Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I’m reviewing Royal Street by Susanne Johnson at Smexybooks


Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1)

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1) By Suzanne Johnson
Urban Fantasy
April 10, 2012

Favorite Quote: “Who summoned you? I bet it was the mayor. He’s been showing signs of post traumatic stress.”

Drusilla Jaco is a junior wizard who stands as sentinel between the mortal world and the beyond in her beloved New Orleans. As Katrina hits and her mentor, Gerry, disappears, DJ finds herself in over her head as boundaries weaken between the plains and evidence mounts that Gerry is a traditor. When the Elder Wizards council pairs DJ with a gun toting paranormal enforcer who is investigating a series of murders, DJ realizes that she will have to find Gerry before the Elders do if she wants to save his life and her own.

Royal Street is the first in Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels Of New Orleans series. The story sets up right before Katrina hit New Orleans and Ms. Johnson does a fabulous job of building her world to illustrate the devastation and confusion that was the aftermath of that horrific hurricane. Using lush descriptions, news reports, and her character's personal accountings; we are given an intimate view of what they saw and felt in the aftermath when the levees collapsed. While the world building and premise promises a much anticipated urban fantasy, a fledgling wizard forced to deal with the supernatural entities that seek to enter her world, the actual story and characters failed to engage me at all. It’s not that the overall story was bad or good; it was just there.


Read the rest of my review at Smexybooks.

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