BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Siobhan Quinn is a junkie with a reputation for supernatural badassery that exceeds her actual skills, but after she’s attacked by a were and a vamp, she’ll have to pull together whatever skills she does actually possess if she’s going to keep her life (or unlife) intact.
PROS: Quick and dirty urban fantasy with a very flawed, but very likable, anti-heroine.
CONS: While quick and dirty can be fun, sometimes things went a little too quickly for my taste (the ending was rather abrupt).
BOTTOM LINE: Quinn’s voice is no-nonsense and angst-free, and Blood Oranges shoots a big dose of adrenaline into a genre that’s been in danger of going stale.
Her name is Siobhan Quinn, but don’t call her Siobhan. Quinn will suffice. She has a reputation as a pretty fierce demon hunter, but that reputation isn’t altogether true. The truth is Quinn is a heroin addict who’s been rather lucky when confronted with supernatural baddies. Most times, when they’ve died, it’s been quite by accident, but some well-timed, and well-placed, PR by her dealer Mean Mr. B has given her a fierce reputation, and has also served his purposes quite well in the process. Not many folks are going to mess with someone with a ferocious demon hunter in their pocket, right? So, it’s a win/win. Unfortunately, the crappy apartment he rented for Quinn isn’t exactly a win (it smells pretty bad, and there’s a hole in the kitchen floor big enough for a couple of bodies), but the bags of heroin that he keeps her supplied with are, and that’s really all she cares about at the moment. Anything else is icing.