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Mob Rules (Underworld Cycle #1)

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I'm Domino Riley, an enforcer for Shanar Rashan.

Like most mob bosses in L.A., he's a powerful sorcerer, battling for control of the city, gathering up the magic of violent and powerful emotions and storing it for his own use. Back in the day, Rashan saved me from the streets and made me his lieutenant. You could say I'm his go-to girl.

When a fellow gangster is ritually exe
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Luna (first published January 1st 2010)
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In MOB RULES the good is really good (amazingly creative world building and a feisty fun sidekick), but by comparison, the bad is really bad (a slow storyline that never picks up speed).

The main storyline in which magical mob enforcer, Domino, is trying to avoid a gang war while chasing down a nasty killer who skins and crucifies his victims in order to drain them of their magic sounds a lot more interesting then it is on paper. And that’s no
Nov 07, 2010 Kt rated it it was amazing
Meet Domino Riley, second in command to her Mob boss Rashan. The buck stops with her, and typically most problems are a relatively simple fix for her using bribes, intimidation, or just plain "removal" of the person causing the problem. However, when bodies start showing up skinned and no traceable magical residue is left, she knows this one won't be so easy to crack. Things get really complicated when one of the deceased's ghost points her in the direction of her boss's son, the man she has a s ...more
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
Are you tired of reading the same book over and over again under the guise of a different title? You know the ones: girl meets boy with a secret, magic is plentiful, perhaps a vampire is featured, and don’t forget the happy ending. Well, Cameron Haley may have started with this formula, but he blew it up—literally. The main character, Domino, works for the baddest mob boss in L.A. As a strong magic user, she’s his lieutenant in the outfit, which means she takes care of business the boss doesn’t ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Ugh, I really wanted to give this five stars, but I can't. Mob Rules was unique and interesting from the start. Yes, as others pointed out, the word "juice" is overused to the point of physical annoyance at the beginning of this book. Just push past it, it does decrease a bit after that. I wonder if I would have noticed it if I hadn't read a review that mentioned it first. It is pretty excessive, but I was also looking for it. Anyway, this book is about rival gangs that control the magic in a ci ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
This was one of the books I had offered to me for review by Harlequin (its published by their imprint Luna) and I thought it sounded interesting so I added it to my pile. It took me longer than I wanted to get to it and I'd deliberately avoiding reading anything about it so really had no idea what to expect. Within the first chapter I was hooked on the characters and world building and couldn't put it down.

Domino is a little darker than most heroines in this genre, as the lieutenant in what amou
Sep 29, 2010 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
The publishing company, Luna, turns out pretty decent stories. I have a feeling that much like the better known company that Luna is a part of (Harlequin) there's a bit of a formula that goes into these. They're all based around a female lead, they're all fantasy and there's some kind of romance built in.

Some pull it off better than others - C.E. Murphy is one of those.

Mob Rules was certainly decent but it did lose my interest about half way through. I had to sort of pick at the last few chapter
I read an advance reader's copy of this novel. This urban fantasy novel had a fast paced strong storyline with a strong heroine and an intelligently plotted magic system. The protagonist Dominica, or Domino as she prefers, is one of the top level magic users in a mob in L.A. that's run by a Sumerian sorcerer. Magical mob wars ensue, as her fellow mob members start turning up murdered in gruesome ways and Domino has to get to the bottom of it all. It's very mod, with Domino using Wikipedia and th ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Dec 03, 2010 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it liked it
Shelves: uf
This one was a very quick read, and kept my attention. I have to say that it does usually take at least 2 books to find out if I like a series - the first book is world building and not enough room for real character development (so I count the pace and whether or not I want to finish it higher than other things). I felt it was a good start, and I was starting to become invested in the characters.

The main characters are gangsters, so they are working in a lot of gray areas. They didn't spend to
Sep 13, 2010 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is my first foray in to supernatural chick-lit thrillers, and I cheated by picking a well-reviewed first novel rather than trying on a best-seller. It was good. You could drive a truck through the plot holes, but it hit some good notes, and the writing wasn't offensively bad. It had a fairly original conception of magic (who doesn't these days) in which magical "juice" is tapped from human vice using graffiti and other methods. Organized crime, then, is just as concerned with tapping juice ...more
I note this book didn't get positive feedback from quite a few readers, but I really got into it with the refreshing focus being on the urban gang warfare factor.

