed, her biggest decision in this book is a
disasterous one which takes a child into deadly danger, and is hard
to forgive. In the first book I had the sense of Ciele as a competent
actor who was understandably chafing under the "protection" of the
men in her life. In this book, she needs all that protection and
What I do find refreshing about this paranormal adventure/romance, is the heroine isn't a fighting machine, doesn't sleep with every man ever and can be awkward and insecure. Here we see an expansion of her world in the form of more family members met and more backstory dished.
QUICK FIX is fun & sexy in the way Stephanie Plum books are, but with the added touch of supernatural aura adapting. Janet Evanovich had better move over and make room for Linda Grimes.
Do yourself a favor & treat yourself to a great escape from dreary everyday reality. You won't be sorry.
Linda Grimes has taken the cliched version of animal shape shifters and made something a little more unique. In her book's universe, adapters are basically shape shifters that change into other people, rather than animals, by using someones aura, or energy. Changing into another animal if impossible for these adapters... or at least that was true in book 1 of the series...
Quick Fix starts off with Ceil doing a job for a friend of a friend at the zoo. She is playing the part of a middle aged woman trying to get on the board of directors for the zoo and she has her psuedo-cousin, Billy, and his little sister, Molly, there for back up. After wrapping up the job and enjoying the orangutan exhibit, the impossible happens: Molly, who should be too young to shift, turns completely into an orangutan herself and can't change back. Quick Fix leads us through Billy and Ceil trying to get Molly back to her human self (with a little help from their family) while in the midst of all the confusion, someone is trying to kill off people they know... and Billy is getting blamed. And of course, don't forget about that love triangle between Ceil, Billy, and Mark (Ceils major crush for 13 years) that In a Fix left dangling in front of our eyes! Ceil finally makes her choice in this instalment of the series.
Plot wise, I actually enjoyed this book. In the first instalment, the plot was a little stereotypical when it came to the vikings and while it wasn't a huge deal, it made the book more comical than mysterious and action packed. I'm glad to report that between meeting more of the adapter community, trying to get Molly back to her human self, someone trying to kill her friends off and blame Billy, and some decision making on the love triangle front... this book was anything BUT boring. Lots of action, lots of fantastic witty lines from Ceil and good writing to go along with it! The only problem I had with the plot was that there weren't many clues to help the reader solve the mystery along with the characters in the book. Information came in clumps, here or there, but a majority was just thrown together and given to us at the end. There was a lot of misdirection, but not exactly in a good way. While the author made us look one way, nothing was really happening the other way.
Character Development was amazing, as it was in the first book. Every character is so unique and have very distinct personalities that combine to make a great combination. We got to see more of Ceil's family and see how she grew up and what her brothers are like, as well as learning a few of their secrets. She gets to bond with each of them in a new way and that made it really interesting for the reader. I can't stress enough how amazing this book was for character development, which is probably why I loved the book so much; I am a huge stickler for good development in my favourite characters!
So, overall, I am going to give this book a 4.5/5. It could have been a bit better plot wise, but for its minor plot faults, the development of the story and the characters were phenomenal. If you are a fan of shape shifters, paranormal romance, or urban fantasy... I say take a chance and read this series. I doubt you'll regret it! I DO wonder if there will be a next book in the series though. The author did seem to wrap things up... I will keep you guys posted!
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