Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race--including Leandros' friend Robin--featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win. Original.
Book: Doubletake by Rob Thurman
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cal Leandros, #7
Obtained: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: (5 Zombies)
Around this time every year I'm always wild with anticipation for the next Cal Leandros book, and this year was no different. If you've been reading my blog consistently, then you know that I don't really like to choose favorites, but Cal Leandros is definitely my favorite Urban Fantasy. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts.
It had been a while (a year) since I read a Cal book before this, but I got into it easily and anything I didn't remember was covered within the first few chapters. It was definitely easy to follow and probably not a terrible place for people who haven't been reading the series to hop on, although it definitely includes a few references to the previous books, especially Roadkill.
I never realize how much I miss Cal in between books until the cover is released for the next book in the series and the OMG I can't wait starts all over again. I love sending in my review requests to the publisher in January and waiting eagerly to see if an advanced copy comes in the mail. Last year it was an ARC, this year it was a finished copy, but still a month early. Either way, I love getting the next Cal book in the mail and immediately diving in to see what happens next.
The action in this book definitely lived up to that of the previous titles, and then surpassed it, and the character development was amazing! And we finally get to find out how Pucks procreate! Yes, this is the detail that sticks out the most to me. I love me some Goodfellow.
Anyone who isn't caught up, or, God forbid, hasn't read any of the Cal Leandros books yet, needs to immediately get your ass to the library and get as many as you haven't read, because they are all definitely worth reading. Thurman is the Shakespeare of our time, if Shakespeare liked lots of guns and violence and horror and the best sarcasm around.