Author: Linda Grimes
Series: Book Two in the In A Fix Series
Published By: Tor (August 20, 2013)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan
Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.
Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What isimpossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only projecthuman auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.
Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
My Thoughts and Review:
Linda Grimes is a genius. It has to be said. She unerringly can combine the paranormal, witty banter, mystery, romance and down right great chemistry between the characters into a flawless story that will have you laughing out loud one moment and swooning the next. She has managed to create one heck of a fabulous urban fantasy series like no other out there.
Imaginative, funny, action packed and still light enough that you can devour it in hours and wish there were more long after you put the story down. The characters are everything a good character should be whether they are the main character or a secondary character, they have the ability to capture the moment and make it their own. They are strong, kick butt, loyal and down right fierce when they have to be. Not to mention they have a few rather heart stopping, heart warming moments that will leave your blood pumping and your heart racing wanting more.
If I didn't love Grimes after reading In A Fix, I surely love her after reading Quick Fix. She had me laughing out loud, smiling, rolling my eyes, swooning and on the edge of my seat all within a single chapter of the story. This woman can write and write well.
We get more explanation into what adaptors are and not only that but we get to meet more of Ciel's family, which were a blast to meet. The romance gets ramped up and the all around action and feel of the story takes on a life in itself.
If you are looking for something completely new, entertaining, and something that will leave you smiling, this is a must read series. Truly one that stands out in the crowd.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*