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Junkyard Druid

(Colin McCool #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,402 ratings  ·  194 reviews
ASIN B01M08QTJ6 has been moved to the latest kindle edition, as per guidelines

A cursed druid, blackmailed by a faery queen to find a missing magic rock. Let's just hope they don't hack the druid off... for everyone's sake.

Name's Colin McCool. Folks call me the Junkyard Druid. I hate that name.

Despite my last name, I'm not "cool" like the other hunters in town. I don't run
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Modern Digital Publishing
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Got an hour into it. Right to meeting Luther and Belladonna. Annnnnnnd I'm done.

This was exceedingly repetitive, and just not that good.

The Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne is 100% better than this.

The preface by the author immediately set the tone "I got sick of writing YA..." so he then writes New Adult, but half the story so far takes place when the main character is still YA. So... that's fun. *eyeroll*

How did he make it 'grown up'? by using foul language, smattering sex/lust
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To say that this was disappointing is an understatement. The preface states that the author wanted to get away from YA novels and do something more adult, except he doesn't seem to achieve this. The story line felt over simplistic and childish. Throwing a few swear words and references to sex into a novel does not make it adult. The main character lacked depth and his "tragedy" had me wishing he had died.

When you compare it to other urban fantasy, which is hard not to, it clearly does not sta
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Bubble Gum Druid (and his magical Mary Poppins bag)
This was "cutesy", but it was still a "fun" read.

Here's the thing about writing a druid got to have druid things. Not until 71% do I finally get a bit of druid mojo. The story has a wonderful abundance of fae creatures. I really like Hemi the Maori and his haka dance.

Junkyard Druid was an enjoyable read. Massey's writing had an easy flow to it and very entertaining. If anything, it's the humor that kept me engaged and will b

Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy sh!tballs Batman

I love Colin and his pragmatic outlook on life and all things spooky. I love Bella and her badass self (I really hope something happens there...) I love Jesse and also hate her situation. I want to know more and see more about the whole Junkyard Druid thing. Obviously something had to happen for him to be called that. It's a great moniker 🖤

This is a terrible review, I know. But I needed to tell someone about how much I enjoyed th
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
OK, it's really hard not to read any urban fantasy about modern-day druidry and not think about Kevin Hearne and the Iron Druid Series, and no one is going to come off favorably in that comparison. However, it's not a bad series, and they do get betteras he goes along and seems to find more of his own voice. Definitely worth reading from a brain candy perspective, and there are some twists that even I didn't expect.
Bonita Gutierrez
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a dash of Odd Thomas and a pinch of Dresden Files, Junkyard Druid is just my type of urban fantasy series. Throw in a splash of Constantine, and we're cookin' with gas! And don't get me started on the hero, Colin McCool. He's my kind of Druid — sharp-witted, sweet and a little bit dangerous.
Junkyard Druid is the perfect brew to quench any urban fantasy lover's thirst!
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get past the first few chapters, this book reads like it was written by a middle school child trying to sound like an adult. The dialogue was atrocious, the characters were less than one dimensional the plot was stereotypical except it's been done better in other books.
Nana  Devourer of Tomes
This was abysmal. Such a pity, I had so many expectations for this book.

1% The book starts with a preface by the author basically flailing about how he wanted to write about an urban fantasy druid and he had this amazing idea but he's a piece of shit and never finishing anything he writes. Being a piece of shit who also never finishes what she writes I sympathized. Then he goes on about how DAMMIT WOE IS ME WHEN I GOT OFF MY ASS KEVIN HEARNE WAS SUDDENLY OUT THERE WRITING ABO
Lyn Mckenzie
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book, i was unaware about this author before i read this book and i voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book and i am so unbelievably glad that i did. I will definately be following this authors work from now on.

