Author: Jaime Quaid
Series: Saturn's Daughter #1
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication Date: September 25th 2012
They say justice is blind. But Justine isn’t.
Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up.
Much to her surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her new-found friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?
I admit, the title and cover pretty much sold me on this book before I even read the blurb. Not that I think the cover is amazing or anything, it was the vibe it gave that attracted me to it. It screams kick-butt heroine, and I love that. The idea of a justice wielding badass, with a misfit posse? Sign me up. Plus, I’m always on the lookout for a new urban fantasy series to fall in love with. I can’t say that I’m in love with this one yet, but it does have the potential to woo me.
Boyfriend from Hell is the first book in the Saturn’s Daughter series, and it was a pretty good start. Tina is twenty-six and only has a couple of weeks left before she graduates from law school. She would have graduated earlier, but an unfortunate event between her and a police officer required that she take some time off. Now she’s determined to graduate no matter what, but working in the Zone will put that to the test, especially since people seem to be after her.
I have to say, the Zone is a strange place. There were massive chemical waste spills in an industrialized area of Baltimore, which has not only affected the people who continue to live there, but also the inanimate objects. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of things having a mind of their own, but I got used to the oddness of it after awhile. Even though I wasn’t completely convinced about how the Zone worked, it didn’t put me off. You just can’t go into it being too picky about understand every little thing. Plus, I think more will be explained as the series progresses.
As for the characters, I ultimately liked them. Tina was kind of annoying at times, but overall she’s someone I can see turning into a really strong lead character. I just think the author over did it on some things, like constantly reminding the reader about Tina’s disdain for authority figures. I did really love the power\ability Tina has, though, but I’m not going to say specifically what she can do. I look forward to seeing what she does with it. The rest of the Zone characters are quite an interesting bunch.
Something else I want to mention, there is no sexy time in this book. There are some kisses and ogling, but nothing more. I actually liked that. It’s nice when an author can write a good book like this without needing to immediately hook people up. Not to say there won’t be any in future books, but for now, there isn’t.
Overall, Boyfriend from Hell was a fun book, and I will definitely continue the series.