(Genie McQueen, book 1)
by Sierra Dean
When your sister has saved the world, you have a lot to live up to.
Genie McQueen thought she’d seen it all after helping her big sister Secret stop the Apocalypse. The dead walked, New York City burned, and things nearly went to hell in a hand basket. After it was all over, the world knew about vampires and werewolves, and Genie’s life would never be the same.
But now, three years later, someone doesn’t want werewolves or any supernatural creatures to live alongside humans. A new anti-werewolf church with a charismatic leader and a cult-like following has declared open season on Genie’s whole species. When a member of her pack is kidnapped, she decides it’s time to stop going with the flow and to step up and fight for her people.
Tagging along for the ride is a handsome troublemaker, Wilder Shaw, a pack outsider who just wants to save his brother, but will leave Genie’s head spinning in the process.
Equally troubling are the ghosts of her past she can’t quite shake, the nightmarish figures who haunt her even when she’s wide awake, and a dark magic inside her she hasn’t yet learned to tame.
Things are about to get messy in the bayou.
Genie vs Secret – A McQueen Smackdown
In one corner we have a half-vampire/half-werewolf bounty hunter who, in spite of having a pulse, managed to become one of the most powerful vampires in the country. And a werewolf Queen at the same time. No biggie.
In the other corner we have her full-werewolf half-sister who also happens to be a hella powerful witch. She has natural magic, shifter healing abilities, and a history of hunting rogues in the swamp (where she lived in a tree), and sometimes blows things up using sheer force of will. It’s cool.
Secret McQueen vs. Genie McQueen. Who would win in a fight?
Weapons: Secret wins this one hands down. She’s skilled with guns and swords, and has been known to use both at the same time. Anyone who can behead a demon mid-flight is probably going to win in hand-to-hand combat. Point Secret.
Natural Strength: Genie takes this one. Though Secret is stronger, in theory, thanks to her vampire half, Genie has the ability to go out in sunlight. As a full-blooded werewolf she’s strong, and has all the natural abilities Secret does, but with fewer limitations. Point Genie.
Quips: This one is tough. Secret has a longer pull-list of options with 8 books and 2 novellas under her belt, and Genie is only on her first book. I’ll give the point to Secret here, for sheer volume of snark. Genie has a long way to go if she’s going to outsass her sister. Point Secret.
Superpowers: Secret may have a lot of titles, but Genie can blow things up with her mind (even though she might not mean to). Secret can see ghosts, but Genie has magic powers. Point Genie.
Man Candy: Again, tricky. Secret had Holden, Desmond and Lucas, a trifecta of dreamy dudes vying for her attention and love. As we open with Bayou Blues Genie has a handsome lawyer boyfriend, Cash, but there’s also Wilder, a scruffy ne’er do well werewolf mechanic who spells trouble. It might be early to say, but I’m calling this a draw. Points for each.
Bottom line: Secret has cooler toys and quicker comebacks, but Genie is a force of nature who is a quick thinker and born leader. They’re both different, and both badass in their own way. Already love Secret? You’ll be sure to love Genie, too. New to the McQueens entirely? Then there’s no wrong choice.
About the Author:
She’s also a book lover (of course!), obsessive collector of OPI nailpolish and the owner of way too many pairs of shoes.