Stripped by Marcia Colette


Stripped is the prequel to Marcia Colette’s Half Breed, an “urban fantasy [that] challenges the subgenre’s norm to present the reader with an unlikely heroine. Alexa is a lethal killer… and a member of two cultures that see her as an anomaly.” In the first novel, which was published in 2006, Marcia introduced a half human half werewolf who didn’t trust anyone but herself. In Stripped we find the source of Alexa’s suspicious nature.

I already knew Alexa was a kickass heroine from reading Half Breed, but Stripped sent my jaw straight to the floor by giving me a nice glimpse into the rest of her resume. I’ve read about many amazing women in urban fantasy, but this is the first time I meet a stripper-bouncer-half werewolf-witch-friendly-crossbow sniper who is experiencing some serious memory issues. Impressive, isn’t she? But Alexa wasn’t the only super heroine in this novel; the author did some significant ass kicking too—with her writing of course.

Marcia Colette did something that has secured me as one of her readers. She did enough research to give her fiction a healthy reality kick. This realization made me laugh at times. Fine, I was roaring with tears running down my cheeks when I thought of Marcia practicing stripper moves, just to make sure that Alexa’s bootie shaking felt real to the reader. No, Marcia has never told me about doing such thing, but I write too. I have twisted my body into strange positions, in order to keep myself from writing about something that was physically impossible. So I couldn’t help, but imagine…

This paranormal author’s alleged exotic dancing research made reading Stripped super fun, but it was not what gained my respect for her writing. What gripped me was her approached to Witchcraft. Marcia Colette is a non-Pagan author, but her use of Pagan elements was gratifyingly accurate. Her urban fantasy featured REAL magic, so you know that my Eclectic Pagan’s heart was dancing through the pages. Stripped served paranormal fiction with a purpose; not the usual ridiculous spells that would leave anyone who knows a bit about magic wondering what in the gods’ names was the author thinking?

I won’t give you details because I despise spoilers. Nevertheless, I will say that Marcia’s novel portrayed some real Witches; some good ones and a few evil as hell, but all very real in their practices. The readers of Stripped will even get to witness some of the disagreements between Witchcraft traditions… I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to say anything else, but the novel left me charmed *dorky grin*. Of course, not enough to pretend that the Stripped was perfect; there were some things distracting enough to break the reading spell every now and then.

I practiced my eye rolling technique every time characters and settings were described, in their entirety, as soon as they appeared. I love to see things through a character's eyes, but the idea that Alexa would survey every person and location immediately, even when in peril, left me a bit disconcerted. Then I thought about Alexa’s especial qualifications, and figured that she thought like a soldier, so maybe she felt the need to search and assess her surroundings in order to feel safe. Still, it annoyed me a bit. In the end the novel was great as a whole, so I just ignored the distractions and enjoyed a succulent urban fantasy treat.


If you like your “writing dark, sexy, bloody and paranormal” like I do, then you must get your hands on Stripped. Marcia Colette has served a second course of magical shapeshifting delight!

10 comments:

  1. Happy SITS Saturday!!!!

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  2. Anonymous9/26/2009

    Marcia really kicks ass with "Stripped." I Loved it! "Stripped" has a well developed plot with twists and turns you just don't see coming. It was delicious!

    I have noticed that some authors are more about sex in their stories than a good plot. I loved how the story was more important than sex. All I'm saying is, if I wanted porno I'd buy that but, I want a good story and Marcia delivers that, along with great character development. I love Alexa, just like I love Sinclair in "Unstable Environment." (And Rio)

    I know this is going to sound crazy but, when I really like a book and the author's writing style, I get excited while I'm reading it. My heart races and starts pounding. (I know, I'm a nerd.)

    Melissa Carmichael

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  3. Thanks Thena!

    Melissa, you are absolutely normal. There is nothing wrong with jumping up and down laughing like you just lost your mind when you get a new book by your favorite author; people do it all the time, right? lol I so know that feeling ;) I was really pleased with the sexual content of Stripped (pun intended :) It left you all hot and bothered and looking for more. So Marcia better pop another one so and I'm not talking about Baby Girl lol.

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  4. Anonymous9/27/2009

    Great book, couldn't put it down for a minute.

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  5. Ooohh...must read these books! They sound fantastic. Thanks for the review.

    )O(
    boo

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  6. Good lord. I've been spreading my excitement so much that I had completely forgotten to comment here. Duh!

    Anyway, THANK YOU for reviewing my book. And unfortunately, I didn't practice any stripper moves. However...I have a extremely fond memories of my first venture to a strip club. Those men were HAWT! There's no way in the world I could forget a fan-tabulous experience like that. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. :D

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  7. Anonymous (lol) I know exactly what you mean, I was in the same boat!

    Bridgett, you need to get it. I think you will find the characters very appealing, the Pagan ones will be surprisingly real.

    Marcia, you are very welcome. Oh my first--and only experience--at a male stripper club will change depending who you ask. I say that it was ridiculous and enraging. My dear friend (Brandie) will tell you that it was hilarious and my reaction to the certain stripper was more entertaining than the dances. Certain stripper will say that it was terrifying and that he never thought that a 116lbs woman could be that scary. I'm sure that he would think twice before trying to touch someone who had told him to stay away from her!

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  8. Good lord. I've been spreading my excitement so much that I had completely forgotten to comment here. Duh!

    Anyway, THANK YOU for reviewing my book. And unfortunately, I didn't practice any stripper moves. However...I have a extremely fond memories of my first venture to a strip club. Those men were HAWT! There's no way in the world I could forget a fan-tabulous experience like that. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. :D

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  9. Thanks Thena!

    Melissa, you are absolutely normal. There is nothing wrong with jumping up and down laughing like you just lost your mind when you get a new book by your favorite author; people do it all the time, right? lol I so know that feeling ;) I was really pleased with the sexual content of Stripped (pun intended :) It left you all hot and bothered and looking for more. So Marcia better pop another one so and I'm not talking about Baby Girl lol.

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  10. Anonymous8/16/2011

    Great book, couldn't put it down for a minute.

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