Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a feature here at The Book Swarm and the fabulous Bewitched Bookworms. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a bit, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! This feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love with our favorite people just a little bit early, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.
Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2) by Kristi Charish (Goodreads Author)
Urban Fantasy, Kindle edition; expected publication: October 5, 2015 by Pocket Star; source: author
Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.
There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.
Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels…
Okay, if you haven’t started this series, you need to (see my mini-review of the first one below). I was turned onto it by a bunch of other bloggers (thanks, y’all! I love when I find awesome authors through my blogger buds!) and absolutely fell for Owl and her shenanigans. She’s kind of a female Indiana Jones/Lara Croft, one who was driven out of her archeology program because she accidentally unearthed a mummy (oops). She’s got fewer qualms and a bit more thievery under her belt than Indy and smaller boobs than Lara (well, maybe not…but I picture her as slighter than our girl Lara and it worked for the sentence!). Plus, she’s got Paris vampires and the IAA (the international archeology group that covers up anything paranormal) after her booty as she zips around the world “collecting” rare artifacts for her ancient dragon boss. This go-’round, there’s someone out there stealing artifacts in her name, which means the IAA is even hotter for her. It also means the job she has to do for her dragon boss (in order to avoid getting eaten or broiled or lost in the ghostly casino for the next century) is a lot more challenging. While Owl doesn’t grow as a person a whole lot in this series (her morals are pretty consistently shaky and her bad attitude about supernaturals is unwavering, despite the fact that she now works for and with them and is also dating one), she’s a really good time. Plus, she’s a gamer girl — woot! I love following her around the world as she visits archeological sites and gets her Indy on.
Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish
Urban Fantasy, ebook, 320 pages; published January 13, 2015 by Pocket Star; source: publisher
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.
Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.
Can we get more books like this, please? Kristi Charish is awesome and I say this not just because I love her writing but because she sent me a copy of this awesome book for my classroom bookshelf (!! YAY !!) (This book has already been checked out a couple of times and come back with rave reviews…love when that happens.). Okay, granted, Owl isn’t the best role model but she’s whip-smart and she certainly knows her way around ancient burial sites, even though she’s usually exploring them with the end goal of snarfing up all of the good stuff and reselling it on the black market. Or to her new dragon boss. Paranormals, man. They’ll mess with your life and, once they get in it, it’s like an infestation. You just can’t get rid of them no matter how hard you try. Awesome start to a new series!
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