Monday, April 21, 2008

Book 23 of 2008: Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

Book Description:

Seattle. One minute you're drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that's just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle's undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six-inch stilettos, Balenciaga handbag on sale) while satisfying her craving for human flesh (Don't judge. And no, not like chicken.) and decent vodkatinis.

Making her way through a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters-not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo-isn't easy. And the minute one of Amanda's undead friends disappears after texting the word, "help" (The undead-so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.

Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hellbent on turning Seattle's undead underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than death.

My Opinion:

Mark Henry's first release brought a refreshing new change on the scene. HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED is listed as "urban fantasy" but the book has a bit of everything in it... romance, horror, comedy, etc... Henry adds a lot of "pop culture" references and witty comments throughtout the book as well. I think my favorite parts of the book were within the footnotes that are listed throughout the book. I found myself snorting out loud more than once due to his quirky comments.

The main character, Amanda, ia obsessed with fashion and make-up. (I was quite impressed with the amount of research the author must have put into learning about all the latest fasions) I can't relate to this side of her, but I was definitely enjoying her personality and snarky comebacks she made throughout the story.

I enjoyed this story quite a lot and am looking forward to the release of the 2nd book in this series, ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD!

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