Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. ★★1/2
I didn’t find Rosemary and Rue terrible, but I didn’t find it intriguing either.
Rosemary and Rue centers on Toby Daye, a half fae detective who’s trying to live a normal human life. But when Countess Evening Winterrose is murdered, Toby is pulled back into her old world as she hunts for the killer.
What made Rosemary and Rue stand out from many similar urban fantasy novels was the use of Celtic mythology instead of the typical vampires and werewolves. I did like the use of Celtic mythology, but it wasn’t enough to get me involved in the book.
The plot itself didn’t feel very suspenseful or coherent. Instead of a single, driving story, it felt like a bunch of scenes just strung together. Events happen, but they don’t have much of an impact, either emotionally or on the plot.
Some of the most interesting elements were set up by the prologue but were left underutilized. I was really hoping that there would be some sort of reunion between Toby and her daughter – it would give a relationship to center the book around (and one different than the normal romance) and give me a reason to care about Toby.
The characters were forgettable. I’ve already forgotten most of their names, and I’ll probably forget them entirely in a few more months. None of them really breathed, not even Toby, who I never was able to connect with.
I won’t be picking up the sequel, and I wouldn’t recommend it either.