Deadtown by Nancy Holzner; Giveaway

7 Feb

Favorite Lines: “In the middle of the room stood the director, screaming. He had a vampire hanging off his neck; the female zombie chewed on his ankle.” (p. 128)

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Vicky’s demanding job keeping the city safe from all manner of monsters is one reason her relationship with workaholic lawyer (and werewolf) Alexander Kane is in constant limbo. Throw in a foolhardy zombie apprentice, a mysterious, demon plagued client, and a suspicious research facility that’s taken an unwelcome interest in her family, and Vicky’s love life has as much of a pulse as Deadtown’s citizens.

But now Vicky’s got bigger things to worry about. The Hellion who murdered her father ten years ago has somehow broken through Boston’s magical protections. This ruthless force of destruction has a personal grudge against Vicky, and she’s the only one who can stop it before it destroys the city.

Nancy Holzner‘s Deadtown takes on the rights of all living and formerly living beings after a plague attacks, kills, and transforms all the humans in downtown Boston. At first humanity was ecstatic at the second chance it had with its loved ones, then it discover those who returned were different. They were zombies.

Humans moved quickly to distance themselves from the unknown and revoked their former loved ones rights. Despite the supernatural community’s role in cleaning up the dead zone, they soon found their rights tied to the zombies. Basic rights needed to be created by legislature and common sense disappeared. The ignorance pops up in chapter two and continues through out the story. It was clear that humans feared the unknown and that others wanted to dissect the unknown.

Vicky is the unknown. She is the only active shapeshifter in Massachusetts and just happens to be a trained demon slayer which comes in handy when a demon begins tormenting the city. She accepted herself at an early age, unlike her sister. Their relationship is strained, the one with her boyfriend seems iffy and that with a strange man/policeman is questionable.

I know Vicky is independent, but damn, her boyfriend placed her low on his list of priorities, as is showcased by the end of the story. Ms. Holzner did a great job making me wonder about the next installment of this series and the role Alexander Kane would play.

Overall, I was OK with Deadtown; I didn’t love it, but it was interesting. The variety of evil was clear as Lori at Escape Between the Pages said, ” there are different kinds of evil. From scientist with lab experiments, demons from hell, to politicians with their own agendas.” This all works together to create the urban fantasy, Deadtown.

Now I’ll be ghetto. Want the book I just finished? It’s been read once, by me. I dog-ear pages, so it’s not perfect. But if you want it, it’s yours. All you have to do is tell me your favorite urban fantasy book. I’ll randomly select a winner on Valentine’s Day.

Please, 1 entry per person.

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41 Responses to “Deadtown by Nancy Holzner; Giveaway”

  1. Shannon Baas February 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    dont’ have one.

  2. cheryl f February 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    I like Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)

  3. Sandy G February 8, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

  4. Stephanie February 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris.
    I love all the Sookie Stackhouse books, but that is probably my favorite because of Eric.

  5. Mariska February 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

  6. Greytfriend February 9, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Hundreds! Right now I’d say Tempest Rising my Nicole Peeler. But I’m loving the Connor Grey series by Mark Del Franco too.

  7. Lisa Richards February 9, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Generally, the one I’m reading but my most favorite is Jeaniene Frost’s “Night Huntress”. Cat and Bones rock!

  8. Raelena February 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is one of my faves

  9. heatwave16 February 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    So hard to pick 1, but Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox. The Hollows series from Kim Harrison rocks, as well as Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  10. Cathy M February 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I love this genre, some of my favorites:
    Jocelyn Drake’s, Dark Days series,
    Karen Chance, Cassandra Palmer series
    LKH Anita Blake series
    Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan series

    If I had to pick just one book, it would probably be Blue Moon by LKH

  11. Benita G. February 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

    bgcchs@yahoo.com

  12. Amanda Makepeace February 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I love the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson and all of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I don’t think is even possible to pick just one! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amanda

    makepeace.arts[at]gmail[dot]com

  13. Stephanie K. February 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson

  14. Carol Thompson February 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Hard to just pick one so I would say any of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

  15. Daelith February 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    It is hard to pick just one, but I’ll narrow it down to a series…The Dresden Files

  16. Spav February 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    Any of the “Dresden Files” by Jim Butchers.

  17. Nickie February 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Hmmm…I have too many favorite books to choose just one, but one of my most favorite series that I have read not too long ago is the Shifter series by Rachel Vincent and can’t wait for her next book!

  18. GSM February 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison.
    Thanks for the contest.

  19. Marianna February 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre (her Sci-Fi series is even better).

    Read Deadtown just the other day, Frank was my fav character~

  20. Ruby February 11, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    favourite urban fantasy?
    does the harry potter or percy jackson count? 🙂

  21. Anne G February 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I’d say the Tempest Rising series is probably my favorite.

  22. Sharli February 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    The Chacagoland Vampires by Chloe Niell

  23. Erma February 12, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    I like Jeaniene Frost’s “Night Huntress”.

  24. Carol G February 12, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Can’t say that I have a real favorite, but have read and enjoyed most of the Sookie Stackhouse books, and just finished Greywalker, which was good enough to make me want to read more of them.

  25. Diana Dang February 12, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Hm, I don’t read many urban fantasy so I recommend Kitty and the House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn.

  26. Ed Nemmers February 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    The “Vampire Academy” books!

  27. Karrie February 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    I love urban fantasy books but I love the series by Vicki Pettersson. my favorite book by her is The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac

  28. Kim H. February 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Robert Rankin is one of my fave authors. My favorite book of his is “The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalpyse.” Or maybe its the “Toyminator”.

    I wish I could be as generous and give it to someone, but I just can’t part with my favorite books.

    Is it ghetto to have a giveaway with a used book? Heck no! It’s just passing on the fun!

    Thanks so much!

  29. Lisa Williams February 13, 2010 at 3:03 am #

    I would have to say the Charlaine Harris series.

  30. dawn February 13, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    I love all the Sookie Stackhouse books and am just finishing Dead To The World. I haen’t read them all but wat I ave read so far ave all been good. Thanks

    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

  31. Jane Hoh February 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    I recently finished Wicked Game. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  32. Paige February 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I love Simon R. Green’s “Nightside” series. Great urban fantasy.

  33. Marc February 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Nightlife by Rob Thurman

  34. Ernesto Jimenez February 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    I love Resident Evil.

  35. Beverly Metcalf February 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I liked the Wicked Game book. This one looks good, too. Thanks for having the contest!

  36. Pat B February 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I love the Vampire Huntress series by L.A. Banks

  37. Gianna February 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Please enter me 🙂

  38. Marcy Strahan February 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    My favorite is a mix of Urban fantasty & romance:

    Regar By Dara Joy
    & Night of a Trillion Stars By dara Joy!

  39. Melanie February 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    I don’t mind if its used.
    I buy all of my books used…I just consider them Previously loved.

  40. Buddy Garrett February 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Retribution (Anna Strong Series #5) is my favorite.

  41. Lily Kwan February 14, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    My favorite urban fantasy book is Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs.

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