A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory presents me with quite a dilemma : how to classify this series. Some call the series urban fantasy (I hate that genre by the way… a lot of the stuff lumped in there was PNR, and nice and steamy PNR at that, until this new “urban fantasy” classification came along and spoiled all that good fun and turned off the hot water. Like the stories and authors are too good for those scenes. I blame Fifty Shades of Crap for that – good authors don’t want their stuff thought of as the same type of crap. That’s just my guess. Anyone know of a better reason, let me know and I will happily retract what I just said. But for now, that’s my conspiracy theory du jour). Some call it paranormal romance. Some, urban fantasy paranormal. I kind of like the goodreads list called is Magical Chick Lit. Personally, it reminds me of the cozy mystery.
Cozy mysteries usually have even less steam than this (and it’s pretty scarce here, a few references, scenes that never lead anywhere, and a few rare curse words). So, not really sure it belongs there. And not PNR, well, because despite the burgeoning relationship between Dulcie and Knight, there really isn’t much “R” in that. Well, there’s some. But not too much. And if that sort of thing makes you squeamish, the one scene to avoid is near the end and you can see it coming and if it’s skipped, it won’t hurt a readers ability to follow the story. Not to mention, the formula is more like the cozy. You know, we have a mystery and watch it trying to be solved, only to have the culprit be someone that we never ever could have guessed – because only the author knows (there were not hints, no foreshadowing, and often the character makes its first appearance when the cuff are about to come out). But, there are definitely fantasy elements too – fairies, werewolves, loki (still don’t have a great explanation of what this means in this world yet), witches, demons, etc. And a fair amount of magic. We have fairy dust that lets the user do pretty much anything, vampires with super speed, witches who can cast spells, potions and travel across dimensions. So, what to do; how to classify this series. I am sticking with the previous decision to let these sit in mysteries because to me, they feel much more like cozy mysteries than anything. But… I reserve the right to totally change my mind, for any reason whatsoever, at any time. I can do that because this is my blog. 🙂
I didn’t review the first installment, To Kill a Warlock (time wasn’t my friend when I finished it). But I really enjoyed it. I finished that and immediately bought a whole bunch of H.P. Mallory’s other stuff (including Dulcie #2). With fingers crossed that they would all be as cute and as much fun. I am so glad I did – this didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think this was probably even an improvement over the first.
We have a little mystery here – someone is after Dulcie and they are going through people in her life to get to her. We have a little paranormal – as vamps go, Bram is pretty cool and Dulcie’s fairy powers are fun too. We have a little romance – Knight is really into Dulcie and she is probably falling for him too. We get more time with our main character and get to see her in action, the lines she is wiling to cross to save a friend and who she really is. We see what, in my opinion, is the appropriate amount of crass from her too when she refers to the a*hole after her and her friends. These aren’t huge novels nor do I think there’s any danger of them being considered great literature like Wuthering Heights or anything, but they are fun little reads and a good way to occupy time while on line at the grocery store and they made me chuckle. So despite not knowing what the heck to call their genre, the Dulcie O’Neil books are enjoyable and I will be reading Great Hexpectations very soon!