Wednesday, April 30, 2014

eBook Review: My Life at the MBRC

Morgan Fae was perfectly normal until she met Dave, the chubby vampire. After the fat leech accidentally reveals his true nature to her, Morgan is dragged to the Magical Beings’ Rehabilitation Center, an organization that strives to integrate magical beings into human society.

After becoming employed at the MBRC, Morgan discovers that real magical beings are not like the stories. Werewolves aren’t buff, Vampires aren’t always good looking, cyclopes are actually quite personable, and some elves have a questionable sense of fashion.

As part of her MBRC experience Morgan is also kidnapped, rides a unicorn, has her memories erased, meets a Doodle (a dragon-poodle. Don’t ask.), is pranked by the shape shifting Pooka, and tries to deal with the center’s ancient computer technology.

There’s also that bit with the Goblin Mob, but Morgan hates remembering that. 

In order to survive Morgan must balance her normal life with the supernatural all while hanging with her best friend and attempting to flirt with her high school crush.

Yes, Morgan Fae was perfectly normal, but she probably never will be again.

Guys...guys this was SUCH a fun, entertaining novel. Granted there was some editing gaffs that were hard not to notice ("senior smith" instead "senor smith" for instance.) and Madeline got on my nerves a bit, but it was so very cute.

Also, and I don't really say this often so take it to heart readers, but this MAY have benefitted from being broken up into multiple books. In essence this could be broken into 3 or so different parts. The first part is when Morgan first learns about the MBRC and sort of interns there for a while. The second part when she begins tutoring Asahi and the third part when she's ahh...well kidnapped. While the different stages of her experiences all came together well, I could see how it could be broken apart as well so each part got a bit more time to play out.  

I don't often compare books against each other, you're reading for different things when you read different books, but the friend who recommended this to me had also recommended Mur Lafferty's The Shambling Guide to New York City, which y'all may remember I had issues with.  This book though was what I wanted from Shambling.  It plucked a normal, average girl from everyday life and tossed her into the extraordinary world of magic.  The girl--Morgan--reacted how you'd expect someone who wasn't looking for her life to turn upside down; she  freaked the frak out and then coped by focusing on anything else.

There's quite a bit that's implausible in the book, even by paranormal standards, but between Morgan's remedy for if she feels dazzled by the attractive paranormal men around her and those same paranormals who trounced her dreams, it was a fun fun ride.  

Centaur teens who don't want to star gaze and rather mess around with the latest gaming systems.  Hob goblin civil servants so amped up on coffee they vibrated.  Vampires afraid of blood.  Unicorns suffering from social anxiety.  Cyclops with no vision plan...seriously this book was a hoot.  

And really any book that includes a POOKA as a devlishly handsome rogue has my immediate attention.  Because...reasons.  Romance in the book was a light touch, though I was rolling my eyes at her best friend's antics.  Shea wrote the paranormals more believably then the high schoolers honestly, their conversations often coming off just this side of too melodramatic sounding.

Its a trifle long, but moves quickly so that isn't a problem.  In the end, with the Goblin Mafia though I was frustrated because the Head Honcho was written much more broadly then the rest of the characters.  Since some of it was potentially a Very Big Deal that annoyed me.  Not enough time was giving to characterizing him beyond the role he filled (even though he did appear early enough on TO get more characterization).

If you want a light fun read I recommend this.  I want more, but it ends convincingly enough that more is not necessary.