Monday, May 2, 2016

ARC Review: Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Series:  Midnight, Texas #3
Pub. Date:  May 3, 2016
Publisher:  Ace / Penguin
Pages:  316
Format:  eARC
Source:  Publisher / NetGalley

The series in Midnight, Texas is getting progressively better with each book. I love the diverse cast of misfits in this curious town, and each resident has their own abilities and secrets. So far, I have found the female Midnighters more interesting than the men... but with the emergence of my favorite character from the Sookie Stackhouse series, Quinn, that may change as the series progress.

In this installment of the series, stranger-than-usual happenings are occurring in Midnight. People are traveling there in a trance-like state to commit suicide in the middle of the crossroad. Even more curious, all of these suicidal people seemed to have wronged the resident witch, Fiji, in some way. And Fiji is changing. She has decided to live up to her potential as a witch. She is done pining after Bobo and is taking control of her life.  Well, until some disembodied voice starts talking to her and everything goes to pot. I enjoyed Fiji's growth in this book, especially that her and Olivia are growing closer together.  And I am a huge fan of Fiji's egomaniac familiar/cat - Mr. Snuggles. His haughty dialogue (yes, he can talk) is totally what I would expect from any cat.

Olivia, resident human assassin and girlfriend to the resident vampire, Lemuel, plays a prevalent part in this book as well.  We learned quite a bit about Olivia in Day Shift... but now we really get the down and dirty and learn all about her tragic past and some of the reason why she became her particular brand of badass. We also learned more about the mysterious Lemuel, the rare vampire, and his origins. Olivia and Lemuel pay a visit to the vampy nest of Joseph Velasquez (Stan's successor), who you may remember from Sookie's series.  I am really excited to see how the future between Olivia and Lemuel will unfold, particularly now that we have learned that

A new character is introduced and has taken over duties at the Gas and Go... and this individual has has a special relationship with Manfred, the resident psychic. I hope he sticks around for a while.

I can't wrap up this review without mentioning my favorite character, John Quinn.  Quinn is a tiger shifter who survived the Sookie Stackhouse series, and he was one of my favorites. I was so excited when he joined the Midnight cast in Day Shift... and we got to see even more of him in Night Shift. Quinn has left his son, Diedrick, to be raised in Midnight because its too dangerous to take him on the road. But now Quinn is back, Diedrick is rapidly maturing, and it seems that we may see much more of Quinn in future installments. At least I hope so. He is wonderfully yummy and I would like for him to find his HEA.  I would even love to see him get his own spinoff series - hint hint, Ms. Harris. Quinn's former mate, Tijgerin, is no longer in the picture. It appears she died... but I don't remember how.  If you know, please shoot me a comment below!

I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book and, because there was more than one plot conflict occurring, it kept me turning the page all day long.  The main conflict did have a bit of an odd resolution.. but, hey, what else can you expect in Midnight?

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  4 stars / 2 flames.

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