I liked the inclusion of having a good mix of nationalities, broadening out the personalities implicit in a high density urban city populations and that in itself providing different behavioural patterns, injecting a impressive freshness to the atmosphere.

The action was pretty good and the resulting love interest is paid out in the natu
This is a fun book to read. It has magic used in an original way, with both everyday and combat spells. There is personal conflict, internal turmoil, family problems, new friends, betrayal, and a war.

Domino grew from nothing to a lieutenant in a LA mob made up of sorcerers. She doesn't realize how powerful or important she is and can be. She has a genie as a familiar. She gets a peskie (not a pixie, that's "offensive and insensitive") as a roommate. She dates the boss's son, who may be possessed
Sherwood Smith
Aug 20, 2010 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
Someone passed me an advanced reading copy, after I said I was on the lookout for urban fantasy set in L.A.

While this book hit the edges of my tolerance for splatter at times, the voice kept me hooked. A witty protagonist will get me every time. Add to that colorful characters (I am totally in love with the piskie princess), some surprisingly chewy discussions of morality, and twists that I did not predict. I couldn't put it down, and will be on the watch for the next.
Mar 27, 2011 Ron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban_fantasy
This stunning debut effort may be the best urban fantasy novel I've read. Well crafted vivid prose and strong characters across the board. I find that most uf novels stumble somewhere in the early chapters but this remained solidly on track for me. I read the Kindle version and bought a paper copy for my permanent collection.
Aug 04, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book which sets up well for a sequal. Enjoyed some characters but main character lacked depth (was hard to identify with). The love relationship seemed hokey but all in all there was enough action and interest to keep the pages turning especially for one new to the genre who may be learning about "juice" for the first time.
Jason Abay-abay
Sep 10, 2010 Jason Abay-abay rated it really liked it
Great SciFi/Fantasy book that brought the world of sorcery and magic together with Gangsters/Mobsters. I am looking forward to the next book! If you want to read something with a pretty original idea then give this book a try.
Aug 27, 2010 Mihir rated it really liked it

Mob Rules was brought to my notice via a friend on the Goodreads website. As soon as I read the blurb I decided to give it a shot. I contacted Greg asking for the same and he promptly sent me a review copy. The story is set in Los Angeles and features a world wherein magic is present and it has been utilized to set up a feudalistic crime structure which has led to various US cities being divided up by gangs. Dominica “Domino” Riley is a Mexican-Irish member of one such gang which is situated in
ZaBeth  Marsh
Feb 15, 2011 ZaBeth Marsh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: jodi israel
In Mob Rules, the first novel of Cameron Haley’s new Underworld Cycle series, we learn from a mobster’s right-hand lieutenant, Domino Riley, what it takes to be a gangster. It doesn’t take any longer than reading page two before readers understand that this isn’t the world of Don Corleone's mafia. Domino’s world is ruled by cut-throat sorcerers who use the power of graffiti magic to boost the strength of their organization. One the most powerful sorcerers, Shanar Rashan, is a Sumerian mobster an ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Lexxie rated it it was ok
I should start by stating that I haven't yet finished this book. I have about 30 pages left to go. But I'm okay with writing the review now, because the book very obviously ended about 15 pages ago. There are spoilers ahead.

First of all, it seems Cameron Haley decided he was going to write his main character as a Cool Girl (tm). You know the one. The one that isn't like other girls, doesn't really even "get" them. The one who wears jeans and boots, and only drinks beer or hard liquor. The one wh
I'm kind of on the fence about the rating - there were things I really quite enjoyed about this book, the world-building and the choice of making the protagonists (the "good guys", as it were) a bunch of gangsters - but on the other hand, some vocabulary choices nearly drove me to screaming and a major plot reveal came completely out of nowhere, so... I've read better (overall more comprehensive and consistent) books I've given three stars to, so two it is.

