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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Book Review: Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
Author: Tate Hallaway
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Source: From publisher for review
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Alex Connor gets a job in a small town as a corner. She moved there after some trouble with her father and stepmother. It isn’t long before one of the bodies that is brought in gets up and walks away during an autopsy. Not knowing what else to do, she reports it and is pointed to Precinct 13. There she discovers that paranormal problems are very real, and she might be more of a part of them than she bargained for.
Precinct 13 is a mystery kind of Urban Fantasy. It stands out due to its dark humor that can be more cute than dark at times. It isn’t a mystery I found myself trying to figure out. A lot of the details are held back from Alex, and I enjoyed discovering them with her.
Alex has had problems with the paranormal in the past. She was led to believe by doctors that she was mentally unstable. Her past boyfriend, Valentine was the only one that believed her in the past, so when strange things start happening he is the first one she calls. Valentine is a big part of the story, and a big part of Alex’s life. He is dangerously attractive, but the naughty scenes are glossed over. It is more an Urban Fantasy than a Romance. Even without knowing the bedroom details it does a good job of making Valentine desirable.
The actual precinct is like a police station for paranormal happenings within their town. Alex is quickly counted among them. At the precinct we meet a number of very interesting characters. In charge is half human, half fairy, Jones. As they try to discover more about the dead guy that walked out of the morgue, Alex quickly notices that Jones doesn’t always go about things the right way. It isn’t long before she feels as if she is the only one trying to solve what is going on.
The magic system here is really neat. We discover this world as Alex does, so the reader isn’t just tossed in. Because of the comic and cute parts it was a very easy to read story. It isn’t very complex and it rides easy to the end. It could easily be finished in one or two sitting with the time sliding by. Despite the dark notes in the novel it is a light easy read and I am hoping this turns into series.