AUTHOR: Melissa F. Olson
PUBLISHING DATE: July 19, 2016
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.
MY THOUGHTS: This is a book I saw on someone's blog and when I checked it out for my Kindle, it was less than $2.00 so I went ahead and grabbed it. And what's even more amazing is that I managed to read it less than a week after it was purchased. No sitting in the kindle queue getting lost and waiting to be stumbled on some far day in the future for this one. It's now finished and I'm ready for the next installment - like yesterday. Can we say "Cruel cliffhanger Ms. Olson?"
Nightshades introduces us to a world where vampires are known about and feared. Teens are being abducted and then showing up dead all around Chicago and it's up to the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, who doesn't have a good track record of staying alive themselves, to discover who is at the helm of this latest problem. Alex McKenna has recently been promoted to head of the BPI and unbeknownst to the rest of his newly assembled team, their new specialist Lindy, is nothing short of the second oldest vampire in existence.
This is a wonderful start to what I hope is a long new series. I have been so pleased with the material Tor.com has been releasing lately and this once ranks right up there with my favorites. I loved getting to know the "new world" and the creative cast of characters Olson has assembled. This book does have a mean, cruel cliffhanger at the end, but some of the story line is resolved so the ending was satisfying as well. I can't wait to see what Olson has planned next and if you like your vampires mean and nasty, then give Nightshades a try!
RATING: 5 PAWS