Monday, June 3, 2013

#Review : Stone Chameleon by Jocelyn Adams

An Ironhill Jinn Novel
Urban Fantasy

When a series of unusual murders point to Lou Hudson, Ironhill’s equal rights advocate, as the primary suspect, she has but one choice:  find the real perpetrator before her trial begins or face execution.
Lou, the last of the Jinn, survives by hiding her abilities after the rest of the elementals fell victim to genocide.  As a preternatural pest exterminator and self-proclaimed guardian of the innocent, she’s accustomed to trudging through the dregs of society.  Hunting down a pesky murderer should be easy, especially with help from the dashing and mischievous local media darling. 
For Lou, though, nothing is ever simple.  When she discovers the killer’s identity, to reveal it would unearth her secret and go against her strict moral code, resulting in a deadly catch twenty-two.

My Review:

I love when an author takes a concept that seems to have had every drop of blood already squeezed out and gives it new life. Morphes the idea - re-spins the story with a fresh take.  I was already a huge fan of Ms. Adam's Lila Gray novels, but I must say that the Ironhill Jinn is my new fav!

Yummies:  Characters. Ms. Adams knows how to create characters that burrow into a reader's mind and heart, demanding attention & empathy.

Style. I've said this before, but it's worth repeating ... Ms. Adam's style & voice kick bum. She's a word smith like few I've seen. Imagery & snark all rolled into one perfect package. One perfect ride.

Plot. I don't like spoilers, so let me just say that I loved the driving force of this story, who the MC is and why her identity MUST remain a secret. What happened to her people & why. There's a ton of heartfelt emotion due to circumstances, and as usual Ms. Adams handles it like a pro.

Yuckies:  I started this book around noon, took a few breaks, but stayed up WAY beyond my bedtime in order to finish. 

Couldn't. Stop. Reading.

So now I'm suffering this morning. Guess that's only a personal yucky, though, isn't it? Yeah. That's about it on the yuckies.

Recommend:  If you're in the mood for something new & fresh, heck even if you're bored or tired ... YES. This book will wrap you up in a world of murder, mystery, & hot men. (Including one in a kilt.) 

Can we say, 'nom nom' folks??