Sometimes monsters like to pretend to be humans dressing up as monsters…
After a major goof turned their last mission into chaos, Hidden Government chaser Kam and her friends must hunt and recapture a crapton of souls. Seventeen, to be precise. But by the time they chase down the first one—a goblin en route back home to Oklahoma—a banshee ups and gets assassinated, leaving their progress at exactly negative one.
The connection between Kam’s goblin and her banshee? A cosplay club, natch. Because sometimes monsters like to pretend to be humans dressing up as monsters.
As the body count rises and the Hidden cosplayers point fingers at each other, it’s up to Kam and her team to stop the insanity. One costumed faction has a secret they’re not sharing—even with each other—and if the bad seed isn’t found soon, the others are likely to be murdered…or worse.
Worldbuilding: Lovely Oklahoma setting with diverse paranormal and fantastic elements – djinns, reapers, soul chasers, soul stones, goblins, banshees, centaurs, gorgons, magic, the Hidden and the world-shift.
Characters: This baby features an interesting trio: Kam, Ash, and Tahm. Our MC, Kam, is funny and has a nice adventurous personality. Her love-issues make her easy to relate to and her mischievous nature certainly makes her attention-grabbing and exciting. There’s a deeper layer to her, that comes through now and then. She has a loaded past, but it’s not too heavily-focused on so it doesn’t go into dramagirl zone at all and I loved that – it seemed authentic and truly made me love her.
Plot: The story is also nicely layered with action, mystery, and some slow burn juicy romance. I loved the tempo.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Kam’s POV. I liked the writing style because it flows really well. Kam had a great sense of humor and I really enjoyed her voice.
Curb Appeal: Beautiful cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my UF cravings.
I recommend To Seize a Wayward Spirit to fans of funny and adventurous heroines and diverse Urban Fantasy worlds with hints of slow burn romantic elements that unfold over a series and not one novel.