This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Valkyrie Rising Press
Released on May 29, 2020
It has been a while since I, with regret, farewelled the Coveted world when the last book came out. Imagine my excitement to see that the author had returned to that world to begin a fun second series for Nat and her friends.
Thrift Store Trolls opens with Nat sending her werewolf alpha mate, Thorne off for a meeting out of town, and heading into work. Naturally, trouble finds her in the form of a mysterious trunk that isn’t full of goods to be sold on the variety store shelves, but a killing monster that seems intent on getting Nat. When more mysterious trunks and more of what is inside them start going after the werewolves, Nat’s authority as alpha mate, hard-earned as it was, is put to the test. Her rivals are waiting for the OCD Nat to fail, but she must rise above her tendencies and fears to do her job and protect the pack and then find out what has the fairies afraid about the woods and who is sending the mystery trunks.
Thrift Store Trolls jumped right back into Nat’s life. It had a ‘what happens after the happily ever after’ vibe that I enjoyed. I appreciated that Nat won the challenge to be Thorne’s mate, but that didn’t suddenly make all her issues go away. She still gets challenged and her OCD is still there, but over the course of her previous adventures, she is no longer the cringing werewolf who can’t get past her fears and anxieties. She sees her own worth and powers through her struggles. I also enjoyed several of the familiar faces like Nat’s quirky Russian family, her besties from her therapy group, her boss Bill the Troll, and of course time spent with Thorne who backs her play all the way.
I was primed to love this one from page one and I did to a certain extent, but I also felt somewhat disconnected from the characters and the story even when things got exciting. I felt like I was waiting for more even when it was delivering on the action and characters. I don’t remember struggling with this before when I was reading the original series so perhaps it is a mood.
I also want to point out that, though this seems to be the start of a new series and it is, I think readers would get way more out of it if they treat it like a spin-off series or even a season two. There are several references to the past that might drive a new reader nuts to know more plus some references assume the reader knows who the character is or what the situation was before and then there is not appreciating Nat’s growth since a lot of it took place in the earlier books.
In summary, I am tickled that Nat and her gang of friends are back and there is a new threat to the wolves, the other supernaturals, and the humans needing to be vanquished over the course of the series. This is lighter, but action-packed and character-driven urban fantasy that I can encourage fans of the genre to give a try starting with Covet.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
New Release #164
About the Book
Something wicked is coming to South Toms River, New Jersey.
Selling haunted trinkets and witches’ wands is just another normal day for the delightfully neurotic werewolf Natalya Stravinsky. From one day to another, as the new South Toms River Pack alpha female, she tries to keep finicky supernatural customers placated while managing her underhanded goblin boss and eccentric supernatural co-workers. Her life is complicated further when competition rolls in: a peculiar troll-owned mart with subpar haunted knick-knacks and deadly antiques appears.
A powerful fairy path veers off course, heading towards South Toms River, attracting the attention of a deadly, shadowed force. Mysterious steamer trunks from the 1920s pop up all over town, unleashing horrific beasts. Natalya must find the inner strength to bring her pack together to uncover the culprit before her enemies threaten everyone she holds dear.
This is the first book in the Flea Market Magic Series! You don’t have to read the Coveted Series to jump into the fun!
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