Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BBReview: "Precinct 13" By Tate Hallaway

Genre: Adult - Paranormal
Publishing Date: August 7th, 2012
Page Count: 308
Source: Borrowed from local library
Format: Paperback

Description from
Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment...

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.

After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…

There is one big theme that really bothered me about this book and it was that this is a standalone. There is so much more that needed to be answered and explored in this world. I feel like as soon as the reader and Alex (the MC) come to terms with "reality" the book is over. Precinct 13 is a very cut and dry book. It's simple and that is both good and bad. It's good, because it made it very easy to follow when so much crazy is going on. It's a bad thing, because it was setting it up from the beginning to be a standalone. When I finished reading Precinct 13 I went on Goodreads and I honestly expected to find that this was part of a series, but it wasn't and that is just so disappointing, because if anything I feel like this story could have at least been longer. In the end I just didn't feel satisfied with the ending. I didn't fully understand the world we were placed in still and I had tons of questions still unanswered. That is basically the summary of what I didn't like so let's discuss what I did like about the book...

I really,  really enjoyed the characters in this book and I absolutely loved all the paranormals we were introduced to. I thought it was very impressive that we met so many people in such a short amount of time and they each had their own voice and personality. They were easily identified and I didn't confused with so many characters being involved. The character development was done very well and I was really happy in the end with where we leave our characters. Everyone is in a good place and I was really happy with that.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't one of my favorite books ever, but I'm glad I read it. I think the character development was really  well done and I liked that we met so many people/paranormals in such a short amount of time. I also really liked that I never got confused between all the characters. What I really didn't like is that this book was a standalone, because there was so much still to be explored in this world and I was left still having a lot of questions. This book is very cut & dry and although I appreciated it, because it made following the book very easy, it was a little too clean and forced the story to be a standalone instead of a series like it deserved.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3/5

**The books cover, description, and info was all found on Goodreads. A link back has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This book was borrowed from my local library.**