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Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Canada
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
*checking stupidity detector* Hmm . . . Doesn't seem to be broken . . . *rechecks* . . . NOPE. Def not broken. Must just be A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION.

R u ready to hug it out, Sarah?


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PS - I stole your "attempting to give a damn" gif. Fyi. MUAH.

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

A lot of you know that Urban Fantasy is my go-to genre--I can go (and have) for a straight six months of reading it and nothing else.

This can be a problem, b/c compared to others, UF is kind of a small genre, and an even bigger proble
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I just can't get into this book. Owl is a former archaeology student who was disgraced and wiped her past clean. She takes up stealing artifacts for whomever has the most money. She crosses some vampires and ends up on a vamp hit list.
She is offered protection from the vamps by a Dragon but he has an agenda of his own.

It sounds good, but I'm just done with it. Owl is just a bland character. The most exciting thing I've read about her is she has a cat that can sense vampires.


I hate dnf'ing books
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)


DNF at 15%. Because there is only so much complete, total, utter stupidity I can take.

My collection of Stupidly Stupid Pieces of Crap (SSPoC) is on the rise! Go me! I feel so special right now, and so lucky to have come across such an amazing gem! What a wonderfully crafted, beautifully told story! I blissfully enjoyed every single minute I wasted spent DNFing reading it. This, ladies and gentleman, is the Marvelous Magic of Books (MMB). You know, when you get so aggravated by lost in the tale
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Carol.
Dec 14, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of UF, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter

The problem with cats as side-kicks:
“He feinted back and pulled on the leash in an attempt to break my hold and get back to Charles. Nope, not desensitized. Getting better at manipulation.“

A quick archeological romp through dig sites, casinos and couple of world-class cities. It’s a fun ride and with enough spark to distinguish itself in a genre full of stereotypes. I’ll have to admit; at the beginning I was struck by the resemblance to Indiana Jones. Not because of the amazing character charism
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Best part of the book: Captain, the Egyptian Mau!



This was an urban fantasy that had some fresh ideas. The world-building was excellent. Owl is an archaeology student turned acquirer of artifacts (okay, she's a thief). She gets hired to find some ancient scrolls (for a dragon, no less!) and all hell breaks loose. Vampires are after her, she doesn't know who she can trust, everything's crazy.

She's got this cat who is bred to hunt and kill vampires. It's a really cool idea. That was a total win. I
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Choko
Mar 14, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 3.85 ***

A buddy read with the Urban Fantasy fans at the MacHalo group!!!


To be honest, I was not expecting much from this book, since I thought the title was kind of goofy... And the truth is, it is a bit difficult to find a good new Urban Fantasy series - there are a lot of underwhelming examples out there... However, I am here to report that in this silly named series I actually found a very entertaining and well written entry into the world of UF. !!!

Owl is an antiquities with a supernatu
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Kaora
Dec 24, 2014 Kaora rated it really liked it
Pigs are flying, hell is frozen, and Kaora read and enjoyed an Urban Fantasy.

What the hell is going on?

Owl and the Japanese Circus follows Owl, a socially awkward thief with a heart of gold. On the run from vampires, Owl is offered the chance to escape her hunters in exchange for finding an artifact. The only catch - he is a dragon and Owl doesn't work for the supernatural. But the offer is one that is too good to pass up...

I have a strict policy. No magic, no monsters, no supernatural clients.
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Yodamom
Loved this nerd infused urban fantasy action filled romance touched tale. It hit all my fun times buttons, dragons, incubuses, vampires, elves, ghosts, all kinds of para-things plus gammers, hackers and archeologists. I never had a meh moment, I enjoyed the heck out of this one. Fun.
Owl is a thief, she is a good thief which is how she got into her present predicament working for a dragon. She was a promising archeology student till something went bad. It got worse she did a job for some vampires
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/01/09/b...

UPDATED: GIVEAWAY of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (print copy US/Canada, digital copy International) ends 1/21/15, details here: http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/01/12/g...

Kristi Charish is an author after my own heart. First, her book Owl and the Japanese Circus stars Alix “Owl” Hiboux, a former archaeologist turned international antiquities thief. Having been an Archaeology student myself, I can’t in good conscience say I en
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Magdalena
Oct 30, 2016 Magdalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Indiana Jones fans!
Owl, ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief gets an offer she can’t refuse from Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon. If she retrieves and artifact stolen thousands of years ago will he get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. She agrees to the offer, not only because of her vampire problem but because dragons like to eat thieves.

