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This is the post apocalyptic gay superhero with soulbonds underdog sports story OF MY HEART While quality may vacillate between three and four stars, it s, like, at least a six on my enjoyment scale You got your apocalypse in my scrappy kids working together novel You got your gay soul bonds in my underdog boxing tournament story Ignore the description on the back it s dumb This is like Annie crossed with X Men crossed with Escape from New York crossed with Rocky crossed with the as yet unmade soulbond lesbian adventure movie with a happy ending that is awesome 5 awesome vigilante stars I wonder how many of the negative reviews for this book are based on the fact that, being a Jacqueline Carey book, people automatically expect Kushiel style.Well, this is definitely not Kushiel style It doesn t even resemble it It is a totally different type of story written in an absolutely different manner And I absolutely LOVED IT It s a light and engaging read aboutan unlikely heroine born in an isolated military buffer zone between Mexico and the U.S She is the daughter of a man genetically manipulated by the government to be a weapon A Wolf Man , he was engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, stamina and senses, as well as a total lack of fear Named for her vanished father, Loup Garron has inherited his gifts.Frustrated by the injustices visited upon her friends and neighbors by the military occupiers, Loup is determined to avenge her community Aided by a handful of her fellow orphans, Loup takes on the guise of their patron saint, Santa Olivia, and sets out to deliver vigilante justice from the back cover If you re looking for a deeper meaning in this book you re not gonna find it There is no other deep buried secret or world wide conspiracy It s just the story of a little girl who is born different and tries to find her place in a society who is either afraid of, or in awe of her powers We accompany her through her struggles to always be careful and not show how different she is and through sorrow and happiness on a self imposed journey for vengeance and justice.And we do it from the very beginning with a smile on our lips, because I ll bet you you re gonna laugh at hearing a priest and a sister s unholy opinion about God s way with his people, or at seeing a few little orphans trashing a gang of thugs And don t even let me get started with vengeance given after the measure of a child s sense of justice They can be pretty imaginative about itFather Ramon s mouth twitched let us pray that for the sake of her children, Celia O Brien will take the lesson to heart and cease to begrudge our charity Hear, hear Sister Martha hoisted her water glass Let the rigid stick of self righteousness be dislodged from her very uptight ass Father Ramon coughed.Wouldn t you also cough in his place at hearing this particular prayer from the lips of a holy sister D The second half of the book gets serious and as the fun part becomes less, the action picks up and grabs you I didn t want to stop reading till the very last page Don t start this expecting science and philosophy Go into it expecting to relax and have a good time and you won t be disappointed.Happy reading Check out this review and on my book review and cover art blog The Magic Book Corner. @DOWNLOAD EPUB Û Santa Olivia ô Lushly Written With Rich And Vivid Characters, SANTA OLIVIA Is Jacqueline Carey S Take On Comic Book Superheroes And The Classic Werewolf Myth Loup Garron Was Born And Raised In Santa Olivia, An Isolated, Disenfranchised Town Next To A US Military Base Inside A DMZ Buffer Zone Between Texas And Mexico A Fugitive Wolf Man Who Had A Love Affair With A Local Woman, Loup S Father Was One Of A Group Of Men Genetically Manipulated And Used By The US Government As A Weapon The Wolf Men Were Engineered To Have Superhuman Strength, Speed, Sensory Capability, Stamina, And A Total Lack Of Fear, And Loup, Named For And Sharing Her Father S Wolf Like Qualities, Is Marked As An Outsider After Her Mother Dies, Loup Goes To Live Among The Misfit Orphans At The Parish Church, Where They Seethe From The Injustices Visited Upon The Locals By The Soldiers Eventually, The Orphans Find An Outlet For Their Frustrations They Form A Vigilante Group To Support Loup Garron Who, Costumed As Their Patron Saint, Santa Olivia, Uses Her Special Abilities To Avenge The Town Aware That She Could Lose Her Freedom, And Possibly Her Life, Loup Is Determined To Fight To Redress The Wrongs Her Community Has Suffered And Like The Reincarnation Of Their Patron Saint, She Will Bring Hope To All Of Santa Olivia This is a science fiction novel from Carey, about the daughter about a genetically engineered soldier who escapes the lab and passes through a border zone created between the U.S and Mexico in the wake of a plague that came up from Mexico I wonder how Carey