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Enjoyable 1st book based around Dakota Frost, (cool name) who is a magical tattoo artist. It is set in alternative world Atlanta and a decent job has been done at world building.Well paced and good narration
Loved the premise -- skin dancer (her tattoos aren't just for looks, they help her kick butt) and tattoo artist fights evil in an Atlanta riddled with vampires, were kin and wizards. I anticipated shades of Marjorie Liu's Maxine Kiss (who has tattoos who are demons) and the Atlanta of Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series.
However, Dakota Frost wasn't the strong protagonist that I anticipated. Sure, she has a mohawk, cool magical tattoos and is wonderfully snarky. She continually reminds us how buxom and awesome she is. But some of her reactions seemed a bit too "girly girl" for a mohawked bisexual heroine.
Still, good world building, a decent plot and an unique spin. Worth the credit.
Traci Odom delivers. She gives the characters distinct voices without getting campy.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I had read great reviews and knew I'd like this book. Yup, sure enough did and want more. Cool world, similar to many we've encountered in other books with minor deviations. The authors influences are pretty obvious, (MTG) and easy to track, sometimes to the point that I wish he'd leave some of his personality and beliefs ( largly christian I'd guess, or maybe that's just coincidence, but everything seemed to come back around to a bible verse or belief) out and let the characters have free reign. The political voting talk, the amount of Prius talk, gas talk, moped talk... Ok ok... I drive a car that was chosen for gas mileage alone and still find it annoying! Anyways, that aside, because truly it was really minor, the story was great. The characters were fun, their powers sometimes predictable but also cool, the skin dancing was really awesome. I cant wait for another book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful