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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If anything, Royal Street falters a bit because it starts to follow a predictable pattern.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
While the romantic in me wasn’t nearly as happy, we were given some great sexual tension between Alex and DJ.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
It’s a 3 star read, not original, not ground breaking, but entertaining none the less.Read Full Review of Royal Street
While I think the characters of Royal Street need to be stronger, I did enjoy the book.Read Full Review of Royal Street
“Royal Street” was an enjoyable read, although not a stand out urban fantasy for me.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
All in all, Suzanne Johnson has created a wonderful world in ROYAL STREET, her engaging and vivid debut.Read Full Review of Royal Street
I did not like the Elders–for smart and knowledgeable people, they tended to be rather obtuse, silly, and unhelpful.Read Full Review of Royal Street
The romance thread is pretty iffy, but the mystery aspect of the story kept things chugging along.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
One of my issues with this book is the pace. I was about halfway through before any major developments took place.Read Full Review of Royal Street
I wish Johnson had gone for friendship rather than some sort of romantic entanglement with the cousin.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong UF to sink their teeth into.Read Full Review of Royal Street
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Royal Street and I will definitely be looking out for the sequel River Road. Highly recommended.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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’).Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
I really loved this story, and I sure hope the author will be writing more.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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.Read Full Review of Royal Street
It is a must read for all Urban Fantasy enthusiasts.Read Full Review of Royal Street
This is a fun, entertaining read for a summer's day.Read Full Review of Royal Street
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