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Wicked City: A Zephyr Hollis Novel (Zephyr Hollis Novels) Hardcover – April 10, 2012

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Book 2 of 2 in the Zephyr Hollis Series

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“A sassy, dedicated heroine...a lot of fun.” ―Locus on Moonshine

“Deftly combines historical and fantasy fiction for a fresh and inspired take on vampires...Johnson writes with great verve and wit, and readers will hope for many sequels.” ―RT Book Reviews on Moonshine

“A page-turning delight, with bicycles and enchanted blades, drug wars and settlement evening schools, romance and heartbreak.” ―Sarah Smith, author of THE VANISHED CHILD on Moonshine

About the Author

Alaya Johnson is a recent Columbia graduate, and denizen of New York City.

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Product Details

  • Series: Zephyr Hollis Novels (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312565488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312565480
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a review of an ARC received for free from the author in a giveaway.

I liked this one even more than the first! This series is just so compulsively readable and fun.

I appreciate that while romance is an important part of the story, Zephyr's feelings for Amir don't eclipse everything else - her other relationships and her principles and the things she's fighting for are all important to her and to the plot as well. (Although I can't help wishing to see a little bit more of Amir. I mean, he's hot. Er, no pun intended.) I'm also impressed by the fact that even though this series so far has a lot less actual physical violence than the average paranormal mystery, it still feels driven and fast-paced, and the stakes always seem high. I'm a big fan of the "things blow up" school of fun, and I'm impressed when something manages to capture that same particular sense of fun without actually blowing all that much stuff up. (Metaphorically speaking.)

Really looking forward to the [EPIC SPOILERS] promised to come in the next installment, too!
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Six months ago, Amir the djinni prankster brought Faust to New York City as a practical joke. The alcohol-blood concoction has become a major hit among the vampire crowd. Mayor Walker wants the drink legal though it is already served in several locales. The Friends Against Faust formed to oppose the legalization on the grounds it might lead to vampires being out of control of their impulses.

However, the deaths of ten vampires after drinking Faust shakes up the city just before the Board of Aldermen are to vote on the mayor's proposal. Stunned Mayor Walker, using blackmail in the matter of her hiding an underage vampire, asks the daughter of a demon hunter Zephyr Hollis to investigate the mass murders in spite of her belonging to the Friends Against Faust committee and tied to Amir. However, the prime suspect in the homicides is Zeph.

The second Hollis 1920 urban historical fantasy (see Moonshine) once again will have readers believing in a paranormal 1920s New York City though Gentleman Jimmy is still is turning over in his grave. The amusing amateur sleuth story line never takes it self seriously even as blood and alcohol prove a deadly mix. Sub-genre fans will enjoy the Roaring Twenties Manhattan adventures of the Vampire Suffragette.

Harriet Klausner
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Yes! Great book. Read read read, right now. Johnson's writing style is rich and fun and you won't be able to put this down.
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