Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Angela today to review Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
Precinct 13 is the first book in a new adult urban fantasy series by Tate Hallaway, according to the author’s website, and categorized as Paranormal Romance by Berkely. I would say this book leans more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. As Tate Hallaway is a new to me author, I didn’t know exactly what to expect, the blurb sounded interesting and I’m always open to anything in the urban fantasy and paranormal genres.
When we meet Alex, our heroine, she has just won the position of Hughes County coroner on a bet. Her first day on the job ends with a corpse walking out of her office, a snake tattooing it’s self to her arm and the sheriff directing her to a mysterious office named Precinct 13. When she arrives at Precinct 13 to report the missing corpse she is met by all manner of paranormals who will become her new co-workers and teach Alex how she fits into their magical world. What follows is an adventure of tracking down zombies, dealing with crop circles and mutilated cows and Alex using her ability to talk to the dead to help Precinct 13 solve crime.
It took me awhile to get into this story, the first 75 pages or so were a struggle. I didn’t connect to Alex at all. In fact, I found her to be quite annoying and too stupid to live the first seven or eight chapters. Early in the book we learn that Alex has a past with magic, she has been able to “see” magical creatures from an early age. After her and her lover, Valentine, try to kill her Step-Mother, whom she thought was a demon, she is put away in psychiatric ward and Valentine is incarcerated. After years of therapy and being on meds she moves to small town Pierre, South Dakota to start over. So when she is re-introduced to magic and the paranormal community she is still in that denial zone….. And while I can understand her being in denial, I was turned off by her use of sarcasm and out and out stupidity about what was right in front of her face. I mean she watched a corpse walk right off the exam table and had a snake attach it’s self to her body just that morning… I wanted to shake her while screaming “take it seriously girl!”.
This book seemed to be in two parts, the first part where Alex is all sarcastic wit while trying to deny what is right in front of her face, and the second part where she turns into the super sleuth who seemingly is the master of figuring out clues left by the magical bad guys. I liked the second part much better than the first. Even her sarcastic wit got easier to deal with. As the cast of characters grew and Alex’s interaction with them expanded I was more and more entertained. I do wish there was a little bit more romance between Alex and Valentine, I’m hoping that develops more in the future.
I will say that the story got better the further I read. This is an interesting world with some cool secondary characters. It has the potential to be a pretty fun series. I’m intrigued by Valentine, he seems to be a more interesting character than Alex actually. Tate Hallaway has left herself plenty of room to grow with both her characters and her use of so many types of paranormal creatures. This turned out to be a light, amusing read. I’m glad I stuck with it through those first pages. I’ll be checking out the next one to see in what direction Ms. Hallaway takes this series next.
“I’m Jack,” he said. “You must be Alice.”
“Alex, ” I corrected.
“I was making a literary reference,” he said with a sniff and a London accent. He stepped aside to let me in. “Because, Alex, you’re about to enter Wonderland.”
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