Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
Are you a fan of urban fantasy and can’t wait a few months for the next entry in your favorite series? Then give Deadtown a try.
A while back a strange plague hit a section of Boston and the few thousand people there suddenly fell down and died…and a few hours later they got back up. Deadtown was created out of the quarantine zone that sprung up to house the newly created undead of Boston. Now it is the section of Boston designated for PAs (PA = Paranormal Americans) to live, work and play. Zombies, werewolves, vampires and shapeshifters living together — kind of a strange version of paradise. But of course, things always go wrong in paradise. Enter our heroine, Victory Vaughn, shapeshifter and expert demon hunter. She’s got to deal with a teen zombie apprentice, a werewolf boyfriend, mad scientists and a demon that wants to destroy Boston. All in a Halloween’s work.
This is suspenseful and edgy entry to the urban fantasy genre. While it is a fast paced thriller, it also makes you think. The rights and status of paranormals is under debate across the country; PAs are considered things, not people, in the state of New Hampshire. This political intrigue, as well as the whole demons trying to destroy Boston, added enough substance to the thrill ride that I’ll be looking for the sequel, Hellforged, which is out soon.