Aug 20, 2013

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Review: Quick Fix by Linda Grimes (In a Fix #2)

quickfix4 star

Urban Fantasy
August 20 2013
Trade Paperback
345 pages
TOR Publishing
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Ciel Halligan

From Goodreads –
Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It’s supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it’s wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she’s crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She’s young for it, but she’s always been precocious, so it’s not impossible. What isimpossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only projecthuman auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can’t change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel’s brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who’s determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly’s unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who’s been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?

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Quick fix is the second book in Linda Grimes’ In a Fix series.  This is such a fun and unique series – I am really enjoying it so far.  The humor is excellent (I find myself giggling constantly while reading) and the premise is really cool.

The series revolves around Ciel, an aura adaptor.  She, and others like her, is able to nab a bit of someone’s aura and become them.  That’s right, human chameleons!   Some use their ability to help others while others work with the government and others just use it to make some money is more creative ways.  Either way, they are a great group of people to read.  I especially like Ciel.  Oh Ciel…  What she manages to get herself into is not only insane but also wildly entertaining.

Ciel is funny.  She doesn’t mean to be, but she is funny.  She wants so much to be in league with Mark and others who work undercover but she just isn’t graceful or subtle enough to manage it.  She tries though and that’s where the funny comes in.  I also like her because she has such a big heart.

In the first installment, Mark (Ciel’s friend, original crush and one who works undercover for the government agencies) was in the middle of a case involving Viking extremists and yeah…it was fun to read but a little farfetched.  It didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the book but I know it did for some.  This time around the mystery and the cases are more realistic…well as realistic as a world with aura adaptors can be, and it added a level of depth to this book that was missing in the first.  People are dying, people are going missing, people are getting shot and a little girl is changed into a monkey and no one knows how to fix it because aura adaptors aren’t supposed to be able to transform into animals.  Serious stuff that!  The story is well woven with all of the pieces to every mystery well placed and the story is well paced.

Billy is in love with Ciel and he wants her to love him back.  His mother and her mother were sorority sisters so they have known each other their entire lives.  Ciel is still not 100% convinced that she and Billy belong together but it sure is fun while she tries to figure it out.  I love Billy.  He tries, and usually succeeds, to come across as nonchalant but there is more to him and he is so good for Ciel!  I hope she sees it too someday soon.

We meet the rest of Billy and Ciel’s family in this book.  There are tons of brothers and sisters there!  I really enjoyed Ciel’s family.  Ciel is a professional problem solver (for lack of a better term), brother one is a sensitive musician just looking for love, brother two is a lawyer and brother three is a brilliant scientist and the only one who cannot adapt his aura.  Linda has created such great dynamic within this family!  And I liked seeing how being a non-adaptor in an adaptor family was played out.  How it affected some affected more than others.  Very interesting.  The mix of personalities and abilities really adds to the story.  I really hope we see a lot of Ciel’s siblings in future books.  Billy’s family is also mix of interesting characters.  It always helps you connect more to a character once you meet their family and I definitely get a better feel for the main players in this series after this book.

I really can’t think of what else to say about Quick Fix without giving too much away.  It is an absolutely fun read and the characters are just great.  If you are looking for an urban fantasy read that is a little bit on the lighter side yet still has substance, I urge you to read this one.  I read it with a huge smile on my face and I’m sure you will too.

4 stars

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  1. I need to read this one. Great review. 🙂

  2. I’m so curious about this second book and I can’t wait to read it! sounds awesome!

  3. Great review Julie, a series already on my wishlist.

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