Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You Slay Me

You Slay Me
Katie MacAlister
Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

For Aisling Grey's first assignment as an antiquities courier, her uncle sends her to Paris.  After she successfully navigates customs, the stalwart Rene the Taxi Driver brings her to the residence of Mme. Deauxville--where everything goes wrong.  Aisling finds Mme. Deauxville dead in what appears to be a circle for summoning demons, though everyone knows demons aren't real.  Then the mysterious Drake Vireo tells her she's supposed to be some sort of mystical Guardian.  On top of that, the Paris police suspect Aisling of committing the murder.  To clear her name, Aisling must navigate the dangerous supernatural underworld of Paris and claim her heritage as a Guardian.

You Slay Me was an enjoyable read.  It wasn't terribly original, but it was entertaining all the same.  I enjoyed Aisling's witticisms, particularly in the interactions with Jim the demon Newfie.  Aisling's romance with Drake was steamy, if a little hard to believe. Aisling's frequent vacillation over how to treat him didn't do much for the plot.  

The supernatural murder mystery novel is common because it works, and MacAlister manages it successful.  The real killer is a mystery till the end, though Aisling is a little slow to pick up some clues.  MacAlister sets the stage for an interesting series with You Slay Me, and I'll certainly read the next book.

Characters: 4 cupcakes
Plot: 3 cupcakes
Style: 4 cupcakes
Overall: 3 cupcakes

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