Santa Olivia

Santa Olivia

by Jacqueline Carey
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Santa Olivia 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Trebble More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book, I was thinking that it was another version of a werewolf story. Not exactly, it is more of a sci-fi superhero story. In fact, parts of it reminded me of the tv show, "Dark Angel." In fact, if you look at the cover, her coat is made to look like a cape (and I do love the cover). This book is such a great read. Even in the slower parts of the book, it builds tension as to what is coming next. You also have great characters in the book, all you either like right away or learn to like as the story goes on. And although there is some vigilante justice, there isn't that much in the book as perhaps you'd like, but it makes sense in the story. Plus, you really root for the Santitos (the orphan's nickname) because of why and how they chose to help the other unfortunate people in the outpost. It's just a fun ride and one that keeps going until the end. Unfortunately, it is the end why I could not give it 5 stars. It lost it's star because of the way it ends. It leaves way too many open questions. I couldn't find out if there was going to be another sequel or if this book is a stand alone. So, if it had given me, say 10 more chapters or guaranteed me a sequel (which I would certainly read), then it would regain it's last star. I must also say that there is sexual content, some violence and a lot of cussing. So, I wouldn't recommend it to the very young set. Otherwise, I do recommend this book wholeheartedly! It is such a good read. I give it 4 stars!
Firerose More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Carey has long been one of my top three favorite authors and with her latest book, Santa Olivia, the trend continues. Santa Olivia is in and of itself the perfect novel. It is a stand-alone novel written as a different genre than the high fantasy or historical romantic fantasy that the author is known for with her Banewrecker and Kushiel series. Santa Olivia seems to be a combination of heroic fantasy with a dash of comic book science fiction and romance. It is truly a beautiful novel that blends memorable characters with a compelling storyline that will touch all readers (with the possible exception of devout religious folks). I found myself finishing the novel in two sittings and growing teary-eyed as the story unfolded. It gives readers hope that in a semi-apocalyptic world there will still be people interested in doing what's right to help the less fortunate. It also shows that no matter one's age, everyone has a talent or skill and that working together as a group can accomplish miracles. My only regret is that Santa Olivia has not yet grown into a series!
DCTopaz More than 1 year ago
I really appreciate a "super" hero who is powerful because of the community of people who love her. The character of Loup is physically superior to most people around her, but it is the relationship she has with her brother, the Santitos, and her caretakers at the orphanage that guide her to achieve greatness. As soon as I finished reading this story, I wanted to begin it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by this author. I found myself rereading parts of it to keep the thread of the story. Good book though and one I would recommend.
ElenaY More than 1 year ago
Being a long-time Carey fan I was a little worried when I read the description of the book. Werewolves? Military projects?.. When I read the first chapter I was hooked. Carey is one of the few authors who are able to pick up such an over-used subject and make it not only her own, but humanely touching, believeable. The main character is multi-dimensional, strong, and (despite everything) original. The romance in the novel is different, human and touching. The reader is submersed into the world in a heartbeat, the transition from your living room to Santa Olivia is instant and seamless. Almost every character in the novel is more than what they seem. Carey is a master in making you believe her, no matter how wild the idea is. This is profound, thought-out, excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Wonderful book. Characters and motives were fleshed out, i enjoyed this balance of romance and action. There is also wonderful representation in the book with a biracial teenage girl as the main character who falls in love with a girl. The story was a super hero-esque build up in terms of motives and action. There are also some great lines, i highly recomend this book.
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DraeWin More than 1 year ago
This book had great characters and you could totally feel the emotions coming from each and every one. THe plot was gripping, the setting almost unbelieveable and everything about the story held on to the deepest reach of the imagination. Definitley a great book and i would recommen it to just about anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet and heart wrenching with enough action and thrill to keep you turning pages untill you run out.
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j_guidry More than 1 year ago
due to some of the reviews, i was hesitant to purchase this new series by carey. like all carey fans, i had fallen in love with the kushiel series & it's line of characters. however! i thoroughly enjoyed this new carey line of characters! they are not the kushiel characters, granted, but then, this isn't a kushiel book. carey's writing style is still obvious, and still addictive. u grow to love these characters, as well. when they linger in ur mind for days, after uve finished the last pg, u have found an author with a gift. looking fwd to the next in the series! all u folks on the fence about this one, like me.....hop off & give this one a try. :)
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