It wasn't a boring book, I can say that
Sep 20, 2010 Rhianna rated it really liked it
Something NEW this way comes. (4 stars)

In Domino Riley's world if you're not the one controlling the most juice you're liable to get squeezed. No really. In L.A. the gangsters work for stronger magic ("juice") users who control their territories. As a bit of a right-hand to Shanar Rashan, Domino commands a lot of respect for an half-Irish, half-Mexican woman in the world of thugs. When one of Rashan's boys meets a very grisly end completely dried of his juice it's up to Domino to find out how. T
May 14, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Have you ever had a book sit in your review pile for what seems like forever, and then randomly one day you start reading and it grabs you by the eyeballs and just refuses to let go? That essentially sums up what happened to me with Mob Rules, the first book in the Underworld Cycle. I figured it would be a fun urban fantasy story by an author I hadn't read before (which makes sense, since I found out upon further research that this is a DEBUT NOVEL, which only adds to my awe) but I wasn't expect ...more
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it wasn't what I got.

The beginning seemed promising. It was just different enough from other urban fantasy novels that I sort of wriggled back into my chair and prepared for a long read. You don't often read books about a main character who's part of the mob and is all right with it and what she's doing. Add a bit of grit and a fairly interesting magic system and I thought that I would truly enjoy reading the book. Unfortunately, it didn't qu
Cid Tyer
I passed Mob Rules several times in book stores, picking it up and pondering buying this, because lets face it, that’s a cool cover. But this book is more than just a pretty face and an interesting story. I knew when I picked it up that it was urban fantasy, but I was surprised by the mixing and melding of histories to create the world Cameron Haley writes in. Magic is juice, gangs focus on who can control the most juice, but what are they really doing with it? I think that the world building an ...more
May 21, 2011 Melliane rated it really liked it
c'était un livre qui changeait un peu. Premièrement, on part du côté des méchants, enfin tout est relatif, mais ce n'est pas la gentille héroïne qui veut faire justice elle même. Elle est second d'un grand mafioso possédant un énorme pouvoir et règle tous ses problèmes avant qu'ils arrivent jusqu'à lui.
Ce tome est assez surprenant on tombe directement dans l'action sans vraiment comprendre ce qu'il se passe et il faut quand même lire un bon bout du livre avant d'arriver à entrevoir les bases de
Apr 21, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
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I gave it 2.5/5

I happened to win a copy of SKELETON CREW Book 2 from Goodreads First Reads so I went to the library and borrowed a copy of MOB RULES so I would be ready to read when my book got here. I thought the world building was creative and engaging. The storyline was interesting and entertaining but the pace at which things happened was pretty slow throughout the whole book. I really wish the pacing wasn't so slow but I found myself loosi
the short description of this book was so promising and after reading the sample chapter, I was not convinced but still thought ok, lets try it.

there is a lot of good things in this book but some really bad as well. I struggled a lot and had to convince myself to finish it ... I admit I skimmed over quite a bit.

here what was good:
the world building is well done - all this ideas and how they go together, how you can discover so much more throughout the book. it was really amazing.

the same goes fo
Aug 14, 2010 Shomeret rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, fantasy
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Nov 01, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it
This fun, fast-paced urban fantasy tells the story of Domino Riley, a lieutenant for a powerful, magic-wielding, 6000-year-old mob boss in Los Angeles. Some of Domino's men have turned up dead; while that's not unusual in her line of work, what is unusual is that they were skinned alive and had all of their magic drained from them. Domino's investigations lead her to a rival mob boss, an ancient mystical king and hint at bigger, broader dangers that will likely unfold in later volumes. Domino he ...more
Mob Rules has a unique world, which was a nice fresh of breath air. When I started I was a bit lost with all the "juice" and the world building, but everything eventually started to make sense and I just went with the flow.

I really liked the main character, Domino Riley. She did good and well throughout the story, she knew her way around and she was quick on her feet (not literally though). Adan (which I keep pronouncing it as Adam) came off as sweet charming boy compared to how the main char
May 17, 2011 R rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
If more urban fantasies were like this and not romances with guns and vampires and werewolves, I'd read more of them. Domino is an interesting protagonist, one that fits in nicely with her world. The world-building here is good, and the setting is gritty, raw, and no place for the weak. I found some of the twists and turns of the plot a bit contrived as the author tried to fit in all her unreliable side characters, but overall I plowed through this in about 5 hours nonstop (granted, I was on a p ...more
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