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Book Club: SANTA OLIVIA by Jacqueline Carey

Book Club: SANTA OLIVIA by Jacqueline Carey

Explore Jacqueline Carey’s take on both comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth in SANTA OLIVIA:

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive “Wolf-Man” who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup’s father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The “Wolf-Men” were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father’s wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.

After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.

Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.

Join the GiC Book Club in person at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA for our book club discussion on Saturday, November 21st at 5 p.m. Find our group on Meetup here.

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Amber Neva Brown
Young Adult Reviewer at Girls in Capes
Amber is Inventory Manager at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh and head of the Girls in Capes book club at that branch. She grew up on the Outer Banks and has a Masters in Publishing from Rosemont College. Her ultimate fandoms are Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and she could recommend a book to probably anyone. Find her on Twitter at @ambernevabrown and on Instagram at @isnotacrayon.
Amber Neva Brown
Written by Amber Neva Brown

Amber is Inventory Manager at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh and head of the Girls in Capes book club at that branch. She grew up on the Outer Banks and has a Masters in Publishing from Rosemont College. Her ultimate fandoms are Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and she could recommend a book to probably anyone. Find her on Twitter at @ambernevabrown and on Instagram at @isnotacrayon.

  • Not gonna lie – I went out and bought ‘Santa Olivia’ after reading the description & going ‘heck yes.’

    • Did you finish it? I have Opinions and Amber never actually read it.