feels now, since the copyright date is April 2009, the same month reports of H1N1 virus became news, which means that Carey would have handed the manuscript in a year earlier Loup is born to her single mother when her father is forced to move on, and raised as much by her half brother Tom, a kind and cheerful boy who does his best to keep his promise to Loup s father, to teach her to hide the characteristics that mark her as other She is fast, with a higher body mass and tolerance to pain, and she does not know fear It s Tom who first takes her into the town s boxing ring, where he trains to fight in the soldiers vs locals boxing game that promises the local who defeats a soldier two tickets to America When their mother dies, Loup is raised by the town s priest and nun along with other orphans They discover what she can do, and it is they that concoct the incidents that earn Loup the name of Santa Olivia, after the town s patron saint But it isn t until Loup loses yet another person who is vital to her that she is driven to find out just how much punishment her body can take and dish out.I didn t mark this one as adult or ya because, except for the language and sexual lives of Loup and her friends, it could be a ya And if it were the real world and instead of a novel, with the language and sexual lives of these kids, going from pre teen to mid teens for Loup, it would be a ya It s a durn good read from an extraordinarily talented author. This is your basic dystopian boxing fable with a mutant lesbian werewolf superhero saint as the main character I know that sounds completely ludicrous But Carey makes it work rather well, and the book was just a pleasure to read She writes with such ease and clarity here And I really liked several of the characters here I also especially liked how she dealt with a main character who was simply incapable of feeling fear, or any of its related emotions She treats it basically as another form of Hansen s Desease leprosy , a debility that requires much extra care and thought.The book bases itself on some extrapolations from current U.S policies The main town is an area completely controlled by the U.S., but not actually part of the U.S any Thus, the army has complete control over the area, and law is pretty much whatever the commanders decide This situation, I think derives from the legal status that the government has asserted over Guantanamo Bay The similarity becomes even clear during some enhanced interrogation scenes Carey melds this idea with the idea of creating a huge wall to keep Mexicans from immigrating Combine the two, and you get a buffer zone like the one that exists in this book The extrapolation is well done, and its all too believable But I also think that the direct parallels weaken the fable aspect of the book.The main reason I haven t given this five stars is because Carey took pains to finish by setting up a sequel, rather than coming to a clean and compelling ending for a standalone book This was obviously her plan, and she executes it well The book ends very well for the first book of a series But I didn t realize it was going to be a series until I hit the last couple of chapters, and as a result I was a little disappointed with the ending After Jordan and Martin, I vowed not to start any series until it s been finished Carey works considerably faster than Martin s glacial pace And I m sure I ll pick up the next installment of this series But I still would rather not have broken my vow, especially out of my own ignorance and stupidity. I LOVE this author That said, it isn t my favorite of hers, but it was very enjoyable I think the world was a bit confusing for me I felt like the environment that the story was set in was kind of hard to grasp The characters were interesting, but the world was not enjoyable to be in as others That said, it sets up a GREAT sequel, so I can t wait to read it, like everything else by Ms Carey Huge fan This is a really great book I loved it Really well written and engaging story line If you like stories with a dystopian feel, where the world is different due to war and disease Don t pass this one up The main character is likable and even though she doesn t have many of the same feeling we do, she s written well enough that you feel for her and root for her to succeed I know the second book didn t get as good of reviews people says its a bit mushy between Loup and Pillar but I m looking forward to reading about them being happy and in love.Don t miss this one, it s too good not to read. NB I received this as an ARC Santa Olivia is the latest book by Jacqueline Carey, who is better known for, and much better known for the Sundering Duology, and much much better known for two Kushiel trilogies While the former is a take on classic fantasy and the latter are milestone in dark, sensual fantasy, Santa Olivia is a completely different kettle of fish.The press