Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: License to Ensorcell by Katharine Kerr

License to Ensorcell
Author:Katharine Kerr
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: DAW
Nola O'Grady Book #1
ISBN:   0756406560
ISBN13: 9780756406561
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Psychic Agent Nola O'Grady isn't sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even the CIA doesn't know it exists, can be perilous, and she's afraid of the relatives getting involved.

Then the Agency saddles her with Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, and she has a bigger problem on her hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari's strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer obsessed with werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever he thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes the man's psychotic, but in truth he's murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the first victim.

Can Nola's psychic talents and Ari's skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery behind the killings? Can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola's family from running headlong into danger?
This book had a ton of mixed reviews so I was uneasy about starting it. I really like the cover and as you know by now I'm a "judge the book by the cover" kind of girl so I bought it and brought it home to read. NOW I had NO clue what the word Ensorcell meant and had to look it up so if your anything like me you will want to know that Ensorcell means to enchant or fascinate.  Nola is kind of a loner and has an eating disorder that is definitely noticeable and talked about. I have read a few reviews where that has bothered a few people so I thought I would include that in case your one of those people that that would bother.  I loved the use of San Francisco for the setting and landmarks. Kerr described things so that you feel right there inside the city right along with her characters. Nola's power is neat, she's comfortable with it and has no problem with making sure others know she is comfortable and confident in what she does. There was some slow parts in the plot, and some flow issues sporadically. The sex scenes were awkward and didn't really flow within the story. They would be getting down to business but the writing would just say, we had sex then jump right into the next paragraph being the next day. I thought the book was ok but am glad I read it as I think it has potential. It was different and I would like to see what happens with Nola in the future.

I gave it 3/5 stars