Review: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Mar 12, 2019

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I decided to DNF this book at 76% through the book. I was trying to force myself to read it with the book club but after several other reviews for this I just decided to DNF it before I put myself it a slump. It has taken me longer than I should have to complete this based on the size of this book.

The concept of this book was very cute. The synopsis for this book is as follows:

A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.

College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.

My Thoughts and Review:

The beginning was a bit slow and it did take me some time to get into this but when I did there were just things that would happen that was a bit confusing. I thought the author just missed some opportunities to indulge a little on something's. The story just fell short and some details left you missing parts of the story. It just felt like some of the answers were never answered.

The concept of mixing drinks and obtaining powers was very unique idea. I did love how the author did incorporate the drink mixes into the book and the history of the drink so that it would fit the story and power that was given from the drink.

It was a solid 2.5 star for what I read but I just did not finish it because I felt the story was missing so much and the author made errors and just left you wondering who and what was going on at times.

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