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Carey, Jacqueline: Santa Olivia

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Santa Olivia (2009)
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 352 (trade paperback)
Series: Santa Olivia #1 

Summary (from )

Read For:
 calico_reaction's Dare Challenge (July)

Even before Calico made this her Dare read for the month of July, I wanted to read this book. I had come across her original review for it on her blog and she gave it her highest rating. Then, back in December, the book store got it in and had it on special for $4.99, so I immediately picked it up. It's been languishing on my TBR ever since, so I was glad to have a chance to read it sooner rather than later. 

I am SO GLAD I read this sooner rather than later because this is seriously one of the best books I have read this year. Actually, I'd go as far as to say that this book ranks in my top ten favorite books of all time now, it was that good. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)

REVIEW: spoilersCollapse )

Final Verdict:
I wish I had more to say about this book, but it would all just come up as gushy fan-girliness because I seriously loved this book so much. It has one of the most unique settings I've ever read in a novel and takes all kinds of different elements (genetically modified super-humans, boxing, vigilantism, among other things) and puts them together so well that I couldn't believed they all worked in harmony. It's got one of the most sympathetic heroines I've ever read, despite being almost completely unrelatable because of her genetic modifications. Her relationship with all the people around her is absolutely amazing to read, and because of this, all the secondary characters in this novel are extremely well developed. I seriously loved every minute of this novel and I can't wait to read the sequel, Saints Astray, which is due to come in November. If you want something completely different that has a lot of heart, for the love of god, pick this up. 

Cover Commentary: I like the blues and the font placement, but aside from that, I don't think it really gets across what the story is really about (thought I think that would be hard to do anyway.) I guess they were going for a super-hero angle her, and considering the vigilantism takes up quite a bit of the novel and plays a very important role, it's fairly appropriate. Loup never dresses anything like that in the course of the novel though. :P  But it still looks nice, overall.


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