Staying Dead (Retrievers #1)
Manhattan's night life just got weirder...
It starts as a simple job— but simple jobs, when you're dealing with the magical world, often end up anything but.
As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing— and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once i...more
I wasn't unfamiliar with this world because I know its rules and peculiarities from Paranormal Scene Investigations series and I'll admit it is quite possible that you might be a bit lost in Staying Dead unless you know the world the Wren operates.
It doesn't matter which series was published first really. My point is that I didn't need any explanations and could enjoy this book because nothing was an unknown to me - the Council and lonejacks, the Cosa and the fatae, the Talents (those who ca ...more
No reader should be forced to excavate characters, setting, and story from writing that is ...more
The characters are (maybe) tolerable, but none of them are compelling. The writing is barely acceptable (I've read worse). But the series is one set of post hoc contrivances after another to try and salvage a world whose logic is self-contradictory, and a plot full of unpa ...more
Wren is a Retriever, she steals things back from thieves on behalf of the owners. She and her handler, Sergei, are investigating the theft of a cornerstone from an office building. However, it soon transpires that the cornerstone was magically endowed. Wren gets the cornerstone ...more
Spunky feisty female protagonist: check.
Calm and collect male partner with mysterious past: check.
Potential romance between the two: check.
Magic powered by electrical current: pretty cool.
A Council of mages: check.
Secret organization that manipulate behind-the-scenes: check.
A variety of magic creature blending into the urban landscape: check.
Dark hints of things to come: check.
Word by word, scene by scene, it is all generic. Plot, cha ...more
It's modern fantasy variant #7: mages/magical animals/etc. are in hiding, have their own politics and so forth. Butcher, Buffy, yadda yadda yadda.
Our heroine is a re-thief: she takes stolen items back to their rightful owners. I can't imagine there is *that* much work in it, but I can suspend disbelief. I can also imagine that her definition of "rightful owners" is pretty flexible.
The story plays out like a heist movie: she has a mission, she finds ...more
Someone has stolen the cornerstone of a very large business building. Wren has been hired to bring it back, but there is a soul locked in the cornerstone, and when that soul gets out, it opens a big can of worms for Wren to peck away at. Who wants her dead? Who ...more
The pacing was quite slow and not much happened. I didn't like the slight misspelling of magical words ...more
The hints of fun characters are still there, but they're awkwardly paced, for my money and while the Torres books have still some problems with tell not show, here it is much worse for my taste. Wren is set up as such an uberelite Retriever in the eyes of her partner and everyone else (they say she is and everyone agrees) but you never see her be ...more
The author built up a complex world in modern day New York with lots of characters. I found it more annoying and confusing than enjoyable, probably because I felt every other page was ...more
ETA: finished ...more
This book is the first in the series, but the author repeatedly referenced past ...more
The main characters are attracted to each other, as they should be - the series is enhanced by their ever changing relationship and chemistry.
The female lead has abilities that help her locate missing stuff, which the series throws in for a pretty good side-story. The main stuff is secret societies and politics, which thankfully don't dominate the story! Poli ...more
By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way (when not being distracted by -oooh shiny!).
After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including the SILVER ON THE ROAD, the Nebula Award-nom ...more