Flora Reviews… Deadline (Blood Trails #1) by Jennifer Blackstream. My thanks to the author for the free eBook in exchange for an honest review.
So what’s Deadline about?
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Title: Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream
Series: Blood Trails #1
Published by Skeleton Key Publishing on 1 January, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Witchcraft
No. of Pages: 330
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream unveils a new action-packed urban fantasy series...
The Blood Trails series is a fusion of contemporary fantasy and cozy mystery that combines a classic private investigator/whodunnit with the sarcasm, magic, and pulse-pounding battles that have made the urban fantasy genre so famous. Join a witch detective and her quirky pixie familiar as they take on vampires, werewolves, wizards, sorceresses, and a whole lot more. After all, nothing relieves stress like a little magic, mayhem…and murder.
As a witch with a dark past, Shade Renard knows the Otherworld isn’t always successful at policing itself. Humans don’t believe in magic anymore, and their ignorance renders them easy prey. So when an FBI contact hires her to consult on a possible haunting in a missing person case, Shade seizes the opportunity to see justice done.
The investigation takes an unexpected turn when an undead crime lord shows up on her doorstep. A bold thief stole the vampire’s little black book of secrets—and he’ll pay a lot more than an FBI consulting fee to get it back. To collect, Shade will have to confront a rogue sorceress—or two, a vengeful wizard, and a lethally seductive fey, with only her wits, her growing magic, and a sarcastic pixie familiar. Success means bringing a killer to justice and taking the first step to redemption. Failure means a war between humans and the Otherworld.
All of my books are written in the same universe (yes, the Blood Trails series is contemporary, not historical like the Blood Prince/Blood Realm series—so you’ll have to read Deadline to find out how I managed that…). Be ready for crossovers and cameos!
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: eBook
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Read: 8th – 15th January 2018
Deadline is an urban fantasy series set in America about a village witch, Shade Renard, turned private investigator. The story features many supernatural beings found in mythology, including; witches, vampires, wizards, sorceresses, pixies and various species of fae and is a crime/ murder mystery story.
Fans of Ms Blackstream’s Blood Prince series and Blood Realm series will be familiar with the creation myth found in Deadline and may recognise some of the characters found within these pages, however, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read these other paranormal romance series to enjoy this book.
So, what did I like about Deadline?
I have read, and enjoyed Ms Blackstream’s short story “The Final Straw” (found in the anthology, Once Upon A Curse) and Before Midnight (the first novel in her Blood Prince series). I find her writing style intelligent and easy to read, her plot lines gripping and her characters captivating and believable.
Deadline did not let me down.
We hit the ground running with an action-packed first chapter. I liked the mix of tension and humour. We are introduced to our heroine, Shade and her familiar, the unforgettable pixie, Peasblossom. We learn what it actually means to be a village witch.
I really liked our heroine, Shade; she’s intelligent, witty and has loads of gumption. (Although, I thought she may have bitten off more than she could chew at times during this book). I also loved the fact that the secondary characters that Ms Blackstream created to populate her world felt just as real as our leads – they weren’t just filling the page. They all had the complexities that we’d see in those around us, they had a good balance of strengths and insecurities to make them feel real.
Deadline kept me guessing.
There are a few mysteries for our heroine, Shade, to solve within these pages, but fear not dear reader no cliffhangers here. (Woohoo!) There are lots of twists and turns during Shade’s investigation to satisfy my Sherlock-Holmes-tendencies and it’s not all easy sailing either, there is danger, tension and some scary moments in this book.
I loved the fact that Deadline had me on the edge of my seat holding my breath, wiping a tear from my cheek, chuckling out loud and tingling with titillation.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I just wanted to say that, as this is the first book in a new series there are questions left to answer about Shade’s past and what her future may hold. In my opinions this is a good thing – it leaves background story arcs to continue to the next book and beyond.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved Deadline!
Deadline has got everything that I look for in a 5 star read; great action to get the adrenaline pumping, an intelligent mystery to get the little grey cells whirling, nail biting tension and well written humour (there may even be a bit of romance on the horizon).
So, has my review of DEADLINE (BLOOD TRAILS #1) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author and this series.
Blood Trails Series
An urban fantasy series set in America about a village witch, Shade Renard, turned private investigator. Every book has a different crime or murder mystery for Shade to investigate, which she solves by the end of each book.
Click below to read my review or check out the books yourself.
- Deadline (Blood Trails #1) (2018)
- Monster (Blood Trails #2) (2018)
- Taken (Blood Trails #3) (2018)
- Corruption (Blood Trails #4) (2019)
- Mercenary (Blood Trails #5) (2019)
- Caged (Blood Trails #6) (2019)
- Betrayal (Blood Trails #7) (2020)
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Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts about Deadline. I really appreciate it. I hope I’ve tempted you to add it to your TBR pile.
Jennifer Blackstream has become one of my favourite authors. Before you go, click HERE to see my other favourite writers.
Bye for now,