Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Date of Release: February 20, 2015
Pages and Format: 150 pages, ePub
Links: Author Website, GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter
“Onyx can smell evil. No one; not even werewolves, wendigos, or vampires, can hide from her once they’ve committed a crime. When Onyx’s paranormal investigation of a local haunting triggers the death of a divorced mother, she is cut short by the provocative Detective Elliot Stevens. Now she must either tempt Elliot astray from his clean-cut, straight-edged path or change her apathetic ways and learn the truth about who and what she is — before what she doesn’t know can kill her.”
I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a fun book! It brought back many memories of my youth. In honour of said book, the review wouldn’t be complete without listening to Lamb of God, Coal Chamber, Deftones, Tool, My Ruin and my favourite from my youth: Jack Off Jill.
I was a Goth once upon a time. My high school days were plagued with heavy boots, fishnets and a ton of black lipstick and eye-liner. Best time of my life yet!
I completely agree with the author and the protagonist, Goth isn’t just a style, it’s a calling. It’s also totally an attitude. I retired my Goth for more of a mix of my own taste and Rockabilly. Love me some heels and swing dresses. Any who, onwards to the review!
Onyx is a great protagonist. She is a fun, quirky and self-assured woman. This woman also has a unique ability to smell supernatural creatures. If the creature has done a crime, they smell worse. Example, vampires who kill humans smell like garbage. Werewolves smell like wet dog. Ew.
This ability is a new one. It’s really unique too. I applaud the author for thinking outside the box!
The novel reminds me of some of my favourite shows like Buffy, Grimm especially (with the police officers being different wesen) and especially The Dresden Files. However, there is nothing wrong with getting ideas and inspiration from these shows. They’re great for that and stories are meant to be shared and retold as well as reshaped.
I loved the “Goth Girl has the hots for the Sexy Cop” twist in it. It added some great romantic and sexual tension to it. I even liked that she was like “yeah no thanks,” to the vampire and all into the cop. I enjoy that “outside the norm” love twist.
The crazy porn obsessed former Mafia ghost added a great touch of awkward and inappropriate humour to the story.
Despite my love for the book, it does need a little fleshing out. One thing that has never really been in the faces of others is what the Goth culture is all about, what it was and how it has changed. Not like Punk was. There are also so many subgenres of the Goth culture, as well. The music, the clothing, and etc. It just would have been nice to read a bit more of that in the novel.
However, I really hope to continue on this journey with Onyx and Elliot, and learn more about her ability. Especially as that was one helluva cliff-hanger!
About the Author:
Bettina Busiello is a dreamer by nature with an eccentric sense of humor. She spends most of her waking hours either spinning yarns, venturing online games or cuddling her cat October. She lives in Vermont where she is surrounded by enough fresh air to make her slightly high (which explains a lot).