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Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1 | [Seanan McGuire]

Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.
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Publisher's Summary

The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely.

After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas. The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.

©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale, this promising start to a new urban fantasy series is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Davida Highland, IN, United States 11-07-12
    Davida Highland, IN, United States 11-07-12
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    What disappointed you about Rosemary and Rue?

    This was so horrible I do not know where to start. I do not think the narrator could have made the story line sound better. I have written better stories on a napkin. She was such a pathetic character. October Daye spent the whole book feeling bad for herself. The only time she did not was when she was saying how much she loved a man that beat her and others. I just dont get it. What was the point of the book? To solve a case and complain about her life.
    I know not all books can be wonderful or great. but they should be priced by how good the story line and performance is.
    This book is worth 1.99. No more.
    please Do Not Buy this horrible book.it is not about fey but fey politics.and even that is total garbage.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Eureka, CA, United States 07-10-12
    Rebecca Eureka, CA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    The author has a great idea here. The story is good with some exceptions. The narration bothered me. The narrator focused on enunciation and paused slightly after every couple of words. I found myself reading the book back in my head the way I thought it should sound. This ruins the experience for me.

    I'd like to read more in the series, but I only read audiobooks. The narration on this one will keep me from continuing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 11-08-11
    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 11-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    This is a book for teens, not adults. I'm on part 2 right now and the story just has not developed. At all. The narrator is hard to listen to as well so overall, not worth the credits.
    I won't spend any more on this author or narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 10-06-11
    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 10-06-11 Member Since 2008

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    I never would have thought I would enjoy this book so much. I was desperate for something to read and happened upon this. I loved it. The story is fresh and interesting. The characters are unique and enjoyable. The overall impact of the book is memorable. So often when I finish a book, it just goes away. This has been in my mind enough that that I have suggested it to several people I met in store lines.

    I am headed off to buy the next in the series.

    The narrator was excellent. I've added Mary Robinette Kowal to my list of repeat readers.

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    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 12-29-11
    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Irritating"

    This could have been a decent story, but ended up being a teen romance with fairies instead of vampires. Lots of angst about fitting in interspersed with stupid dialog and stupider quips. The silly protaganist gets herself in all sorts of scrapes, getting shot, knifed, almost drowned, etc., but you know she'll emerge stronger than ever. The worst part, however, is the narration. It is just so wrong.

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    Chris 06-04-12
    Chris 06-04-12
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    "Just couldn't like it"

    I liked the initial set-up of the story. Toby is a private eye with some magic, kind of like a female Harry Dresden. She even has his car. But then there's a reboot before the first chapter and all the interesting bits are taken out.

    Throughout the reading, I couldn't stop comparing this book to Dresden Files, and this book kept coming up short. While the Files have their share of bad writing, I keep going back to them because Harry is so much fun. Here are some ways Toby rubbed me wrong:

    -Toby has no initiative. Everything happens to her instead of her taking charge. Then she complains.
    -Toby isn't grounded. The set up is she's half fay and half human and not home with either. This means she stays in her apartment with her cats. Not fun to read about.
    -Toby has no friends. Some names are mentioned, but she doesn't seem to like them very much. In fact, she avoids them as much as possible.
    -Toby whines about her life but doesn't do anything to improve it - for example, she complains about how expensive everything is in San Francisco, but doesn't try to get a better job, find a roommate, or move somewhere cheaper. She just likes to complain.
    -Toby has no interests. Her defining feature is she's depressed.
    -Girl has magic but can't have fun with it. What's the point of that?

    Fairies are my least favorite supernatural, and San Francisco has become my least favorite book-setting city because the book ends up being a description of SF instead of about characters or story. This one falls into that, too.

    I love the title, the cover, the name October Daye, and there are some new interpretations of the Fairie myth in here, but a girl with magic that can't figure out any way to have fun with it is not worth knowing. This is one to skip.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Merle West Harrison, IN, United States 11-04-11
    Merle West Harrison, IN, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what I expected"

    I should have read the reviews. Not a type of book I would buy if I picked it up and fanned through it. Total waste of money for me. I can't listen to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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