Series: In a Fix #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tor on 20 August 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 In Uniform Challenge
Grimes delivers another hilariously madcap adventure featuring aura adaptor Ciel Halligan. When you’ve already covered psycho neo-Vikings, where do you go next? To the zoo apparently. Billy (her sorta cousin and romantic interest) and his sister Molly are there to help Ciel get evidence for her new client. Molly loves primates so after they’ve dealt with that situation, they check out the orangutans. Unfortunately once Molly touches one she changes into a baby orangutan and can’t change back. Throw in secret lab experiments, attempted murder, another brother and lots of aura switching, and you have a recipe for fun.
Ciel has evolved from the first novel and the overly protective men in her life are starting to respond to her new found maturity by backing off a bit. Molly clearly needs help and Ciel’s siblings, Mark and Billy all pitch in to help. I loved Ciel’s interactions with her family from the model shoot to the actual shooting. Ciel’s caring nature really shines through and half the trouble she gets into is on someone else’s behalf. There were a couple of times that I felt like shouting out ‘Danger Will Robinson’ but Ciel is my number one teflon girl as danger never sticks for long.
In In a Fix Ciel had both Billy and Mark after her. She’d had a crush on Mark for years but he only started showing interest once Billy made his move. I like Billy far more than Mark because he isn’t afraid to let his emotions hang out. Despite his reputation as a lovable rogue, he seems to genuinely care for Ciel and respect her abilities. Mark, on the other hand, tries to wrap her in cotton wool and protect her from herself. There is a lot of unresolved sexual tension bubbling away under the surface.
There are so many different story threads heading off in different directions that were only really tied together in the last section of the book. A little more structure would have been welcome so the plot could progress steadily rather than advance in chunks. I did appreciate finding out how adaptors gained their abilities and meeting the other siblings though. I really want to know if there are others in this world with special skills apart from the adaptors.
Quick Fix is a little more grounded in reality than In a Fix which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is still a really light and big-hearted urban fantasy novel though. I spent a delightful afternoon with Ciel, her family and Billy and I can’t wait to see what shenanigans she gets up to next time.