Santa Olivia

Santa Olivia

Book - 2009
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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a USmilitary base inside a DMZ buffer zone betweenTexasandMexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by theUS government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.

After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.

Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780446198172
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 21 cm.


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wonderlands May 18, 2013

This was a book I had been eyeing and looking forward to for quite some time. I found the plot refreshingly original, slow paced but enjoyable, and that Pilar and Loup were a great representation for queer couples.

Jul 15, 2012

This book is gorgeous. Carey's writing is both intimate and lyrical, and the plot is unique and creative. I'm very pleased that I picked this one off the shelf.

Apr 23, 2011

It's a reasonably good book, although the plot is nowhere near as unstoppable as the Kushiel books. Actually, Olivia compares unfavorably with the Hunger Games. True, this book gives you a fair amount more steamy scenes - though nothing gets as naughty as Kushiel's Phedre.

Yes, I will look up the sequel(s) but I would not buy these.

Jess_library Sep 28, 2009

This was a great novel - although I don't know if I would call it science fiction. It follows the story of Loup Garron - a girl who father was a genetically engineered soldier. Loup lives in Santa Olivia - a military controlled compound on the Mexican border. Loup impersonates Santa Olivia in a Zorro-like manner to avenge the townsfolk.
Although this book is not as lengthy as most of Carey's books (Carey can write 800 pagers that read like 200 pagers) - it flows just as beautifully.


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Apr 23, 2011

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