Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: In A Fix by Linda Grimes + Giveaway

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  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: ARC from the publisher for review
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The start of an original new urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she’s able to take on her clients’ appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don’t want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancĂ© is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.

My Thoughts

I will start by telling you, this is not a YA book, it is an adult series. It is an action/thriller with fantasy elements to it and it was fantastic!! This book had a great storyline, plenty of action, and takes you on quite the adventure. I thought it was a creative and fun story and had to know what would happen in the end. Most of the characters were really awesome and I love getting to know them.

Ciel has her own business helping people solve their problems by adopting their aura's and standing in for them. It's good money (when she get's paid) and she likes doing things on her own and not having to answer to anyone else. She does rent her brother's condo and rent office space from him, but it's her own business and she likes it. She was likable for the most part, but there were times when I was really annoyed at how stupid she could really be and the bad decisions that she makes. She's ballsy for sure and has some pretty bad ass moments, but I just could help but be irritated at her more than liking her most of the time.

I really did like the secondary characters a lot, and I am hoping that we get a lot more of Billy and Mark in the next book. Heck, I could do with a little more Trey too. Mark is a bit on the intense side, but I get why he is. I really want to know more about him. Then Billy who seems like the ladies man, player...I think that that is mostly a front, either that or he is willing to leave all of that for Ciel. He is most definitely swoon worthy.

The story is very fast paced and full of action. I mean we start off with the bungalow getting blown to shreds and Trey being kidnapped. It just gets better and more dangerous from there. Ciel is in way over her head. Good thing that Billy and Mark were keeping tabs on her because really, she needs them whether she wants to admit it or not. This is way bigger that she ever could have imagined. They now need to track down the vikings who kidnapped Trey, but Billy and Mark want Ciel to stay out of it so they can take care of it. Um, yeah right!! Well, they all seem to take on all sorts of different aura's and at first I was a bit confused by it, but easily was able to keep track and tell who was who after. They travel all over the place, face a lot of dangerous situations, and uncover secrets about what is really going on.

I thought that this was a great book with an awesome plot and enjoyable characters. Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle, but only slightly and it's done well, so it didn't make me roll my eyes. (Though I did want to smack Ciel a few times) I only wish that Ciel had had a little more character growth. It seems to me that after going through all of that she might act a little differently, but she still seems to be a bit reckless and not thinking about the bigger things. She only thinks about things directly affecting her and not everything as a whole. I hope that she matures a bit in that aspect in the next book. Overall though I really enjoyed this and thought it was great!! 4 out of 5 stars

I also have for you a giveaway, courtesy of Tor, for an ARC of In A Fix and a signed bookmark. US only. (Sorry international people, but I will be having an international giveaway for my blogoversary going up this week) Thank you to Tor for letting me read and review this book, and for providing an ARC and bookmark for the giveaway.

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  1. I'm liking the urban fantasy aspect. I've been trying to expand my horizons into more in the fantasy genre.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    1. I really enjoy Urban Fantasy. It's one of my favorite genres to read. This one is more of an action/thriller with elements of fantasy, so it's not too much.

  2. Awesome review! :) I'm glad you enjoyed this one, although I also hate when some characters don't have a lot of growth, it really affects my opinion about the book and I don't blame you for wanting to smack Ciel. But I'm glad the book is full of action and suspense! :)

    1. I will definitely continue on with this series. I am hoping that Ciel gets a bit better in the next one.

  3. Nice!! action packed and thriller? I like books that make me feel soo excited!! and LOL, Ciel does sound annoying because of how stupid she acts, id wanna hit her as well! haha! Great review Amy!
    - Farah @MajiBookshelf

    1. Lol!! I did like her, but at times I was so annoyed with her behavior. She acted so immature about things. I get that she is sick of being treated like a kid by them, but she could have done a lot of things differently.

  4. Sounds like a fun series. Thanks for the review!

  5. I'm thinking this one will make me laugh and well as be a great read.

    BTW- Amy congrats for hitting 500 followers!


  6. What a great review! I love all things fantasy. It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I've never heard of this book before. It sounds really good. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Nice review!

  8. Great review! I just heard about this series a few days ago and thought it sounded pretty good. I've been looking for a new urban fantasy series to read.

  9. I want to read this book because I think it sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. I'm a fan of Adult UF. I'll have to check this out! Nice review!


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