Owl and the Japanese Circus

Owl and the Japanese Circus

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Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day "Indiana Jane "who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix--better known now as Owl--has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can't refuse: he'll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl's vampire problem - and let's face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief. Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa's ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa's trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fastand Owl has to pick sides.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476778679
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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KateHillier Aug 04, 2017

Takeaway lesson here: treat your grad students with respect and maybe they won't become thieves. Alix (code name Owl) left her archaeology program under spectacular circumstances and is working as a female Indiana Jones. She's flighty, nerdy in a cutesy way, and very very against doing any business with the supernatural. Of course, in this inaugural volume of this series, she has to deal with supernatural.

Owl has a great support network that she really undervalues and I do like that a lot of the book deals with her appreciating them and understanding that she can make terrible decisions without them. She's a fun character to follow along and she's almost more interesting than the world at points. Not that you get much of that world because secrecy but what you do see is interesting.

If you're looking for a light, fun read I recommend this is Indiana Jones meets Dresden Files is your thing. I say light even though it's 400 pages.

Feb 12, 2017

Owl and the Japanese Circus was a fantastic read from start to finish! I was really impressed with Charish's debut novel and she immediately became an auto buy author after reading this. The main character, Alix aka Owl was very entertaining and I loved that she wasn't meant to be completely likeable. I also loved her cat Captain and how big a role he played in the book - basically Owl's sidekick, I thought that was a great and unique addition. The plot was never dull and the book was action-packed. Perfect for fans of The Mummy and Indiana Jones. I loved The Mummy and seriously thought this book was written for me.

samcmar Jun 26, 2016

I love me a good urban fantasy novel, but I admit that this book wasn't at all on my radar. A friend of mine who's taste I trusted sent this to me calling it "An oldie but a goodie." The synopsis intrigued me that's for sure, and let's just say after completing it -- I am a fan of Owl.

I felt a huge delight when I was reading this novel. Owl is cheeky, savvy, and knows when help is a thing she needs to ask for. I loved that the character was a former archaeology student, I adored that when it came to the supernatural she was all "hell no" (meanwhile, when do urban fantasy characters ever really escape the supernatural? How cute.) I also loved a lot of the other cast of characters, and I thought their interactions with Owl were just hilarious, especially given how much Owl sucks with people. She like, really sucks with them. It is both hilarious and awkward!

The adventure in this novel is really what makes it a page turner. There's a desire to see how Owl will get herself out of many situations, as they are very Indiana Jones-esque. Here's the kicker -- in a lot of the scenarios in this book, Owl really shouldn't have made them out alive, but she does. I realize how unrealistic this is given that she is human, but if I am being frank? I really didn't care given how much fun I was having reading the book.

If you want a fast-paced, urban fantasy romp akin to series like The Dresden Files or October Daye, then make room for Owl and her friends. This series has the potential to be such a fun romp given what this first installment has brought. Fun, quirky, and full of kick ass, Owl and the Japanese Circus is worth checking out.

May 02, 2016

There's a wealth of detail in this book, from backstabbing academia to Tokyo nightlife to the specifics of vampires and other supernatural beings in this version of reality. The body count got a bit high for me, but it's still a smart, humourous adventure.

Jan 06, 2016

My husband found the lead character annoying, but I didn't mind her character flaws. It is nice to have a character to which one can relate, rather than a "superhero".


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May 02, 2016

I felt like I was walking into a mousetrap, an ancient, magical, booby-trapped temple of a mousetrap, but a mousetrap all the same.

May 02, 2016

I subscribe to the saying “The harder I try, the luckier I get.”

May 02, 2016

“I’ve never seen a cat on a leash before,” she said. I got the distinct impression she didn’t like cats. Or maybe it was just Captain. He has that effect on some people. It’s never fun coming face-to-face with a house pet who’s smarter than you.


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