Review: The Kitsune Giggle by Arizona Tape

Posted February 20, 2023 by Lola in Contemporary, Fantasy, Review / 2 Comments

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The Kitsune GiggleThe Kitsune Giggle (The Griffin Sanctuary #3)
by Arizona Tape

My Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance:

When the lonely cries of the kitsune vixen fill the Griffin Sanctuary, it’s up to the newest apprentice vet, Charlotte, to find her a suitable mate. Not an easy task considering they’re almost entirely extinct.

The Kitsune Giggle is book three in the modern fantasy Griffin Sanctuary series. It is packed full of adventure, mythical creatures, and an f/f romantic sub-plot.

My Review

The Kitsune Giggle is the third book in the Griffin Sanctuary series. It was fun to return to this series and visit the sanctuary again. This time apprentice vet Charlotte has to take care of a Kitsune that is lonely and depressed. Charlotte also struggles with changes to her schedule as she as the newest apprentice gets the short end of the stick with a horrible schedule that switches between night and day shifts.

While it was lovely to return to the sanctuary and spend time with these mythical creatures I found this book a bit less enjoyable than the earlier ones. It just made me sad how the kitsune Kiki was struggling. It bothered me how a few times characters referred to the kitsune as being dramatic, while the kitsune is depressed. I felt that it took a long time for there to be progress and most of it was in the last few chapters. It makes sense why it happened that way, but at the same time I would’ve liked to see more of Kiki’s progress and improvement. And the way Charlotte got a horrible schedule due to the schemes of the other apprentices didn’t sit well with me. This book just made me feel sad and frustrated instead of happy and relaxed.

Then there was the romance which is finally developing, but it was a bit weird with them flirting and hinting at things and kissing, but never really talking about it. I am still not sure where they stand. There was a topic that came up which I thought would be a great way to deepen their bond, but felicity didn’t want to talk about it and Charlotte was a bit too pushy and kept trying to get Felicity to open up. There were some good scenes with the two of them, but I had hoped for more talking and growing closer.

Besides my issues with this book I did enjoy it. Charlotte is a great character to read about and I liked reading about her and how much she cares for the animals. I also liked how the issue with her schedule got resolved as well as how the epilogue wrapped things up for both Kiki and Charlotte. The set up for the next book makes me excited for the next adventure. It was fun to get to see more of the sanctuary with Charlotte visiting the lupins as well as some other new mythological creatures that get addressed. There’s also a scene with the unicorns again. I really like how the author writes about these mythical animals and make them come alive.

To summarize: This was another solid installment in this series, although I enjoyed this one a bit less due to the tone being more sad. The kitsune Charlotte is taking care of is lonely and depressed. While Charlotte struggles with being tired due to a harrowing schedule that switched day and night shifts. It took a while before there was progress with the kitsune. I also struggled a bit with hinting and jokes when it came to the romance, but not a lot of actually talking things through. There are some new mythical animals I enjoyed reading about. And I really like how the author writes about all the mythical creatures and brings them alive. The epilogue wrap things up well and I liked how things ended for Kike the kitsune and the promise of a new adventure for Charlotte.

3 Stars


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