Title: Grave Matters
Author: Lauren M. Roy
Series: Night Owls #2
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: Ace fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: They heard them before they saw them, the thunk, sssss of shoveling, the scrape of metal on wood.
Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But even its supernatural staff isn’t prepared for the dead to come back to life…
Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge – especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something deadlier than usual…
Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices – until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls crew in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…
I honestly found this book incredibly difficult to get into. I even started reading it three times before I decided to bite the bullet, get over those first, not-so-attention-grabbing few chapters, and finish the book. Having said that, once the storyline got going, I did really want to find out how it all ended. After all, there is a psychotic necromancer running around Edgewood. But, it’s probably not a book (or even a series) that I am likely to pick up again anytime soon. Yet, it’s also not one that I am going to remove from my bookshelf.
My favourite aspect of this book is the relationships between the core characters. The care and love they have for one another is palpable as is the understanding that they show for one another’s eccentricities. Elly and Justin’s attraction to each other is the epitome of this – they see exactly what each other are, but still want to be a part of their relative lives.
There isn’t much I can say about this book, it wasn’t badly written, and the characters and setting were wonderful. Yet, there was something missing in the storyline that stopped it from being an alright read to something I will pick up again and again and again.
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