Review: Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2) by Kristi Charish

December 8, 2015 Review 0

Review: Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2) by Kristi CharishOwl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charis
Series: The Adventures of Owl #2
Published by Pocket Star on October 5, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 423
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...

OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS lives up to the promise that OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS gave us. Full of action, archeology and smart-ass comments, The Adventures of Owl series continues to entertain. While not perfect, the characters and relationships tend to make up for some of the aspects that I could have done without, such as the excessive plights that Owl finds herself in.

Owl, as a character who annoyed me a bit in the previous book, has begun to mature slightly. She still tends to make some "look before you leap" decisions (and thus got on my nerves a few times), but she also starts to take into account (on occasion) her boyfriend and best friend's advice. She's as sarcastic and dry as ever, and the only character trait that overshadows that is her smarts. That is one aspect of The Adventures of Owl that I really appreciate, and that is how smart Owl is, and how she actually gets to use her brain in the course of her adventures.

OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS is definitely more of an urban fantasy, with less focus on the romance between Owl and her incubus boyfriend, Rynn, but there still is a little heat and definitely some amusing conversations between the two of them. The relationship between Owl and her best friend, Nadya, is also another great aspect to the story. Nadya is just as smart (if not smarter) than Owl, definitely more level-headed, and her voice of reason is often necessary when Owl gets a half-cocked idea in her head that she wants to act on without planning.

While the action aspects of the book almost get a little over-the-top, it's believable when you take into account Owl's penchant for getting into trouble. Though there were a few plot twists I could have done without, THE ADVENTURES OF OWL definitely has the advertised "Indiana Jones" feel to it, and is sure to amuse readers who like their urban fantasy with a bit of real world history thrown in, and smart, sarcastic main female leads.

Series Titles:
  1. Owl and the Japanese Circus - 3/5
  2. Owl and the City of Angels
  3. Owl and the Electric Samurai
  4. Owl and the Tiger Thieves
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