information provided to me describes Santa Olivia as Jacqueline Carey s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth However, what this novel is, I think, is far nuanced and complex than that simple formulation.The novel centers around Loup Born in a future where a conflict and a disease has created such tensions between Mexico and the United States that a no man s land has sprung up between the two nations, Loup lives in the abject poverty and virtual prison that makes up the titular piece of land controlled by the U.S Military Born of a genetically engineered father, and a local for a mother, we follow Loup s life, from living with her mother and older half brother, to her life as an orphan in the local church when she loses both of them Loup has a hard life in a hardscrabble world, but she does have her secret the genetic heritage of her father Her father s special gifts of strength, fearlessness, paranormal senses, and speed have been fully inherited in Loup What first starts as a secret to be held tightly for fear of discovery by the military turns into a opportunity to exact justice, and later still, an opportunity to escapeWhile Loup does take up the mantle of a disguised superhero, and hints and nuances including the very name given to her suggest werewolves as an inspiration for the genetic manipulations which inadvertently created Loup, this novel is much than a novel about a werewolf powered comic book superhero Carey s interest in Christian saints and iconography get play here in the identity that Loup takes in her retributive acts, the titular saint of the compound, Santa Olivia The novel runs from before her birth to her ultimate escape and freedom, and so we follow her as she grows up, grows into her abilities and learns to use them as a symbol of hope and strength for herself, and for the people around her that she touches There is a love story in the novel as well, and while the love story itself follows a relatively familiar pattern, the identities of the participants, and the development of the characters give it its own unique stamp.I don t think that the novel quite works as well as I had hoped There are an awful lot of loose ends left unanswered by the denouement not ones that really would be answered in a sequel, either It s difficult to do near future worldbuilding well, as any of the top lights in science fiction can tell you Carey s worldbuilding is much assured in her other novels than here I never really bought the Macguffin that the head of the camp holds as a potential means of escape, although I recognize its dramatic necessity as a device to propel the characters, Loup included, a chimerical banner to chase after I was also surprised at first at the coarseness of language of the characters of all ages It took a shift of perception on my part to go from the beauty of courtly language in Terre D Ange to the salty, expletive filled language of the residents of Santa Olivia Overall, though, on the balance, I am happy that Carey wrote the novel Not only on its merits, which, upon reflection do outweigh its drawbacks, but because I am a firm believer in author diversification I don t want Carey to write only endless Kushiel novels, just like I don t want Stross to only write Merchant Prince novels I want authors that I like and Carey certainly has her place in there to do well but I d rather not have them turn into one series wonders, with each successive volume in the series groaning under the weight of the previous ones Writing different things, I think, is a good way for an author to remain fresh, inventive, and keep me coming back for.So, if you come to this novel hoping for a rocking comic book superhero who changes into a werewolf at night, you are going to be very, very disappointed This is really a novel about a little girl, born in a cage, who grows, learns to love, and learns to be free And in the process, she learns to be an inspiration for all of those around her. The town of Santa Olivia lies between the U.S and Mexican border, but becomes a sort of present day leper colony when it is walled off from the rest of the world Apparently the epicenter of a particularly nasty flu virus, the U S military builds a base there so the soldiers can keep the townspeople in line And, as governments are wont to do, it decides, Hey, while we have this super secret base cut off from the rest of the world, how s about we take the opportunity for a little genetic experimentation Maybe splice some animal DNA into human DNA and create a super soldier Anyone have any wolf DNA lying about Which is all fine and dandy until your super soldier escapes, impregnates a local waitress, and hightails it for Mexico after the townspeople turn against him And so Loup Garron is born, a child with super strength and an inability to feel fear Following Loup throughout her childhood and teenage years, we witness as she deals with