Thursday, October 13, 2011

{Review} Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown
by Nancy Holzner
Publisher: Ace
Released: December 29, 2009
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders — but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Vicky’s demanding job keeping the city safe from all manner of monsters is one reason her relationship with workaholic lawyer (and werewolf) Alexander Kane is in constant limbo. Throw in a foolhardy zombie apprentice, a mysterious demon-plagued client, and a suspicious research facility that’s taken an unwelcome interest in her family, and Vicky’s love life has as much of a pulse as Deadtown’s citizens.
But now Vicky’s got bigger things to worry about. The Hellion who murdered her father ten years ago has somehow broken through Boston’s magical protections. The Hellion is a ruthless force of destruction with a personal grudge against Vicky, and she’s the only one who can stop the demon before it destroys the city and everyone in it.

Review: This was so cool! I loved Ms Holzner's take on zombies. Ok I also like her portrayal of the other paranormal creatures Vicky is witty, spunky, and totally awesome demon slayer.
Vicky is a shape-shifting demon slayer. She's the only one of her kind in Boston. She has to deal a cranky client, an over eager zombie apprentice, a grumpy were-wolf who happens to be her on/off boyfriend, a cute cop, a mad scientist and if all that isn't enough she has to come face to face with the Hellion, demon, who killed her father. Yeah there's a lot going on in this book, yet it all works together to keep you reading.
Each part works not only to keep the plot moving but also as hints to help figure out who the bad guy is and how Vicky is going to stop him/her.
Ms Holzner's take on the paranormal is really rather refreshing as her zombies aren't brain munching monsters, they hold down jobs and are pretty normal if you look passed the skin and eye color and their over eating. But the interesting one was Vicky herself is a Cerddorion, a shape shifter but there are limitations so she can only shift 3 times each moon cycle. Now I'm not one hundred percent sure if this is made up or based on some English creature but it's cool. There is lots of action and well done action that made my heart beat just a little bit faster. Only down side was I figured out the protagonist as soon as he was introduced, but that's nothing new for me. I kind of have a knack for it.

Disclaimer: I received this through Bewitching Book Tours, via the author. 

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