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.
Worldbuilding: The world of Nightshades is interesting, though not terribly new in terms of paranormal elements. We have the vampires, here shades, and right now that’s pretty much it. Though I do feel it can expand at any given moment, if this will be a series as I hope. I refuse to check, lol. It must be a series!
Characters: I really liked Alex. He seemed to be an inspired agent, effective and dedicated to his job. I loved the different facets to his personality. And when the series continues (lol, I am nothing if not persistent), I think it will show even more interesting sides to him, considering the very ending of this novel.
I really liked other characters too, Alex’s best friend, and Lindy was very cool. I feel her role will expand as things evolve in this world/series.
Plot: The mystery of who is taking those teens is solved pretty easily, and the suspense in resolving that is fun though not exhilarating. I feel there’s a maybe-romance coming there, and considering the ending, things will get very interesting in the PBI.
Writing: Third person, past tense, multi-POV though Alex and Lindy’s often. Since I’m a fan of 1st person, I think it would have been more fun for me had it been only Alex’s or Lindy’s.
Curb Appeal: Freaking spectacular cover, hooking blurb – UF craving impulsive buy material for sure.
I recommend Nightshades to fans of agency procedurals with an air of paranormal and other-world-iness (though not overwhelmingly other-world-ly), to fans of vampire stories cause I feel it will involve a lot of fun vampire-tension, and there might be some romantic-like vibe going on in the future too, though it won’t be a romance at any point I think. This is the beginning, I hope, of a really fun new series. I want more!