Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Owl, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Here is a brand new series for a writer that I discover with this novel. I admit that the title immediately intrigued me when I saw it, as well as the synopsis, I was very curious to find out more. I must say that the only mention of archeology seduced me right away, but that’s not all because I was also attracted to the scenes surrounding the story. Oh yes, because the story is set between Tokyo, Bali and even Las Vegas and it was nice to discover everything.

Owl is a young woman who has been battered by life and it made her quite bitter about the relationships she has with others. She is a human like any others and yet she finds herself in quite extraordinary situations. It’s true that she does not really have a common work as she is a thief, but all this in an archaeological environment. Since forever, she is determined to avoid supernatural beings like the plague. Yet one of her last business has left her in a delicate situation and Alix is now sought after by a group of vampires. But she has now a very tempting new case … if not the fact that her client is a dragon. Yes, a dragon! It is sure that this time, it is much worse, but the reward is to be her freedom from vampires. Good pay! But she also knows that it is hard to say “no” to a dragon, especially when he threatens to eat you. Owl is determined to take the case and to remove all her problems at the same time. What could happen? Yet nothing is simple when a vampire seems determined to catch her and retrieve what she seeks. But in addition to this, Alix will have to try to cope with her feelings, to act and no longer appear as a victim. Our heroine and two of her friends will then be in a race against time where they will face many obstacles and supernatural creatures.

As I said earlier in my opinion, the author has managed to create a really fascinating story and plot by the places that we visit and the diversity of her characters. I was really curious to see how our heroine would handle her vampire story, as well as her investigation.

Owl is a very intriguing character to discover in light of her work. She, who was determined not to interact with the supernatural world, finds herself obliged to manage people on all sides. I admit that she was a bit edgy in her choices. She does not really think before acting and does not think of the consequences of her actions or what it will do to people around her. I loved seeing her geek side addicted to video games. This is not something we are used to seeing, but it allows us to see her like a real normal person. We also meet other characters like her best friend Nadya, a girl who is a real gem and even a man she is attracted to: Rynn. This character is also very interesting, very understanding in relation to Owl (I really do not know how he does that in fact!). Yet his patience is sorely tested with this young woman who is always found in catastrophic situations. For cons, I admit that I enjoyed a character that I did not expect and that’s Alexander. This is a vampire who hunts Alix, but it’s true that their conversations were always lively and full of fun. I expected their verbal jousting forward!

So it was a good book as you can see. A little something bothered me but I couldn’t point it … if it was about Owl as she is sometimes a little too much or if it’s because she acts without thinking of the consequences… but in all cases I have had a great time with the story and I’m very curious to read more!


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20 thoughts on “Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

  1. I had a good time with this! I know what you mean about the character though, sometimes you want to throttle her because she doesn’t use her brain before she acts or speaks. And she invites a lot of trouble onto herself. But it’s what makes the book interesting!

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  3. Dude, this book sounds really, really awesome. ARe you serious that we have a heroine who loves video games (OMG I CAN RELATE NOW!) and it’s also set partially in Tokyo and Bali? When have we seen books like that (almost never)?! Sign me up, please! It’s also very promising that you rated this 4 stars! I’m now certain this won’t disappoint me 🙂

    Faye at The Social Potato

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