The League of Skull and Bones by MJ Fletcher

The League of Skull and Bones by MJ Fletcher book review

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Jess Grimm has the ability to travel to any dimension in the multiverse. There’s only one problem… it’s killing her.
Jess is in a race against time to find a device that can slow the progression of the power inside her, but she isn’t alone. Others want her power, and they don’t care how they get it, or if she is dead or alive when they do.
The only person willing to help her is the mysterious Ronan Sparrow a member of the League of Skull & Bones, one of the very groups that want her power. But what does Ronan want in return? Can Jess trust him or will she find herself alone with enemies on all sides? The League of Skull & Bones, Book 1 of The Grimm Chronicles.

About The Author…

MJ Fletcher was born in New Jersey and now lives by the beach with his very understanding wife and daughter. He has been writing since he first stapled pages together as a child and called them a book. He finally realized his ambitions when his comic book series Adam Zero The Last Man of Earth was published by Ronin Studios. His other comic book work includes Digital Webbing Presents and The Hero Initiative. His first novel The Doorknob Society released in 2012 was nominated for a Cybil award in the young adult category. He has continued writing the Doorknob Society Saga his rollicking steampunk adventure series as well as working on numerous other writing projects.

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I was so excited to read this story, first in the Grimm Chronicles series. A paranormal steampunk novel with a tough heroine? Right up my alley! Jessica comes from a long line of Old Kind, basically humans with special powers. They have the ability to jump between dimensions using a skeleton key but somehow Jessica’s keys are tattooed onto her arms as part of her unique powers. Jess has to not only find out how to survive her new powers but also come to terms with her newly scarred and tattooed body.

The story is pretty fast paced, generally well written, and has some intriguing characters. Ronan Sparrow, her partner/love interest, is very compelling but so is the mysterious Merric. I was actually more interested in both, or actually all, of the male characters in this story than I was with Jess. I just didn’t find much depth of character to her I guess. She seemed self centered and immature for the age and supposed experience of this character.
I did really like that the world is still earth with normal humans but then there are the Old Kind with powers, that normal humans don’t notice. However, this story didn’t offer much description of the contrast in the two worlds which was a disappointment for me. I got the idea that this book was a spin off from his other series – the Doorknob Society –  and I think in trying not to repeat that series, the author missed a few things that might be helpful for new readers. I also want to mention that the prologue read as a fantasy and the remainder of the book read as sci-fi/steampunk. It was a long way into the story before the connection was made between the two so it threw me off a bit. Of course I love both genres but like I said, it was confusing.

This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Fletcher and I would recommend this book with a caveat that readers may want to try the Doorknob Society series first, to get a more well rounded view of the world that Jess Grimm is living in, which is what I’m going to do.

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