Carlos Mann Trilogy #2
"REVENGE, MURDER, ADULTERY, OBSESSION, GHOSTS, GYPSIES, TIGERS, WITCHES, FREUD, MYSTERY, DRUG LORDS, CHINATOWN, MEXICO, VIENNA... AND THE SPANISH INQUISITION!
To avenge her parents’ death, sadistic sex trafficker Tiger Joy sends deadly assassins after Carlos and his beautiful ghost wife Alicia. The pair escapes to Cancun where they battle witches and drug lords to help their friend Señor Popcorn win the love of his life. But the Afterlife Judges aren’t happy with Alicia’s temper, and they send her off to anger management therapy with the ghost of Sigmund Freud. In old Vienna, the spirit of a seductive crown prince tempts Alicia, and then she’s captured by gypsies who put her on display in the Ghost Chamber of their traveling carnival. Alicia commits an unforgivable sin, and it finally gives Tiger Joy the perfect chance for revenge."
Thank you to the authors, Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza, for gifting me with a copy of Alicia's Sin in exchange for an honest review!
The one thing I can say whole-heartedly about this book is that it is slightly strange and different and entirely unique whether you take that in a good or bad way. That part is up to you! You really have to toss all of your preconceived notions out the window when you read this series.
Let's start out with the things that I enjoyed:
Sigmund Freud's appearance. I won't tell you why he comes into the scene other than his expertise in psycho analysis is needed (his ghost appears, of course!). It was both strange and sort of ironic in a good way.
I also really liked how, in this installment, we got to see more of Alicia's past and what exactly her anger is directed at. The whole reason she is still able to cling to the living life is because she has a fierce, fierce temper that restricts her ability to move on. In general, I really liked Alicia in this book. She was much more sassy and we get to see more of her life as a ghost.
I also enjoyed how the conflicts were presented and what was done with them in terms of plot points.
The characters are pretty well developed and I really liked the glimpse into Sr. Popcorn's past however some of the other characters still aren't as clear to me and seemed like story-book characters.
Now for the things I'm not sure I liked:
I'm not sure how I feel about Tiger anymore. I was slightly confused as to what her objective is in the future. She is a good villain, I'm just not sure of her motivations anymore. To that end, there were some events that happened when I felt I was just sitting on the sidelines reading a script or watching a movie of what was actually happening. This part isn't necessarily a bad thing, however I prefer to be able to 'enter' the book, so to speak.
The Final Verdict:
This is definitely a strange but interesting book. The characters are a mix of developed and flat but I loved how we got to know a few of them a bit more with flashback scenes. I'm not sure how I feel about Tiger as a villain anymore because it wasn't entirely clear what she was trying to accomplish.