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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Elysian Fields Book Tour - Review + iPad 2/GC Giveaway: Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1) by Suzanne Johnson

Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels in New Orleans
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Pages: 403
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis from Goodreads 
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

     Royal Street is the first book is the Sentinels of New Orleans series. This book takes place right before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Our main character, DJ (Drusilla Jaco), is a Junior wizard who doesn't want to leave Louisiana for some silly storm. But she is being forced by her mentor, Gerry, who feels like something big is coming. After Katrina hits, tragedy strikes Gerry's home and now no one can find him. DJ must not only try to find Gerry, but she also has to find who is behind the strange murders that have taken place. The murders all have some strange voodoo symbols attached to them and she has to find out what they all mean and who is responsible.

    Wow, what a read! This was an exciting and emotional read. Johnson has definitely got a winner here and I am dying for more. I am starting book 2 tonight. I love how much Johnson showed us all that happened to Louisiana when Katrina hit. I was born in Louisiana, but I haven't been there since I was a child. But I know it was just as heartbreaking watching it and seeing how much detail Johnson put into the devastation was very emotional. 

    I really loved our main character, DJ. She was funny, spunky, and strong. I love her stubbornness as well. She does what she has to to survive even if it goes against the rules. We also had Alex who is an enforcer for the Elders. The Elders are the council for the magic world and they have a feeling Gerry has gone rogue. DJ doesn't believe Gerry would ever do such a thing and she has to find him before the Elders do because betrayal against the Elders gives you the death penalty. She has to prove his innocence.

   I loved the connection between Alex and DJ. I love that this book is definitely an Urban Fantasy read. No real romance is going on, but you can see it slowly brewing between Alex and DJ. Along with Alex's cousin, Jake, who is oblivious to the supernatural world. We also had another interesting character in Jean Lafitte who I wanted to hate, but couldn't bring myself to hate. He may come off as a treacherous business ghost-man, but I think he has some redeeming qualities. Again, there is no romance in this book, but DJ does have some interesting options. They are all quite hot. DJ and Jake seem to hit it off the most and I love Alex jealous tendencies about that. It will be fun seeing how this plays out.

  This story had such a realistic feel to it, it was super easy to fall into. Magic or not, there was still something to get grab on to. After Katrina has done so much damage, those in The Beyond are taking advantage. The Beyond is the world full of all dead supernatural along with the Fae. Since Katrina has hit, the wall between our world and the Beyond is falling apart and these murders are connected to it. Someone is sacrificing humans to give power to an old Voodoo god who wants the walls completely gone. 

   Overall, I am in love with this book. I love how authentic the book felt. It added so much seeing what happened during Katrina and watching Louisiana try to build itself back up amongst all that is happening in DJ's world. This is the first book in the series, so we don't get all the explanations we would like. I would have liked more on Alex and Jake. I thought they were both great characters, but we don't get much backstory especially with Alex. He is a bit closed off and it would be nice to see him open up a bit more. I would also like more on the supernatural world in general. The Beyond is such a great concept, I would love to know more about the mechanics of that. I thought that was brilliant. But this is definitely an innovative Urban Fantasy read. But it also sort the Hoodoo series by Adrian Phoenix (a favorite), just minus the steamy scenes. My fingers are crossed for those though. I am so excited for book 2 and glad I just discovered this. Highly recommended for Urban Fantasy nuts.


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!  


About Suzanne Johnson
On Aug. 28, 2005, Suzanne Johnson loaded two dogs, a cat, a friend, and her mom into a car and fled New Orleans in the hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Four years later, she began weaving her experiences and love for her city into the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, beginning with Royal Street (2012), continuing with River Road (2012), and now with Elysian Fields (August 2013).

She grew up in rural Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace, and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years—which means she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

She can be found online at her website or her daily blog, Preternatura. As Susannah Sandlin, she writes the best-selling Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series and the recent standalone, Storm Force.

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Elysian Fields Book Tour
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August 12 Flash Fiction
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August 12 review
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path

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August 13 Guest blog
Buffy's Ramblings

August 13 review
Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

August 14 Flash Fiction and review
What the Cat Read 

August 15 Guest post 
Jill Archer

August 15 review
My Book Addiction

August 19 Flash Fiction and review
Tynga's Reviews 

August 19 review

August 20 Interview JeanzBookReadNReview

August 21 Interview
Buried Under Books

August 22 Flash Fiction
Share My Destiny

August 23 Flash Fiction
Sapphyria's Book Reviews

August 23 review
Darkeva's Dark Delights, 

August 23 review
Faerie Tale Books

August 26 Interview and review

August 27 Interview
Victoria's Gossip 

August 28 Guest blog
Booked & Loaded 

August 29 Interview
Shut Up & Read

August 29 Flash Fiction
Literary Meanderings  

August 30 Character Interview
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

August 30 review
Frankie Blooding's Bookshelf      

September 2 Interview and review
Nicky Peacock Author

September 2 review
Mila Ramos

September 3 review
itara @ my midnight fantasies

September 3 review

September 4 Interview

September 4 review
Book Liaison – 

September 5 review

September 6 Guest blog and review
Reading Reality

September 6 review
Doctor's Notes 

September 9 Interview
Romancing the Dark Side 

September 10 Flash Fiction


  1. you will see the series jut get better and better^^ and while you are reading it don't forget that there is a free novella Jackson Square that you can read online this month on Suzanne offcial website

    1. Yeah, I noticed that. I love finding series like that. And thank you for the info about the novella. I am going to check it out today. Thank you so much for the comment hon :D

  2. You will get a much better look at the beyond in Elysian Fields, at least Jean Lafitte's beyond. Thanks for the review. Love this series.

    1. Oooh, I can't wait especially from Lafitte's POV, I really enjoyed him. I am glad you like the review. Thank you so much.

  3. I'm waiting for my copy of the book to come in the mail.

    1. Hope you get it soon. Trust me, it is so worth it. Thanks hon :D

  4. Wishing you nothing but the best!

  5. I love this series, Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. I am loving it as well. You are so welcome and good luck hon :)

  6. Thanks for sharing a bit of this series . I wish you all the best and many books in the future.

    1. You are welcome hon and thank you for the comment.

  7. Thanks for the great review.Enjoyed reading it

    1. You are welcome. I am so happy you enjoyed my review. Thank you hon :D

  8. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Look forward to reading the book


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