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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thunderbird Falls by CE Murphy

Released: May 1, 2006
Publisher: Luna
Rated: YA
Series: The Walker Papers, Book 2
Buy Thunderbird Falls here

After a fencing lesson at the university, Joanne stumbles on the body of Cassandra Tucker, a 20-year-old junior, in the showers. The autopsy report states that Cassandra's death was due to a heart condition, but Joanne suspects otherwise. In her role as shaman, Joanne investigates "the Dead Zone," a place between life and death, while her earthside sleuthing leads to a coven that in recognition of her special abilities invites her to take Cassandra's place in opening a passage between worlds for Virissong, an ancient Native American spirit who's expected to end a local heat wave and global warming. Unfortunately, if not surprisingly, Joanne discovers after several nightmarish and somewhat bloated magical misadventures that Virissong is one nasty lying serpent.

What I thought:

I liked both the first book and this one... but I'm noticing with Murphy sometimes she just draws things out too much. The details were killing me after a while.  I find myself skimming over parts that just drag on and on. The story is great, however, and I kept reading because I had to know what would happen next to poor Jo. But I was getting annoyed with her still resistant to what she is. It's been 6 months since her last misadventure, she's had to have learned something since then.... right? Well, apparently we start out with her in about the same state.  She regresses quite a bit throughout the novel, one step forward, two steps back.

I liked the characters, for the most part. Sometimes I think it is a little strange for Gary and Joanne to hang out since, you know, he's old enough to be her grandfather. But in the end, I tend to forget he's 73. Not sure that is a good thing or a bad thing.

I gave it 3 stars!


Sullivan McPig said...

I'm very curious about this series. Your review sounds like I should at least give it a try.

Aimee said...

You should let me know what you think if you get a chance to pick it up!

Anonymous said...

I had high hopes based on the teaser, but it doesn't sound like my cup of tea, or coffee as the case may be.

Aimee said...

Carol, not much for romance (if that is your cup of tea), but mostly paranormal mystery. I prefer romance most times, but this fixes my need for mystery.

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