Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Happy #Book Release Day @AngelaRoquet #amreading #Tuesdaybookblog
Book 6 in Angela Roquet's super fun reapers series just came out today. I've been a fan of this series for a while and not just because Roquet and I happen to be in the same critique group, The Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse.
If you haven't read this series, I'd start with Book 1, Graveyard Shift. And good news, it's free!
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For the rest of us, let's look at Book 6, Ghost Market. Here is the synopsis:
In the wake of a thwarted war, Lana Harvey is more than ready for an extended vacation on the new houseboat she shares with the Lord of the Flies, but when the leaderless rebels begin poaching souls and selling them on the Ghost Market, Lana is tasked with heading up a new reaper unit to stop them.
Having one of the most famous faces in Eternity proves challenging when it comes to finding a way inside the secretive world of illegal soul peddling, and the only person Lana knows with the right connections is Tasha Henry, a former colleague and defeated rebel with a poaching record. The rogue reaper isn’t going to be easy to track down, and even if Lana does manage to catch up with her, the real question is whether or not a shot at redemption will be enough to lure her away from the dark side.
Here's what I thought:
Masterful craft and superb storytelling. The author clearly knows her mythology and how to weave an intriguing tale full of mystery, suspense, courage, and kissing.
I don’t like to do spoiler reviews because I feel it ruins the fun for the people who want to read it. But I will tell you a few things that I particularly enjoyed—in a vague way.
1) The humor. The comedic timing of some of the lines and scenes were spot on. One scene in particular was my favorite in the entire book (and perhaps the series). Involving a chicken, a biscuit and a “charming” man. You’ll just have to read more to figure all this out yourself.
2) The stakes. The stakes were pretty high in this book. Roquet does a pretty good job of developing the tension in stakes in the other Lana books as well, but here, it definitely helped amp up the page-turning.
3) The frenemy dynamic. Tasha and Lana’s relationship was complex and interesting.
4) Other relationships too: Particularly the relationship between Lana and Kevin (there’s a truly tender moment in the last 1/3 of the book) and between Lana and Bub. Bub’s steadfast devotion is so damn charming.
The only real complaint I have about Roquet’s books are the length. I wish they were a little longer. I enjoy Limbo City so much that it would be nice to linger in that world for a bit longer. But alas, we can’t have everything we want can we?
And that’s all the no-details telling you’re getting from me. But really, I highly recommend the book and agree with another reviewer that “It’s like Percy Jackson for adults.”
Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, 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 Missouri with her husband and son. She's a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she's known as Death. 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, Kobo, iBooks, & Smashwords. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com