Review: Cat’s Claws by Amber Benson

Cat's Claws by Amber Benson

Cat's Claws by Amber Benson
Callipe Reaper-Jones, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 311 pages
Published: 2/23/2010 by Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 978-0441018437
Received From: Publisher for review

Summary:

Calliope Reaper-Jones is Death's Daughter. She owes a debt to Cerberus, the three headed dog that guards the gate's of hell-a debt that involves a trip to Purgatory, Las Vegas, ancient Egypt, and a discount department store that's more frightening than any supernatural creature she'll ever encounter.

My Ramblings:

Calliope “Calli” Reaper-Jones is trying to live a normal life in New York City, that includes a boring cubby job and hunting for the next sale at Barney’s, all of which Calli is perfectly content with. But Calli also happens to be daughter of the president at Death, Inc., who is also known as the Grim Reaper, and she’s next in line for the job.

Cerebus, the three headed hellhound that guards the gates to Hell, has called in the debt that Calli owes him. Now, in order for Calli to keep Runt, her hellhound friend, and pay her debt off, Calli has to find an architect from the times of Ancient Egypt and return him to Cerebus. The catch, she only has 24 hours to find the lost architect or not only will she lose Runt, she’ll end up with a fate far worse.

Calli bumbles and stumbles her way around the world and the underworld in her search for the architect but that’s part of Calli’s charm. And this time around Calli is more willing to embrace her supernatural side and is even looking forward to honing a few magical skills that could end up being a perk in the long run. I definitely liked the growth I saw in Calli’s personality and attitude, while keeping her sarcastic humor intact.

Cat’s Claws was a fun, snappy read to the tune of a chick-lit writing style, set in a colorful supernatural world. It’s a charming mesh of several myths with an unconventional modern day twist that hosts a cast of quirky, likable and diverse characters. This series is starting to show a lot of potential.

My Rating:  Really Liked it

Places you can find Amber: Blog | Twitter

Callipe Reaper-Jones Series:

  1. Death’s Daughter (My review)
  2. Cat’s Claw

Other Ramblings:

16 comments:

Mandi said...

I like that chick lit style mixed with a uf world. Cool!

Lily Child said...

Great review! I have got to stop reading your reviews...they're making my tbr list impossibly long! :P

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Mandi - A lot snarky humor in both books, makes it a funny read.

Lily - HA! Welcome to the Mt. TBR club. Membership is only the cost of books. :)
Thanks!

Chris said...

...or a library card...

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Chris - True! But library books don't get the luxury of languishing in your TBR pile. ;)

Blodeuedd said...

You mentioned chick-lit, and I came running, what a cool mix

VampFanGirl said...

Chick lit AND UF?? Very different. Can't say I'm sold on it though...

Thanks, as always, for the great review Donna!

Hugs, VFG

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Linda - You might this series but I think the second it a lot better than the first.

VFG - Your welcome. Chick lit and UF is a strange mix and if done right it can be entertaining. It's usually not something I look for when reading but a nice a change. :)

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Donna!

Great review, I've been waiting to hear what you thoughts. I guess I have another to add to the stacks, lol! If you hear a crash (and yes, the seismic sensations could be felt in Texas all the way from Illinois) it's my TBR imploding from over extension!

Dottie :)

Lea said...

Hi Donna:

Thanks for the review, sounds like a fun read. The cover art seems to relate to the tone of the book too.

Thanks for sharing.

L

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I may have to think on getting this book. I read the first one and thought it was a decent read and a fun chick lit. This review has this book sounding a little better. I really enjoyed who her father is though. Thanks for the great review.

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Dottie - Okay, I'll ignore the loud BOOM! ;)

Lea - The covers in all the book in this series so far do match the story. I like when the artist is able to do tha.

Melissa - Same feelings here about Death's Daughter. Cat's Claws was better than the first.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Thanks Donna! I am glad to hear Cat's Claws is much better. I am going to have to put it on the list now. :)

mis(h)takes said...

I usually don't let others sway my decision to read a book but reviews always help determine the importance of a book on my pile. But after reading the reviews of Death's Daughter I quickly turned away from the book. If the series is showing potential though I may have to rethink my decision because I understand how rocky first books can be.

Thanks Donna!

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Melissa - Way better on the second go round for this series. :)

Mishel - Death's Daughter was not a fav read for me but it was one that I had a love/hate thing with. Loved it for awhile then I would hate how it seemed to drag. But Cat's Claws was an improvement and less of what I found irritating in the first book. I hope you give it a chance especially if you like chick lit humor.

Emmagan said...

I love the review! Never really heard about this book. sounds interested form what you said about it. Added other to read least XD

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