Tanja reviews ‘Finn (Endangered Fae #1) by Angel Martinez (Published by MRL Press; May 1, 2014)
Why I read it: Because it´s from Angel Martinez 😉 . Seriously I really like the author´s writing style and humour so as RGR got offered a copy for an honest review I jumped at the chance to do it. I was not dissapointed.
See also the Blog tour with a guest post by Angel Martinez and a giveaway here.
When Diego rescues a naked man from the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge, he just wants to get the poor man out of traffic and to social services. He gets more than he bargained for when he discovers Finn is an ailing pooka, poisoned by the city’s pollution. To help him recover, Diego takes him to New Brunswick where Finn inadvertently wakes an ancient, evil spirit: the wendigo.
While they struggle to find a way to destroy the wendigo before it can possess Diego or kill nearby innocents, Diego wrestles with his growing feelings for Finn. Kill the monster and navigate a relationship between a modern man and a centuries old pooka. Piece of cake.
Diego meets Finn on the Brooklyn Bridge and can´t just not help the men, who is on the rail of the bridge. So he takes him home with him until he knows what to do with Finn. Well it turns out that Finn is not just a men he is a pooka. Poor Diego just didn´t know what he got himself into and it took a little to convince Diego about Finn not being human.
Diego, is a person who has to help the poor and helpless. This got him in a really bad situation one time and he suffers greatly from the aftereffects. He is still attached to his exboyfriend, an ass mind you. I was glad to see Diego´s character growth regarding this “problem”.
Finn is completedly different. He speaks kind of old-fashioned and behaves like a child, who discovered a new world and didn´t know what was going on with all the unknown things and around him. Well understandable if you were not on earth for 700 years. He made me laugh so many times – I really liked him. The negative side for Finn and the new world is that he needs fresh air and water. Two important things which he doesn´t get in the city. So up with them to Canada, which was quite a challenge for Diego, a die hard city boy.
“I….there was…” Diego shook his head as he did when he became flustered. “I heard a scream. I thought it was you.”
The owl called again and Diego stabbed a finger toward the woods. “There!”
“Ah, that would be the bane sidhe come to rip your soul away.”
“Banshees are real, too?”
Diego´s expression held such a mix of horror and diesbelief Finn found himself unable to continue his small mischief. “They are, but there are none here. That is merely an owl calling for her mate.”
So in Canada Finn comes upon another supernatural beeing, not knowing that it is a wendigo and follows him. The results are a horror film comes true and leaves both Diego and Finn in danger. This was the part I´m not sure about. I liked the idea about the wendigo, it was very well explained but something was missing. Just can´t put my finger on it, I was not so invested in the whole wendigo hunt as I would have liked.
Overall this story has a good pacing, just in some parts too slow with a good dose of humour in it. The main characters as well as the secondary are very likeable persons. I enjoyed reading about them and look forward to book two.
7.5/10 pots of gold