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.
What I liked: I’m not going to regurgitate the synopsis. It’s self-explanatory. Nightshades is pretty short but it more than does its job of introducing a new series. The characters are written extremely well and the plot set up for future books in fantastic.
The opening of Nightshades will grab you and not let you go, which I appreciated since the book is only 176 pages. I read it straight through and more than enjoyed each tidbit. Basically Nightshades is a very long prologue. It’s enough to titillate and keep you on the edge of your seat but at the end….you want more, NOW.
Since I don’t know when the next in the series is coming out, I’m a bit on pins and needles about how the series will go forward and how many books will be in the series. Ms Olson has a tendency in her series to start a series with a trilogy and then, thank goodness, she lets us know, I will return to this series sometime in the future. Thank goodness. I adore her Scarlett Bernard and Boundary Magic series and can’t wait for them to continue in the future. There are some prequels and novellas thrown in those series but the full length novels so far are three in each. Suffice it to say, I am a bit in awe of how well Ms Olson writes. It’s clean, neat, exciting and action packed which leads me to conclude that future books in the Nightshades series will get the attention and development of her previous books.
The spin in Nightshades is that the shades/vampires have just been outed and they are not all that likeable, well except for Lindy who wants to work alongside humans. She had been doing that until the only captured vampire gave her up to the Bureau of Preternatural Investigations headed up by Agent Alex McKenna. We get a bit of his backstory upfront and believe me, he has a lot to live up to. The backstory on Lindy is still developing which just added to the tension of the story. Just to add a bit more tension, Ms Olson throws in a bit of sexual/attraction tension.
What I didn’t like: I'm really thinking hard on this one. There is so much to like about Nightshades but if I had little picky peeve, I felt the ending wrapped up a bit quickly in my opinion. I think that was due to the length of the story.
Overall, this series will go onto my “must read” list and I’m already checking the interwebs to find out when the next book will be released!! In the meantime, if you’ve not read Ms Olson’s previous works, now would be a good time to go back and pick them up! They are all reasonably priced and if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited they are available to borrow.
I was provided and ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.