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This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornivoka
« on: October 18, 2012, 08:17:09 PM »
This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornivoka

A debut of a new series hopefully.  Without spoiling it for you if you haven't read it yet - imagine a world where the Powers (ie vampires, werewovles, and alfar (elves/faires) have come out into the open and have become part of society.  The world in which the story takes place in is a world that has accepted the Powers (more or less) and have become part of society.  The main character is spunky and intelligent (having graduated at the top of her class from Yale law) and grows as the novels goes on.  In general it is an interesting debut novel although it has some flaws it is generally worth a read. 

The flaws:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Several 'flaws' in the novel is evident as you read it:

Linnet our heroine is not as inquisitive as a main heroine should be - she lets things slide rather than fully seeking answers for questions that she has.  e.g. why there are no female vampires or werewolves in her world.  She feels human with flaws and anxieties but is able to overcome some of them in the novel.  Her love-life is not the greatest and as such she seems a little to needy in that department - she also lacks in confidence which is unusual since so much is made of graduating as one of top graduates from Yale law. 

The cases she faces are for the most part make the reader totally unsympathetic to the defendant - they are some of the most unlikeable characters and as a reader I almost want the villain to win the case.  Only the divorce case proves to be sympathetic and it is resolved in a page or two. 

The supporting cast of characters are not as fleshed out - and those that are interesting like the vampire David are not used and characterized better - hopefully the next in the series well have more. 

Linnet is also faced with several life and death situations in the novel and escapes it without any really noticeable injuries - which makes it rather implausible for a mere human - no explanation is given - just luck - and that leaves the suspension of disbelief more than a little unbelievable.  I was hoping for maybe some new kind of creature or some type of magic or something but to say it was just luck proved to be disappointing. 

One of the small annoyances for me is the excessive description of the horses - unless you are really interested in horses - then having a page dedicated to the description of them really adds little to the plot or the story. 

Questions left to be answered: as i mentioned earlier there are no female vampires or werewolves in her world and no explanation is given - accept that this is an old-boys club - and that is it - as a reader you are left wondering - huh - why? and why hasn't Linnet fully looked into why this is so???

As you finish the book you are left with only a taste of the world that Bornivoka has made and you are left to wonder about the many unanswered questions.  The story itself while in need of a edit to make it tighter and smoother in areas - has a feel that it could have taken place anywhere - there is a general lack of the supernatural in the story - getting rid of the vampires and werewolves and replacing them with people would not have changed the story one bit and probably would have made it more interesting.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The book is totted as Anita Blake meets John Grisham - this is really not the case - so if you are expecting a kick-ass heroine - Linnet might be a bit disappointing.