Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous #1) by Kate Griffin

Release Date: October 30, 2012
Published by: Orbit 
Source: Provided by publisher
Author Links: | Amazon

'Don’t look back. It wants you to look back.’

London’s soul has gone missing. Lost? Kidnapped? Murdered? Nobody knows – but when Sharon Li unexpectedly discovers she’s a shaman, she is immediately called upon to use her newfound powers of oneness with the City to rescue it from a slow but inevitable demise.

The problem is, while everyone expects Sharon to have all the answers – from the Midnight Mayor to Sharon’s magically-challenged self-help group – she doesn’t have a clue where to start.

But with London’s soul missing and the Gate open, there are creatures loose that won’t wait for her to catch up before they go hunting.

Stray Souls is the first novel in the Magicals Anonymous series, set in the same fantastical London as the Matthew Swift novels.

Stray Souls appearing in my mailbox was a pleasant surprise (thanks to the wonderful people at Orbit). The cover and title seemed familiar and after a little poking around on Goodreads I realized that I added it to my TBR list in November of 2012 (along with a thousand other books..literally). In all honesty, if Orbit hadn't sent this to me, I most likely never would have gotten around to reading it and would have missed out on a fantastic story.

Kate Griffin has a unique writing style that had me hanging on to her every word. It was almost mesmerizing. In the beginning, her characters often spoke in half-finished sentences and sometimes descriptions seemed more like puzzles to solve, but it completely worked for this story.

Sharon Li, a barista, shaman and founder of Magicals Anonymous, is expected to save her city despite knowing very little about magic or her own abilities. She is unaware of how exactly she should do it or what it is that she's saving it from, but that doesn't stop her from accepting the job. And she's not really going it alone. She has one ornery goblin mentor, a seven foot troll with a food fetish, the cryptic Midnight Mayor, a vampire with a germ phobia, along with additional members of Magicals Anonymous.

Stray Souls was a creative, witty novel with tons of humor, amazing characters (seriously, I loved them all, even the villains) and a story line that kept the pages turning. Thank you, Kate Griffin, for the hours of entertainment. I can't wait to read the sequel, The Glass God.

Favorite Quotes

"I've had to fight long and hard to get where I am in this industry, and you know how I've succeeded where others failed? I'll tell you! It's my charming smile -" a charming smile was duly rendered "- and the willingness to crush the testicles of my enemies in my fists like garlic in a fucking press!"

"Bring .... it ... on?" Mr Ruislip echoed each word with dull astonishment.
"Uh, yeah. Kinda. I mean, in that if you do try and hurt me or anyone here, then I guess we'll have to like, get all aggressive with you, which is really sad. But you know, sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. So, uh. Yeah. Sorry about that. I just want you to know how embarrassed I feel to have to resort to mystical violence like this. 

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Beautiful Disaster said...

This sounds like an interesting read. I will have to add to my TBR stack. I haven't read this author before either.

erin said...

sounds intriguing!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Stephanie Fredrick said...

I hadn't heard of this one so I'm happy you've done a review on it. I love stories like this so it is definitely going in my TBR list. Thanks for the great review and recommendation.


You had me at germ-phobic vampire...

Krista said...

Sounds exactly like something I would love to read. I will have to checkout the sample. Thanks Orbit ;)

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Jae Lee said...

I love Kate Griffin's books. Her Matthew Swift series is chock-full of weirdness and funny. It can take a little while to adjust to her style in those books too, but they are so, so worth it. I have this on my TBR too, hopefully I'll get to it this year.

Traci Horton said...

I haven't read any of Kate Griffin's books before, but I loved the quotes and your review. Adding it to my TBR :D

Bookworm Brandee said...

This does sound like a fun read. I've added it to my TBR pile. I'm glad it showed up in your mailbox and appreciate you sharing your thoughts. :)

Mary Preston said...

A city with soul, or rather without. Intriguing to say the least.

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