Guest Post ARC Review: Royal Street

I’d like to welcome my friend Emmy to my blog today! She’s actually preparing herself for blogging because she’s currently building her own personal book blog as we speak. I’ve decided why not just give her a taste of blogging, so she’s posting a guest review today for fun!

I’m looking forward to following her blog because not only is Emmy a Kick-Ass Zombie loving chick with a fascination for tattoos, and a retro pin up girl style about her, but she also reads and reviews fantastic books! Her favorite genre of choice is Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Erotica. When she’s not daydreaming over sexy fictional men, or frolicking on the sunny San Diego Ca beaches you can find her watching The Walking Dead, and True Blood marathons.

Her book boyfriends are JZB, Bones, Terrible, Eric, and Rhevenge…but we won’t dwell on that because those are my book boyfriends too, and I’m greedy and I don’t like to share! HA!

Her favorite series are Fever, Kate Daniels, Rachel Morgan, Downside Ghosts, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Night Huntress, Allie Beckstrom, and Annabelle Lee.

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Royal Steet Review



Title: Royal Street
Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels New Orleans #1
Publisher: Tom Doherty
Release Date: April 10, 2012



As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ’s boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

Royal Street starts in New Orleans on Friday, August 26th, 2005, just days before Hurricane Katrina. This is where we meet Drusilla Jaco A.K.A. DJ on her current assignment as a junior wizard sentinel. The first two paragraphs were very promising…

A secluded Louisiana bayou. A sexy pirate. Seduction and deceit. My Friday afternoon had the making of a great romantic adventure, at least in theory.

In practice, angry mosquitos were using me for target practice, humidity had ruined any prayer of a good hair day, and the pirate in question – the infamous Jean Lafitte – was two hundred years old, armed, and carrying a six-pack of Paradise condoms in assorted fruit flavors.

In the supernatural community that Suzanne Johnson has created, some of the famous are undead and live in a world called the Beyond. As mentioned above, Jean Lafitte is a key character in this story. There truly was a French pirate in the early 19th century by this name even though the Wikipedia sketch looks nothing like how I picture him. *wink*

After DJ’s run-in with Lafitte, she meets up with the senior sentinel and her magical teacher Gerry. It’s decided that Gerry needs to stay in New Orleans through Katrina and DJ needs to evacuate. The disaster that is Katrina hits and DJ loses contact with him. She’s summoned by the Elders to return home to find any clues to explain his disappearance.

Entering stage left is one sexy man named Alex Warin, her new partner. Throughout the book they are searching for Gerry and investigating these ritualistic murders taking place. Not only are crazy voodoo murders happening, but a pattern emerges with strange symbols being left behind.

Another character with some page time is Jake. He is Alex’s cousin and has been helping out. There is attraction from all three men. I can’t really say that this story has a love triangle or even a love quadrangle, but they all have their positives and negatives.

One of my issues with this book is the pace. I was about halfway through before any major developments took place. I also didn’t really visualize D.J. with much magical ability. She has it but it kind of just felt stagnant. My imagination didn’t run wild and the descriptions didn’t give much ammo for visualization. Another issue is my attachment to characters. Although DJ is a strong female lead who likes to work independently, I really don’t get a good feel for her. The possible love interests have the same problem. Though likable enough, I’m not on “team anybody” at this point. I don’t feel strongly one way or another about any of them. Though the end of the book might have solved one angle, Suzanne could go anywhere with this.

What I liked about the book is the idea of the Beyond. How some people become immortal and the idea of different groups of Congress Wizards.

I give this a 3.5 out of 5. A 3 star for me is a “liked it” but it’s not necessary for me to read anymore in the series. The pace and lack of character attachment stop me from giving it a 4, however I am interested in reading more and I will definitely read River Road that will be released November 13th this year. I liked it enough and hope for more character development in the next book. The world-building is unique enough that I want to see where it goes from here.

ARC provided by Netgalley

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6 Responses to Guest Post ARC Review: Royal Street

  1. Hi Emmy! Loved your review for this book. Very well thought out and very descriptive. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you had hoped to. Can hardly wait to “meet” you on your blog!

  2. I’ve read this too and I actually like Alex’s lines, keeps DJ in line LOL. I agree with you on the pace and the character depth. Sometimes the characters make up for the not so fantastic plot. I was expecting more magic AND brawl instead of brawl with next to nothing magic. If not for the French pirate Lafitte, I wouldn’t have been able to finish it.

    P.S. Let us know once your blog is up so we can go and support you too :)

    • Emmy says:

      Thanks! Yeah, this was kind of tough to review ’cause though I found it lacking,I definitely want to read the next. I’m hopeful it will be better!

      Thanks for the support! I’ll let you know when I get mine up and running.

  3. Jamie says:

    Great review, Emmy :)

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