Book Review: Bayou Blues by Sierra Dean

Bayou Blues by Sierra DeanTitle: Bayou Blues
Series: Genie McQueen, Book 1
Author: Sierra Dean
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Sensuality Rating: Innocent
Source: bought
Published: March 20, 2015 (self-published)

When your sister has saved the world, you have a lot to live up to.

Genie McQueen thought she’d seen it all after helping her big sister Secret stop the Apocalypse. The dead walked, New York City burned, and things nearly went to hell in a hand basket. After it was all over, the world knew about vampires and werewolves, and Genie’s life would never be the same.

But now, three years later, someone doesn’t want werewolves or any supernatural creatures to live alongside humans. A new anti-werewolf church with a charismatic leader and a cult-like following has declared open season on Genie’s whole species. When a member of her pack is kidnapped, she decides it’s time to stop going with the flow and to step up and fight for her people.

Tagging along for the ride is a handsome troublemaker, Wilder Shaw, a pack outsider who just wants to save his brother, but will leave Genie’s head spinning in the process.

Equally troubling are the ghosts of her past she can’t quite shake, the nightmarish figures who haunt her even when she’s wide awake, and a dark magic inside her she hasn’t yet learned to tame.

Things are about to get messy in the bayou.

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Reviewed by: Lesley

Why I Read This Book: I’m a big fan of Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series, so when I saw she was putting out a spin off set in the same world, I was eager to get my hands on it.

What I Liked: I love the urban fantasies Sierra Dean writes. There’s action and humor and emotion. And Bayou Blues doesn’t fail to deliver on all fronts.

I really liked Genie. I was so happy to see that she comes off completely different than Secret (her sister and the protagonist of Dean’s other series set in the same world). Other than a few references to her sister, this book is all about Genie and her place in this world. She’s a witch/werewolf which isn’t a likely combo since both are hereditary and uncommon on their own, and nearly unheard of together. But because of this she not only has some mad coping skills but also some interesting life experiences under her belt. She’s sympathetic and likable, but also strong-willed and pretty damn bad ass.

I was a little nervous about the crazy church/religious fanatic foe when I started this book, but I was so pleased with the direction the plot takes. It was fresh, interesting, and all ties together nicely by the end. It wasn’t overly contrived or bigger than the story could manage.

What I Didn’t Like: I can’t really pin point anything I didn’t like about this book. There were a few things that were left hanging at the end, but since this is the first in a series I think that was point. And it did its job in getting me hooked! I’ll definitely be picking up the next in the series to see where things go.

Overall Impression: A fun and accessible UF with plenty of action, funny and intriguing characters, and a splash of romance. Even though this takes place in the Secret McQueen world, it can easily be read on its own. That being said, there might be some spoilers in this book for the Secret series.

Lesley’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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