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Review: The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin

51L0DDb5d9LTitle: The Ghoul Vendetta

Author: Lisa Shearin

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: SPI Files (Book #4)

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 1101989408 (Ace/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-1101989401 (Ace/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…

When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.

Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.

Quick & Dirty: Release the Kracken!!!!

Opening Sentence: I was on a date, on a yacht, surrounded by New York’s glitterati.

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The Review:

Mac is back…this picks up awhile after the end of The Brimstone Deception. Mac is still dating Rake, as a matter of fact, they are on a date when the book begins. They are attending a gala hosted by Bela Bathory. Before Mac can even begin to enjoy herself a Kracken attacks the yacht and they are boarded by what appears to be the creatures from the Black Lagoon. Mac and Rake end up in the water and all of this ends when Bela Bathory is kidnapped by the Black Lagoon creatures.

When Ian arrives on the scene he is super pissed that Rake has put her in harms way again, but before they can even begin to figure out who has taken Bela they find out that Gotham Bank & Trust has been robbed by Ghouls…in fact, the same ghouls that killed and ate Ian’s partner when he was with the NYPD. It seems that he is deliberately baiting Ian as well, because they find his partner’s medal on the body of the guard they ate.

When another bank is robbed and another item is left on the body, Ian knows that the ghoul is targeting him some how. When the spearhead reacts to Ian, the SPI is left scrambling trying to figure out what artifact it is, and what is Ian’s ancestry. When the manager of yet a third bank calls, Ian and Mac go rushing in, but when they are locked out of the vault and Ian is the only with the ghouls, Mac has to watch in horror as they kidnap her partner. When Bela Bathory’s body is found, Mac knows things are bad, but when they uncover who the ghouls are and why they want Ian, Mac knows that the world is literally at stake.

Whew, release the Kracken! This book like the others hit the ground running and didn’t stop. I loved how the author had hinted at some things in a previous book (using a pendant to call mermaids) and she pulled out some great information about Ian in this book. I can’t wait to see what is uncovered with Mac, because I know it is coming. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year…or more for the next book. There isn’t a 5th book for me to add to my TBR yet. I need more Mac and Rake like right now. That goblin might be the best book boyfriend I have seen yet!

Plus Mac, I swear she just gets better and better in every book. I love that she is never afraid to admit that she is afraid, but that she is always determined to do the right thing! The wordbuilding is so great in this series, and just enough different with the supernaturals. Especially the hot goblins, I bet she loved Labyrinth too. The other dimensions, hell, the mythologies of Norse, Celts, Greeks. And it is done in such a way that it doesn’t seem strange, it just flows together like it was meant to be that way. If you haven’t read this series, stop and go read them all, and re-read them and thank me later!

Notable Scene:

I was vulnerable, in fact, I don’t think I’d ever been more vulnerable in my life. Rake had given me what I’d desperately need, but he hadn’t pushed, he hadn’t done or said anything. He’d simply been honest. For the first time since I’d met him, I believed what Rake had said, no questions, no doubts. It was a new feeling for me, and I liked it. I liked it a lot.

SPI Files:

1. The Grendel Affair

2. The Dragon Conspiracy

3. The Brimstone Deception

4. The Ghoul Vendetta

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FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Ghoul Vendetta. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin

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    The title alone makes me want to read this book!

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    I highly recommend this series, I loved every minute of it!

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