Kam is a soul chaser for the Hidden Government, a much harder job now that the Hidden look like everyone else. Broke, out of magic and sick of playing waitress in a pirate-themed dive bar, Kim jumps at a chance to an out-of-town mission.
A reaper– and his loaded soul stone –have gone missing. The stone contains souls that might get permanently stuck if Sam doesn’t find it, like, yesterday. She tracks the reaper down to a food truck outside Kansas City, only to find a dead reaper and no soul stone in sight. Which means that someone who should be dead killed the reaper and is running around with a powerful magic item. Not good.
And apparently the killer is targeting food-truck owners that also happen to be Hidden. So the only thing to do is open her own truck and go undercover– goodbye Kam the Djinn, hello Mobile Food Entrepreneur –and hope that she and her new runaway friend won’t be the next targets…
Fans of the Monster Haven series by RL Naquin will love this beguiling spin-off, featuring a trapped djinn caught in a hot mess of lost souls, fast food and otherworldly murder.
Genre: Humorous Urban Fantasy
Title: To Catch a Stolen Soul
Series: Djinn Haven #1
Author: R.L. Naquin
Publisher: Carina Press
At about a 4.5 rating, I’ve got to say I really enjoyed this. Loved the world that was set up and our protagonist, who’s a really endearing and fun person to be around. She’s tough, adventurous, social and doesn’t allow herself to have too long of a pity party under normal circumstances. The information that updates us on what’s going on was a little fast and much, but I kept up, and because it was so consistent, it wasn’t hard to follow throughout the book. I liked the writing style, but it may have been a little much for me in terms of a sentence or more added than necessary, though that’s just a personal opinion.
The characters were pretty cool, especially Ash, a hitch-hiker she picks up at the start of the book. I think I enjoyed her right after Kam, our MC, and though we didn’t really ‘meet’ a lot of the characters they come into contact with, I thought it was appropriate with the pacing. But I will say this: it’s been two years now since I first read it, and I still think of the homeless people Kam met during her undercover mission. They were brief people, but I seriously felt a spark of what it means to be human when they showed up. They’re always in my mind now and their stories still follow me. I think that’s an amazing thing that a writer can do with those who barely can be considered secondary characters. Kudos for that.
Overall, a really fun book filled with magic and suspense. And if you’re wondering how good this book is, let’s just say they decided to serve toast to the world and it made me make myself a grilled cheese sandwich (it was midnight, people) just to satisfy the sudden craving. If a book doesn’t make you do something like that, then I don’t know how else I’d convince you without spoiling anything.