Early Review: NIGHT OWLS (Night Owls #1) by Lauren M. Roy

February 17, 2014 Review 0

Early Review: NIGHT OWLS (Night Owls #1) by Lauren M. RoyNight Owls by Lauren M. Roy
Series: Night Owls #1
Published by Ace on February 25, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

Night Owls book store 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 from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was far too high to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like 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 safe keeping, 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….

NIGHT OWLS is the start of a fun new urban fantasy series that will likely appeal to the book worm in all of us (and if you’re here, you probably like books at least as much as I do). Starring a vampire who runs a bookstore and a cast of other quirky characters, it’s quite original with a lot to like. Roy puts a spin on Urban Fantasy in this one, with a different take on shape-shifting monsters, and a Brotherhood of humans, along with vampires that hunt them.

I’ll admit that I started reading NIGHT OWLS two months before I finished it. Usually, when I take a break that long when reading a book, I’ve completely forgotten about what is going on. Not with NIGHT OWLS - it stuck with me, and I only had to backtrack  few pages to get caught up on a conversation. One of my favorite things about NIGHT OWLS was the wide variety of characters. There was the vampire Val, who owned the bookstore, Elly, the young Creep fighter, and Chaz, Valerie’s Renfield, amongst many others. The relationships between the characters were great to watch- Chaz and Valerie’s relationship especially. Plus, we have Elly, the girl who’s been trained to fight Creeps her whole life contrasted with Justin, the book-smart college student who she has to spend a few hours showing how to use a stake, just to make sure he doesn’t accidentally poke himself. Getting to know the characters and their different backstories was one of the best parts.

The one issue I had with NIGHT OWLS was the weird way the point of view changed- sometimes it felt like it switched mid-paragraph. It got a little frustrating because it felt like the reader was jumping between the different character’s heads. However, it wasn’t ever an issue of being confused as to who was the focus, it was mainly the jerkiness of the transitions that bothered me.

NIGHT OWLS is a good read and lots of fun. It was action-packed, with an ending that I completely didn’t expect, and hints of more drama and mystery to come. Coupled with the humor and the interesting cast of characters (plus a bookstore!!), I know that I plan on coming back for the rest of the Night Owls series!

Series Titles:
  1. Night Owls
  2. Ghost Town
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