Title: Dark Currents [Agent of Hel 1]
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 Star
Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3
The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.
To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.
But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.
Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
This book I started reading as part of my romance book club Vaginal Fantasy, and I feel it was a good book that I enjoyed but it did have a number of things in it that annoyed me. Though, for a romance group I don’t think there was really any romance in this book.
It took me longer to get into this book than it normally would to get into a book I rank 3 star. This I chalk up to how the beginning of the book was written. To me it was really messy, and that’s not including the spelling and grammatical mistakes that I notice throughout the book. I’m hoping and pray that they were just in the digital copy I had and that they didn’t make it into the hard copy, for some reason I can forgive it almost in a digital but never in a hard copy. The main character narration seemed to go off randomly to different places and details in the story telling were left out but I could not tell if this was done intentionally or not because it was written just to messily. Things were also repeated too much. Repetition can get on my nerves quickly.
The plot of the story was nice though I worked out some details a bit too early/easily for my liking. The second they kept going on about how the cards were being very literal and a card with a mermaid popped up you just had to know that everything was going to revolve around a mermaid. I did like though the twist they did with the mermaid. I would not have thought of them as using the pore thing as sex slave, and in a really sad and disturbing way I liked it because it wasn’t something I would have thought of right away. I just felt so damn sorry for that mermaid. She didn’t even really understand anything that was being said around her!
Then there were plot points that I didn’t really understand or think were very thought through. Like the theory the cops were working with when it came to thinking that parents had something to do with their son’s death. That one didn’t work in my head.
There was also times when things were said that I wondered why it was said or thought no one would ever say. Like:
“Kind of like my father slipped into my mother.”
“In the days that followed, things happened.”
That last one almost blew my mind. I just though well no shit, I even made a note of it in my kindle. The character Al was a hard point for me also. At one point things he started saying were just way too frustrating for me. At no point in time no matter the influence would anyone speak that way unless they were under some strange mind control thing and people were making them say it. That being said though there were good writing ideas that kind of made up for stuff like that. At one point Daisey refers to a kid as ‘the booger-eating kid.’ I don’t know why exactly but I thought small things like that were a nice touch.
But I really liked the amount of lore that was in this book, it didn’t just stick to the normal vampires or werewolves. The fact that she seemed to have actually researched the creatures she was writing about was like icing on the cake for me.
Now onto the charcters. For the most part I really enjoyed most of them, I thought they were solid enough even though some of them lacked much depth, but you do meet quite a few so I let that go and decided that I had gotten enough.
Daisy I liked well enough, I actually felt a little sorry for her. The amount of things that she has to be careful about doing or watch out for are huge, its no wonder that her life would be so boring if you took out her duties to Hel. Its those duties that kept her interesting to me. As for her and her tail tucking, ew much. At one point she hints at being able to pleasure herself with it, too much information much! Also, for someone who says she is as good at tucking as a drag queen that bloody tail moved around pretty much all the time. I have no idea how she kept it hidden despite mostly wearing skirts or dresses.
Cody was a bit too boring for me, he would be big brother stern but loveable in his own dull kinda way, not a love interest. Also, his hotness was mentioned way too much. I didn’t mind this so much though when it came to Stafan I was more than happy to listen. Sexy sexy ghoul. I wish she would hurry up and end up with him, though I think he deserves better.
I loved Lurine, I think she is if not my favourite character she is in the top 3. Though, the fact that Daisey says she wants to have sex with her in her true form when she basically helped raise her as a child and that Lurine plays with this fact really disturbs me. Other than that I liked their relationship.
“Belphego, lesser demon and occasional incubus” was brought up every time she thought/talked about her dad. Drove me nuts. I likes Jen, and though I was sad when her sister Bethony went back to her vampire drug ways I liked it because that was a more believable ending. Not all things end happy. Casimir I felt was was a bit of a Lafayette from True Blood rip off.
Well I spose I should stop yacking now hadn’t I? So in conclusion it was enjoyable despite things that annoyed me and I look forward to the next. I hope it improves.