Willow’s Review of Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
As my first foray reading Roquet’s novels, I must admit that this was a delightfully amusing read. Fans of Darynda Jones will want to check this series out.
Lana’s not your average Reaper. She’s sarcastic, prone to breaking the rules, and a bit of a slacker. Yet at the same time she’s loyal to her friends, willing to fight for what she believes in, and can kick some serious butt when necessary. She’s someone I’d love to hang out with if given the chance. Gabriel, Maalik, and Josie were wonderful secondary characters. Actually, all of the characters were great in this book. There wasn’t a single one whom I disliked. Actually, strike that, Wasyat had a tendency to make my fur crawl. One would think that a so called Egyptian Goddess would act with more sophistication, but nope, she was the most obnoxious character I’ve read in a long time. Bast would weep from shame over her behavior. Still, the rest of the characters more than made up for her and her annoyance. I even found myself enjoying the two hellhounds, Coreen and Saul. Dare I say that they were rather cute, for canines.
This was a fast read. It hooked me right from the start and once I got started, I didn’t want to put it down. There was lots of action, some great one liners, and the plot took a couple of turns that I wasn’t expecting. At the same time I was happy that while there was an element of romance, it wasn’t the primary focus of the book. Instead, the mystery took center stage. I’d hesitate to call this a paranormal romance, but more of a straight paranormal fantasy novel with many different religious ideas included. By this last bit I mean that the deities mentioned come from most of the world’s religious, old and new, and the author does a fantastic job of describing the various different heavens and hells that many believe exist upon death. I felt this part of the book was very nicely done.
Yes, some would call this book cheesy, but it’s a fun cheesy. It’s just the sort of read that is sure to pick a reader who is in a reading rut up and put a smile on her/his face. Many times I found myself laughing out loud while reading. I think my favorite scene was when Lana, Josie, and Kevin all gang up on Grim in order to ensure that they get a bonus for the work he is expecting them to do. I also got a kick out of the fact that Lana and Gabriel are fans of Western movies and John Wayne. Heehee.
Oh, and did I mention that this book has hellcats in it? Yup, the dark cousins of the feline family get to have a moment of fun in this story. Okay, sure, they are portrayed as evil minions working for one of the antagonists, but we can’t all be perfect all the time. ~shrugs~
If you are looking for a fun read that will make you laugh, then I highly recommend you pick this up and give it a try. If you do, feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments below. In the meantime, I’m going to go curl up with the second book in the series, Pocket Full of Posies. =^.^=
About the Author:
Urban fantasy author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. Her obsessions include the Wizard of Oz, over-sweetened coffee, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.
Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows. GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, & Smashwords.
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