Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

by Paul Krueger

College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who's around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it's up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever-or whoever-is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore. Quirk Books is well known for their best-selling series Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which led the way in the creation of mash-up fiction. Both titles will shortly be released as films.

Reviewed by Eve1972 on

4 of 5 stars

Simply put, this book was FUN.

A little bit Harry Potter and a little bit Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Except it isn't vampires they are slaying, and the Slayers are bartenders that make magic cocktails that give them superpowers to slay demons.

I mean COME ON, who cannot love such a premise. The plot flowed nicely. It had some interesting World building. The characters were likable (if sometimes cliché). I also really enjoyed the between entries from the "Devil Water’s Dictionary" the fictional mixologist’s guide that the bartenders used for mixing their magic drinks.

Really just an enjoyable read from beginning to end.

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