the deaths of loved ones, bands together with others in her orphanage to create miracles and punishments in the name of the town s patron saint, grapples with her identity and her sexuality, and enters into a military sanctioned boxing match as a means of avenging her brother s death To have focused on any one of these stories might have made for a cohesive if not satisfying narrative, but, as it is, the plot structure seems clunky and jumps from one idea to the next It doesn t help that, through it all, Loup doesn t seem to feel much of anything or develop a personality beyond gee, I feel different from everyone else The climax of the book leads to the aforementioned boxing match, which lacks any real sense of tension or drama.I ve seen summaries of Santa Olivia that claim it gives a new and intriguing slant to both the werewolf mythos and to the superhero concept Except for it doesn t Because, really, it s not about werewolves or about superheroes The whole wolf DNA angle is basically irrelevant the only wolfy characteristics exhibited by Loup are her super strength and stamina, a keen sense of hearing, an increased appetite, and some poorly executed idea about her mating for life Any animal could have been selected for the same traits there s no real reason as to why it had to be a wolf In terms of her superhero abilities, see the list provided above Not exactly thrilling stuff She s no Wolverine although one of the orphans compares her to him Here she is, blessed with the strength of the big bad wolf, so what s she going to do She s going to box her heart out, baby This failed to blow my house down There were some intriguing ideas here whose executions fell flat, but I did appreciate the inclusion of a strong lesbian character However, even that feels a little disingenuous in that it seems to exist only as a means of reinforcing the idea that Loup never fits in, in case it s not really coming across that she s different During her sexual experimentation with boys, the boys always reject her, saying that she just feels different when they kiss her or that sex with her is like putting a penis in a vise It s almost as if seeking out another female is her only option, although it s later connected to the whole tendency to have only one mate idea I would have preferred it if her attraction to women had been separated from this strange connection to her lupine heritage.Overall, I feel this is the type of book that was born out of a tongue in cheek conceit Hey, what if I named the main character Loup Garron Get it Like loup garou As in werewolf Why aren t you howling with laughter Also, I m pissed about that cover Because that cover has nothing to do with the book.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder It s raining snakes hallelujah Snakes fell like rain, twisting in midair. It s probably wrong that this is the second Snakes on a Plane thought I ve had in weeks be glad I didn t post the pic of snakes falling from the plane , but when I think of falling snakes, it s either that or Indiana Jones.I am review lazy this week, so I ll give a fast run down of why I REALLY liked Santa Olivia The story was dark It was strangely apocalyptic and or screwy militant who knows what in form I don t fully understand how death, disease, grudge match boxing, sinful clergymen, and mutated people with wolf genes all work together to make a cohesive story, but somehow, it does work.The characters were not typical The first main character was a sexually charged female who took to an inexperienced male The second main character was a young woman who struggled to feel fear, anxiety, or even a sense of danger due to her genetic coding The emotional connections were off the charts I love when a story is about so much than just a romance The relationship between mother and child, brother and sister, and two fellow orphans becoming lovers, were all of equal importance I GOT SUPER EMOTIONAL FEELS TWICE OR THREE TIMES MAYBE EVEN FOUR TIMES The setting felt like another character I pictured the church yard and the statue of Santa Olivia in my mind I was nervous when Loup was in places she shouldn t be hanging around because I could practically see the danger lurking in every corner I d highly recommend this book for fans of darker, unique, or emotional stories For an Urban Fantasy, it was less about ass kicking or bizarre non humans, and about survival and tackling hardships I loved the everyday struggle of the characters fighting to survive There is a f f romance, but for those unsure if they d enjoy reading a non m f or m m, I d say to give the book a chance because it was handled beautifully and tastefully The slow build eventually burned into something lovely to witness.Highly recommendedHear, hear Sister Martha hoisted her water glass Let the rigid stick of self righteousness be dislodged from her very uptight ass Father Ramon coughed A fucking men