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Poisoned Pearls

by Leah R. Cutter

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An enjoyable read, this book hs three main characters and is written from each of three points of view. It is a reworking of the Norse Ragnarok mythology, brought into modern times but with a supenatural twist.

Although the story was generally good, I did find that there was a lot of adult content that didn't necessarily add to the story. ( )
  bellymonster | Nov 28, 2015 |
Very different from the other books by Leah that I've read. This is a pretty much 'normal' urban fantasy with lots of added graphic sex for bonus. The more direct plot and writing style highlights the contrast with Leah's otherwise more esoteric and sparse style. As a re-working of the classic Odin legends though it is quite novel!

Cassandra is as far as she knows 'normal' rather than 'blessed' with any form of mental powers that afflict (by official figures) upto 10% of the population - telepathy, pre-or post cognition, and various others - but as a lesbian ostracised by her family she's struggling to make ends meet, her current job managing a sex and toys shop doesn't pay very well and has extremely unsocial hours. Life is made harder when she finds the body of one of her customer/friends outside the shop. The extremely attractive police post-cog knows she didn't do it, but also sees Cassie's involved somehow. Cassie just wants revenge and embarks on a little vigilante investigation. Which leads her to discovering plenty of surprises.

As a re-working of the Loki/Odin/Ragnarok legend it was interesting modern interpretation. Freda however needed a lot more integration into the main world plot. The graphic sex descriptions didn't seem like they added anything to the story either. Cassie is an interesting character, but everything else is not quite fleshed out well enough for the novel to properly work. ( )
  reading_fox | Jun 16, 2015 |
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Poisoned Pearls (ebook)
By: Leah Cutter
Published by: Book View Café
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Reviewed By: doseofbella

Mere mortals are left without much choice when the ancient gods decide to go to war. There are a few however that have a special gift. They can see either previous events, current events or past events. With this knowledge… is it a gift or a curse to know and see events and not be able to control the situation presented.

Cassie works in an adult sex and toy shop. She has seen it all, including her best friend dead in the alley behind the shop she works in. She’s the kind of girl not afraid to be herself, and have a variety of interesting friends. She is just doesn’t understand why her friend was killed, and others are dieing. She soon discovers that there is so much more going on than she was prepared for.

I must say that the story was interesting, but I still don’t know if I liked it. Cassie was a wonderful character. She really is unique. Not afraid to be sassy, sarcastic, gay, and independent. I truly enjoyed her.
As for the gods and war…intertwined with Cassie and the way her world is now, it stretched a bit to far for me. The story was well written. I just don’t think it was my kind of story.

3/5 ( )
  doseofbella | Jun 15, 2015 |
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I requested this book from the Early Reviewers program because I love the setting and I thought the premise sounded interesting. While I did often like the book's voice, I think the premise remained the most interesting thing about it. A lot of the execution suffered from poor pacing. ( )
  mixedmetaphors | Jan 6, 2015 |
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Poisoned Pearls by Leah Cutter is an urban fantasy set in a world like our own except that psychic abilities are routinely tested for and exploited. Cassie is a young woman who works in a sex shop. All her friends are street people and her life is pretty ordinary. She doesn't believe she has any special abilities. When she finds the body of her best friend in the alley behind her shop, and the psychic who works with the police says that she is somehow involved in the murder, she tries to solve the mystery herself. She discovers she is not as ordinary as she thought, which is a good thing since it seems it is up to her to prevent a mad god from starting Ragnarok.

I have to admit it took me some time to get into this novel. The switching back and forth between the different perspectives was initially confusing and made it hard to invest in the story. Once the novel really got going, however, I found that Cassie's character began to grow on me and I wanted to find out what happened to her. Cassie is funny, self-depreciating, stubborn and brave. All the other characters were interesting as well. When the various strands of the novel came together the action was fast and exciting. There was some sexual content in the novel, but I didn't find it too explicit. ( )
  carod | Nov 15, 2014 |
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Poisoned Pearls: Leah Cutter

The story begins in a unique way as the author introduces readers to Odin from Old Norse. Called The Furious One and a major god in Germanic mythology and Norse Mythology. Angry, yelling and slamming the butt of a stone he started his rant. Someone was disturbing him and causing him to feel unsettled. Why would he admit to difficulties with his wife? Discussing his situation brings to light much about what might have caused the argument as Odin strikes a deal. Odin’s role was complex and is often linked with war, battle, victory and death. But, Odin is wise. Loki is a god and within this story he is deemed a trickster. However, he is thought to be the mother of a mare-to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir who comes into play in this deal. Listening to the discussion you realize that Loki seems to cause problems for the gods. He is a shape shifter and can transform into different animals or even people. Loki and Odin set the scene for now but here is what happens next in the present. The Twilight Battle is what they are talking about before the scene closes and making sure that he wins creates the deal.

