25 April 2010

MASTER OF NONE - Sonya Bateman

From the back of the book: One unlucky thief, one unlikely genie. One VERY odd couple.
Gavyn Donatti is the world's unluckiest thief. Just ask all the partners he's lost over the years. And when he misplaces an irreplaceable item he was hired to steal for his ruthless employer, Trevor---well, his latest bungle just might be his last. But then his luck finally turns: right when Trevor's thugs have him cornered, a djinn, otherwise known as a genie, appears to save him.
Unfortunately, this genie--who goes by the very non-magical name of "Ian"---is more Hellboy than dream girl. An overgrown and extremely surly man who seems tohate Donatti on the spot, he may call Donatti master, but he isn't interested in granting three wishes. He informs Donatti that he is bound to help the thief fulfill his life's purpose, and then he will be free. The problem is that neither Donatti nor Ian has any idea what exactly that purpose is.
At first Donatti's too concerned with his own survival to look a gift genie in the mouth, but when his ex-girlfriend Jazz and her young son get drawn into the crossfire, the stakes skyrocket. And when Ian reveals that he has an agenda of his own--with both Donatti and the murderous Trevor at the center of it---Donatti will have to become the man he never knew he could be, or the entire world could pay the price....
O...M...G!!! How hellah excellent was this book?! It has been a really long time since I've enjoyed a book this much. It had the action and excellent characters to move the spectacular story along that I require from any story, but especially the urban fantasy books that I love to read.
This book is such a treasure and I am so glad I found it on Dark Faerie Tales blog for the Debut Urban Fantasy Challenge. The premise sounded fun and completely readable. Little did I know....
I developed a crush on Gavyn Donatti after just a few pages into the story. I felt so bad for him, his luck so truly awful, just wanted to give him a hug. As the story went along, I fell more for him. He's a thief, but it's just a job. He doesn't hurt anyone, let alone kill. He just tries to take what he's been hired to do.
His luck really runs out when the thugs of Trevor, his newest boss, come after the item he's supposed to bring in, but lost somehow. And he's saved by a wolf. He finds out that the wolf is a shapeshifter djinn (don't make the mistake of calling him a genie), named Gahiji-an or Ian for short. They get along like oil and water, but have to work together for the end game.
Donatti is tough and funny, that was what I fell for. He thinks quickly on his feet and takes each new turn in his life with a humor and strength that wins the reader over.
Five I'm not a genie and you don't get three wishes diamonds.....


Sonya Bateman said...

Well, I have failed to find an e-mail address for you, so I'll just say it here. :-) Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book (and Gavyn *G*).

What an awesome review - thank you!!!

Vickie said...

VWinship at aol dot com

And you are welcome, but thankin' you for writing such a FAB book! Please say there are more!!

Imzadi Dragonfly said...

Oh Yay! I'm really looking forward to reading this.

Vickie said...

Oh, Jenna, you are gonna sooooo dig this!!