Jun 29, 2012

Mini Review--The Asylum Interviews: Bronx by Jocelynn Drake

In Low Town, where humans walk and work side-by-side with elves, vampires, ogres, and all manner of creature, it's understandable that people occasionally need a little help in their lives. Whether is love, work, or ... other, tattoo artists are there to try to help turn the odds into your favor. When Gage's friend Parker needs help with his love life, tattoo artists Gage and Bronx are only too happy to help. But the incubus ends up getting more than he bargained for with his new tattoo, and his friends are forced to scramble to fix the mess they've created before someone gets hurt.

I received this unedited version of the novella from the author for review

In a few days you might notice that my blog will be taken over for the day, by none other than Jocelynn Drake! Surprise! I will be having a character interview Jocelynn put together for a small blog tour for the Asylum Tales! The Asylum Interviews: Bronx, is one of the prequels to Angel's Ink that releases later this year.

So I decided to read this one right away since I had just finished another novella! And it was incredible!! We follow Gage in this story as he is trying to make his way on his own away from the witches and warlocks that rule in the Ivory Towers.

Jocelynn does an excellent job of world building in such a short amount of time! It's hard to put into a short review, but just know that she really sets the world up for you. We learn enough details to get by. And Gage is our main character here, as he likely will be in Angel's Ink.

As we are quick to learn, Gage is a tattoo artist and he does his tattoos a little differently then other tattoo artists. He had magical talents that he is forbidden to use in self-defense, he even has someone watching over him to make sure he stays in line. But obviously our Gage here knows how to break the rules discreetly!

We begin by seeing Gage waking up in a woman's bathroom at a club. It was a great start as Gage then has to track down his incubus friend, Parker, who he was with last and find out what the hell he did to him. This is when he meets Bronx, a troll who helps him sober up and then sticks around to help Gage out.

Bronx is also a tattoo artist and is looking for a job, he and Gage chat on business for a short time before the chaos starts. Bronx turns out to be a huge help in tracking Parker down and then keeping him still while Gage gives him hell.

Things start to go to hell once Bronx gives Parker a tattoo that can help with his incubus needs so he can stay with his girlfriend. The tattoo ends up going horribly wrong and Bronx and Gage rush to try to fix the problem getting themselves into all sorts of chaotic mishaps.

Again, I struggle with reviewing novellas because of their length and it's hard to not gush about them without giving everything away! But this was a nice way to get to know some of the people we will be seeing this fall in Jocelynn's new series! There's even going to be another novella in September where we'll meet Trixie!

This is an exciting new world Jocelynn has cooked up! Here people know about the paranormals inhabiting their world. It's going to be a kick ass series, I just know it!

Overall rating 5/5 stars

The Asylum Interviews: Bronx releases (digitally) July 3, 2012

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