Blog Tour -Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2) by Kristi Charish ~ Guest Post, Brianna's Review and Giveaway!
*This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series, so be sure to read that book first.*
Check out my review of Book #1 Here.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*
What a great return to urban fantasy this was! After a long absence from the genre, this book did the trick of reminding me what I loved about it in the first place. There was adventure, supernatural beings, and of course, the strong heroine known as Owl.
Owl did some much-needed growing in this story. She was still sarcastic and had a tendency to be reckless, as well as a bit selfish. However, Owl began to learn that lying to herself didn’t actually solve anything, and that she needed to think a bit more about what she was doing. Owl’s still not a favorite heroine of mine, but I have a feeling that she could very well end up as one of them.
The side characters in this series are still really interesting. I do love Nadya, Owl’s flashy, Russian best friend. You could really feel their bond in this book, and how much they cared about each other. Owl’s vampire-hunting cat Captain made a welcome return to the series too. I’m certainly wondering what will befall him in the next installment, given certain events that happened near the end of the novel. Then, there was Rynn, Owl’s incubus boyfriend. I really loved the relationship growth between Rynn and Owl in this story, and am hoping only the best for them. It must be hard to be Rynn, trying to protect Owl when she takes such risks during her jobs. Also, I have to say, I really dislike Lady Siyu, and am hoping some bad luck comes her way soon. She was always trying to kill Owl, and I can’t have my heroines endangered, you know. Finally, there was Carpe, Owl’s gaming buddy who’s also an elf. He did some pretty questionable things in this novel, but I can’t help liking him. He’s just too smart and nerdy for his own good.
This book was extremely interesting and fast-paced. It followed Owl as she tried to find out who was impersonating her, which meant Owl was blamed for major crimes she hadn’t committed. These thefts had the IAA trying to follow wherever she went. With guns. Plus, the most highly-publicized incident had to do with the City of the Dead in Syria, which was full of cursed artifacts that people were stealing and letting out into the public. This curse involved a plague which would infect anyone who touched the items. So Owl had to try and stop this impersonator not only for herself, but also to prevent the world from seeing another plague. I definitely liked the fast pace and other parts of the world that were explored in this story. The archaeological elements are a huge draw for me with this series. It’s history meets monsters, and I love it.
In the end, I highly recommend this book, but not if you haven’t read Owl and the Japanese Circus. Definitely read that one first, then pick up Owl and the City of Angels. This series is a highly unique urban fantasy filled with tombs, all sorts of monsters, and the kind of flawed heroine I love reading about. I’m extremely excited for what book three will bring, and can’t wait to see what happens next with Owl and her company.