Please note: This book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Look, I bent the rules a little to make this one fit. While the rights were purchased this year, the actual TV series doesn’t come out til 2018. Don’t care. After last week’s effort at stretching myself, I wanted something a little more fun. I didn’t realize initially that Night Shift was the third book in the Midnight series, but my love for the Sookie Stackhouse novels (the inspiration for True Blood and also written by Harris) won out and I gave it a read.
Summary (from Goodreads)
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.
Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.
And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…
What I Loved
As a reader I have to be able to find that one character I care about or a book is uninteresting to me. Luckily, I was really spoiled for choice here as pretty much more of the characters were easy to relate to with Fiji being the stand out. Harris has a knack for creating nuanced, quirky people who are more than just their various supernatural abilities. It’s rare in the supernatural romance genre, where people tend to always conform to stereotypes such as the aggressive werewolf, untrustworthy witch and sexy vampire. Not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with sexy vampires. I mean look at him. He’s beautiful. Sigh.
As mentioned above, this is the third book in a series, but it was suprisingly accessible to someone who hadn’t read the other two. I enjoyed Night Shift so much that I will definitely be reading them now. I have a particular love for shared universes so having John Quinn, Sookie’s weretiger boyfriend (who sadly didn’t make it into the show) turn up was a bit of a thrill.
What I Didn’t
Night Shift meandered through the story until at least three quarters of the way through, which I didn’t mind as such, but it meant it all of a sudden rushed head long towards a conclusion that hadn’t even been hinted at. The ending of this novel was, well, in a word – intense. Without spoiling it for anyone, it felt more than a little like the maenad season of True Blood – over the top, ridiculously sexual and just not quite fitting with the rest of the book. Characters began acting in ways that just didn’t seem in character and it all got a little silly.
My Rating: (3 / 5)
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