Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy is a new urban fantasy series starring a new take on werewolves (adding in some creepy zombie elements), a couple of awesome heroines, solid friendships and sibling bonds, and an all-around intriguing new world! Night Owls borrows from more traditional fantasy in that it has several characters who all tell the story through multiple points of view, making it a well-rounded book with primary and secondary characters with surprising depth. I’m generally a bit stingy when it comes to urban fantasy since I’m such a fan girl of my favorite series, but Night Owls has managed to convince me to add another UF series to my must-read list! So when is book two coming out???? >.> Make sure to enter the giveaway (US only, sorry!) at the bottom of the post so you can enjoy this new series too!
Note: I received Night Owls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy (Night Owls #1)
Published by Ace on Feb. 25th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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 .
- Night Owls is so much fun! The writing is fast, the characters are witty, the ending left me wanting more. Night Owls definitely captured the addictive quality of the urban fantasy genre.
- In the world of Night Owls, there aren’t your typical werewolves. Instead, there are Jackals, which are kind of a mix of werewolves and zombies! I’m suspicious there will be some Egyptian mythology thrown in in the future as we figure out more about Jackals, and I’m freaking pumped :D. I love it when urban fantasy stories manage to take familiar elements and add a new twist to them.
- The plot of Night Owls is exciting and interesting. Right from the start we are wondering what is so important about this book that the Jackals are hunting our heroine for. I really enjoyed finding the answers alongside the characters and really never felt things lagged.
- Urban fantasy traditionally focuses on one main character right? Well, Night Owls has multiple PoVs including a number of chapters from secondary characters’ perspectives. I thought this worked great to convey more depth for each of the characters (seeing them from other perspectives was cool) and what all was going on in the plot.
- Night Owls didn’t provide quite as much information as I expect from a first in series. Sure we don’t want to be overwhelmed, but I don’t like having too many basic world-building questions left over. One of the main questions I had while reading was the title of Renfield for the vampire’s assistant. Obviously if you are familiar with Dracula, you will catch this reference, but if you aren’t then you will probably be pretty confused. In any case, that’s the name of Dracula’s servant, but Night Owls doesn’t actually explain that. I’m also still wondering a lot about the Jackals’ origins and kind of expect a new critter to be explained more since we can’t make as many assumptions about them.
- The Jackals have another nickname, “Creeps” which just really felt out of place to me. I don’t really see the need for this species to have two names and whenever Elly used the word, I got thrown out of the story a bit.
- Night Owls uses a dialogue technique from time to time that just didn’t work for me. At times, the characters will use sentence fragments where ellipses or commas seemed more appropriate. I ended up saying the dialogue in my head to see if I was missing some special emphasis but came to the conclusion that I wasn’t. There is also some slang that I don’t think is common day slang but also seemed odd to be newly created. Though perhaps I’m just not hip ;-).
Night Owls has a couple of quirks but is otherwise an excellent new addition to the urban fantasy genre. I’m a huge Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs fan, so I highly recommend you check out Night Owls if you like those two urban fantasy writers. Night Owls is a bit interesting for an urban fantasy since it has almost no romance, though room for a slow burn later in the series makes me happy. I’m thinking this is going to be another favorite urban fantasy series for my list! And seriously, when is book two coming out??
Now it’s time for the giveaway! This giveaway will be US addresses only, no PO boxes. It is sponsored by Ace books, thank you!! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, so make sure your rafflecopter email is one you check regularly! I can’t be responsible for books lost in the mail, sorry!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy
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