Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review- ALL FIXED UP (Ciel Hannigan,#4) by Linda Grimes

Publisher: TOR Books
Published: May 24,2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The hilarious adventures of human chameleon Ciel Halligan continue in the fourth installment of this original urban fantasy series from Linda Grimes, All Fixed Up.

Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program...when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he not only knows Ciel’s not who she's supposed to be, but means her harm.

When Ciel's elderly Aunt Helen—also an aura adaptor—is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated ... and it's starting to look like she's the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she's left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.

Staying alive, keeping control of her romantic life, and unraveling the mystery of why adaptors are being pursued becomes a harder balancing act than ever in this new Ciel Halligan adventure from Linda Grimes.

The fourth installment of the 'Ciel Halligan' series was adorably written and entertaining from the first page, until the very last. Would I call it a favorite of all the books? Eh, probably not. We'll get more onto that later. If you're reading this review, I suggest starting from the very beginning with IN A FIX(http://bit.ly/1Xux82g). It gives you time to know and eventually fall in love with the characters. 

I believe the dialogue and the character chemistry is what truly makes these books so amazing. We have Ciel, our heroine, who is as funny as they come. Everyone always feels the need to take care of her even when she doesn't need it. Of course, she does get herself into some awkward situations; so it's easy to see why everyone treats her like a damsel in distress. 

Ciel is what you would call a chameleon - an adaptor. She's able to change her appearance of anybody in the world she comes in contact with. It's a pretty cool power to have, in my opinion. So in 'All Fixed Up' Ciel has taken over the appearance of a well respected astronaut in announcing spectacular news for the space program. 

Sounds awesome, right? It is but one tiny little problem... Someone "knows" what Ciel is or isn't. Which understandably is suspicious and scary. Nobody outside of family and the chosen few, know what Ciel is. You can imagine her surprise when she realizes that a certain man may know more than what's he's supposed to. 

Then adaptors are being murdered and Ciel is the main target. 

Billy Doyle, Ciel's best friend turned boyfriend is a favorite of mine. But I lost a bit of respect for him in this book. In fact, I think I also lost some respect for Ciel as well. I won't give anything away but everything that happened in this book involving these two, along with Mark, disappointed me greatly. And then there's no consequences whatsoever. 

If you have to ask, yes there's a love triangle. Kind of. Ciel has loved Mark since forever but he never showed any interest in her until she started dating Billy. All I know is that I'm just as confused with Ciel as I am with the situation. There doesn't need to be a damn love triangle! It causes unnecessary drama. 

Yes, I'm #TeamDoyle all the way. Have been since he was introduced. I like Mark but I don't think he's a good choice for Ciel. Just my opinion. 

Aside from that, I loved the book and can't wait for the next one in the series!!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Linda grew up in Texas, where she rode horses, embarrassed herself onstage a lot, and taught teenagers they’d have to learn the rules of English before they could get away with breaking them for creativity’s sake. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There’s nothing like a rousing chorus of “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait” to hook a man for a lifetime.)

Like IN A FIX's globetrotting main character, aura adaptor Ciel Halligan, Linda has spent her fair share of time overseas, though fortunately under less stressful circumstances. Kidnapping and daring rescues are all well and good in fiction, but she prefers sanity in her real life.


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