Friday, May 6, 2011

Review: Mob Rules by Cameron Haley

Mob Rules
Author:Cameron Haley
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Luna
Underworld Cycle Book #1
ISBN:   0373803206
ISBN13: 9780373803200
Genre: Urban Fantasy

I'm Domino Riley, an enforcer for Shanar Rashan.  

Like most mob bosses in L.A., he's a powerful sorcerer, battling for control of the city, gathering up the magic of violent and powerful emotions and storing it for his own use. Back in the day, Rashan saved me from the streets and made me his lieutenant. You could say I'm his go-to girl.

When a fellow gangster is ritually executed, I have to find out which of Rashan's enemies was behind it—and why. The cryptic messages I'm getting from the Beyond tell me it wasn't a simple hit.

With the bodies piling up, I need to win an occult gang war, take out the supernatural traitor within our outfit and, oh yeah, deal with the mixed messages I'm getting from the boss's son….

I happened to win a copy of SKELETON CREW Book 2 from Goodreads First Reads so I went to the library and borrowed a copy of MOB RULES so I would be ready to read when my book got here. I thought the world building was creative and engaging. The storyline was interesting and entertaining but the pace at which things happened was pretty slow throughout the whole book. I really wish the pacing wasn't so slow but I found myself loosing interest because of it and wanting to sit the book down and get other things done. The use of juice (magic/power) definitely drew me in to the situations, if someone has juice they can pretty much use it to do anything from ease a headache to kick ass. The explanations in the beginning were a bit lacking. It took me a bit to catch on to what juice was lol maybe I just wasn't paying good enough attention. I liked Domino, she is second in command and commands respect just by being in a room or situation. She uses her magic well and it was fun to watch her do things with it. She gets a neat little sidekick that has no problem telling Domino what she thinks. The romance is light and the ending was a bit of a shock with what happened to the love interest, definitely want to see were that development takes us in book 2. All in all its a neat story with interesting characters, I enjoyed Cameron's writing but the pacing is really slow so be warned that you might get a little mad that things aren't happening as fast as you want them to.  

I gave it 2.5/5