TITLE: May Day
BY: Josie Jaffrey
SERIES: Seekers #1
GENRE: Paranormal, Mystery, Fantasy
PUBLICATION: July 9th 2020 by Silver Sun Books
NOTES: I received an e-copy for a blog tour.
If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.
It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake. When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.
This is my first Josie Jaffrey read and before reading, my expectation was high because I’ve heard positive things about Jaffrey’s writing before. I must say I am not disappointed. May Day is first in a new series called Seekers and introduces Oxford’s youngest seeker, Jack Valentine. I heard that this is not the first book that Jaffrey has written where Jack is introduced nor is this the first book about Silver, the vampires. But even without reading the other books, I didn’t get any problem understanding the world the author has created. I was invested in the world right away.
I love Jack. She was so sassy and has a mind of her own. She doesn’t take no for an answer and is very strong-willed. She’s so passionate about everything. Then there’s Killian. I love Killian so much. I love that Jack and Killian have this complicated history that they have to sort out. I just love it when one character is holding a grudge to the other but ended up working with them. So much fun. Plus the side characters are likeable as well.
As for the main plot…I used to love vampire stories though not anymore because it seems like the plots are just the same for every movie and book I’ve seen but I found May Day very refreshing. It has a lot of things going on. Sure, it started a bit slow but the pace picked up as soon as the murder happened. The crime itself is not that unique but still I love the murder mystery aspect. Crime mystery is one of my favorite genres anyway. I love the detective/solving part and the tension brings by the fact that they should solve the murder soon for the sake of the Silver.
Finally, the writing style is amazing. As I already mentioned, I was invested in the world right away and then there’s Jack as the narrator. She’s amazing and I enjoyed reading the story in her POV.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
This book is not just for those who love vampire stories. If you love crime thrillers/mysteries, this is for you. And you’ll definitely love the characters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).
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