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Mill Avenue Vexations by Kyt Dotson

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Rated 7.23 out of 10 Statistics


Chapters: 12

Genre: Supernatural / Fantasy

Audience: goths, teens

Updated: Monthly

Content Advisory

Occasional Sexual Content

Occasional Coarse Language

Occasional Violence


Overall Rating: 7.231

Average Rating: 1 (Guests), 7.38 (Members)

Ranking: #114

Rating Count: 4 (0 Guests, 4 members)

1 indicates a weighted rating.

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I was expecting great things from Mill Avenue Vexations.  Lace.  Demons.  A flawed but sexy gothic heroine.  Black moments slashed with red.  Really awesome boots.

I hate to be disappointed.

Vex is a cab driver by day, and a cab driver by night.  Apparently (according to the prologue) she averts an apocalypse with the help of some street urchins.  There was reference to being an occult investigator, but I didn’t see much of that.  Mostly she wanders through her days, occasionally figuring out that something is amiss, but mostly just living.  Which is what all of the characters seem to do.  Mostly just living, with the rare moment of “lets mess with the occult”.

I wanted to like Vex, but I couldn’t.  I just couldn’t see anything of the character there.  I’m hard pressed even now to conjure up an image of her, a feeling of who she was.  Black boots and a lacy shirt do not a character make.  Who was she?  Why was she investigating the paranormal?  What were the repercussions of the summoning?  All of these things should have been answered in the first book, if not the second.  I never made it to the third.

The story lacked pace.  It meandered.  Even the moments of tension were so overloaded with frivolous detail that they lost all impact. The card reading could have been a slick, evocative foreshadowing of the coming storm, but was written with such dullness that I ended up in favour of the apocalypse.

I’m not the sort of reader who likes to follow someone around, watching the minutae of their day to day lives.  But I know this is very much a hallmark of urban fantasy.  If you like those Anita Blake novels, or Sherilyn Kenyon’s vampire hunters, you’ll probably like this one.  If you want tension and emotion a la Sharon Shinn or Sherri Tepper, give it a miss.

Rating: 5 / 10

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