This one's kind of a mixed bag.
Nola O'Grady is a psychic working for some strange anonymous government agency (it's so secret we can't tell you the name), where the only supervisor she has is a guy named "Y" that she can only contact via going into trance. She does that a lot. She also has random saints and angels pop in from time to time to give her hints about stuff. Her job is to be an agent of Harmony, combatting the crazy-ass forces of Chaos. She gets forced to work with normal Interpol Israeli agent Ari Nathan, who's investigating a guy who goes around killing werewolves. Nola figures out early on that this must have been the guy who killed her lycanthrope brother Pat. At the same time, her little brother Michael comes into his powers (magical powers REALLY run in the O'Grady/O'Brian/Halloran family trees) and disappears into some kind of alternate universe. It's an interesting premise, albeit kind of sketchy and vague to me a good chunk of the time. I'm not sure why the bad guys did what they did, but there's a twist toward the end that interested me.
Nola uses a lot of acronyms for what psychic processes she's using, which on the one hand, kind of amused me, but on the other hand, might not amuse others so much AND they do all tend to blend together until all you think is, "she's doing some other kind of psychic thing."Well, yeah.
And I have to say that for a detective, Nola doesn't exactly have a whopping amount of distinctive personality. (At one point she says she has a hard time mentally staying in her body without getting laid regularly, and you do believe it.) Neither does her boyfriend, especially. I can't say either of them stand out as distinctive personalities compared to say, Nola's entire family, who are far more entertaining and quirky and distinct as individuals. I would have enjoyed a bit more conflict or personality in how Nola and Ari get together, but it's pretty much "huh, no, I'm not gonna fall in love with him no matter what you say, tarot reading" to "let's boink" without a whole lot of drama. Just kinda happens. Again, it's not a particularly memorable pairing, though I did kind of feel for Nola in how she was refusing to get attached to Ari because all of her boyfriends dump her once they get away from her relatives.
Nola's biggest personality trait, other than being magic/from a magic family, is that she has an eating disorder. The comments on Amazon mentioned that it's not so easy as having her boyfriend force her to eat--well, no, it's not. The fact that it's an eating disorder actually kind of crept up on me since this is from her POV and she mostly just claims to "forget" to eat. (I was rolling my eyes at that.) Ari forces her to eat at meals, though she starts hiding food/feeding it to the nearest chaos creature. But when her family started commenting on this ("Wow, you want to eat the lasagna? Last time you dissected every possible calorie in every layer."), then I was all, ohhhhh, this isn't just me thinking it, then. I'm not sure what to make of this, exactly. It may seem like an easy fix to have Nola choke down some pizza or whatever when her boyfriend's around, but since she keeps doing what she wants when left alone, I dunno.
So: Nola and Ari as protagonists = not the best. The case = somewhat confusing, somewhat interesting, it kind of goes all over the place. However, her relatives and that story = very interesting. I'd certainly like to hear more about Michael and what he gets up to (I'd read a spinoff of his talent, because there is so much potential in that), and heck, even the rest of the family sound like fun to get to know even when you only see them briefly.
I think overall this new series may have potential, but at the moment, falls kinda flat in a lot of the major places. I may read the next one, or not, I don't know. It's not bad, but it could be better.
Two and a half stars.