Welcome to my stop on the Belle Chasse Tour. I am a big fan of the Sentinels of New Orleans series. I love that this is a UF series with terrific, eclectic and varied paranormal characters, as well as a fantastic setting and exciting story line. If you are looking for a good UF series to sink your teeth into, look no further. Today, I am lucky enough to feature a review and a terrific giveaway. So let's get to it!
Here is my review:
Belle Chasse(Sentinels of New Orleans #5) by Suzanne Johnson
With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.
With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.
It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published: November 8th 2016 by Tor Books
Four stars: A building block book that is all about character development and plot movement, but it lacks a big bang moment.
DJ is on the run from the wizards who stripped her of her job, her title and her home. She is exiled, forced to live in the Beyond, under the protection of one sexy, undead pirate, Jean Lafitte. While DJ hides out in the Beyond, forces are at work in the real world, plotting and planning to overthrow the status quo and possibly start a war. DJ is forced to take a hard look at her enemies and her allies, and decide whom she can trust. The question is will DJ pick the right friends, and can she and her allies stop a war?
What I Liked:
- I am an avid fan of The Sentinel of New Orleans Series. I love the originality, the characters and especially one sexy undead pirate. This latest book was a strong book, a building block book, and I appreciated that it was all about developing characters, alliances and picking sides.
- This is a complex series, and I so appreciate that the author takes the time to recap and fill us in on everything that has happened previously. It is hard to keep track of everything and recall all the fine details when it has been longer than a year since the last book. Thankfully, I had no trouble slipping back into the story and the world thanks to the refreshers.
- I loved watching DJ grow and mature as she had plenty of time to reflect while in the Beyond. She is forced to take a hard look at whom she trusts, and she learns a great deal about old friends and new ones, and she is forced to pick sides and put her trust into a select few, especially Jean Lafitte.
- Speaking of Jean Lafitte, he has long been a favorite character of mine, but this book brings him into a new light. He is complex and intelligent, and he is plotting and planning to make sure things go the proper way. I loved seeing this new strong side, and I also liked that he still made me laugh a time or two. Love him.
- All of my favorites were back, and I liked seeing DJ work with Renee, Jean, Eugenia and Jake. I also enjoyed some new characters like Christoff and DJ's cousin. Rand continues to be a character that I like and dislike at the same time.
- This is a book focused on setting the series up for a big finale. Even though I was a tiny bit disappointed that nothing really big happened, I appreciated that this book was all about character depth and plot movement. I am most anxious for the finish.
And The Not So Much:
- When I got to the end, I was a bit disappointed that nothing much happened. Yes, there is character growth and plotting and planning, but I was expecting something big to happen at the end. Something does happen, but it wasn't a big bang. I am sure the author is setting up for a terrific finale.
- Alex is missing for most of the book. Yes, there is good reason for his absence, but a little something was missing not having him there. I missed the chemistry and the romance.
Belle Chasse is an exciting book and there is plenty to like. I enjoyed the plot movement, the character development and the formation of new alliances. I missed the romance and I was a tiny bit disappointed that the book ended without a book dramatic end, however, I am confident that Ms. Johnson is setting us up for a fantastic finale.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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About the author:
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series but perhaps is best known for her romantic suspense and paranormal romance books written as Susannah Sandlin, including the Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series, the Wilds of the Bayou suspense series, and The Collectors romantic thriller series. Her awards include two Holt Medallions in 2013 and 2015, a 2015 Booksellers Best Award in romantic suspense, and nominations in 2014 and 2015 for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, all things Cajun, and redneck reality TV.
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