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(Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill – Book 1)
by B.R. Kingsolver
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down and Dirty
Decent, though a bit dry in places. Worth picking up from KU.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
When my magic manifested at puberty, my parents sold me to the Illuminati. They trained me as an assassin, spy, and thief. But when they sent me to steal a magical artifact that reveals Truth in all things, I discovered that I was working for the Dark and not the Light. The Illuminati trained me well, and paid the ultimate price for their deception.
Thousands of miles away, I landed a job in a quirky little bar. But the scattered remnants of the Order still strive for world domination, and no one leaves the Illuminati alive.
I would rate this a bit higher, as the plot itself is bloody fascinating – but the beginning is rather confusing and written in a way that threw me off. There is nothing wrong with it, exactly, but it felt clinical instead of approachable.
That started to change when Erin grew into her skin, becoming a character to enjoy rather than a note on the page. Her humor made me smile, as well as her fae like tendency to answer questions with just the truth – but only if you knew what she was saying.
First Person, Single POV
- Very, very interesting.
- Erin, she’s naive as well as stone cold, an odd combination that is somehow endearing.
- The other characters; once they come alive, they flesh the story well.
- Writing is dry in places and uninspired, more clinical or historical than a narrative to seduce.
Interesting story and a great plot – I am intrigued to see where book 2 will go. Free on KU!
Published April 7th, 2019
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