Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi CharishOwl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish
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Pages: 432
Series: Adventures of Owl #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Canada on January 13th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy

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.

Another book recommended to me by my future brother-in-law. I was not expecting much from this book, especially since the title is a bit strange and a little off-putting for a fan of the urban fantasy genre. I was surprised to find a well written and entertaining adventure urban fantasy series!

Owl is an antiquities thief that gets involved with the supernatural. She’s been terminated from her archeology master’s program due to some supernatural circumstances. For the last year she has been running from an encounter gone wrong involving vampires and ends up being blackmailed into working for a powerful red Japanese dragon in Las Vegas.

Add a fast paced plot with friendship, betrayal and a few interesting supernatural beings and you have a unique adventure in this action packed series. Owl constantly runs into trouble (or more like throws herself into it head first). I spent most of the time being annoyed by Owl and her attitude or reactions to situations, but ended up liking how flawed she was. It made her more interesting and want to read the series.

Recommended for urban fantasy lovers who involve a light but fast story.

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