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Royal Street by Suzanne  Johnson
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Apr 10, 12

bookshelves: ebook, arc, urban-fantasy, read-2012
Read from April 02 to 07, 2012

A paranormal series that takes place in New Orleans - not very original. But two things made me decide to request this book through NetGalley. One, it takes place during Hurricane Katrina. I wanted to see how the author incorporated the Katrina disaster into this book. And two, the main character is a wizard. I've been craving more magic users in my paranormal reads lately.

I enjoyed most everything, except the love triangle. Love triangles rarely bother me. I usually find it fun guessing who she will end up. But the one in this book bothered me. I guess, I didn't see any reason for a love triangle. There was enough conflict without DJ going back and forth between Alex and Jake. I think Alex's seriousness and being a stickler for the Council of Elder's rules produced enough conflict in their relationship. No need to throw Jake in there. I hope this love triangle is resolved quickly in this series.

I liked the magic system. There are different types of wizards in this world. DJ is a Green Wizard, which means she does magic through spells and rituals. As DJ says, "Green Congress wizards were the geeks of the magical world, hell on rituals and potions but always last to get picked for wizard dodgeball, so to speak." Her mentor, Gerry, is a Red Wizard; he can do physical magic, no need for him to create a spell or ritual. I like it when there are limitations or different specializations of magic.

I thought the author did a good job setting the book during Hurricane Katrina. I sympathized with DJ as she not only dealt with finding her mentor and dealing with supernaturals throughout the city but also as she dealt with the destruction of the city she loves. I think it makes sense that next major life change for DJ would happen during a disaster that very much changes the city itself.

Very interested to see where Johnson is taking this series.

ARC provided through NetGalley.
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