In a Fix, book 2
Synopsis: The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan
Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It’s supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it’s wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she’s crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.
Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She’s young for it, but she’s always been precocious, so it’s not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can’t change herself back.
Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel’s brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who’s determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly’s unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who’s been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Review: I really really loved the first novel and waiting a year to read the second novel has been veeeeeery long. I was so impatient to find again Ciel and the whole gang. I must say that the novel has everything: great humor, people with extraordinary powers, and some completely offset situations. So I’m sure you can wonder it, it’s an enjoyable book.
Ciel is up with a job that seems simple, and more than that, she is accompanied by Billy and Molly so what could happen? But she surely did not expect that this new job would lead her that far. Especially when Molly becomes an orangutan after touching one in the zoo. It’s already strange that she can do that that early but turning into animals is another matter. It must be said that no adapter has ever managed to get to an animal form and it raises many questions, especially when Molly can not turn back. Big problem, especially with the big party that the Ciel and Billy’s parents are holding… And what is the solution? Well, doing everything in secret! But things will change when on top of that, Billy is accused of shooting Laura, a friend of Marc.
I loved this novel as much as the first one! Linda Grimes is very talented and it is a pleasure to read her work. What more could we ask for than having all the characters we met in the first volume? I was eager to see how the story between Billy and Ciel would evolve especially with Marc in the table and I loved seeing what happened between them. Billy and Ciel are really cute together and I loved their moments. I must say that I had a lot of questions about Marc and I wanted to know exactly what he wanted. And of course my heart balances the two of them, although Billy is also gaining a lot of ground for us and for Ciel. I want anyway with curiosity to see more of their relationship in the third volume. I must say they both have very strong personality and we understand all the Ciel’s doubts. But we also meet many other characters including the family of our two lovers and I really enjoyed learning more about them all. Molly is such a sweet character and I loved her here. Okay she spends most of her time in the form of an orangutan but she was really fun… well she has her moments. I loved the idea and she managed to do so much despite her small change. I hope we’ll be able to meet her again soon, because despite her young age, she manages to take a very important place in the story. So of course I also have to talk about Ciel. She is always funny, and has a special talent for getting into some completely incredible situations. It must be said that her association with Billy is known to attract problems does not help either. He is also very good to tickle the jealousy of our young heroine and I must say that the consequences are really worth it! But it’s true that she did not need anyone to make a very bad choice, she is very good at do it alone.
Finally you can see, it’s a wonderful surprise and In a Fix is definitely becoming one of my favorite series. It will be very difficult to wait for the third book! If you’re not convinced, wait to discover Marc, Billy , Sky and Molly, you ‘re gonna love them all. This is an explosive mix, crazy and just awesome! But that’s not all, you will love the original Linda Grimes ideas. Quick fix is a must have!