The storyline of this book was extremely unexpected and definately a surprise, it was not what i thought it was going to be, the surprise was definately a good one! The storyline is such an addictive and compelling read, you will definately find
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The mystical and magical creatures are NOT the fluffy bunny cartoon characters that occupy the pages of so many books. This is a darker version of the classic fairy tale, a bit gruesome, a bit violent (without being overly graphic) and definitely shows a more twisted side of the fae coin.
The book flows smoothly, the human characters come across very realistically and 3 dimensional. The action scenes are exciting without being overloaded with graphic and gory details, despite the violence and blo
Scott Fry
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story and characters

M.D. Massey does a great job in Junkyard Druid.

When I first picked Junkyard Druid I thought it might be a fun little diversion but I figured it was going to be a copy of Kevin Hearn's Iron Druid series. Happily I found I was wrong.

Massey's druid series is a stand alone, independent storyline that doesn't borrow from Hearn one bit. Colin, the druid, is a young man with a drug addict mentor he hated and carries a curse that he has to control because it has already destr
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up via Kindle Unlimited and it took me awhile to get around to it and longer to get into it. I was undecided on how I felt about it, but then the narrator mentioned Chuck Norris and how powerful and comforting he is and that made me love it. You could tell the protagonist was just thinking of all the times on Walker: Texas Ranger where Walker would stare down a wolf or a bear or something and use his Cherokee powers to psychically dominate the animal and force it to submit to Walke ...more
Lacrymosa Quiñones
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny Fae Read!

I honestly didn't expect to thoroughly enjoy this book. It was funny and interesting to read. a real page turner for sure. I thought Colin reminded me of Nathan Drake from Uncharted and Deadpool. The smart mouth that got them in trouble? Check! I specially enjoyed the Irish lore and all the fae talk. It reminded me a lot of the fae in Patricia Briggs books. (Obviously both came from the Irish lore) Definitely a fun and good read, if you like Irish lore, faes AND smart mouthed peop
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
This was fun. I liked the references to books I've loved.
I don't know why I was expecting a bit of a gritty type read. This was more New Adult. Turned out it was a fun ride. I liked Colin. I'm very interested in this other being he turns into from the curse. I hope this aspect grows with the series. Colin's late ex, was important to this story, but I hope it doesn't play as big of a role in the next book.

Promising start. I hope it's one of those series that grows, and improves with each addition
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So yeah, I gave it 5 stars.

Sometimes the book just click or you get exactly what you were looking for. In my case, I was looking for a urban fantasy with magic as the main thingy instead of supernatural, and a MC that wasn't a total powerhouse and as a whole, not too dark (it's closer to young adult than adult).

Did Junkyard Druid deliver? Yes. Was it the best book of its kind? Very much doubt it, I still prefer the Iron Druid Chronicles. However, it was almost perfect for what I wanted at that
Sonja Bristow
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Coming soon. Shoot me, should be it.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love urban fantasy, but I don't think I'm the target age range for this book. I'm old enough to be Colin's mother and all I kept thinking was if he was my kid, I'd kick his ass. While the plot is interesting, Colin ruined for me. He's self-centered, selfish, and immature. Sure, edgy college-age guys make jokes about sex, but Colin isn't edgy, he's just annoying. There's nothing inherently "bad" about Colin, but he's that early 20's-year-old guy who never really matured past 15 or 16. All the w ...more
Logan Horsford
Dec 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I enjoy druids so I thought I'd try listening to this.

Gave up after about an hour.

The problem? The author wanted us to keep hearing the same story over and over.

Guy kills his GF. Sad. We hear about it as it happens.
Guy goes to a shrink about killing his girlfriend. We hear about it yet again as he tells it to her.
Shrink encourages him to write it down. We are forced to listen to the same crap yet again.
Guy agonizes over it. Same shit. Again.

Eventually, I got to feel like:
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly interesting take on a modern druid

Massey was afraid that Kevin Hearn beat him to the urban druid party, like showing up late to the costume ball wearing the same getup. Actually Kevin's books became a bit of a self absorbed preach fest with only two wheels on the pavement. I stopped reading Hearn and so long as Massey intends to concentrate on entertainment like Jim Butcher then I am in for the whole ride.
4 stars maybe a little generous but I am hopeful that readers of the genre wi
Heather Dudley
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and fun

I enjoyed this immensely. I risked a read based on the interesting title, and I did not regret it. The tortured main character is fun, badass, and flawed, all at the same time, and his forays into the world of the supernatural are as interesting as they are based in real-world myth and legend. The climax was intense, and the entire novel well-paced without being overwhelming. I never once felt bored, and there was no dragging feet through the morass of worldbuilding. In spite o
Patrick Barnes
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This story has the same gritty feel of the best urban fantasy that I've read. There's no cutesy dialogue to distract and some of the wisecracks would fit into a Bogart movie. The fear, pain and frustration from and with the external limits that characters endure are front and center. The story is about people. Some are damaged and/or struggling to be better. Some are lost in their own egos and don't recognize their own sociopathy. Most are followers flowing with the strongest current.

Arlene Allen
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun, well written urban fantasy with a new kind of hero

This was a well researched urban fantasy, borrowing knowledgeablely from mythology and fae lore of many cultures. There were the requisite vampires but with a slightly different twist, biker werewolves, red capped mafia type gnomes, warring fae, a corrupt magical Union, a burned out junkie mage, and a cursed druid who inadvertently killed his first love. There is also Bella Donna, a badass biker monster hunter, Sabine, a neurotic gaistig and
Chandra Romano
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it

It was ok. I hope that the next novels are more deep. I just didn't feel the excitement like I do with other author's characters. Who doesn't try to get the license plate number of the car that keeps popping up when bad things are going down. Or not flesh out enough especially how Colin got wrapped around the Queen' s finger so easy. I'm just saying Druids, Warlocks, Mages, and Wizards aren't supposed to be played around with in paranormal novels but the author made it to easy get to
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a funny main character with a dark backstory.

It reminds me very much of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher so if you loved them you'll like this!

Our main character is on buddy terms with several different species and was cursed because of a witch wanting to get back at his mentor. They both have gone into a dark place and this story tells the beginning of them getting out of it.

Faeries, trolls, redcaps, badass supporting characters with some small romance going on in the background. A g
Yours Truly
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let’s not mince words: this book sucked the big one, but it didn’t suck enough to flat out abhor. I mean… all in all, I actually made it 70% through this selection before I gave up – but when I’d had enough, I had absolutely had enough.

It wasn’t just the poor editing – which was, let’s face it, very poor, indeed; there were noticeable typos scattered throughout the digital version. And it wasn’t just the fact that, despite the author’s assertions to the contrary, I saw nothing in this novel that
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scrolling through the books on offer through Kindle Unlimited, I came across this title. I love urban fantasy and its not often that a series involving Celtic Mythology and a modern druid come my way so I gave this one a go. It definitely has some new adult tones, but I was not disappointed in my first outing with the series.

Colin McCool and his girlfriend were trained hunters by his legendary druid uncle. The future looked bright until the unthinkable happens. A witch set on revenge against Col
Don Goodrum
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember the exact circumstances surrounding my purchase of this book a year ago, but I know why it took me so long to read it. The name. I thought Colin McCool was a stupid name for anyone, but for an urban fantasy hero especially. I had no idea that the character had his origins in YA, but I definitely thought the name was childish and silly. But recently, while bemoaning the fact that I wished someone was doing something with the Irish pantheon now that Kevin Hearne had hung up his sp ...more
Frank Mikes
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a pretty good book. I got into this from reading the excellent Iron Druid series from Kevin Hearne, but this series, at least from the first book, seems good too.

The protagonist is young Collin, a druid trained 'champion', one of the chosen to fight supernatural evils in the world. In events that occur before the book, Collin has everything he wants but cruelly, through a curse, has it taken away. So we get a 'hero on hard times' story which progresses through a very nice bit of world bu
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book #: 16
Title: Junkyard Druid (Colin McCool #1)
Author: M. D. Massey
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“Nope, it was the hunter’s life for me, and Jesse felt the same way. We’d bonded over that first kill, and as we’d matured we’d become more than just friends and partners.” 0 likes
“always took point because I was so protective of her, and she let me, even though it was slightly chauvinistic and completely unnecessary” 0 likes
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