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- Print Length: 269 pages
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- Publication Date: October 22, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GHW78JV
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One of the things I most enjoyed about this story was how Vic reacts to the weird stuff that is happening to her. I think best of these were her reactions to the Twilight-esque vampire/werewolf love interests. Then you add in the nods to the Harry Potter universe. Honestly, it’s a toss-up between which of the two worlds this story seems to be poking fun at the most. Obviously Twilight. But then again, when the headmaster Albert says, “Didn’t they tell you? Surely you’ve wondered how they learned it all!” you can’t quite keep from picturing Hagrid introducing magic to Harry for the first time.
I also enjoyed the way the narrator is introduced. Quite entertaining, though I did have to go back and re-read it once I began to understand what was happening. Clever.
On the other hand, the core plot of this story is a bit straightforward, despite its best efforts to tangle itself up in elements from the two series aforementioned. Without those entanglements, I am not sure I’d have enjoyed this too much on its own merits. Still, my impression is that these nods and references are in fact the main point of the story.
So yeah, Vic’s no-nonsense denial of the “stupid” and her unwillingness to fall into the standard paranormal romance female heroine role totally make this book worth reading. Having read Harry Potter, Twilight, and other shifter-type PNR books made this one all the more fun. I got the jokes. I saw the contradictions. All the things that bug folks about those worlds are embraced and then denied in this one.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story for what it is. I think fans of fantasy and the paranormal who are looking for a huge dose of sassy heroine are in for a treat. No trope is safe!
I received the review copy of this book via NetGalley.
The book starts with a comedic conceit that wasn't to my particular taste: (words redacted by me for Amazon review policy)
"Her chestnut hair barely reflected the starlight, her mint-green eyes flashing with confusion as her caramel skin darkened to the color of milk chocolate with increasing ire.
"Who the  is hiding in the woods describing me like a  dessert?"
About 8 Kindle pages in, the book switched over to a more normal first person narrative that was easier for me to enjoy. Victoria Marmot is at a new school in a new town after both her parents die. But the folks at her new school are anything but normal. There is a stalkery handsome guy named Edik (cue some really fun lampooning of Twilight here) and a nice young man named Seamus who seems to disappear whenever a wolf happens to be around.
But don't get me wrong, this is not a Twilight-esque book. Its pretty comedic and fun in loosely-built world adventury kind of way. Vic learns a surprise about her past that indicates she isn't entirely human and thrusts her into a vague quest to save people from a shadowy government agency.
This quest involves climbing sheer rock faces naked (what do were-creatures do with their clothes is a running thread in this book) and handling a goddess who pops in and out of her life.
Vic herself is a pretty lively, fun, sarcastic narrator. I think I wasn't drawn as much into her world partially because I'm drawn into quests when the emotional stake are high-- and due to the brief nature of her acquaintance with her new found friends and also the obvious lampooning/light lambasting of popular franchises in this book I never quite felt like I had emotional skin in the game.
It's a great book to flirt with, but not boyfriend material, if you know what I mean.
This story was quick, entertaining, and, occasionally, funny. Contains frequent profanity.