[Tour Review] Kristi Charish: Owl and the Japanese Circus

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Series: Adventures of Owl #1
eBook, English, 320 pages
Debut: January 13, 2015
@ Goodreads
Genres: Adventure, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Heat Level : three-flames | Overall Rating: five-stars

Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.

Read First: January 2-5, 2015 | Snuck from: Author, Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Oh. My. Gawd! I have to admit, I first thought, "Indiana Jane, my ass! It's just a PR line to raise interest as much as expectations", but I wanted to pick it up anyway for the dragon and Japanese theme. I was floored when Owl really turned out to be a mouthy, kick-ass heroine who had to put up more than one fight (and flight) against supernatural beings. It was a super action-loaded adventure, but it also had puzzles, battles of wits, some love and friendship drama, and a good mystery/intrigue!

I can't even get into the plot, since it's like a big puzzle and I don't want to risk any sort of spoiler or hint. It'd totally ruin the experience. Just know that it really is a supernatural version of Indiana Jones, or Tomb Raider, or Relic Hunter, and it has a whole myriad of supernatural creatures lined up to get involved in Owl's treasure hunts. It's totally awesome that Kristi Charish didn't nail herself down to one or two groups of myth, but just tossed them all in there. I can't wait to get to know more, and their inner workings in detail!

Owl is an awesome heroine, especially for her blindness regarding everything supernatural. She's such a smart person, ridculously so, since she can solve puzzles and encryptions like no other, but she just can't spot them -- which is both funny and the base line to all her chaos. Seeing how many enemies she has who want a piece of her, you'd guess that Owl has a fowl character, at least concerning greed -- she's a thief, after all. However, while she is far more fond of running than fighting, typical for her trade, she's actually a really, really good person, with her conscience being a very active and demanding thing -- unless it's about money, of course. With her, a deal is a deal, but she draws the line at mass murder. A good girl at heart!
Owl is also chaos personified -- she's even worse than me, and that's saying something! Rynn is spot on with his nickname "train wreck". Owl is mouthy in a smart yet rambling way which is both getting her in trouble and saving her hide, impulsive as she is, and her choice of words really had me howling with laughter more than once. She's also a gamer, like myself, and I was totally rolling around my bed laughing my ass off when I came across some of her scenes with Carpe, like when he froze her screen so she couldn't blow her in-game char to bits, or that very last line... Yes, I am so looking forward to get more Carpe, just like I want more Rynn, the smoking hot mercenary boyfriend. You're getting no details on either of them from me -- go read the awesomeness yourself!

Last but not least: Nadya and Captain. Nadya was Owl's common sense, being able to spot supernaturals and, if possible, stop her to think before her flight instinct got her into the real serious trouble. And Captain... gosh, that cat was amazing! Having two fur balls full of mischief myself, I could totally see his eyes, and all his moves... thank you so much for putting him in there, and giving him some real spice with being a special breed!

While this read totally blew my mind and is, no doubt, a favorite as of the last line, there was still one little thing missing for me: more steam. Rynn being who he is, and Owl too, I would've expected a tad bit more before fading it off into black. But, really, that'd be beyond awesome, because it'd be my perfect book.

So, Kristi, get to it! I want that sequel, and I want it asap! And, of course, I'd be honored and somewhere on cloud 7-9 if you would consider me for the tour of the second installment as well.

Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense/Mystery: 5/5

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About Kristi Charish

I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix.

Besides writing I’m also a scientist. I have a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. My specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which I draw upon in my writing.


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