ARC Review: JUDGEMENT DAY by Josie Jaffrey

I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

Title in white on a purple background with a blurry greyscale face
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Noir
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - book 2

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for MAY DAY*

Synopsis:

Book cover for JUDGEMENT DAY: title in grey on a purple image of the radcliffe camera and a greyscale image of a girl's head

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.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

JUDGEMENT DAY follows up MAY DAY with another twisty mystery that is a lot less simple than it first seems. There are clues, red herrings, and a lot of mistakes to keep you guessing as the crimes and mysteries pile up. Plus Jack is forced to confront some of her prejudices about people she actively hates as they’re not acting the way she’d expect – or wants them to.

As well as containing the noir-ish mystery, this book also picks up some of the threads from the previous book and kicks the overarching story of this series into a higher gear. A lot of things happen that threaten Jack’s world, and the story’s scope widens beyond mysteries in Oxfordshire. All of her vampire books (her adult books) are in the same universe. Though I’ve only read one of the non-contemporary books, I was able to start seeing some of the links in JUDGEMENT DAY.

The relationships are just as messy, with Jack and Drake still snipping at each other (their petty thefts are a lot of fun), and Jack and her girlfriend Tabby are trying to sort out the consequences of Jack and Drake’s interactions in the first book. The final few beats of those relationships were a lot of fun, and promise a bag full of cates to contend with next book. The sex scenes in this book are pretty explicit, particularly the final one.

I’m not sure how many books there are going to be in this series. At least one more for certain, and I have a few ideas about how things might end up…


Read my reviews of other books by Josie Jaffrey:

Adult:

Seekers (this series):

Sovereign:

Young Adult:

Deluge:

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