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Santa OliviaD and used by the US government as a weapon The Wolf Men were engineered to have superhuman strength speed sensory capability stamina and a total lack of fear and Loup named for and sharing her father's wolf like ualities is marked as an outsider After her mother dies Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers Eventually It's raining snakes hallelujah Snakes fell like rain twisting in midair It's probably wrong that this is the second Snakes on a Plane thought I've had in weeks be glad I didn't post the pic of snakes falling from the plane but when I think of falling snakes it's either that or Indiana JonesI am review lazy this week so I'll give a fast run down of why I REALLY liked Santa Olivia The story was dark It was strangely apocalyptic andor screwy militant who knows what in form I don't fully understand how death disease grudge match boxing sinful clergymen and mutated people with wolf genes all work together to make a cohesive story but somehow it does workThe characters were not typical The first main character was a sexually charged female who took to an inexperienced male The second main character was a young woman who struggled to feel fear anxiety or even a sense of danger due to her genetic coding The emotional connections were off the charts I love when a story is about so much than just a romance The relationship between mother and child brother and sister and two fellow orphans becoming lovers were all of eual importance I GOT SUPER EMOTIONAL FEELS TWICE OR THREE TIMES MAYBE EVEN FOUR TIMES The setting felt like another character I pictured the church yard and the statue of Santa Olivia in my mind I was nervous when Loup was in places she shouldn't be hanging around because I could practically see the danger lurking in every corner I'd highly recommend this book for fans of darker uniue or emotional stories For an Urban Fantasy it was less about ass kicking or bizarre non humans and about survival and tackling hardships I loved the everyday struggle of the characters fighting to survive There is a ff romance but for those unsure if they'd enjoy reading a non mf or mm I'd say to give the book a chance because it was handled beautifully and tastefully The slow build eventually burned into something lovely to witnessHighly recommended Hear hear Sister Martha hoisted her water glass Let the rigid stick of self righteousness be dislodged from her very uptight assFather Ramon coughed A fucking men

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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia an isolated disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico A fugitive Wolf Man who had a love affair with a local woman Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically manipulate The thing about this book isOkay I'm not actually sure what the thing about this book is There's a couple of points where I felt the author was being weird and wrong headed but overall it was so fascinating that I forgave it almost anything I found the book fascinating because it was to me an indictment of the privilege on which the superhero story is constructed Loup Garron has special powers; speed super strength yer basic 'I am an advanced biological construct' lego set But because of the society she's in the most that this affords her is the occasional opportunity to get in one blow which had better be a knockout because she won't get a chance for a second She's a woman and a child and a latina in a town run by the United States army and local mob There is no 'with great power comes great responsibility' but rather the message she is given is that the power structures around her will not tolerate her threat to the established order and she had by god better be carefulThis is not what I expected from Carey an author I otherwise associate with the kinktastic It seems to me an incredibly female take on the 'superhero' and the result is so different that it doesn't even resemble a superhero narrative although characters within the book allude to the concept There are no clearly defined villains and no 'victim' to be saved if there is any wronged party seeking redress it is Loup's entire community and if there is heroism it is likewise corporateOne specific point of Loup's mutation is that she doesn't experience fear In another book this would be treated with a sort of muscle flexing aggression but in this book Loup is told from earliest childhood that her lack of fear is a danger to her causing her to take risks she wouldn't otherwise and urged to learn the caution others have instinctively However on an extra textual level it seems to me that Loup's fearlessness could be another extremely female super power given the ways in which women are regulated by fearAlthough this is not in the vein of Carey's um BDSM tastic works it has uite interesting sexual politics Loup's mother engaged in something like prostitution as do most of the women in her community on some level and this is treated as part of the economy and neither stigmatized nor eroticized Several of the characters who constitute the strongest voice of moral authority are implied to be part of a poly fidelious relationship And Loup herself although not uite human enough to be a lesbian has a girlfriendOkay now to deal with what's obvious to any French speakers in the audience Loup understands herself to be a werewolf although not in any mythological sense and her name Loup Garron is a pun on the French for werewolf loup garou Her father the source of her difference reuested that her mother name her that because he thought naming her Wolfy McWolferson would be a good way for her to go undetected Also and maybe my understanding of Spanish morphemes is shaky but although people ask if Loup pronounced Lu is short for Lucinda no one ever calls her Lupita which seems like the blindingly obvious name for her if she's not going to go around telling people her name is 'Wolf'This is a highly readable book that is cynical about power structures but not people

