Shhh, don't tell, MB. She didn't ask me to do this but I am. >.> This is what she gets for giving me an ARC to review. =P It's been ages since I've blogged a book review too.
Given I'm a supernatural creature junkee, I enjoyed this story. Vampires, werewolves, demons, and more! But, also, it was an interesting premise. We've had humans raised by the undead, but never had that human have a job running errands for the supernatural creatures. That gave the story a unique twist and allowed the glimpses into the world Ellie lives in we might not otherwise get if she didn't have to walk a couple of hell hounds or take Selkie pelts to the dry cleaner.
There are some cliches. You just know Sampson cares deeply about Ellie despite how he acts and it's obvious how he's hiding his feelings (badly at times) and eye rolling how oblivious she is. But I enjoyed the banter between the two. Snark is so much fun. It adds a lightness to the story. The other cliche is the mystery at the end. But it's one of those cliches were you want to read more to know if it was a big lie and the cliche is being flipped, or if it is just a classic cliche and how will Ellie deal with it. Sometimes, I read cliches and just groan. This wasn't the case.
I'd say my main complaint would be the story moved fast. It's a novella, so it's not long to begin with and it flowed smoothly, but I would have like the plot to slow down so I could enjoy the world more and get to know the characters better. I got the gist of who they were, but I think a little more fleshing out would have been nice.
Overall, it's a good start to a fun series. I look forward to what other creatures will appear in future books. Any lover of vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures will want to pick this up.
Ellie Weston may look like a blonde Barbie wanna-be, but call by her full name of Elvira and you’ll find she can take you down with nothing more than a paperclip and a hair tie. Having been raised by an ancient vampire, a faerie and a demon hardly makes her a normal teen. She’s trained in self-defense, with a bit of magic thrown in, but those talents are going to waste as she picks up dry cleaning, walks three-headed dogs and collects grave dust by the light of the full moon.
Her job as an errand girl to the undead--and other paranormal creatures--has kept her busy and relatively safe, until she receives a job to hunt down a rogue werewolf who is brutally butchering norms in her father’s territory. As she tries to track down the bloodthirsty beast, she finds the clues aren’t quite adding up. Will her wiles be enough to keep her safe and solve the mystery, or will she become the next victim of these ghastly crimes?
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MB Mulhall is an author and a budding photographer. When she’s not pecking away at her keyboard or looking at the world up close through her lens, she’s got her nose stuck in a book.
A Jersey girl, born and bred, she spends much of her time scouring the boardwalks for images to capture and conversations to overhear.
MB dreams of one day having at least one bookshelf filled with her own work and of decorating her walls with photographs she’s taken from places around the world.
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