Title: Night Owls
Author: Lauren M. Roy
Series: Night Owls #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: Ace fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: And they’d left the Clearwaters to die.
Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…
Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire breathen. She’s experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.
Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side – until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately wanted to get their claws on.
When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from obtaining the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…
This is a book about a book in a bookstore, which I just love saying, and writing. The poetry of such a story is kind of beautiful, and the setting of a college book store is gorgeous. Being involved in campus life can have many rewards when studying, but the idea of being able to go into a warm and secluded book store at all hours to buy, study and peruse different books is the stuff that dreams are made of. I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I have finished a book late at night, and just wished that I could run down to the shops to buy the next in the series.
One of my favourite things about this book (other than the bookstore) is that it is a simple, easy read. The pace is just fast enough to keep you engaged, but not so intense that putting the book down to do something more responsible is impossible. Although the story leaves more for future stories, there is a happy ending at the end of the novel.
Family is a great topic in novels, literacy and stories – it is something that everyone can relate to and sympathise with. Roy reminds us that family is sometimes the people we choose, not those that we are born to within Night Owls.
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