Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

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27 Critic Reviews

I did not like the Elders–for smart and knowledgeable people, they tended to be rather obtuse, silly, and unhelpful.
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Synopsis

Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson is the fun, fast-paced first book in the Sentinels of New Orleans, a series of urban fantasy novels filled with wizards, mermen, and pirates.  These novels are perfect for readers of paranormal fiction and “fans of Charlaine Harris and Cat Adams” (Booklist) and RT Bookreviews agrees that “for readers missing Sookie Stackhouse, this series may be right up your alley.”

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

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About Suzanne Johnson

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SUZANNE JOHNSON is a magazine editor and feature writer with more than fifty national writing and editing awards. A longtime New Orleans resident, she helped rebuild for two years after Hurricane Katrina. Royal Street was her first novel and is the first book in an urban fantasy series about the Sentinels of New Orleans, wizards who guard the storied city against preternatural dangers. As Susannah Sandlin, Suzanne is also the author of The Penton Vampire Legacy, a series of popular paranormal romances.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Tor Books. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 14

Examiner

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Reviewed by Josh Vogt on Apr 12 2012

If anything, Royal Street falters a bit because it starts to follow a predictable pattern.

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Smexy Books

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Reviewed by Tori on Apr 25 2012

All in all, while I enjoyed the time and consideration that Ms. Johnson brings to the set up and exploration of the city and its inhabitants, the plot and its characters failed to elicit even a spark of excitement as I labored my way through this story.

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The Bookpushers

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Reviewed by Minchica on May 10 2012

While the romantic in me wasn’t nearly as happy, we were given some great sexual tension between Alex and DJ.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on Apr 04 2012

A truly heart-wrenching tale of struggle and triumph, leaving the readers with a sense of a brighter future ahead, for both DJ and her town.

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Romancing the Book

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Reviewed by Terri N on May 04 2012

I found some parts of the story to be predicable. I did like the style of the author and I would read the next book in the series.

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Feeling Fictional

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 26 2012

For a debut novel I was impressed with the world building, I enjoyed the mystery and although I did spot some of the twists in advance there were a few things that managed to surprise me.

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Pure Textuality

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Reviewed by Ginny on Apr 11 2012

It’s a 3 star read, not original, not ground breaking, but entertaining none the less.

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Book'd Out

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Reviewed by Shelley Rae on Apr 12 2012

While I think the characters of Royal Street need to be stronger, I did enjoy the book.

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Book Chick City

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Reviewed by Carolyn on Apr 12 2012

“Royal Street” was an enjoyable read, although not a stand out urban fantasy for me.

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Badass Book Reviews

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Reviewed by AH on Apr 02 2012

Here is where I would have loved to have had more information about the historical undead. They are not zombies and not ghosts and are warm-blooded. I would have liked to have known where and how they came to be.

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Tynga's Reviews

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Reviewed by Jenn on May 16 2012

All in all, Suzanne Johnson has created a wonderful world in ROYAL STREET, her engaging and vivid debut.

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Book Spot Central

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Reviewed by Amber Drake on Apr 10 2012

I did not like the Elders–for smart and knowledgeable people, they tended to be rather obtuse, silly, and unhelpful.

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Scooper Speaks

Good
Reviewed by Scooper on May 14 2012

The romance thread is pretty iffy, but the mystery aspect of the story kept things chugging along.

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Bookworm Blues

Below average
Apr 24 2012

In the end, Royal Street is a fun, predictable and rather cliché urban fantasy but for all that, it’s a solid debut and shows Johnson as a promising new talent.

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Owlcat Mountain

Below average
May 03 2012

And finally, one thing that surprised me (given how the novel is hyped as having to do with Hurricane Katrina) is that the storm is completely skipped over.

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Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy

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Reviewed by Emmy on Apr 13 2012

One of my issues with this book is the pace. I was about halfway through before any major developments took place.

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Bibliophilic Monologues

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Reviewed by Nafiza on Mar 26 2012

I wish Johnson had gone for friendship rather than some sort of romantic entanglement with the cousin.

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Bibliotropic

Above average
on May 05 2012

Fans of the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres will probably enjoy Royal Street quite a bit. It had its issues, but was overall a fun read.

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She-Wolf Reads

Good
Reviewed by She-Wolf on Apr 16 2012

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong UF to sink their teeth into.

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My Keeper Shelf

Good
Reviewed by Mel on Apr 09 2012

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Royal Street and I will definitely be looking out for the sequel River Road. Highly recommended.

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Short and Sweet Review

Good
Reviewed by Van Pham on Apr 01 2012

Overall this was a great start to an interesting series. Mrs. Johnson did an amazing job incorporating Hurricane Katrina, a real life event as part of an urban fantasy novel.

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Reader

Good
Reviewed by Kat on May 10 2012

Royal Street is a novel that sticks with you even after you put it down. I struggled to stop reading last night and woke up early to finish it this morning. I drank it down, and as soon as I finished I immediately reread certain parts (the smoochin’).

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Rea's Reading and Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Rea on Apr 28 2012

I really enjoyed this book! I had some minor issues with it but they were so minor that they didn’t affect my enjoyment of it in the least. I’d definitely recommend to fans of this style of urban fantasy.

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Literary Sweet

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 17 2012

I really loved this story, and I sure hope the author will be writing more.

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This is My Life with Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Apr 03 2012

One of my favorite aspects of Royal Street is that there are no drugs, sex and minimal (if any) swearing; all while captivating me with literary magic.

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Book Bound

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Reviewed by Kelly on Mar 25 2012

It is a must read for all Urban Fantasy enthusiasts.

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Songs and Stories

Good
Reviewed by Lieder Madchen on Mar 22 2012

This is a fun, entertaining read for a summer's day.

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