Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

Publisher’s Blurb:

Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.

But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.

Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.

But who says the solutions have to be neat? Because Monkey is always out for mischief.

My Take:

It is books like Monkey Around that are driving my new-found love of urban fantasy. Featuring the Chinese trickster God, Sun Wukong aka The Monkey King… This is an action-packed novel really gets the idea of the ‘world within the world.’

And nothing gets me like a story set in San Francisco. Even though I grew up in the suburbs, my dad worked in The City. We would take trips to see friends who lived there and also to just see the sights. Cross the Golden Gate to The City and you will find all sorts of opportunity for adventure. And hang a left on the Bay Bridge to the East Bay…

Told in Maya’s first person narration, from the underground coffee shop to the search for a shapeshifting serial killer, I enjoyed the banter… the conglomeration of different supernatural powers in the Bay Area… and especially, Maya’s internal search for who exactly she is. So many things happening!

4.5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Rebellion Press and the author for an advanced copy for review.

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