Sunday, March 12, 2017

Book Review: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye) by Seanan McGuire

Title: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: August 29, 2009

About the Book:

New York Times-bestselling October Daye series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day

The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born.

Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.

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My Review:


Okay, I don't know why I haven't stumbled across this series yet... because it's been out for several years. I read the sample on Amazon and got completely hooked by the prologue. It starts off with a bang... and ends up in a fish pond for fourteen years.


But wait... it gets better...

The main character, October (Toby), is a changeling (part-fae, part-human). She runs around doing investigations for the fae, makes an error in judgment, and *POOF* she's transformed into a fish for fourteen years. Pretty awesome beginning, right?

Unfortunately, after the prologue, the book dragged a bit. It starts off fourteen years after the prologue, and October has completely renounced the fae world. This bothered me a bit because it didn't make a whole lot of sense. All of a sudden we're faced with a whole lot of questions and October (Toby) has spent months throwing herself a pity-party and not bothered to find out about what happened to just about... everyone (with few exceptions). I mean, who cuts off everyone and everything thing without even letting them know you're still alive?

The book picked up after the first chapter (yay!), and there was quite a bit of action. There were a few inconsistencies, plot holes, and character issues. These pulled me out of the story and why I can't rate this book a solid 5/5. The author does a great job though of explaining the different types of fae (down to every single eye-color) and at times, it was almost like a faery encyclopedia peppered with action.

Even so, it's definitely a fantastic addition to the library of any Urban Fantasy lovers. Parts of the book reminded me of the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, and even a little bit of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. For fans of either of these series, you should check this one out.

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About the Author:

Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

Seanan's favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it's easier that way.

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