ARC Review: Graveyard Shift by Jenn Burke
Not Dead Yet, book 3. I recommend reading the previous books first or it’ll be pretty confusing. Series page on Goodreads here. The review below contains spoilers for the previous books in the series.
Things are going fairly well for self-described not-ghost and former “recovery specialist” (read: thief) Wes Cooper. He’s living with his vampire boyfriend, Hudson, in a swanky neighbourhood in Toronto, they’re surrounded by their little found family and their PI business is going well. Wes is settling in to being a god, though he’s still not sure what he’s supposed to be the god of.
Too bad the rest of the world hasn’t gotten the memo - vampire kills are up, shifters are dying and paranormal law enforcement is sniffing around after Hudson’s niece. Oh, and their snooty neighbours are being all passive-aggressive. Typical.
This series is a reliably fun read. There’s plenty of action, a decently-fleshed-out supernatural world and solid protagonists and supporting characters - though I’ll admit to sometimes wanting to give Hudson a kick in the ass. And it’s comfortably Canadian (though the audiobook narrator for the series mispronounces some things), but doesn’t overwhelm with stereotypes.
One thing I do particularly like about this series is how Wes’s sexuality is handled. He self-identifies as being on the asexual spectrum, but does sometimes experience sexual attraction, which is a nuance not often tackled in romance. It perhaps gets a touch more explanation than needed throughout the series, but not to the point where I feel the author’s just trying to call attention to having given the character such an infrequent orientation.
So, to sum it up, this is not going to win prizes for literature or anything, but fans of queer urban fantasy won’t be disappointed.
Available 4 November - buy links here.
The standard disclaimer - I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Picture: Gettin’ his god on
Chibi post-makeover Wes gets all vengeful.
Completed November 2019