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REVIEW! May Day by Josie Jaffrey

A huge thank you to the author for sending me an ARC of this book. I’m so glad I’ve finally got round to reading something from Josie.

Rating: ★★★★

So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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.

I went into this not really knowing much other than it having vampires who are also detectives, and while I got that, I also got so much more (bisexual rep yes please and thank you). Since my dreaded teenage years where I read a very popular YA vampire series, I’ve not read many vampire books, but recently I’ve been getting back into them and this was a brilliant choice to pick up. I’ve not read anything by Josie before (although I did buy The Gilded King last year which I’m bumping up my tbr a little bit now), but I went into this confident I would enjoy it as I’ve seen quite a few people rave about this author’s books.

I loved the characters in this, Jack was amazing; not only is she bisexual and a vampire but she’s so sarcastic and blunt, which is exactly what I want in a main character, it makes it even better because I can relate to her (obviously not with the vampire bit though). I really enjoyed the friendships Jack has, especially with Cameron and Nina – Jack and Cam definitely have a grumpy/sunshine dynamic and I’m living for it. Killian Drake was a rollarcoaster of emotions for me; now I tabbed this book and looking back through at my notes, my first note about him is “already hate Killian Drake”, then went to “sexual tension – yes” to “Drake’s a bastard”. There were more but they were more spoilery notes so I won’t include those but you get the gist.

I found the vampires really interesting, the concepts of Silver violence and the Silver mark were both definitely something different that I don’t think I’ve read in a vampire book before. And I really liked how the the hierarchy between the vampires worked, it’s definitely something I’m thinking (and hoping) will come up more in the next book in the series. I also absolutely adored how this book had me doing a literal jaw drop gasp, I was already looking forward to a sequel before that point in the book and now I just *need* it even more.

If you couldn’t already tell, I would definitely recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I devoured it (haha vampire joke) in a day. I cannot wait for the sequel and I’m looking froward to seeing more people’s thoughts on the book and hope they love it too.

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