Monday, July 30, 2012

The Night Beat by Gini Koch

Title: The Night Beat
Author: Gini Koch 
Series: Necropolis Enforcement Files #1
Publisher: Self Published 
Source: Sent from the author 
Disclaimer: I am the authors volunteer assistant 

 The majority of Prosaic City’s residents don’t know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don’t, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless. Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She’s an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police’s Night Beat. Victoria’s comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn’t like other girls. It’s hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, it’s going to take more than just Victoria’s special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness. Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement’s Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince’s Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it’s Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.In other words, it’s just another day on the Night Beat. (goodreads)

The Night Beat is not your typical Urban Fantasy. It's over the top in craziness and everything and anything is possible in Prosaic City. There were a lot of  twists and turns that kept me guessing till the very end. There were characters that were fun to love, ones that I didn't expect to love and villains that were easy to cheer against. 

There is a lot of world building that takes place in this book, and in the beginning I found it hard to keep track of everything and everyone. There were a lot of names and undead to know.  Right when I thought I wouldn't be able to keep everything straight everything clicked and came together. I loved how nothing is what it seems and that the worlds come together in such a believable way. 

This book is full of fun and crazy, and I would expect nothing less from Gini Koch. If you are looking for a different kind of Urban Fantasy, I highly recommend this one! I can't wait to see where this series goes. I want to say more about two characters, but don't want to spoil anything for anyone!