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Sagittarius & ex-Starbucks barista. Army brat & Japanophile. Optimist through sheer determination. Writer of dark urban fantasy and young adult fiction. Orange, foxes, alcohol, hatred, and hope--these are a few of my favorite things.
You gotta work for your happy ending around here.
on Oct. 14, 2013 :
This is an excellent series so far. I just about inhaled the story, I read so fast. Totally engrossing.
Here's a cut and paste of the review I left on The Foxhole Court: I enjoyed these two novels (The Foxhole Court and The Raven King). The story was engrossing, but very dark emotionally, which is to be expected when the plot concerns mafia, death threats and mental illness. After finishing, it took me a while to rise out of the miasma of the main character's life. So as I said, very dark, but riveting.
I admit to skimming some of the sports bits. That said: the sports bits that I read were very well done. I've just never been that interested in sports. But the author has meshed the sports very well with the plot and character emotions/thoughts, so I doubt many readers will skim like me. I'm a chronic skimmer or speed reader. Some things just put me into speed mode. Sports is one, but gotta say, I slowed down for this book. This is an excellent first novel in a series and well written over all.
Mafia matters are very intertwined with the sports in this series. It works. It was very easy to suspend disbelief except every once in a while I wondered if Japanese mafia members were really that f---ed up and totally without a sense of humour. There's always some twisted SOB or two in a story with mafia.
I'm looking forward to book three and how the main character continues rising out of his emotional shut down while learning to have faith in some of the human race again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2013 :
As great as the first one, and I must add those are not the kind of books I usually enjoy.
The relationships are so powerful, the characters so interesting and twisted you can't help but be sweeped up in their stories. Seeing everybody evolve and grow and fight, Neil especially, was incredible. I bit my nails more than once during my reading.
I can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 14, 2013 :
Yep. I loved this. Same great writing, same riveting plot, same fascinating characters. The Raven King unravels things a little further, and you get to see: more about the Foxes, more about the Ravens, and quite a little more about "Neil." You get to find more about every Fox's back story this time (except Allison, I think), which I really enjoyed. In particular, I loved the development of Neil's relationship with Wymack, Renee, Betsy, and, of course, of course: Andrew. This book has some very exciting moments in terms of plot, in which we really get to see Neil start to live life fully and unabashedly unafraid, but also happy. He starts to love again. It's bittersweet, considering his bleak future. His love story is so subtle, but so real, so, in it's own way, "sweet."
Anyway, a great read, just like the first book. I highly recommend checking it out.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)