Subtitle: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 563 pages
Setting: the Lower City, the beginning of Rebekah Cooper’s service as a Dog (what they call police)
Interest: I was looking for a YA book and something light. I didn’t have a specific series in mind, but vaguely recognized the author’s name and went for it.
Summary: The story is told in Rebekah’s journal that she tries to keep daily. It’s her first day as a Puppy in the Lower City. She’s assigned to two of the best Dogs in the District and is learning the ropes of catching the big bad guys and just threatening the little ones. The Rogue (the leader of the thieves) is losing is grip on the city and is only interested in making as much money as he can, sharing a bit with the Dogs of course. Rebekah gets in the middle of two mysteries – where are the fire opals coming from, and who is the Shadow Snake. Both are resulting in people of the Lower City dying and no one seems to care, until Rebekah gets on the case. She gathers information talking to ghosts riding the city’s pigeons, and dust devils, and with the help of her friends, manages to solve both cases.
Final thoughts: This was just what I was looking for. YA is just a bit lighter and quicker than adult fiction, even the stuff written for teens. That doesn’t mean it isn’t highly enjoyable, though. Rebekah was not a perfect character – she’s horribly shy, makes mistakes, and has a hard time making friends. However, she is completely loyal to those who have won her over, including the inhabitants of the Lower City. She also assists in solving the crimes in a believable manner, unlike in some books where you wonder where the adults are. There’s also a delightfulness in the relationship shown between her and her friends that isn’t often seen.
Title comes from: It was the main character’s nickname – once she sets her mind to something, she wouldn’t stop until the case was closed.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 3/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and a T in the Alphabet Soup Title Challenge
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