Jan 132015
 
Review: Owl and the Japanese CircusOwl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish
Published by Pocket on Jan 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Yes, yes and yes. This book has everything I love in urban fantasy: lots of paranormal creatures, action and adventure, romance with tension, smart-aleck heroine and lots of humour.

I don’t even know where to begin, except to say you need to read this book. Owl is a gaming human who is an archaeologist turned thief specializing in supernatural artifacts. She reminds me of Lara Croft, except where Lara is suave and smooth, Owl seems to bumble her way through everything. She is extremely lucky that her backtalking to every supernatural creature she encounters hasn’t resulted in her death yet.

Some of the side characters are amazing too. Alexander, the vampire trying to kill her, turns out to be way more entertaining than I expected. He almost seems to like Owl, or at least likes baiting her, even if he is trying to kill her. Owl’s cat Captain is the most awesome pet ever. Can you imagine having an intelligent, vampire killing cat? That would be cool. Way better than my uber-lazy sleeps-all-day cat.

The action in the book is almost non-stop, although there is a good flow, so you do get the chance to catch your breath every once in a while. There were several twists and unexpected reveals, and the ending scenes already have me chomping at the bit to get the next book. This is definitely a series I wish was released faster than once a year.

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