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Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish eARC {3 Stars}

Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish is the second addition to the adventures of our favorite Indiana Jane, ex-archeology student, and all around trouble-creator, Owl! If you want to read my thoughts on book one, check out the review of Owl and the Japanese Circus. Overall, I found this sequel to be a bit lacking compared to book one, but I have hope that Owl’s adventures will pick up as the series develops.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Owl and the City of Angels from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish eARC {3 Stars}

Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish (The Adventures of Owl #2)
Published by Pocket Books on Oct. 5th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 423 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • The stakes are much higher in Owl and the City of Angels, making everything quite tense! I don’t think I ever actually feared for Owl’s life given that that would make a rather short series, but I wasn’t sure I could trust that everyone else would make it out okay, gulp.
  • The highlight of Owl’s adventures is obviously the thieving of antiquities from archeological digs and really the exploration of those digs since I always wanted to love history class more than I did. If they had just taught me what relics exist around the world and the stories behind them, I probably would have been much more interested ;-).
  • It’s always fun seeing the supernatural world of an urban fantasy build, and in this book we get to meet a number of new supernatural creatures and find out more about the ones we’ve already met, whether they want Owl to or not!
  • Captain is probably the actual highlight now that I think about it. I don’t have a cat at the moment and I’m seriously living vicariously through these books while also knowing that no cat will now be able to live up to Captain’s impossible standards, haha. But really, Captain is the best.

Weaknesses:

  • This story was high on action but low on character development, especially for the secondary characters. At this point I feel like I’ve known Owl’s friends long enough that I should feel a connection to them, but I really just don’t. They feel like boards for Owl to bounce off of during her adventures and not much else.
  • Is it wrong to want every urban fantasy to contain witty banter? Perhaps. But that doesn’t change the fact that I was craving banter between Owl and friends and didn’t find it.
  • The mystery fell pretty flat. I didn’t feel like there was enough questions building up to it and instead Owl was just running around doing stuff without convincing me of why it was so interesting. I need a mystery in my stories generally to keep me guessing.
  • I mentioned above that Owl’s adventures are pretty action-packed, but that doesn’t help much if I just don’t care about the action because that’s the only thing going on. There comes a time when the characters need to pause and chat ya know? I didn’t realize that this was possible, but there is such a thing as too much action.

Summary:

Owl and the City of Angels has some of the fun of the previous book, but is lacking the character development and connection that need to start forming for me to care about this series. Owl’s adventures have the potential to be a great series, but this second addition doesn’t prove that they’ll build on that promise yet. I’ll definitely still be sticking around for the next book though, and not only to spend more time with Captain, ha.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. Hmm, the weaknesses you mentioned would bother me too. I love the premise of the series but the books don’t seem to be living up to their promise.
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  2. I like that her name is Owl. Never heard of the series but an Indiana Jane sounds immensely appealing :D
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  3. I actually liked this one quite a bit better than the first, because we did know the characters and could get straight to the action, but I can see where your concerns lie. Where it fell flat for me was in all the online gaming. I get that Owl’s treasure maps are there, and I get that’s also her stress release, but I felt like we spent far too much time reading about playing a game. That aside, though, it was a heck of a lot of fun.
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  4. I haven’t tried this series yet. Witty banter should be in every book! I can actually be bored by too much action (later Dresden Files) so I’m disappointed by the sounds of this sequel. Hopefully it’s just second book syndrome.
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