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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Title: Rosemary and Rue
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 1st, 2009
Length: Novel (346 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Rosemary and Rue is book one in the October Daye series. This is a series I've been wanting to try for awhile now and I'm glad to finally get around to it. It's an Urban Fantasy with one of my favorite paranormal beings, the fae! I could always use more fae characters in my life.

We start off Rosemary and Rue with our leading lady, October "Toby" Daye, a changeling that does PI work. She's on a case when things go sideways and she's turned into a koi fish for years. After someone finally figures it out and she's back in her half human half fae body, she's trying to get on with her life but everything is not going so smoothly. Her fiance and daughter before the fish incident think she ran off and ditched them so they want nothing to do with her. She's not wanting to get involved in all the fae drama, so she's working at a grocery store during the night shift and barely making ends meet. After everything that has happened to her and what it's cost her, I don't blame Toby for wanting nothing to do with the fae. But things don't work out and she winds up getting lassoed into doing some PI work on who killed a pureblooded fae that was one of her friends. She has to find out who is behind the murder before she winds up getting killed too.

With danger and intrigue, Rosemary and Rue kept me guessing whodunit. I'm always glad when I'm not able to guess outright who the villain is, and it's not out of left field. Toby mainly does everything by herself, but she does occasionally have to get back up when things get a bit rough. Even with her back up though, she's constantly getting shot or hurt or mortally injured. I'm hoping that's toned down a bit in the next book, which I would read in a heartbeat. All in all the series intrigues me, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a new FAEvorite Urban Fantasy.


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    1. Yeah, wasn't bad at all :) I have to check out book two sometime in the near future!

  2. gah I've been toying with the idea of starting this series, I love fae, there is so much books in it already

    1. I'd say grab it since book one is still cheap ($1.99)!

  3. I've been wanting to try this author under this pen name. I've read her Mira Grant books and I love them (Newsflesh #4 review to post later this week). I need to try these too. This book has been on my TBR for a while. I need to pick it up soon. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. Oooh I didn't know this was a pen name :) Grab book one, it's $1.99 currently.

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    1. Quite a few of the blogs I follow seem to love the series! Can't wait to read more of it :)

  5. Sounds like one of those series that gets better as it goes along. Most UF is like that, at least for me!

  6. I've heard amazing things about this series. It's one I need to get to too. One day.... I think I have the first book, if not two. lol.

    1. :) Hope you enjoy! I'll be reading book two sometime soon

  7. I do enjoy the fae but yeah it's not too often that they pop in my current reads. Need to change that!