Santa Olivia

Santa Olivia

Book - 2009
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"A SF/fantasy novel set in the near future and featuring a young woman with special genetically engineered 'wolf-like' powers"--Provided by publisher.
Loup Garron, the offspring of a fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had been genetically-manipulated and used by the U.S. government as a weapon, becomes the Zorro-like heroine of a local vigilante group which seeks to deliver the citizens of her Texas-Mexico border town from the injustices visited upon them by the soldiers of a U.S. military base.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446198172
Branch Call Number: FICTION Carey Jacqueli 06/2009
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,21 cm.


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Loup Garron, the daughter of a man with superhuman strength and a human female, risks her freedom and the exposure of her ancestry when she fights for justice in her village as Santa Olivia, a patron saint.

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Jul 05, 2018

Mildly enjoyable and mostly redeemed by the fact that there are gay women. The flow reminds me of those old-fashioned books like Jane Eyre or Little Women where they start when the character is super young and not really doing much. The end result is that the pacing is wonky and slow until about page 200 when everything becomes rushed so that it can fit in the next 100 or so pages.

Do yourself a favor - SKIP THE FIRST 40 PAGES AND PAGE 53. Aside from pacing issues, the setup of the book reminds me more of an airport romance novel rather than the gay dystopian YA story it's meant to be. The fact that Loup's mom becomes ridiculously horny upon meeting Loup's dad and goes buck wild for him is . . . a bit much, to say the least. There's also issue with the way that Loup's dad, the first named black man in the book, reads like a walking fetish and that's some fetishistic literary racism that I really do not want to get into, just know that it's pretty bad.

Am I happy that there's some gay content with two latinas and the main character being afro-latina herself? Yes.

Are there a number of issues with this book, including basically all of the first 40 pages with it's racial issues, and also in it's depiction of bisexuality later in the book? Yes.

Do I smite the author? No.

Overall: 6/10

wonderlands May 18, 2013

This was a book I had been eyeing and looking forward to for quite some time. I found the plot refreshingly original, slow paced but enjoyable, and that Pilar and Loup were a great representation for queer couples.

Jul 15, 2012

This book is gorgeous. Carey's writing is both intimate and lyrical, and the plot is unique and creative. I'm very pleased that I picked this one off the shelf.

Apr 23, 2011

It's a reasonably good book, although the plot is nowhere near as unstoppable as the Kushiel books. Actually, Olivia compares unfavorably with the Hunger Games. True, this book gives you a fair amount more steamy scenes - though nothing gets as naughty as Kushiel's Phedre.

Yes, I will look up the sequel(s) but I would not buy these.

Jess_library Sep 28, 2009

This was a great novel - although I don't know if I would call it science fiction. It follows the story of Loup Garron - a girl who father was a genetically engineered soldier. Loup lives in Santa Olivia - a military controlled compound on the Mexican border. Loup impersonates Santa Olivia in a Zorro-like manner to avenge the townsfolk.
Although this book is not as lengthy as most of Carey's books (Carey can write 800 pagers that read like 200 pagers) - it flows just as beautifully.


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Apr 23, 2011

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