Short Story Collection #6

Deathday (Spectral Detective #0.5)Deathday by David Bussell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jake is having a bitch of a day and it’s only going to get worse. After having to wear yesterdays clothing, seeing something he really shouldn’t have at his employers office, and being accosted by a crazy lady in a red scarf, he figures that things can’t get much worse, oh how wrong he is. He is pushed from the platform in front of an oncoming train, thankfully able to stay under the middle of the carriages, he is amazed that he’s made it out in one piece…or did he? When he takes a strange elevator up to God knows where, he finds out that he didn’t make it out in piece, and a later visit to the mortuary proves he made it out in four odd pieces. Jake is dead. Isn’t that a joke? An exorcist becoming a spirit and hanging around on the Earthly realm instead of toodling off into the great beyond. Jake can’t go yet though, he needs to find out who killed him and why, then maybe he’ll think about resting…maybe.

I enjoyed this SO much more than I thought I would! This was such a fun, fast paced read, and the character of Jake was so well written. I absolutely LOVED the references to the metal scene in this book, being a fellow metalhead, I get excited about such things. For instance these quotes that make me giddy just thinking about them as well as the sass level of Jake, he was just so done…
“I don’t put much stock in a higher power. Unless you count Iron Maiden, anyway. Those guys shred”

“And that meant…God damn it. I was dead wasn’t I?”

“Their eyes were on Lemmy from Motorhead, who’d apparently been sitting in his chair since 2015 and had become quite upset about the wait. The moment he started brandishing an empty bottle of Jack Daniels at them, I decided that was my moment”

“I’m pretty sure I can confirm that the rebel rebel guy was in fact David Bowie”

“No Wayze, Swayze”

If those don’t give you a peek into the writing style of Bussell in this story, then I don’t know what will. I found his way of writing so free and fun, and it just had a certain flow to it that some others I’ve come across seem to lack.

The story itself was interesting and as said before, incredibly fast paced. The mystery behind who killed Jake kept me glued to the page and even though I had an inkling, still had the feel good buzz at the reveal. This sounds like it will be an incredibly interesting series, and I cannot WAIT to continue with it.

Death's Reckless Reaper (January Chevalier #0.5)Death’s Reckless Reaper by Ruby Loren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

January has broken free of her secluded family and is on her own…finally. She’s in Paris, and has taken a job from some nasty sounding people as a bounty hunter. She’s going to be eliminating vampires. After landing in Paris and running into the local wolf-shifter pack, January decides that it’s probably better for her to keep her other, shifter half under wraps. She doesn’t think that Paris is quite ready for what she can turn into. After finding her target, she starts to do some recon and work out way to get close enough to kill him without being suspicious. As well as spending some times with one of the local wolf pack when she’s not thinking up ways to kill vampires. But is he everything he seems? And is she really cut out for this life?

Having not read the first book in this series, which a page at the beginning of the short story implores you to do, I decided to power through anyway and see what this series was all about. And I have to tell you, I’m kind of excited. I’ve been trying to burn through the backlog of unread books on my kindle, and I just keep finding more awesome series to add to it. I feel like it’s a bit counter productive. But anyway, this series sounds super interesting.

The writing is done well, and January seems like an interesting character, especially her shifter half. I’m kind of hoping that this is explored more in the main series and we learn more about why she is what she is.

I’m a sucker for a story with a bounty hunter out doing it tough on their own, so I think I was destined to like this one regardless of anything else. The little twist was great and I didn’t see it coming. The story was overall fast paced, and enjoyable. I cannot wait to read the rest.

fake-angels.jpg 3.5/5
Fake Angels by Matthew Angelo

Rian McCaren is sitting across the table from a couple of grieving parents, and he couldn’t want to be anywhere else right now. The parents daughter has passed away, the coroner ruling it an overdose, however, her parents (namely her mother) are adamant that their little Becca didn’t DO drugs. When he asks to see the photo they’ve brought, he is thrown into a vision, one shown from Becca’s point of view, and apparently her last minutes. Being half angel, he still working out all the bits and pieces that go along with it, including the visions. What he sees proves that the parents are telling the truth and he has some cleaning up to do.

This was a short story that was fast paced, and not too bad. I did enjoy it for the most part, and I did enjoy the character of Rian, I just felt like Angelo was pushing the uncaring arsehole personality a little too hard. However, it still intrigues me.

The mystery itself was well written and thought out, the bad guys were interesting and I’m interested to see what happens with Rian next. The writing felt very matter of fact, but that could be because of the arsehole nature of the character. I do like that Angelo has gone a different way with his Nephilim character, as being part angel, most people assume they are sweet, nice, pure etc. Rian is anything but it seem.

I’m interested to see where the rest of the story goes, so I think I’ll continue on with this one.

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