Bailey Chen is fresh out of college, with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school.
But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: Vodka grants super strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all of these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a real-world job beckons?
This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and grown-up listeners of Harry Potter. Includes 15 recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore.
©2016 Paul Krueger (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Lots of fun"
The story is quirky and original while also relatable for the fresh-out-of-college "new adult" (is that what we're calling this genre now?). The narration is lively and enjoyable to listen to. The idea that a Long Island Ice Tea is the most legendary/elusive of the magical beverages is fantastic.
"Not bad, but not great"
The story itself was not too bad, if Krueger put out a sequel, or even a book outside this realm, I would probably give it a try. The concept is definitely there. He has the talent. So, yes, I would urge someone to give it a try. Just because I wasn't head over heels about it, doesn't mean someone might not love it.
I doubt it. It took me 6-7 chapters to not notice her voice and the way she speaks. It was very distracting. I actually considered asking for a refund and picking a different book. Once I was halfway through the book I was more into the story and didn't notice her voice as much.
The story is solid. I think people will like it. It's fun, but I just wish there'd been a different narrator.
"Well worth the listen"
Sure. In fact, I think I will, since the mix of humour and action will probably appeal to one of my friends who is a big Buffy fan.
I liked all of them really, but Bailey's mentor (not Zane, the other one..I'm terrible with names) endeared himself to me.
What any competent narrator brings. She's pretty good at doing different voices for each character, and that brings it to life in a way that simply reading wouldn't.
Not really. It made me smile though, and listening to it while working made my day a lot less boring. I also made about 100 mental notes to learn more about various drinks.
If you're looking for a deep book with lots of character development and maybe an underlying message about coming of age or something like that, then this isn't the book for you. If, however, you're looking for a few hours of action filled fun, go right ahead. I hope there will be a sequel!
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