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July 14, 2009 / schulerbooks

Jacqueline Carey returns to Schuler of Lansing this Thursday!

Girls’ Night Out presents NYT-Bestselling Michigan author Jacqueline Carey at our Lansing store, located in the Eastwood Towne Center, at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 16.

Join us as we celebrate the release of two new novels by bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey! Naamah’s Kiss is the first book in a new alternate historical fantasy trilogy. With vividly imagined characters, sharp political observations, and compelling plotlines set against a strong Renaissance backdrop, the new series, in part an extension of the Kushiel’s Legacy series, epitomizes the classic epic fantasy.  Santa Olivia is a sci-fi fantasy take on the classic werewolf myth, exploring the fascinating mind of a fearless superheroine, who quickly becomes a catalyst for hope and change. Join us for a night of free wine, women’s fiction and, of course, the grab bag book drawing!

After the jump check out a review of Santa Olivia, written by best-selling young adult author Tamora Pierce!

This is a science fiction novel from Carey, about the daughter about a genetically engineered soldier who escapes the lab and passes through a border zone created between the U.S. and Mexico (in the wake of a plague that came up from Mexico–I wonder how Carey feels now, since the copyright date is April 2009, the same month reports of H1N1 virus became news, which means that Carey would have handed the manuscript in a year earlier!). Loup is born to her single mother when her father is forced to move on, and raised as much by her half-brother Tom, a kind and cheerful boy who does his best to keep his promise to Loup’s father, to teach her to hide the characteristics that mark her as other. (She is fast, with a higher body mass and tolerance to pain, and she does not know fear.) It’s Tom who first takes her into the town’s boxing ring, where he trains to fight in the soldiers vs. locals boxing game that promises the local who defeats a soldier two tickets to America.

When their mother dies, Loup is raised by the town’s priest and nun along with other orphans. They discover what she can do, and it is they that concoct the incidents that earn Loup the name of “Santa Olivia,” after the town’s patron saint. But it isn’t until Loup loses yet another person who is vital to her that she is driven to find out just how much punishment her body can take–and dish out.

I didn’t mark this one as adult or ya because, except for the language and sexual lives of Loup and her friends, it could be a ya. And if it were the real world and instead of a novel, with the language and sexual lives of these kids, going from pre-teen to mid-teens for Loup, it would be a ya. It’s a durn good read from an extraordinarily talented author.

Read the original posting of the review at


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