~Review~ Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey


Santa Olivia  Title: Santa Olivia
 Author:  Jacqueline Carey
 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Hachette)
 Source: Barnes & Noble
 Format: EBook, ~341 pages

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive “Wolf-Man” who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup’s father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The “Wolf-Men” were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father’s wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.

After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.

Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.

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Review: So combined with the cover and the summary in the back of the book, as yes I did buy this one, I so wanted to like it. A great premise, with Latinx characters and feel, along with some lgbt romance! When I first tried to read this a few years ago, I only got a third of the way through. I tried again to read, thinking maybe I’d have a better understanding but barely got any further.

The characters were confusing and wooden to me, and I couldn’t quite follow what was going on. I felt more like I was reading a colorful text book than a narrative. Some of the lines of descriptive text were beautiful, like poetry, but when it’s nearly every other paragraph of metaphorical description, it loses its glow.

Although I’ve heard good things about the Kushiel series, it’s more than likely I won’t try this series again and probably keep Kushiel low on my ever growing to read pile.

Cover: The cover is mysterious and lovely, and not at all over-sexualized like most covers tend to be, sadly, with women. It’s pretty empowering looking too.

Rating:Two Stars

Check it out on GoodReads Here!

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