Friday, October 24, 2014

eBook: Farewell to the MBRC?

Morgan thought the most difficult decision of her life was deciding to become an official employee of the MBRC. But now, a senior in high school, she’s realizing it only gets worse.

With a certain Goblin mob boss urging her to stay within commuting distance of Chicago, and a flirtatious Pooka pushing her to study overseas, Morgan has a hard enough time trying to sort through her college choices the way it is. Planning out her future is made even more difficult when terrorist threats are issued by an anti-human, anti-rehabilitation, magic-based organization. Does Morgan want to continue working at the MBRC when it puts her life in danger?

Sooo...remember back in April when I read a book called MY LIFE AT THE MBRC?  And how it was literally the most entertaining book I had read in a while? Go read my review then come back here because otherwise this review, which is about the sequel to that book, will make no sense at all.

Welcome back to the Magical Being Rehabilitation Center where all your paranormal needs are met!  You have female vampires suffering from a fear of blood, teen techie centaurs rebelling against their parents' insistence on speaking in riddles, elves with a stick so far up their you know what they can't see straight, the goblin mafia offering the world's best cookies and of course poor human Morgan L. Fae being harassed by the kiddie Dark Lord.

This my friends is the life I want to live.  No joke.

I've been anticipating this book for a few months now and it did not let me down. Let me repeat that--no let downing of my expectations occurred.  Not a single one.  Well except Devin isn't real.  But that's hardly Shea's fault.

Its been 2 years since Morgan joined the MBRC as a human consultant for all things human related.  In those 2 years she's become a professor, aided the MBRC in negotiations with the Goblin Mafia (aka her friend Hunter's group), rebuffed Devin's continual flirtations and learned to love the dysfunctionality of the place.  But she's a senior in HS now and hard decisions must be made. Like what school to attend...and whether she really wanted to spend the rest of her life steeped in the magic world.

I appreciated that Shea presented Morgan's choice between being normal and staying in the magical one as something she was thinking hard about.  We saw her struggle through weighing the pros and the cons (lying for the rest of her life vs. helping an entire culture live more comfortably).  It wasn't just Krad (aka Kiddie Dark Lord)'s harassment of her and endangerment to her person she considered, she was honestly trying to figure out if what she was giving up was worth the price.

In the time she had joined the MBRC she did extraordinary things, not because she had special powers, but because she got to know these people.  She learned and listened and didn't discount anyone no matter their race, alignment or clothing preferences.  Could they have found someone to take up her post as consultant? Oh I'm sure.  But could they have found someone who devoted so much of herself to each person's overall happiness not just their species' happiness?  Probably not.

I don't want to ruin too much of this because honestly there's a lot to love and gush about.  This is a book that doesn't take itself, its concept, its characters or hell reader expectations too seriously.  Its cliche to say, but I found Morgan's reaction to Krad to be spot on with how I would have reacted.  The way she was constantly ruffling Aysel or his father's lives.  The way she wanted what was best for her friends even if that meant being ridiculously dressed and blazingly hot.

Shea captured a character I not only would like to know in real life, but who I completely emphasized with.  So no I don't want to say farewell to the MBRC...but I trust that they're having plenty of adventures I'd approve of.