Review: Skeleton Crew by Cameron Haley

10 May

Skeleton Crew by Cameron Haley
Harlequin/LUNA (April 28, 2011)
Trade: $14.95; e-book: $8.79
ISBN: 9780373803262

Favorite Lines: “Everyone has an irrational fear. For some people it’s spiders, for others it’s snakes, or maybe clowns. I have a big fucking problem with zombies. I can deal with ghosts–even the really creepy ones. Hell, I share my condo with a spook, an old woman named Mrs. Dawson. I can also deal with dead bodies–as long as they stay down. If they get up and try to eat me, that’s just too fucking much.” (p. 15)

Bodies are hitting the pavement in L.A. like they always do, but this time they’re getting right back up, death be damned. My mobbed-up outfit of magicians may be the strongest in the city, but even they aren’t immune to the living dead.

And I’ve yet to develop a resistance to Adan Rashan.

If I don’t team up with the boss’s son, we won’t just be at each other’s throats over control of the outfit. We’ll be craving hearts and brains, as well.

Because as long as this nasty spirit from the Between is stopping souls from finding peace, I’m facing the biggest supernatural crisis to ever hit the City of Angels.

Zombies, it’s time you feared me.

Skeleton Crew is book two in Cameron Haley’s The Underworld Cycle series. If you haven’t read book one, I wouldn’t recommend picking this one up for your first look into the world of magic and gangs. Read Mob Rules first.

The story is told from the heroine Domino’s point of view as she tries to unravel her feelings for her boss’s son while warding off attacking zombies. I wasn’t excited about this book before it came out. However now that I’ve read it, I can’t wait for the next to see what happens. Haley is leading us toward a gigantic, world-changing battle.

Okay, let me try to give you something to compare this book to. Hmmm…Dawn of the Dead meets a hybrid of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels and a gangster general. There are huge masses of zombies looking to feed and a woman determined to stop them. She is a leader, kick ass gangsta and caring but realistic woman. Skeleton Crew forced her to dig deep, think outside the box and trust herself. Just when I thought Domino would give up, she would flip the script.

Besides Domino, one thing I like about the book is the realistic dialogue; I could almost hear the different characters speak. I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with the first book of the series, Mob Rules. This book is different. It’s action packed with demons, zombies and ghosts, all of whom want a piece of Domino. The idea of zombies is also different from any I’ve ever heard or read. This change in mythology made the story extremely enjoyable.

If you’re reading this book expecting to get a lot of relationship interaction between Adan and Domino you will be disappointed. Skeleton Crew is more of a subtle glances type of book. Not much seems to go on for most of the book. (Hello zombies!)  But when the heat explodes…

Don’t expect a nice and neat ending to this book. There is no cliffhanger and you need to remember that is not a romance. That’s all you’ll get out of me. Now go read the book. Come back and we’ll talk about it. 🙂

Trash it or Stash it? Stash it on your bookshelf to read again. It’s got action out the wazoo and there is a scene involving a demon mother that is so revolting that you just gotta read it. Skeleton Crew is an urban fantasy with heavy emphasis on the urban when it comes to dialogue and the mentality of most of the characters. It’s better than its predecessor and hopefully sets the tone for the books to come.


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