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. Week 4: Published This Year > Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

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Allie I chose Owl because it's the newest book on my Kindle--published January 2015--and because a little urban fantasy escapism will be just what I need during what promises to be a tough week.

Blurb:
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.


Allie First off, I love Owl's cat. What's not to love about a vampire-detecting, distraction-causing, toilet-using kitty who also happens to be leash trained?

It's harder to really embrace Owl. At this point (~30%), I still don't feel like I know who she is. The first third of the book is a bit of an info dump; it's all world building and an ever-expanding character list. I feel like Owl's development was sacrificed.

But...I'm not even halfway through, and there's plenty of time left to get to know Owl better. I do like the world Charish is building.


Allie At 62%:

As I'd hoped, both Owl's characterization and the general plot have improved with time. I'm really enjoying it now.


Allie I finished this book today, and I'm happy to say I truly enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy with a creative approach to the paranormal and a strong, female lead. As I said above, I did think the first third of the book was slow going, as Charish seemed more focused on building and populating her world than showing me who Owl was. The rest of the book more than made up for it, though.

I love how much of an ordinary human Owl is--something worth noting in a genre filled with witches, half-vampires, and daughters of demi-gods. I'm already lamenting that I have to wait who-knows-how-long for the next book to come out.


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