The society that is described is quite different from that of the one we live in today or maybe we just don’t know that these people exist. In the present we meet Hunter who has a vision one that is quite disturbing. Hunter is a pre-cog and can see things before they are come. He can feel and see events but this time is vision seems cut short and the distance that he normally sees has been cut in half leaving him more than concerned. Was it the unit he worked in that was in trouble? Who was calling his name? Was it Hunter whose life was in danger?

Meet Cassie who comes upon her friend Kyle’s body. Kyle was found “slumped in an alley, next to the entrance to Chinaman Joe’s Good Luck Parlor, the sex and toy shop.” This is where Cassie works. A “Do Not Cross,” sign was cast across the alley and a white ambulance created a somber affect. Kyle was an exotic dancer and he would be one of many who would be killed before all is said and done. Cassie is asked to describe Kyle, his lifestyle and what she knows about him. Thinking that she might be a person of interest she is interrogated and it takes a while before she is sent home. One of the post-cogs who sees things that come after the event, began questioning her. Cassie is a normal person who has no powers. Dealing with the post-cog did not make anything easier as she explained where she worked and to the reader her preference for women. Most people within this world created by the author hare either telepathic, have some type of pre or post cognition or the ability of telekinesis. She on the other hand is great at math. Finding herself finally at work she describes her job, and discusses her friend Angela who reveals to Cassie and readers that yet another girl named Helen Eaton is missing. More questioning, another death that the author relates of the prostitute named Carletta as the scene is quite graphically described and the way the killer gets his victim chilling.

Cassie seems bent on finding out who is behind killing all of her friends which leads her to searching for Csaba to warn him he might be next. With Carletta strangled, several others missing or dead, Cassie realizes that the police have no clue to who or what is committing the crimes as they think the deaths are drug related. But, Cassie is determined to find the truth and show the police where they are wrong. But, can she before she becomes a target? Set in Minneapolis, where winters are cold and bone chilling at times, Cassie is selected to find out who is killing her friends and will stop at nothing before she does.

Just when Cassie thinks she might be on to something Hunter decides to make his presence known and now she is under his protection. Josh is supposed to be his right hand person to help tell him if any danger is coming. But, a special drug that Hunter received enhanced his powers and what happens next will surprise the reader. As Hunter reveals that he cannot believe Cassie has no powers as the author brings Loki and his troops to the present and the fighting begins with Odin watching and observing in the past.

Cassie faces many more obstacles and is told by the police to get tested to see what her special abilities might be even though she doubts she has any at all. Her mother making a guest appearance leaving her cold and unfeeling, finding two more dead bodies and being questioned by the police Cassie finds herself in a difficult situation not knowing that Hunter is monitoring it all. Realizing within himself that something is wrong and that danger is near the author brings us back to Loki and what he has planned for one storyteller and what Odin is doing in the past and how the wars and battles collide during both time periods. Just what does this have to do with what is happening in the present? Who is killing all of these sex workers and why? What does that have to do with Loki and his plans to defeat Odin? This is a story about acceptance, understanding differences, family ties that do not exist and the hope that one young girl can find her proper place in the world.

Something happens when Cassie is finally tested and more than one person becomes interested in her as the author reveals just who and what Josh is and why he wants to recruit Cassie and why Hunter tries to protect her. Drugs are at the forefront and some will help enhance her new ability as a post-cog as she recounts some the events of Kyle’s death, claims to see the non-man or ghost that might be responsible and causes Samantha to seek out what she thinks is help for Cassie. The plot now comes full circle as Loki and Odin meet and discuss exactly that they have planned, why bring on the Twilight, who will survive and what they has to do with what Cassie sees in the present. Two worlds converge but which one will win?

When Cassie faces Loki and realizes exactly what has been planned can she and Samantha stop what he calls the rebirth of the world. Just what does she see that she has to convince Samantha of? What happens when she tries to show her? Where is Hunter and why exactly is everyone being killed? Taking the souls of those that are killed why? Just how would Cassie save the world and what would it cost her? An ending that you won’t expect and a twist that will surprise you when you read Poisoned Pearls. What would you do if you could tell the future or see the past? What is the final fate of the world?
Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 
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Sometimes you need more than eyes to see.

Working at a sex & toy shop like Chinaman Joe’s Good Luck Parlor keeps Cassie in smokes and off the streets. It isn’t glamorous. But it’s a life.

Then again, Cassie is just normal, not one of the blessed. No paranormal abilities, no telepathy, no pre-cognition. Normal.

But when someone kills Cassie’s best friend in the alley behind the store, the police start looking at her. Hard. Particularly when the Post-Cog on the case swears she’s involved, somehow.

Then someone strangles a prostitute right there in the store.

Cassie knows the cops are wrong about everything. She didn’t do it, and the deaths aren’t about drugs.

But to prove them wrong Cassie has to stop gods she didn’t know were real and prevent Ragnarok.

Her life will never be the same.
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