Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review is committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. It featured a review of Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia in the December 2016 issue. With the publication’s permission below is the entire review. Our thanks to reviewer Clabe Polk and the Midwest Book Review!
Should appeal to any reader that loves mysteries with a supernatural twist – Four Stars!
Weeia are a specialized group who live among humans and who possess certain special powers. Except for these special powers, Weeia are undistinguishable from humans. Weeia Marshals are trained to prevent unscrupulous Weeia from using their powers against humans.
When Danni Metreaux, a recent third level graduate of the Weeia Marshal academy, is unexpectedly sent to Paris for her first assignment, she is excited and a bit over-whelmed. She is also the envy of the rest of the academy graduates who have received much more mundane postings. However, Paris disappoints her as her boss, Francois appears completely burned out an uninterested, his friend Patrick is an unknown factor and the Office Manager, Madame Marmotte comes across as an ineffective busy-body manipulator.
Soon, Danni is up to her heck in intrigue involving a gypsy clan and desperately trying to get her boss to back her. Will she be successful and survive the gypsy threat? I suppose you’ll have to read it to find out!
Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia should appeal to any reader that loves mysteries with a supernatural twist. 4-stars
Clabe Polk, Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
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Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it’s almost like somebody doesn’t want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.
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I loved Danni as a character
This book follows Danni who just became a level 3 Marshal for Weeia. She gets a post in Paris to help police the Weeia. Danni experiences some setbacks when she arrives in Paris such as a bad living situation and a boss who is MIA. Danni then works hard to prove herself as the new marshal in town.
I loved Danni as a character. The author did a great job creating a whole new world regarding Weeia and it was very easy to follow along with. Danni was a very interesting character she obviously had a difficult upbringing, which has continued into her adult life. I liked that Danni was able to admit her faults and in turn able to be stronger because of them. Danni was a very independent character and someone who would work very hard to achieve a goal.
The author does a great job describing Paris when Danni is touring the town. I felt like from all the vivid details I could imagine myself traveling through this town along with Danni and picture exactly what Paris looked like. I also liked that we got to not only see the tourist areas, but other areas of the town. It was great that we also got some background on the current economy in Paris during the book. The details that the author used to describe the setting were great I felt like I was right along with Danni.
The beginning of the book is a lot of background information on Weeia as well as getting to know the characters. I feel the book picks up towards the middle to end with a large amount of action. The author does a great job writing the action scenes I felt like I could imagine what was going on with Danni during these settings.
My major issue was I felt like I was missing a huge bit of information by not knowing what happened to Danni’s family. The author kept alluding to something bad happened, but didn’t elaborate in the beginning. I felt like I was missing a big piece while reading since it was brought up several times in the beginning of the book and was definitely a major issue that effected Danni’s life.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read. It was easy to follow along in the book and was easy to find natural stopping points to put the book down and pick it up the next night. The story flowed very quickly and was easy to read.
I received a copy of this book from France Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
My Rating: 4/5
Kristyn, host, Reading to Unwind (see original at http://readingtounwind.blogspot.com/2016/12/blog-tour-gypsies-tramps-and-weeia-elle.html)
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A good choice for the 15+ crowd
When we first meet our character, we are sort of thrown into her story mid-step. We learn about Danni as we read the novel; who she is, what she’s lived and this feels a bit like more of a self-exploration story. This novel was for Danni to sort of come into her own as a person and as a member of this world normal humans don’t know anything about. She is a member of what is known as the Weeia and she has made it her life’s work to protect and uphold the laws. As the story unfolds, we learn more about a mystery that quickly becomes our (the reader’s) main interest. There’s a lot of things that happen as this story unfolds, but the characters are fun and well-written with great detail and lots of interesting moments that will keep you as a reader interested.
There is a magical/fantasy element as well as some spy like stuff that makes it fun and of course, the heart of it all….a mystery our young Weeia must solve. Toss on a little romance and cut it into a triangle, and we’re all cooking now in the pot. The end result is a savory and enjoyable novel that will be enjoyed by several audiences. There’s nothing too adult in this novel such as foul language or sex-scenes, so it’s a good choice for the 15+ crowd for sure.
All in all I enjoyed the book and didn’t find any slow parts that lagged. I enjoy reading new authors and I hope you’ll pick this one up and you’ll enjoy it too.
Milady Adler, host, Milady Adler Blog
(See the original at miladyadlerblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/just-a-weeia-q-a/)