Saturday, 14 March 2015

Book Review: Arcane Solutions by GL Drummond

Rescuing under-aged vamp bait and retrieving stolen possessions is all in a day's work for Discord Jones. When a gorgeous, lying bastard of an elf hires her to find an ancient book, danger takes on a whole new meaning. The book holds an unbelievably powerful spell, and "favored prey of demons" becomes an unwelcome addition to her resume.

My Review:
If I was rating this book purely on the plot-or lack of it-I would have given this one star and went to do something else. Despite the plot issue, the author deserved more than one star because her writing abilities and the way she put the story on paper was better than that so I gave it the two star maximum that I can stretch to if I abandon a book.

Cordi is hired by a family to find a missing teenage girl who may have been snatched by evil vampires so it is pretty important that she is found quickly. She is given a werewolf partner by her boss and they rush off to explore the bad area where the girl might be held-and Cordi is psychic scanning for signs of anyone in trouble inside a gated house, when werewolf idiot boy starts seducing Cordi, alerting those inside to someone lurking outside, putting the girl in serious danger as they nearly get caught. So what does Cordi do to save the situation? She takes the werewolf home to have sex. And this is hours after meeting the guy and only page 26...hmmm bodes well for having a serious plot, huh. She really is a true professional when she is happy not to find a trace of the girl so she can have more sex with the werewolf a different night. Well I'm glad the girl not being found is such a plus for your social life Cordi.

I despised our two heroes. They are totally unprofessional in putting their fling ahead of their job. Werewolf Boy is pathetic and needy, unable to control himself with Cordi and putting the mission in danger. Nick is the steriotype werewolf character-jealous, sulky, possessive and got on my nerves very quickly. To have a werewolf detective who cannot control his wolf around pretty women is dangerous and not a great plot device for me. The 'relationship' was a bit of a joke, jumping into bed with a stranger, her partner, during a case. I felt as if the sex was put there more for the sake of it than any plot reason...I mean p26??? We hardly know a thing about the characters, they are strangers to each other not greatly keen on working together but hey, lets have sex anyway! Jeez.

Cordi and her world had some real potential but as usual the plot is overshadowed by this obsession authors have developed in urban fantasy to shove in some poorly written sex for entertainment. Ugh. No thanks! 
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  1. I've not even heard of this one before, other than seeing it on your list of books at the beginning of the week. Well, I'll pass at the moment. ;) Thanks!

    1. Yeah it was one of those frustrating books where you could see the potential but knew it wasn't quite delivering. What a pity!