Book Review: May Day

May Day

  • Title: May Day
  • Author:  Josie Jaffrey
  • Series: Seekers, #1
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Publishing Date: July 9th, 2020
  • Publishing Co.: Silver Sun Books
  • Length: 390 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
  • Acquired: Given free paperback in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: May Day

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective.

Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.

First Chapter Challenge:

This first chapter gives us a glimpse into the supernatural world Jaffrey created. Not only is there already a mystery and murder to solve, but we readers are also given a taste of Jaffrey’s vampires. They’re not your average night-walking, coffin-sleeping, garlic-avoiding vamps–no, they’re something different. Something better. 

Even if I hadn’t read the prequel, Killian’s Dead (my review here!), I would still be intrigued. Jaffrey sets up the story to perfectly pique readers’ interests and get us to continue reading… I know that I will! It was hard enough to pause after this chapter for the few minutes it takes me to write this!

Final Judgment: 5 Stars out of 5

A vampire murder-mystery novel with sex, tension, and a badass bisexual female main character who just can’t seem to get a handle on her mouth. Or her actions. Jack Valentine, turned Vamp only 20 years ago (young, considering), is a part of the Seekers, similar to Vampire police. Only, they aren’t concerned about justice–only about keeping their secret from the humans. And now that a human was murdered by a vampire in a very public way, their secret is threatening to be set loose. It’s up to Jack and her team to figure out who’s behind it to keep a lid on it all. Oh, and she has to work with her nemesis, the Baron of Oxford, Killian Drake. 

The writing is phenomenal. Jaffrey has a very clear writing style and her voice can be heard singing throughout the novel. Jack is unlike anyone I’ve ever met, and yet she is also oh-so relatable. Despite her need to constantly get in her own way, she’s impossible not to root for (and secretly admire and wish you could be more like her). Even as a mystery novel with twists and turns and occasional scientific jargon, Jaffrey makes sure that her readers are up to speed–if still as confused as the characters about who’s to blame. 

Speaking of the mystery angle, I don’t typically go for the run-of-the-mill police mystery stories. I get enough of that via television (Psych, The Mentalist, NCIS, CSI…). I get the thrill and I like catching the bad guy, but it just can’t keep me entertained in book form. It’s all just too similar. HOWEVER, this was not the case for this novel. It was a plus that vampires are involved, there’s love and sexual tension peppered throughout, and the potential for a deeper conspiracy than just the murder. I’m intrigued. 

The plot was exquisitely entertaining with enough twists and blind corners to keep me guessing for most of the novel about who was responsible for the murder, as well as their motive. But the biggest thing that I really wanted to keep reading about was the loooove. 

Without giving spoilers, Jack is in a sort of “love” triangle and I know exactly who I’m rooting for. I couldn’t get enough of the build up and rejection and all the saucy details. I want MORE. In fact, that’s what got me on Amazon immediately after finishing the novel to purchase the next book, Judgement Day. Annnnd I already finished reading it. See my review soon!

I also think it’s pertinent to note the LGBTQ+ representation here with the bisexual main character, her gay best friend, and a lesbian (I think) side character. LOVING IT. 

Overall, a great story for Vampire fanatics, Mystery lovers, and love stories fraught with tension and denial. Very quick read as I couldn’t stop myself, and beware the power of Amazon. You’ll be jumping for the sequel. 

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