Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Boyfriend From Hell by Jamie Quaid

Book description:

They say justice is blind. But Justine isn’t.

Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up. 

Much to her surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her newfound friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?


Justine thinks her chances for becoming a lawyer are a long shot at best but that doesn't stop her from going to school. She's determined to make her life work, which is why she takes a job in the Zone, a radioactive neighborhood where electricity is faulty on a good day, and most people avoid the area like the plague. Things in the Zone just aren't normal, but Tina likes it well enough...until weird things start to happen. A spur of the moment word choice seems to have cursed her boyfriend straight to hell, and making a bad situation worse, an invisible thief has stolen her boss's money, and Andre doesn't like to mess around. This is just the beginning for Tina because it seems that her boyfriend had some serious secrets that may just cost everyone in the Zone unless Tina, with the help of her sexy boss Andre, can figure out the strange puzzle that has become her life.

This was a fun book to read! The premise that Tina is somehow a distant daughter to Saturn and that her words could come true was made into a fresh mythology within the UF parameters, not something we've read a thousand times over either. The detailed writing style made it easy to see the worn down industrial area with a slightly greenish hue, the old fashioned row houses and shoddy apartments with streets patrolled by an out of shape beat cop, and the storefront signage that moved and changed like something out of Harry Potter. I especially liked the community that was created within this world and how the industrial spill brought these freakish misfits together, everyone always looking out for one another, being led by the incredibly sexy yet intimidating mobster type guy,  Andre. He definitely fits in the more than meets the eye category and I'm really hoping that Tina decides to explore that option, if ya know what I mean. Tina has a lot going on and she doesn't easily accept this new role as Saturn's daughter so finding out how this plays out should be an interesting adventure.

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