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Rosemary and Rue (October Daye Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

ROSEMARY AND RUE is a winner in a sub-genre that has been butchered recently with zillions of imitations

In San Francisco private investigator Toby Daye is a half-breed part human and part fae. She avoids magic like it's the plague having spent fourteen years as a fish following an investigation that turned ugly. She refuses cases that have even a potential taint of magi...
In San Francisco private investigator Toby Daye is a half-breed part human and part fae. She avoids magic like it's the plague having spent fourteen years as a fish following an investigation that turned ugly. She refuses cases that have even a potential taint of magic.

However, in spite of her avoidance doctrine, a female elf in her dying last breath curses Toby who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The elf's last wish is for Toby to uncover who murdered her; if she fails Toby will die quite painfully. With an incentive like that , Toby makes inquires that lead to magical and mundane assassination attempts. If she survives the attempts to kill her, she still has to survive the killing curse with her time running out or she will die anyway.

This is a super new urban noir fantasy that will remind readers of Cast A Deadly Spell though six decades later and just less than 400 miles to the north. The story line is fast-paced from the opening scene as readers meet the magic-phobic half-breed heroine who does not want to be tied in knots as the incredible Ms. Limpet and never slows down as she works a particularly nasty personalized case. ROSEMARY AND RUE is a winner in a sub-genre that has been butchered recently with zillions of imitations.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 20, 2009

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7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

A total waste of time; pathetic at best

I had to force myself to finish this book after I bought it. It wasn't worth it. The characters are weak, the "heroine" totally unsympathetic, selfish, and whiney. It is slow in the beginning, slower in the middle, and slow at the end. The world she has created is total...
I had to force myself to finish this book after I bought it. It wasn't worth it. The characters are weak, the "heroine" totally unsympathetic, selfish, and whiney. It is slow in the beginning, slower in the middle, and slow at the end. The world she has created is totally unbelievable, even for an urban fantasy. The rules make absolutely no sense, and require not so much a suspension of disbelief as an ability to read while brain-dead.

SPOILER ALERT: For an example of how irritating this book is, consider this: you will wait 200 pages for something to happen. Seriously, out of a 300ish page book, 200 pages is October blindly wandering around and whining. Around page 200 she idiotically wanders into an ambush and is shot. She cleverly responds to this by almost dying, being rescued through no power of her own, and wandering off against all advice into ANOTHER ambush, getting shot AGAIN, and this time getting a friend killed in the process.

This is the kind of author that latched onto the urban fantasy craze, and litters the field with useless "tough-girl" heroines, barely thought-through worlds, and truly pathetic attempts at plot.

posted by Straysod on February 24, 2011

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    A total waste of time; pathetic at best

    I had to force myself to finish this book after I bought it. It wasn't worth it. The characters are weak, the "heroine" totally unsympathetic, selfish, and whiney. It is slow in the beginning, slower in the middle, and slow at the end. The world she has created is totally unbelievable, even for an urban fantasy. The rules make absolutely no sense, and require not so much a suspension of disbelief as an ability to read while brain-dead.

    SPOILER ALERT: For an example of how irritating this book is, consider this: you will wait 200 pages for something to happen. Seriously, out of a 300ish page book, 200 pages is October blindly wandering around and whining. Around page 200 she idiotically wanders into an ambush and is shot. She cleverly responds to this by almost dying, being rescued through no power of her own, and wandering off against all advice into ANOTHER ambush, getting shot AGAIN, and this time getting a friend killed in the process.

    This is the kind of author that latched onto the urban fantasy craze, and litters the field with useless "tough-girl" heroines, barely thought-through worlds, and truly pathetic attempts at plot.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Duncan to all brony and pony lovers alike

    Pleasure to meet all those non existent fans.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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