Series: Fly By Night #1
Published by Penguin
Published on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
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From New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn comes an all-new series set in the realm of her Otherworld novels.I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.
Flight From Death had a lot of potential. It takes place in a world full of supernatural beings. I mean literally every kind of supernatural being I’ve ever heard of, and some I hadn’t. The “supes” as they are called, are coexisting with humans, but tend to deal with each other more than with us normal folk.
So the Fly By Night Magical Investigation Agency takes the case of a haunting at a bed and breakfast in Port Townsend, WA. The agency is staffed by supes, and they roll deep. I’m talking a vampire, a werewolf, a dragon in human form, a snakeshifter, and a tag-along Dijin [genie].
One of my biggest issues with these characters was that they are all supposed to be far older than your average human, but a lot of their dialogue and interactions came across as kind of teenager-y.
At the bed & breakfast, they add the owner, another vampire, a witch, and a spiritwalker to their crew.
How many supes does it take to solve a haunting?
Apparently it takes a lot. Like…seven of them.
Anyway, their investigation follows the Ghost-Show-Certified-Method, namely: EVPs, Full Spectrum Cameras, “Why are you here?”, “What do you want?”
We all know the drill.
So they research the history of the house and property, where they turn up your normal haunted house stuff, and find some clues in the old stuff in the basement and attic. At this point I was fairly bummed, because I absolutely love a good haunting, but this one was following the formula a little too much to a T. Luckily there is a little twist that adds a layer to the haunting and makes the situation slightly more complex than it appears.
Along with the haunting, we have an office romance blooming between hunky vampire Alex and kind of clueless dragon-in-human-form, Shimmer. To be honest, I didn’t really fall for Alex in any kind of way, so I didn’t feel very emotionally involved in their romance. It’s too bad, because an Australian vampire should have been swoon worthy.
Beyond our haunting and office romance, there is also the slowly revealed past of Shimmer, who was sent to Alex’s magical investigation agency as punishment for stealing from a powerful dragon. We get a glimpse into the caste system of the Dragons, which is strict and not in Shimmer’s favor, as she is an orphan and therefore clan-less. While it didn’t play much into this book, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her true identity coming out later in the series, and that there is much more to the orphan water dragon than she realizes.
The rest of the book boils down to a lot of investigating. And several of meals.
Actually… a LOT of meals.
Seriously, they are always sitting down to eat something.
Supes are the hungriest characters I’ve ever read.
But somewhere in between meals, they manage to put their seven supernatural heads together and figure out what they are dealing with.
And then there’s some
And a good old fashioned HEA.
But…To be honest, the last 20% I was very
Even though this book had a lot of really cool elements, I give it three stars because while I didn’t connect with the characters and wasn’t really drawn in by the story, it is still a rich, well-crafted world with a lot of things going on at once. If you consume anything and everything in the supernatural/paranormal/urban fantasy spectrum, it is probably right up your alley.
For me it was just
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