Review: Junkyard Druid by M.D. Massey

Posted September 29, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Junkyard Druid by M.D. Massey
Junkyard Druid

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Series: Colin McCool #1
Genres: New Adult Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 4, 2016
Pages: 324
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

Scrolling through the books on offer through Kindle Unlimited, I came across this title.  I love urban fantasy and its not often that a series involving Celtic Mythology and a modern druid come my way so I gave this one a go.  It definitely has some new adult tones, but I was not disappointed in my first outing with the series.

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Colin McCool and his girlfriend were trained hunters by his legendary druid uncle.  The future looked bright until the unthinkable happens.  A witch set on revenge against Colin’s uncle curses Colin and he ends up destroying his happiness when he kills his own girlfriend when the cursed beast nature took over.  Now, he wants nothing to do with that past life he planned for himself, his uncle, or anything of a fighting nature that will stir the beast inside him.  Unfortunately, he can’t be left alone to attend his therapy sessions and college classes in peace.  He is coerced into aiding Maeve, one of the faery queens, locate a magical artifact and he ends up helping his magical law enforcement friend investigate a werewolf murder.  His life couldn’t get more interesting, right?  Wrong.

The book started out with a prologue of two young, cocky teens in love and then jumps forward in time.  Each chapter is headed by a page from Colin’s therapy journal so his thoughts on the past and that situation are revealed as the book progresses.  After each journal entry, the present day situation carries on.

Colin was a fun hero to follow around and thankfully, the story didn’t dwell on the morose thoughts of his earlier journal entries.  He’s got typical guy thoughts, but also some atypical stuff due to his past experiences and his training.  There were lots of things going on to fill his day and lots of people surrounding him whether it was avoiding his addicted, but grieving uncle, a red cap fae mafia group, a new acquaintance Samoan MMA fighter/Maori Warrior, sweet and troubled Sabene his best friend, Luther the head of the vampire group, butt-kicking Belladonna a policing enforcer who unabashedly wants in his drawers, a werewolf biker club, and a cunning fae Queen.  I truly hope that these are all going to be recurring characters.

I enjoyed all the story threads introduced and sticking around to see how they all ended up tying together.  The fight and action scenes were great and I was glad to get to finally meet Colin’s beast side.  The series plot line was introduced and I like where it is going for future stories.

All in all, I had a good time and enjoyed discovering this new to me urban fantasy series that takes action and suspense to pair it well with Celtic mythology in a modern city setting.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

Oh that sounds really good and I am loving that cover. The storyline sounds really interesting.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Absolute, Mary! Cover, title, and story were all working for me. 🙂

4 years ago

That cover alone got me. Must try 😉

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  vvb

Oh yeah! It has definite pop. Definitely a fun take on Celtic myths in a modern city.

4 years ago

The covers are great and the story looks good too! I’m curious to try

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I agree. The covers really grab the eye. For me it was the title, but the cover definitely helped. 🙂

4 years ago

UF is a favorite and this sounds great. I read the title initially as Junkyard Droid and thought oh sci-fi. lol. But I’ll have to check this one out. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

Haha! And, I would read that one, too. Love sci-fi stories.

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Sounds interesting. Going to have to add to my TBR. I like UF. Thank’s for the review.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Happy to introduce you, Angela. 🙂 I’m always on the hunt for more UF to read, too.

Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

I haven’t heard of this one here. I really like this genre but haven’t read too many that I have liked. But this one sounds really fascinating and yay for druids. I do like celtic mythology though so I am very intrigued. Glad you enjoyed this one.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I wasn’t familiar with it either. It showed up in a recommend list for me and I decided to give it a try. A New Adult UF with a druid hero made me curious. Argh. I’ve enjoyed sampling with KU, but now I have three new series to finish. LOL

4 years ago

This sounds pretty interesting. Although that part where he kills his girlfriend just sounds sad. The mix of therapy journal pages in between the chapters sounds interesting. Seems there’s a great group of side characters as well.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

That was a shocking end to the prologue, for sure. The curse hit him when they were in danger and he went beast. It would definitely screw anyone up.

But, other than being part of what makes who he is later, the issue is in the background and an interesting paranormal mystery adventure is in the front.

4 years ago

Never heard of this one before. It does sound interesting. I think I will add this to my list.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, it was new to me, too, Nadene. I was glad it popped up in my Amazon recommendations page.

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

Sounds like a great book. I would like to see the beast side. This interests me because I don’t think I have read any books about druids. Great review!


Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It isn’t until the big climax scene that the beast shows up and I think the author meant it to be a big surprise what he becomes. It was great.

Carole Rae
4 years ago

McCool??? Love it!!!!!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Isn’t his name great? It’s like Macuill or something, but someone in his recent family past changed it.