Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

The world knows that vampires, or shades, exist, but not everyone really believes it. The agency created to police shades, the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, is a joke. But Alex McKenna wants to change both those things, while keeping the world as safe as possible.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

NightshadesTitle:  Nightshades
Author:  Melissa F. Olson
Series: stand alone (for now)
Publish Date:  July 19, 2016
Genre:  Supernatural thriller
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionAlex 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: So far, I’ve liked everything I’ve read from Melissa F. Olson. Nightshades looks very different than her other series, but it is still paranormal and the description sounds intriguing.

Why I kept reading: Nightshades is a good novella. I’d call it more of a supernatural thriller than a true urban fantasy, though it will appeal to fans of both genres. The story is told third-person from the perspective of several characters, most of them involved in an FBI-like mission to solve teen kidnappings and stop it.

Nightshades feels like the introduction to a new series.  In it, we see Alex McKenna and his right-hand man, Chase Eddy, take over the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, an office whose staff has recenbadge4v4tly been slaughtered by shade activity.  Alex and Chase choose their team, including an unconventional “consultant,” and go after the shade that is kidnapping teens and killing citizens in the Chicago area.

After this “origin story” and introductory mission, I hope we get to see more of Alex and his Chicago-based team.

Why I recommend it: This is a great novella to pick up for a quick read.  It is a complete story in itself, and hints there might be more to come.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

Nervous Nellie says…

This story is a mystery/thriller type supernatural read.  There isn’t a cliffhanger…not really.  The storyNervous_Nellie_100 is completed, but there is a seriously good lead in to hopefully the next book.  Please? Please? I’d love another book!! No sex, a little violence but nothing horrific.

Melissa Olson is a genius writer.  She has the flexibility to switch between series and the characters maintain their own individuality.  I have yet to read a book she’s written that I haven’t loved.

In this book, the protagonist that takes the lead is male where the author’s other series are female.  She does a good job writing for him and I can picture him as a suit and tie idealist. Typical Fed.  Less than Men in Black, but more than the Untouchables. The really cool thing is as she writes, she turns badge5v4him into an agent that actually might be worth his salt.  I got interested in him as an agent and then as a person. Sure, he’s looking for a promotion and the glory of the collar, but the author slowly has him evolve into an agent that’s willing to put his life on the line for everyone.

It’s interesting how the author introduces “shades” or vampires into the equation.  Shades are basically cast as a vampire. Kind of a Silence of the Lambs type of creature.  The author lured me into thinking they were all the same, but, just like humans, shades come in all shapes and sizes.  There are shade brown nosers that I’d like to squish under my shoe and then there are the psychopaths.  There are also those that just want to be left alone to live their life.  The zealots want humans as food and conservatives want to mainstream. Typical vampire propaganda.

The author takes the reader on a ride by feeding little bits of information and letting the reader’s mind run away with them.  When I think I’ve got it pegged, the author adds to the scenario and unbalances me again.  It’s an evolving story with a thriller aspect that is very hard to put down. Hats off, Ms. Olson.  You’ve done it again.

If you like this book…

…you might try the Harmony Black series by Craig Schaefer or 9mm Blues by Keith Melton.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

Posted on July 19, 2016, in 4-Good, Invested Ivana, Nervous Nellie, Review, Supernatural Thriller and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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