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reader · doc Santa Olivia 9780446551410 × reflectionslisburnltd Ë Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia an isolated disenfranchised town next to a US militaThe orphans find an outlet for their frustrations They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who costumed as their patron saint Santa Olivia uses her special abilities to avenge the town Aware that she could lose her freedom and possibly her life Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered And like the reincarnation of their patron saint she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivi NB I received this as an ARCSanta Olivia is the latest book by Jacueline Carey who is better known for and much better known for the Sundering Duology and much much better known for two Kushiel trilogies While the former is a take on classic fantasy and the latter are milestone in dark sensual fantasy Santa Olivia is a completely different kettle of fishThe press information provided to me describes Santa Olivia as Jacueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth However what this novel is I think is far nuanced and complex than that simple formulationThe novel centers around Loup Born in a future where a conflict and a disease has created such tensions between Mexico and the United States that a no man's land has sprung up between the two nations Loup lives in the abject poverty and virtual prison that makes up the titular piece of land controlled by the US Military Born of a genetically engineered father and a local for a mother we follow Loup's life from living with her mother and older half brother to her life as an orphan in the local church when she loses both of them Loup has a hard life in a hardscrabble world but she does have her secret the genetic heritage of her father Her father's special gifts of strength fearlessness paranormal senses and speed have been fully inherited in Loup What first starts as a secret to be held tightly for fear of discovery by the military turns into a opportunity to exact justice and later still an opportunity to escapeWhile Loup does take up the mantle of a disguised superhero and hints and nuances including the very name given to her suggest werewolves as an inspiration for the genetic manipulations which inadvertently created Loup this novel is much than a novel about a werewolf powered comic book superhero Carey's interest in Christian saints and iconography get play here in the identity that Loup takes in her retributive acts the titular saint of the compound Santa Olivia The novel runs from before her birth to her ultimate escape and freedom and so we follow her as she grows up grows into her abilities and learns to use them as a symbol of hope and strength for herself and for the people around her that she touches There is a love story in the novel as well and while the love story itself follows a relatively familiar pattern the identities of the participants and the development of the characters give it its own uniue stampI don't think that the novel uite works as well as I had hoped There are an awful lot of loose ends left unanswered by the denouement not ones that really would be answered in a seuel either It's difficult to do near future worldbuilding well as any of the top lights in science fiction can tell you; Carey's worldbuilding is much assured in her other novels than here I never really bought the Macguffin that the head of the camp holds as a potential means of escape although I recognize its dramatic necessity as a device to propel the characters Loup included a chimerical banner to chase after I was also surprised at first at the coarseness of language of the characters of all ages It took a shift of perception on my part to go from the beauty of courtly language in Terre D'Ange to the salty expletive filled language of the residents of Santa Olivia Overall though on the balance I am happy that Carey wrote the novel Not only on its merits which upon reflection do outweigh its drawbacks but because I am a firm believer in author diversification I don't want Carey to write only endless Kushiel novels just like I don't want Stross to only write Merchant Prince novels I want authors that I like and Carey certainly has her place in there to do well but I'd rather not have them turn into one series wonders with each successive volume in the series groaning under the weight of the previous ones Writing different things I think is a good way for an author to remain fresh inventive and keep me coming back for So if you come to this novel hoping for a rocking comic book superhero who changes into a werewolf at night you are going to be very very disappointed This is really a novel about a little girl born in a cage who grows learns to love and learns to be free And in the process she learns to be an inspiration for all of those around her