Title: The Asylum Interviews: Bronx
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Asylum Tales (Book 0.5)
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Format: eBook, 100 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062118234 (Harper Voyager)
ISBN-13: 978-0062118233 (Harper Voyager)
Reviewed by: Kristie
In Low Town, where humans walk and work side-by-side with elves, vampires, ogres, and all manner of creature, it’s understandable that people occasionally need a little help in their lives. Whether is love, work, or … other, tattoo artists are there to try to help turn the odds into your favor. When Gage’s friend Parker needs help with his love life, tattoo artists Gage and Bronx are only too happy to help. But the incubus ends up getting more than he bargained for with his new tattoo, and his friends are forced to scramble to fix the mess they’ve created before someone gets hurt.
Quick & Dirty: Entertaining look into a new series about a loyal tattoo artist.
Opening Sentence: “What the … Get the hell out of here!”
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is the first of two short stories about how Gage, the mysterious tattoo artist of Angel’s Ink, meets one of his two employees. First up is Bronx, a talented tattoo artist who happens to be a troll. Gage meets Bronx in a most hilarious yet uncomfortable situation while at a bar. Undeterred, Bronx tells Gage he is looking for a new job but then gets sucked into a search for Gage’s friend Parker. Parker is an incubus. He is looking for a way to suppress his feedings and the best way to do that is by getting a tattoo. Unfortunately the tattoo doesn’t work as planned and Gage and Bronx undergo an adventure to fix Parker’s tattoo.
This was a highly enjoyable look into Gage and the supernatural world around him. Gage is quite mysterious and the hints into his background really left me wanting to read more about him. Gage claims to not really have any close friends but he went out of his way to help Parker (one of the few people who put up with Gage). This really shows the limits that Gage will go in order to help a friend. Gage comes off as someone I would really want as a friend even though it is obvious he is hiding something.
The “Interview” part of the title did confuse me at first. I really thought the novella’s would be told from the secondary characters of Angel’s Ink point of view, in this case Bronx but the tale is told from Gage’s point of view.
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is a pleasant look into a world where the supernatural are known and living among us. I enjoyed this look into Gage, Bronx, incubi and Vestal Virgins. I was intrigued enough by Gage’s mysterious past that I would definitely pick up Angel’s Ink.
“Then Bronx isn’t your real name? It’s a nickname?”
“It’s my birth name. Trolls are named after the places in which they are born.”
My face scrunched up as I mentally digested this unexpected bit of information. I had only spoken to one or two other trolls in my entire life and I hadn’t caught their names. Truth was there wasn’t a lot known about trolls because they didn’t tend to be very talkative. Most people thought that they just weren’t very bright and tended to avoid them because they weren’t pleasing to the eye like elves and were frighteningly strong like ogres.
“So, there could be several other trolls running around with the name Bronx,” I said.
“I would imagine so, but then there are other humans running around with the name Gage, correct?”
“Probably. But do you also have siblings with the same name as you?”
“No, I’m an only child. Most trolls have only one child.”
“The mother tends to eat the spares.”
The Asylum Tales:
1. Angel’s Ink
FTC Advisory: Harper Voyager/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of The Asylum Interviews: Bronx. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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