Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy and Giveaway

Night Owls
Author:  Lauren M. Roy
Series:  Night Owls 1
Publisher:  Ace, February 25, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425272480 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. She’s experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…

Trinitytwo's Point of View

In the new series by Lauren M. Roy, the main characters, Elly and Val are as different as night and day but they are both Night Owls.

Eleanor has grown up under the tutelage and care of Father Value, a black sheep member of the mysterious Brotherhood. Elly’s entire life has been a lesson in survival. Father Value taught her to fight and ultimately how to destroy the evil supernatural beings known as Jackals (which reminded me of a variant of werewolf). When Father Value is murdered by a Jackal over possession of an ancient and magical book, Elly’s first instinct is to steal it back. With her mentor gone, Elly has no place to turn except the home of a former member of the Brotherhood and friend of her foster father. With the Jackals in hot pursuit, Elly runs to the community of Edgewood where she hopes she can hide the book. Valerie McTeague owns a bookstore in the same town named Night Owls. Val, a recluse vampire, caters to the late night college crowd. When Elly’s contact brings the mysterious volume to Night Owls for safe keeping, it‘s placed in the locked rare book room. The Jackals sniff out its location, igniting a chain of events that causes these two women’s paths to collide and sets the stage for a supernatural showdown of epic proportions.

I took this book on vacation with me and I was totally absorbed. Lauren M. Roy’s debut is terrific, and I am already impatient to continue reading the next in her new series featuring these two charismatic ladies. Elly is my favorite. On one hand she is the ultimate killing machine and the other she is a socially awkward young lady who has never known what it’s like to just be “normal”. Val is cool, compassionate and completely badass. She has a close relationship with her human servant, Chaz, but one clouded with secrets. Their relationship was well written, but Chaz was the weakest component of this story for me. Although he is loyal and protective of Val, it took me most of the book before I finally warmed up to him. Val’s other interesting associates include lesbian succubi, leaders of a group of Boston Vampires known as the Stregoi, and Cavale, a warlock with a mysterious past. These characters added layers of amusement, volatility, and promise to the mix. I really enjoyed sharing this adventure with these ladies and their cohorts and look forward to more to come. If Night Owls were a real bookstore, I would apply for a job immediately just so I wouldn’t miss any of the excitement.

The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of  Night Owls (Night Owls 1) by Lauren M. Roy.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59PM US Eastern Time on April 30, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. .....well, if its international, why not, I guess.....

  2. I've been wanting to pick this book up but haven't had a chance. Any story that involves a book store along with fighting evil creatures certainly catches my interest. :D

  3. Ooh, this looks really good and I love the cover especially where it says "PULLING AN ALL NIGHTER JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT MORE DANGEROUS..." That pulled me right in! Another book for my TBR list and if I do not win the paper copy, I hope it goes down a tad in price soon on amazon...

  4. this looks and sounds awesome :) I love the premise. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I like finding new series & this looks fantastic.

  6. I've had this one on my tbr list for a while now. Now I really want to read it. Enter me if you please!

  7. Looks interesting, but i still wait review for this book.