This is the first book (of many I hope) about Owl and a very good first book. I liked Owl from the beginning. She’s a smart mouth thief with
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
How the fuck does this girl remain alive through the entire book? She is supremely TSTL. Her POV was that of an immature child telling me about their day in minute detail - repeatedly, with the exact same phrases over and over. Besides Owl being TSTL, she's also just plain dumb. She notices nothing of a supernatural nature, despite knowing of their existence. I doubt she'd notice a unicorn even if it trampled her obliviously dumb ass.

Nayda got on my nerves with her attitude and Rynn (is this a
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Sarah
3.5 stars

Owl used to be an archaeology student but now she's an antiquities thief and a very good one at that. If there is treasure hidden in a tomb somewhere and you want to acquire it Owl is your girl but at the moment you might find she's a little distracted by the vampires that are trying to murder her in revenge for an unfortunate accident. Staying one step ahead of the vampires is exhausting and not likely to be something she can manage for any length of time without help but there isn't r
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Sanaa
[4.5 Stars] So pretty much if you like vampire hunting cats, a reckless antique thief who is a bit socially awkward and likes online role playing games, an underground supernatural world that you learn about here and there, an action packed indiana janes-esque plot, japan, and dragons, you should probably read this one!

Wasn't expecting to love this much as I did, but here I am really freaking loving it. The only reason this doesn't get a 5 star rating is because Owl did something really grating
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Carly
Jan 19, 2015 Carly rated it liked it
“I have a strict policy. No magic, no monsters, no supernatural clients. Ever.”
So says Owl, ex-archaeologist and thief extraordinaire. Still trying to avoid the vampires that she managed to rile in a previous escapade, Owl is in no mood for a new job. However, she soon discovers that it’s really, really hard to say no to a dragon. It isn’t long before Owl is trying to navigate the tricky waters of supernatural politics while avoiding vampires, angry nagas, and a confusing romantic relationship.
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Olga Godim
Nov 10, 2014 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I received this Kindle ARC through NetGalley

Las Vegas casino – check. A dragon employer – check. A sassy, irreverent girl slash antiquity thief slash former archeology grad – check. A romp around the globe, through Tokyo, Bali, and San Francisco – check. An alternative world where vampires and incubi reside alongside cell phones and online games – check. What’s not to like?
This fast-paced urban fantasy doesn’t even pretend to be serious. The plot leaps and tumbles like an acrobat, always in moti
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Heidi
Jan 06, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: A solid beginning to a new UF with interesting characters and exciting story lines.

Owl quickly scans her surroundings. The coast is clear, no vampires in sight. She heads into the gas station to grab supplies for the long road trip ahead. At the cash register, she is accosted by a giant, tattooed Japanese man who insists she accompany him to see his boss, Mr. Kurosawa. Owl has no choice. When she meets Mr. Kurosawa, he insists that the ancient egg she recently sold him is missing so
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Matthew
Jan 19, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Owl and the Japanese Circus tells the tale of Owl, an ex-archaology student turned antiquities thief. Whilst working Owl receives a job offer from Mr. Kurosawa, which she accepts. If Owl retrieves an artefact stolen thousands of years ago for him he will take care of the pack of vampires that want her dead. But Owl must tread carefully, Mr. Kurosawa is also a red dragon, and dragons also love to eat thieves.

Every now and again a book comes along that not only surprises you, but also excites you.
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
3.5 stars, rounded up because I'm nice like that.

I really had a good time with this book -- Owl knows her shit but she's not perfect by any means, in fact a lot of things that happen in the book are because she screwed something or other up. She deals with supernatural creatures ranging from dragons to nagas to vampires to nymphs, all while trying to figure out an ancient puzzle (and some intense gaming on the side when she hits a roadblock). She has a sassy cat and even sassier best friend, and
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Talk Supe
Dec 23, 2014 Talk Supe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Love this new UF c/o Kristi Charish! We're taken for a wild adventure starting at the Vegas strip moving to Harajuku in Japan down to the ancient temples in Bali where Owl meets a collage of Supes from Dragons to nagas, vamps, nymphs, and Japanese ghosts.

More on this series + a signed print giveaway over at the blog: www.talksupeblog.com
Bob Milne
Dec 02, 2014 Bob Milne rated it liked it
Shelves: archaeology, vampires
Fans of urban fantasy who are looking for something a little different, something that injects new life into the genre, will find a lot to enjoy with Owl and the Japanese Circus. On the surface, it contains all the elements we've come to expect - a feisty heroine, exotic locales, danger, and supernatural romance - but Kristi Charish puts a very human spin on it all that makes for a different sort of read.

