Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (June 7, 2016)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
SYNOPSIS: Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school.
But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can only be hunted with the help of magically-mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all of these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a “real world” job beckons?
Thank you Quirk Books for the advance copy. This in no way shape my opinion or ratings for this book.
Pass the booze cause you’re going to need it. You’re in for a bumpy ride. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge is a fun and outlandish “new adult” urban fantasy novel that will surely make you said “hmmm”. I mean that in a good way.
Bailey Chen our pesky heroine is at a stand still in life. Having graduated from college, with no real job and living with her parents, everything is not happening for the hardworking 22 year old. That is until her best friend Zane gets her a job at his bar, where things in her life starts to pick.
Yes I’m talking about magical booze, nasty demons and a whole lot of witty and quirky dialogue. The Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge is sure to be a hit. It’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meet Harry Potter and the wizard world. Except you fight demons with alcohol instead of a wand and wooden stake. Come on just imagine getting super powers for a minute simply from drinking your favorite cocktail.
Sign me up.
So if you looking for a rocking good time and a book with a unique premise, I highly recommend you grab your copy of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge. Plus has a bonus you get cocktail recipes (which I definitely going to try) and a little history on why these drinks work in this way.
*Sidenote: There are some problems I had with this book. Mainly the lack of information about the Tremens. I wanted to know where they came from and how did they get here? But I hoping in book 2 the author addresses that. Beyond this was a fun and exciting book with lots of strange and odd characters.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Krueger is a fantasy writer and cocktail connoisseur whose work has appeared in the Sword & Laser anthology. He lives in Los Angeles.