October 17, 2012

Review: River Road by Suzanne Johnson!

River Road
by Suzanne Johnson
Hardcover, 330 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012
By Tor Books

Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.

If you are looking for a book that keeps you on the edge, makes you laugh, makes you want to scream, and sucks you into loving all the characters -- even the bad ones -- then River Road is definitely for you!

I devoured this book in only a couple of hours. The biggest thing that I enjoyed a lot was how easily I could picture everything; the characters, the world, certain objects, etc. I literally felt like I was a part of this story. I was so invested in DJ and the other characters that I was even on the villain’s side. Johnson also introduces you to new creatures of the “other world” in River Road. And of course we get a little more of our favorite vampire pirate, Jean Lafitte. My third favorite character!

DJ by far, though, is my favorite character, then Alex. Talk about swoon worthy… I loved him in Royal Street, and love him even more in River Road. He really steps up his game in this one. The relationship between him and DJ definitely steps up a level. I love all the bickering between the two. There is so much sexual tension and it makes you want to scream KISS ALREADY! They are great as friends, partners, and (hopefully) a couple in love.

This is definitely a series that I will ALWAYS recommend when someone asks me for a book recommendation. It has the right amount of romance, tons of suspense, action, and just lots of humor. I am looking forward to the third book in the series and any other books that Suzanne Johnson writes.

If you read the first in the series, Royal Street, I would like to know what you think of it. Let me know!

4 out of 5 stars!


  1. I've never heard of this book before but I'm already intrigued. Sounds like my kind of book. Great review!

  2. jean is a vampire? i though he was a different kind of undead

    great review, i've loved royal street and i can't wait for river road

  3. I just received this ARC last week. I'm glad to see that it's a great follow up to Royal Street. Great review!

  4. This is the first time I've heard of this series. I'm off to look for Royal Street then! :)

  5. Glad you loved it! I haven't read the first one but I love the setting:)

  6. Read Royal Street and like it a lot. Read an ARC of River Road and liked it even more. The books in this series just get better and better. Enjoyed your review. Looking forward to book three.


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