Oct 10, 2012

{Review} of Boyfriend from Hell by Jamie Quaid

Boyfriend from Hell by Jamie Quaid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Paranormal/Magic
RECEIVED: Pocket Books Edelweiss
BLOG: Jaime Quaid's Site

They say justice is blind. But Justine isn’t.

Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up.

Much to her own surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her newfound friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?

Fast paced and action packed entertainment; Boyfriend From Hell will keep readers in suspense with a spunky lead in a very interesting world. This is a new series that I’m looking forward to continuing.

Boyfriend from Hell follows Justine “Tina” Clancy a young woman just trying to get by while paying to go to law school. She works in a part of a city called the Zone, it’s know as the “bad” part of town after a major nerve gas factory had a chemical spill and changed the area and people who lived there. Tina discovers that the longer she works in the Zone, the more odd things start happening. One odd thing is that she accidently damned her boyfriend to hell someone how and that someone framed him to kill her. Now she’s on a mission to help get her boyfriend back; find out who framed him and is now after her.

Tina, I found to be hilarious, tough and one determined woman. After her boyfriend literally goes up in flames while trying to run her over, she digs in deep to find out what really happened. There are lots of politics involved and scary men in suits after her now, but being a worker in the Zone comes with benefits. I loved how she gets help from her boss Andre and a group of people with unique connections in the Zone. I liked that whenever she was in trouble her friends always had her back and is made for some entertaining moments taking down the bad guys. Tina is also slowly figuring out her mother kept something from her, that she is a daughter of Saturn and the one who send her boyfriend (Max) to hell.

Max, even though he’s stuck in hell he still has a lot of effect on Tina. She not only gets odd side effects from killing him and others, but she can communicate with him through mirrors. I found this hilarious, half the time it looks like she’s talking to herself in a compact mirror. I like humor in Urban Fantasies, slately some have been getting too serious and its over done and this just was so much fun. There is a lot more mysteries to be solved with Max and its only the beginning.

Overall this is a fun read, the world on the Zone was wonderfully crafted and really brought the story to life. I felt the Zone itself was it’s own character; it really helped Tina along the way in solving what happened to Max. Everyone in the Zone changes the longer they are there and in a way I think it’s protecting them. There is romance, but its not majorly focused on just hinted and it was a nice change. Tina as the lead kept me hooked, she just gets herself in all kinds of trouble even when she’s not looking for it, all the while trying to study for her finals. In the end I was shocked and thrilled with the ending results, Quaid created a perfect ending that will lead the readers into the next installment.

This is an adult novel, fans of both paranormal romance and urban fantasy wont want to miss out on this series. If you enjoyed Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series and Christina Henry’s Black Wings series you’ll love Jamie Quaid’s Boyfriend from Hell.

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