Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

July 28, 2016 Review 1

Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. OlsonNightshades by Melissa F. Olson
Published by Tor on July 19th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.

Melissa F. Olson has become one of my insta-buy authors. I haven't read anything of hers I haven't liked, and NIGHTSHADES is no exception to that. NIGHTSHADES is a gritty police procedural in an awesome urban fantasy world.

NIGHTSHADES introduces a great cast of characters in what will hopefully turn into Olson's next series. NIGHTSHADES is a shorter novel, so it mainly focuses on three people in the newly minted Bureau of Paranormal Investigations. Despite the length of the novel I still felt like I got to know those three characters, and they were well developed.

Vampire are overdone. There are too many urban fantasy/paranormal romance books out there revolving around vampires at this point, so if you're going to use them you have to make them different. I'm not guaranteeing that someone else hasn't done vampires this way before, but I felt that NIGHTSHADES put a couple of different twists on vampires that made the story more enjoyable.

My only complaint about NIGHTSHADES is the same problem I have with lots of TV shows these days. Why in the world do you go into a situation with vampires, who can take a huge beating before going down in addition to being faster and stronger than you, with only government issue 9mms? These guys work for the FBI they have access to tactical shotguns that can shoot solid metal slugs many times the size of a 9mm bullet. But it's a common mistake made by people who aren't familiar with guns.

If you're looking for a fun, quick read pick up NIGHTSHADES. If you enjoy watching police procedural TV shows and would like to see that mixed with your favorite genre, urban fantasy, pick up NIGHTSHADES. If you just have $3 lying around pick up NIGHTSHADES, you won't regret it. I hope that Melissa F. Olson gets the go ahead from TOR to continue this series, because I'm eager to see what happens next.

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One Response to “Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I just finished this one this week as well. I agree with everything you’ve said. I went through a period where I was burnt out on vampires and I was tired of them being glamorized and everything. So now when I read about vamps, I want them to be mean and dirty. Therefore, I found myself loving this one!