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 ...more
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 ...more
When you compare it to other urban fantasy, which is hard not to, it clearly does not sta ...more
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 book....you 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...more
okay. Okay. OKAY. I FRICKEN LOVED THIS BOOK.
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 ...more
Junkyard Druid is the perfect brew to quench any urban fantasy lover's thirst!
HERE BE SPOILERS: 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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: https://www.youtube.co ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Title: Junkyard Druid (Colin McCool #1)
Author: M. D. Massey
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My first series, THEM, is a jaunt through a post-apocalyptic central Texas where the dead walk, and vampires, werewolves and other unsavory creatures roam the night. It has elements of the zompoc genre, dark fantasy, and military survival fiction. My goal with this series was to give readers the same excitement I get from reading ...more