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Review ↠ Santa Olivia Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia an isolated disenfranchised town next to a US miThe orphans find an outlet for their frustrations They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who costumed as their patron saint Santa Olivia uses her special abilities to avenge the town Aware that she could lose her freedom and possibly her life Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered And like the reincarnation of their patron saint she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivi. This is your basic dystopian boxing fable with a mutant lesbian werewolf superherosaint as the main character I know that sounds completely ludicrous But Carey makes it work rather well and the book was just a pleasure to read She writes with such ease and clarity here And I really liked several of the characters here I also especially liked how she dealt with a main character who was simply incapable of feeling fear or any of its related emotions She treats it basically as another form of Hansen's Desease leprosy a debility that reuires much extra care and thoughtThe book bases itself on some extrapolations from current US policies The main town is an area completely controlled by the US but not actually part of the US any Thus the army has complete control over the area and law is pretty much whatever the commanders decide This situation I think derives from the legal status that the government has asserted over Guantanamo Bay The similarity becomes even clear during some enhanced interrogation scenes Carey melds this idea with the idea of creating a huge wall to keep Mexicans from immigrating Combine the two and you get a buffer zone like the one that exists in this book The extrapolation is well done and its all too believable But I also think that the direct parallels weaken the fable aspect of the bookThe main reason I haven't given this five stars is because Carey took pains to finish by setting up a seuel rather than coming to a clean and compelling ending for a standalone book This was obviously her plan and she executes it well The book ends very well for the first book of a series But I didn't realize it was going to be a series until I hit the last couple of chapters and as a result I was a little disappointed with the ending After Jordan and Martin I vowed not to start any series until it's been finished Carey works considerably faster than Martin's glacial pace And I'm sure I'll pick up the next installment of this series But I still would rather not have broken my vow especially out of my own ignorance and stupidity

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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia an isolated disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico A fugitive Wolf Man who had a love affair with a local woman Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically manipulate. The town of Santa Olivia lies between the US and Mexican border but becomes a sort of present day leper colony when it is walled off from the rest of the world Apparently the epicenter of a particularly nasty flu virus the U S military builds a base there so the soldiers can keep the townspeople in line And as governments are wont to do it decides Hey while we have this super secret base cut off from the rest of the world how's about we take the opportunity for a little genetic experimentation Maybe splice some animal DNA into human DNA and create a super soldier Anyone have any wolf DNA lying about Which is all fine and dandy until your super soldier escapes impregnates a local waitress and hightails it for Mexico after the townspeople turn against him And so Loup Garron is born a child with super strength and an inability to feel fear Following Loup throughout her childhood and teenage years we witness as she deals with the deaths of loved ones bands together with others in her orphanage to create miracles and punishments in the name of the town's patron saint grapples with her identity and her sexuality and enters into a military sanctioned boxing match as a means of avenging her brother's death To have focused on any one of these stories might have made for a cohesive if not satisfying narrative but as it is the plot structure seems clunky and jumps from one idea to the next It doesn't help that through it all Loup doesn't seem to feel much of anything or develop a personality beyond gee I feel different from everyone else The climax of the book leads to the aforementioned boxing match which lacks any real sense of tension or dramaI've seen summaries of Santa Olivia that claim it gives a new and intriguing slant to both the werewolf mythos and to the superhero concept Except for it doesn't Because really it's not about werewolves or about superheroes The whole wolf DNA angle is basically irrelevant; the only wolfy characteristics exhibited by Loup are her super strength and stamina a keen sense of hearing an increased appetite and some poorly executed idea about her mating for life Any animal could have been selected for the same traits there's no real reason as to why it had to be a wolf In terms of her superhero abilities see the list provided above Not exactly thrilling stuff She's no Wolverine although one of the orphans compares her to him Here she is blessed with the strength of the big bad wolf so what's she going to do She's going to box her heart out baby This failed to blow my house down There were some intriguing ideas here whose executions fell flat but I did appreciate the inclusion of a strong lesbian character However even that feels a little disingenuous in that it seems to exist only as a means of reinforcing the idea that Loup never fits in in case it's not really coming across that she's different During her sexual experimentation with boys the boys always reject her saying that she just feels different when they kiss her or that sex with her is like putting a penis in a vise It's almost as if seeking out another female is her only option although it's later connected to the whole tendency to have only one mate idea I would have preferred it if her attraction to women had been separated from this strange connection to her lupine heritageOverall I feel this is the type of book that was born out of a tongue in cheek conceit Hey what if I named the main character Loup Garron Get it Like loup garou As in werewolf Why aren't you 'howling' with laughter Also I'm pissed about that cover Because that cover has nothing to do with the bookCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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Santa OliviaD and used by the US government as a weapon The Wolf Men were engineered to have superhuman strength speed sensory capability stamina and a total lack of fear and Loup named for and sharing her father's wolf like ualities is marked as an outsider After her mother dies Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers Eventually. It's raining snakes hallelujah Snakes fell like rain twisting in midair It's probably wrong that this is the second Snakes on a Plane thought I've had in weeks be glad I didn't post the pic of snakes falling from the plane but when I think of falling snakes it's either that or Indiana JonesI am review lazy this week so I'll give a fast run down of why I REALLY liked Santa Olivia The story was dark It was strangely apocalyptic andor screwy militant who knows what in form I don't fully understand how death disease grudge match boxing sinful clergymen and mutated people with wolf genes all work together to make a cohesive story but somehow it does workThe characters were not typical The first main character was a sexually charged female who took to an inexperienced male The second main character was a young woman who struggled to feel fear anxiety or even a sense of danger due to her genetic coding The emotional connections were off the charts I love when a story is about so much than just a romance The relationship between mother and child brother and sister and two fellow orphans becoming lovers were all of eual importance I GOT SUPER EMOTIONAL FEELS TWICE OR THREE TIMES MAYBE EVEN FOUR TIMES The setting felt like another character I pictured the church yard and the statue of Santa Olivia in my mind I was nervous when Loup was in places she shouldn't be hanging around because I could practically see the danger lurking in every corner I'd highly recommend this book for fans of darker uniue or emotional stories For an Urban Fantasy it was less about ass kicking or bizarre non humans and about survival and tackling hardships I loved the everyday struggle of the characters fighting to survive There is a ff romance but for those unsure if they'd enjoy reading a non mf or mm I'd say to give the book a chance because it was handled beautifully and tastefully The slow build eventually burned into something lovely to witnessHighly recommended Hear hear Sister Martha hoisted her water glass Let the rigid stick of self righteousness be dislodged from her very uptight assFather Ramon coughed A fucking men