Vampires don’t get happily ever afters.
Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an archnemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him.
Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies.
With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy.
I received a copy of this book from the author for review & can confirm all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I didn’t think it would be possible for me to love this book more than it’s predecessor but I did. Judgement Day contained everything I loved about May Day, except it was bigger and better and smuttier… yes, you read that right. Jack has just about got her life together, she is in a loving relationship and her job is going relatively well (if you discount the fact that she tried to burn someone alive.) But she knows it’s too good to be true, after being called out to a human murder that reeks of Silver Violence, Jack and her team are dragged yet again into the underground world of the Silver’s. The more she discovers about the murder, the more she realises that her crazy theories about the Solis Invicti from book one may not be so crazy. Jack may just have to place her trust in the one person she absolutely does not want to if she’s to get the information she needs.
Jack Valentine has become, without a doubt, one of my all time favourite characters. Her ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude is one I strive to mimic. You absolutely do not want to get on her bad side, but we know that underneath it all she has a big heart, one that can be easily swayed. As much as I love her there were times in this book where I just wanted to jump into the pages and give her a good smack around the head. She is so blinded by past behaviour and grievances that she can’t see what’s right in front of her face. The benefit of this was it added a great deal of angst and drama to the story, the downside was I had to wait waaay too long for what I wanted to happen… I’m impatient ok!
If you love a good cast of side characters then look no further. My absolute faves from book one made a reappearance; Cam, Naia & Boyd, Jack’s teammates, Tabitha her girlfriend and Killian Drake, the Baron of Oxford and Jacks arch nemesis. Every single one of these character’s adds a little something to the plot, be it levity from Naia’s inappropriate wit or all the drama thanks to Tabitha and Drake. They may not get POV’s but they are all brilliantly brought to life and make the story that much more enjoyable.
I can’t tell you how much I love this series, truly genre bending it’s part urban fantasy, part mystery, part romance and Jaffrey blends it all together to make one hell of a story. I love that each book has it’s own crime to solve, but weaving through it all is another mystery, one that we get little clues too throughout both books. We know it’s building to something, something big, we just aren’t sure what it is yet. I, for one, could read an unlimited amount of books with Jack and crew solving murders, but i’m also incredibly excited to see where the author is going to take the underlying plot. Having read the authors previous works I do have an idea of where the story is going as this is a prequel series, but I am incredibly excited to see how we get there.
As much as I love the characters, and the setting, and the mysteries in this series, it’s the romance that initially hooked me. Judgement Day has slightly less angst than May Day, but that didn’t stop me from shipping my ship (I’m Drake & Jack all the way.) I am not a fan of love triangles but the one in this series it just written so well, it doesn’t detract from the story it adds to it, and also plays a large part in the series as a whole.
The ending of this book had me squealing with joy & then just squealing! Jaffrey is the Queen of foreshadowing because once it happened, I realised I should have seen it coming a mile away. There are plenty of plot twists throughout the story few of which I saw coming, and some that took me completely by surprise, but it was the ending that really got me and made me instantly regret reading this early because now I have a longer wait to find out what happens. I love this series so much, and am eagerly anticipating getting my hands on book three, even if I have to wait a year for it.