As the story opens, we learn that Owl is a disgraced archaeological student, on the run from
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Anya
Jan 03, 2015 Anya rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I definitely have a new must buy author and series! Owl is my favorite mix of spunky and nerdy, how can you say no to archeological adventure featuring a red dragon??? Perfect for fan of Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson :D.
Kerry *Soulcaster*
*3.5 stars*
I just lost the review that I wrote so I'm sad, sad, sad.

It was a fun buddy read with the MacHalo group, so it takes a little edge off the pain.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An ex-archaelogy student on the run from vampires accepts a job from a dragon in exchange for her safety. The dragon didn’t say anything about keeping her safe from anything else though…

Opening Sentence: I hate potholes.

The Review:

Ever since being unjustly blacklisted by the archaelogy world, Owl has taken to stealing antiquities for those who will pay for them. After a couple of bad experiences, Owl has sworn off doing any supernatural jobs
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Kimberly
Mar 16, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Caffeinated Breakdown of Owl and the Japanese Circus

The world: The tale takes place mostly at the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas, but Charish also takes us to Tokyo and Bali. Our heroine had a bad run in dealing with vampires and has one rule, “No supernatural jobs.” Of course, life does not workout that way, especially if you have Owl's luck. Charish’s world is filled with unique creatures from naga to radish demons. Owl along with her unique cat reluctantly take on a case for a dragon.

Cha
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Melliane
Dec 26, 2014 Melliane rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

Here is a brand new series for a writer that I discover with this novel. I admit that the title immediately intrigued me when I saw it, as well as the synopsis, I was very curious to find out more. I must say that the only mention of archeology seduced me right away, but that’s not all because I was also attracted to the scenes surrounding the story. Oh yes, because the story is set between Tokyo, Bali and even Las Vegas and it was nice to discover everything
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Athena
Mar 03, 2016 Athena rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: paranormal fans looking for a light read
This book didn't work for me. I should have been warned by the cover art, an 'archeologist' holding a rock hammer, but most cover art gets something wrong. I kept trying with Owl and it was an easy read, the writing is fast-paced and moves you right along; I just never believed where it took me and I don't mean the supernatural characters. To be fair my background is in historical archaeology and for me there were so many sloppy plot points leaping out that my ability to suspend disbelief burn ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Jul 12, 2016 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review, oh-canada
No digs for you!

Once upon a time, Owl had a promising career in archaeology. But an ethical decision to blow the whistle on her superiors left her blacklisted among her peers and colleagues. In an ironic twist of fate, the current state of her career is suspect, to say the least. She’s a hired thief, with supernatural beings for employers on a quest to find artifacts that bear importance to their kinds.

Fire-breathers, Blood-suckers, Venom-spitters.

Her recent assignment brings her face-to-face wi
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Beth
Dec 14, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
When a synopsis starts with fans of... will love this book, I have to admit...I'm a little sceptical. Much to my utter delight, I was absolutely thrilled with Owl and the Japanese Circus. I also have to admit, I felt it did live up to its comparisons in the synopsis.

The archaeology world is fully aware of the supernaturals among us, but the rule of thumb is never to reveal their presence. When grad-student Alix's excavations turns horribly wrong by a supernatural force, she becomes the “fall guy
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Shelley
**I received this book for free from (Simon & Schuster Canada) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*MY Thoughts*

For some reason, or the other, I had a hard time putting into words how I
felt about reading Kristi Charish's new series The Adventures of Owl which delayed posting my review. Her first novel, Owl and the Japanese Circus, introduces us to Ex-archaeolog
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Veronica
This started out okay but somewhere around the 50% mark I just started losing interest. I didn't much care about the protagonist, Owl (stupid name), a disgraced former archeology student or any of the side characters. The side characters especially felt like half-baked ideas put to paper. Supernatural species exist but most people don't know about them...and yet it never seems to shock anyone to learn that they do. And what the international archeology association has to do with any of it is ...more
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Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world, and THE VOODOO KILLINGS (Random House Canada), an urban fantasy/mystery about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a deceased grunge rocker.

She writes what she loves; adventure
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“It’s the money. A lot of money. And lower risk than being a real thief. Truth be told, most governments don’t really care what happens to their artifacts—not enough to arrest anyone . . . or shoot. Except for Egypt, that is, but with the right palms greased, it’s a moot point. After three revolutions, the tourism industry is shot and they’re hurting for cash. Another perk is I actually get credit for the work I do—not screwed over by some talentless dick of a postdoc who spends more time trying to stare down my shirt than dig . . .” 0 likes
“I hate this espionage shit. That’s why I’m into antiquities. More money, and I get blindfolded a lot less.” 0 likes
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