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Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy is the second in an urban fantasy series that borrows a bit from the high fantasy template while keeping the parts that make urban fantasy so much fun. There will be some minor spoilers below for the previous book, so feel free to check out my review of Night Owls to be safe ;-). What do I mean though when I say high fantasy elements? Grave Matters has about six main characters that the PoV switches between and through their interweaving views, the full meaning of the plot comes to light. Plus very little romance ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Grave Matters from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

This book has adult content.
Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy (Night Owls #2)
Published by Ace on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…

Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • I love all the characters that Grave Matters focuses on and how unique each personality is. You can definitely tell immediately whose brain you are in even with two vampires, two supernatural hunters, one Renfield and a smattering of secondary characters.
  • The plot of Grave Matters revolves around spooky ghouls and unwilling ghosts popping up where they shouldn’t be and some questionable necromancy pulling strings. I avoid horror, so I haven’t read a book with necromancy ever I don’t think and it was just the right amount of spooky without completely freaking me out!
  • I was really happy that there was no romance in the previous book, and Grave Matters does a good job of slowly introducing a cute romance brewing. It is really handy that Grave Matters has other character that aren’t involved in relationships so that only a fraction of the screen time is devoted to googly eyes ;-).
  • Grave Matters does one of my favorite things: pulls in uncommon mythology to make things interesting! I have no idea if the gods involved were ever actually worshipped, but it was fun to find out about a new myth system anyway :D.

Weaknesses:

  • I never felt that worried while reading Grave Matters. The stakes never got high enough for me to really be gripping my book in suspense.
  • One of the characters is one of those boys that tends to annoy the people are him. He swears a lot and likes to be rather smarmy. While his character is very well written and I like the development he goes through, his swearing started grating on me and will definitely bother other readers.
  • I really wish that Grave Matters would have been longer so that each of the characters could get the page time they deserved. It felt like there just too many characters given the length and one thing or the other needed to change.
  • I don’t reread and most of the time it hasn’t been an issue. However, because of the diversity of characters and backstories, it took a while before everything came back to me. There were reminders, but not enough for me to be comfortable with following everything.
  • I liked all the pieces of Grave Matters, but was never able to really connect with the story and characters in the end. It’s hard to point to exactly why that was, but it brought the entire reading experience down for me personally.

Summary:

Grave Matters ended up being a bit of a second book slump for me, but I am still looking forward to the next book. I can’t quite see whether all of the events so far are building to an overall series plot or not, but I’m hoping that that will develop as the series continues. If you’re looking for urban fantasy that is a bit different than the typical, this is definitely a series to keep your eye on.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. I haven’t read this series, but I like the idea of very little romance. I’ve come to realise that I don’t hate romance as much as I thought I did, but I still prefer it in small doses, unless the book was written a couple hundred years ago. I hope that the next one gets better!
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    • Hehe, I’m exactly there too! If the romance is done REALLY well, I might like it eventually, but I want more interesting things to dominate the plot.

  2. I’ve been keeping my eyes on this series, and I really like what you’ve said about it in terms of high fantasy and urban fantasy. I’m hoping it will get over the slump and a clear series goal will.emerge in the third book!
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  3. I am excited for this, but haven’t gotten it yet. Are the succubi back? *fingers crossed*

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