Mar 4, 2014

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Review: Night Owls by Lauren M Roy (Night Owls #1)

nightowls4 star

Urban Fantasy
February 25 2014
Mass Market Paperback
304 pages
ACE books
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Elly Garrett
Kick Ass Chick – Valerie McTeague

From Goodreads –
Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was far too high to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safe keeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors….

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Night Owls is the first book in a shiny new urban fantasy series by Lauren M. Roy.  It can’t be easy writing a new urban fantasy series these days because really, most things have been done.  Crazy blood sucking vampires – done.  Werewolves who are…wolfish – done.  Witches, hunters, fighter, protectors – done.  So where authors can’t really find new stuff to include in their books anymore, they do have to find a way to present it in a new and interesting way.  I feel Lauren did that in her debut.  Nothing is so farfetched that you are left wondering why she went there but they are just unique enough to keep you captivated.

Night Owls is a college area bookstore owned by a vampire, Val.   I actually really liked Val and I really enjoyed her Renfield (daytime human helper) Chaz.  They have been friends for five years and have grown to depend on each other.  There is nothing romantic there (‘yet’ I’m hoping) but their friendship-chemistry is really well written.  Val has decided to redefine herself not long ago but what she is not wanting to face may be coming back to find her.  She is a strong character, very loyal and with tons of integrity, as is Chaz, and I look forward to reading more about them in future installments.

Elly is the other main lady in this series.  She is a Hunter of sorts and in possession of a book that the bad guys, the Creeps, really want.  The Creeps are pretty much werewolves and they are not nice.  At all.  I did feel for Elly and her circumstance but I can’t say I felt much for her as a character.  Not sure why, honestly.  It’s not that we didn’t get enough back info about her and she wasn’t annoying or anything of the sort.  I just didn’t click with her.  But I am not against reading more of her so I guess that is a good sign.

Cavale was a very interesting character as well as Lia and Sunny.  A warlock and two succubi.  They are strong supporting characters that really bring something special to the story.  Justin is another supporting character who goes through a whole lot in this book and who I found was well written.  In fact, there is a pretty impressive twist or ten that involve him.

As for the story, it was very well paced and interesting.  The book Elly has is finally given to the Creeps but there is one thing wrong – something is missing from it.  So basically, where did it go and how to get to it once it’s found…  You meet people here and there, bad guys and good guys, to keep things interesting as you are brought along from one twist to another.  I liked the story, a lot.  I thought I was well planned out and felt just different enough to keep me engrossed.

All in all, I was very pleased with Night Owls.  An impressive debut that promises at more exciting things to come.  The way it ended was not expected and left me even more curious about what will happen in the next book.  Hoping it’s release date isn’t too far away.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote –

“Val herself was looking pretty pale.  Well, she’d been pale to start, but now her skin had taken on an ashen tone.  Elly had been surprised when Cavale had set a cup of coffee down in front of her; vampires couldn’t digest food and drink. Father Value hadn’t taught them as much about vampires as he did about Creeps, but that much, Elly knew.  Val didn’t take a single sip, though. She just curled her fingers around the mug and sniffed at it while they talked.

Vampires were weird.”

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  1. This sounds like a great book Julie! It’s refreshing to hear that the author was still able to keep things fresh and interesting for readers of urban fantasy. I’m glad you really clicked with some of the main characters, and maybe you’ll click with Elly in the future…and if you don’t, hopefully she doesn’t get to the level of just being annoying. 😛 😉

  2. I’m glad you liked it, I confess it was a bit difficult for me…

  3. Now I am intrigued, as yours is the best review I have read so far.

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