Review: Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

Title: Dark Currents
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Release Date:October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Roc
Rating: 4.5 HOOTS
Reviewer: Krystal
Buy From: Amazon / B&N

Sum It Up! Carey has a wonderful imagination.

Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy novels, presents an all-new world featuring a woman caught between the normal and paranormal worlds, while enforcing order in both. Introducing Daisy Johanssen, reluctant hell-spawn…

The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.(Goodreads)
Carey has a wonderful imagination. The world she creates in Dark Currents is fun, exciting, new, breathtaking, and keeps the reader on his/her toes. It provides the reader with the ultimate fantasy / paranormal bunch, from werewolves to mermaids. The main character (Daisy) was lovable and relatable; the reader will really get into the story because of her. She is the readers’ guide in this new world where the extraordinary is the ordinary. The secondary characters are swoon-worthy. She has a few guys that could be her love interests: a werewolf, a ghoul and someone that can see auras. The author crafts their characters to appeal to the female audience who will give this book a try.
Dark Currents is not a twilight-drama love story. There isn’t actual romance in it, just flirting and lust. I’m into stories with lots of lovey-dovey romance, but the flirtatious type worked in this book. I didn’t feel like there should be a “team Cody” (The werewolf), or “team Stefen” (Hot ghoul). The pacing of the story was fast and that worked nicely with the plot. I didn’t feel like I missed anything, the writing was clear and everything was explained well. All around I loved it! It’s a great book if you’re looking for a new fantasy/paranormal novel.


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