Monday, November 13, 2023

Book Review: Justice Calling by Annie Bellet

Title: Justice Calling
Series: Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1
Author: Annie Bellet
Genre: Mystery; Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: July 23, 2014

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe. As long as she doesn’t use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers. Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.


Hello Fellow Readers,

Justice Calling is a solid 3 stars despite being extremely short. I was mostly intrigued because one, it takes place in Idaho, and two, the main character Jade, and her friends are nerds (something they like to draw attention to a lot). The story was fast-paced and while fun it didn't have much depth or character development. I mean, the sexy Russian 'Justice' Alek went from threatening to helpful in the blink of an eye. There may be a smidge insta-love here, but it all depends on the next book and how their relationship progresses for me to say for sure. 

I do wish the book was a little longer to really set the tone and properly introduce the characters and the location. Since it is a mystery, you kinda need some setup and a reason for the readers to get invested. It felt more like a prequel novella than a first book to me, as I felt like I should have already known the characters. The world and magic were surprisingly fleshed out and seemed pretty interesting despite the length but because I found it so interesting I do wish there was more. 

Overall, fun but does lack substance. 


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