Series: Night Owls #2
Published by Ace on February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But, as Lauren M. Roy's thrilling sequel continues, even its supernatural staff isn’t prepared for the dead to come back to life…
Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…
Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…
GRAVE MATTERS is an excellent follow up to NIGHT OWLS. Full of the same action, snark, and mystery as NIGHT OWLS, GRAVE MATTERS marks the Night Owls series as one to keep an eye on.
My one complaint is the extensive cast of characters makes for some confusion. Switching the focus of the story every chapter or so is a bit disorienting, and also makes it hard to keep track of the timeframe everything is happening in - sometimes the same time period is repeated from different points of view if the characters aren’t together. For me, this meant GRAVE MATTERS was a book that was hard to put down and pick right back up, I sometimes had to go back a few pages to see who was the focus at the moment and what was going on. GRAVE MATTERS may also be a bit difficult to pick up if you haven’t read NIGHT OWLS, as well, since there are some details that aren’t explained very well and may not make sense to a new reader.
On the flip side, the great ensemble of characters offers a lot in the way of character development and also a fascinating look at the various relationships between the characters. I loved seeing the characters interact with each other, knowing that even if sometimes they were a bit prickly with each other, they still all had each other’s backs. I also enjoyed how the mystery of GRAVE MATTERS was so different than the mystery of NIGHT OWLS. It opens up more of the world to the reader without any kind of info dumps. The view the reader gets into the Night Owls world grows organically, and it is a joy to uncover the different creatures, paranormal aspects, and mythology Roy has created.
With Roy’s engaging style of writing, and the great characters and setting, GRAVE MATTERS is one not to be missed. Far from a sophomore slump, GRAVE MATTERS will definitely please readers of NIGHT OWLS and leave them wanting more.
- Night Owls - 4/5
- Grave Matters
- RT Book Reviews - 4 stars
- For another series about a vampire who owns a bookstore, check out the Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper.