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The Black Parade (The Black Parade series) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 20, 2013
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Kyoko M is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She hails from Riverdale, Georgia, a metro-Atlanta city, and currently lives in Ocala, Florida working on her novels. She has written articles for toonaripost.com, and is a 2011 winner of National Novel Writing Month for her title 'The Starlight Contingency', as well as being a first round finalist for the 2013 Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest for her debut novel 'The Black Parade.' She has a passion for urban fantasy, science fiction, high fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal works. She is also known for being a sarcastic nerd whose influences include comic books, anime, movies, and various novel series.
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For one thing, it was nice to read about an Afro-Latina heroine with dark skin, though she says lack of sleep from her nightly paranormal duties has lightened it unhealthily. Jordan Amador has a hell of a life--as a Seer she helps ghosts cross over and it's definitely NOT The Ghost Whisperer. She's also a waitress and her best friends/guardians just so happen to be angels.
The REAL ones. With wings.
Jordan's acerbic, anti-social and skirting the edge of functional alcoholism just to deal with all the spirits (no pun intended). I like heroines who are complex and imperfect. I really don't know how many damn times I need to say this to some paranormal authors, but a heroine who cannot or is not willing to learn to handle herself in the midst of beings with fur, fangs, claws, snouts or breathe fire, is asking to be food. Frankly, any heroine like that deserves to be vamp/were bait and I'm going to gleefully cheer her demise.
There were instances Jordan made me want to smack her for putting herself in danger, though she was more than capable of handling herself. And she's going to need not just her physical skills, but help from on high as she finds herself right smack in the midst of the ongoing war between Heaven and Hell.
Honestly I was rather ambivalent about the romance between her and Michael--guardian angel in the truest sense of the world. The sexual tension was definitely there and that part I liked. The banter between Jordan and Michael was fun; she never seemed to let his angelic status get in the way of bad puns and sexual innuendo. The romance read strangely to me. It felt like a distraction or that it was tossed in because readers expected that payoff. I don't always want romance in my urban fantasy because the heroine tends to lose her autonomy. I did like Michael as a character, but just like the series Moonlighting or the 60's BBC series The Avengers, what makes a relationship feel actualized for me is that tension and the banter. The will they or won't they?
I had never read anything from this author and I love when I discover those gems who really have a passion for great storytelling. This was an interesting read, well-edited and better still, featured a diverse cast in the real world of New York and New Jersey. No whitewash here. For the diversity alone The Black Parade deserves high praise.
Last thing I'll say is, I REALLY WANT THIS AS A MOVIE! Or a TV show? Something! C'mon! I want to see Jordan and Michael on the screen!
Okay, in all honestly, the way this book was written through me for a loop at first. It was sort of episodic, with disjointed events happening while the main plot was insidiously developing, it was strange to me, but I eventually warmed up to it.
I hated how down on herself the heroine was, ugh, I mean really, reading all that self-hating and stubbornness had me feeling all sad and pissed, so much so that I actually stopped reading periodically to take a break from all of that negativity. But I am happy that I did continue reading because I really enjoyed the ending and the series as a whole.
Also, I read in a review that the book shoves Christianity in your face, it didn’t, someone was being a wee bit sensitive, plus you know the whole Angel/Demon thing, from my knowledge, maybe has a little bit to do with The Almighty (laughs).
All in all, this is a good read and I’d recommend it to any fan of paranormal, especial those who like the romance to be secondary to the main plot.
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