Review: Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on 19 September, 2012 | 1 Comment



Review: Changeling by Yasmine GalenornChangeling by Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Otherworld #2
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley (6.5.2007)
Paperback, 304 pages
Source: I own it


3.5 Stars

We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the weather. My sister Menolly is a vampire trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Delilah. When I'm under stress, I transform into a tabby cat--and a series of violent murders is really getting me bent out of shape... 

Someone's been slaughtering the Weres of the Rainier Puma Pride, and my sisters and I have been enlisted to investigate by Zachary Lyonnesse, golden boy of the werepumas. Right away we smelled demon trouble, and we tracked it directly into the snare of the Hunters Moon Clan, sworn enemies of Puma Pride. But there's more than Were rivalry at work. It's that old demon Shadow Wing who is setting a deadly snare for the pumas. We have to find out why, which means a visit one to of the Immortals. Unfortunately, for my sisters and me, our half-human blood is just enough to put us in mortal danger." "At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, our fellow operative Jocko's been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, bad-ass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He's made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they're in like Flynn. After all, with only my 'bumbling' sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we've got a secret for them: faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D'Artigo girls.

My Review

Yasmine Galenorn is so talented at creating a convincing, realistic world! I love to live in the world she paints; it’s my favorite part of this book for sure. I didn’t enjoy Changeling quite as much as I enjoyed Witchling, but it was still a good entertaining read.

Delilah is my favorite of the three D’Artigo sisters because, after all, she’s a werecat. And anybody who knows anything about me knows I LOOOOVE cats! I was really looking forward to reading her POV. I really enjoyed the scenes were she was in cat form – although there weren’t all that many – and I feel like the essence of a cat is captured very well. Especially the scene with the Christmas tree, that had me cracking up because I have the same problem with my own cats!

Something I love about the Otherworld is that there is rarely a lack of danger and action. I loved the mystery of the murders and the creepiness of the Hunters Moon Clan. Werespiders?! *cringe* I have a serious case of arachnophobia, so the parts with the spiders had my skin crawling hardcore! Don’t mind me, I’ll just be off in a corner whimpering in the fetal position….

The pacing wasn’t quite as fast as the first book, and I think that’s what hindered my enjoyment of the story. It dragged in a few places and I found myself growing a bit bored at times. But it wasn’t enough to cause any real irritation, and definitely not enough to make me not want to continue the series. I think this series has a great potential and I can’t wait to delve deeper into the magic of the Otherworld!

Favorite character: Maggie, the gargoyle. The fluffy gargoyle. I want one!! 
 
assessment
Plot: 3.5/5
Writing style: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
World-building: 5/5
Pace: 3/5
Cover: 4/5
 
Overall rating: 3.5/5 starfish
 
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Jessi (Geo)

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