Today’s my stop on the Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for May Day by Josie Jaffrey! May Day was the winner of the 2021 BBNYA competition and it is definitely worth the read if you haven’t picked it up. There’s some more information about BBNYA near the bottom of this post if you’re interested. Thank you to the TWR and BBNYA teams for organizing this blog tour and providing me with the materials for it.
Title: Judgement Day
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Publication Date: May 6, 2021
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 318 Pages
From Goodreads: Vampires don’t get happily ever afters.
Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an archnemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him.
Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies.
With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy.
I thought that May Day was fantastic, so I had high expectations for Judgement Day. I am happy to say that Judgement Day exceeded my expectations, and I thought it was even better than May Day.
Judgement Day picks up a few months after the events of May Day. There’s a murder to solve, but it becomes clear that there’s a lot more going on than just the murder. What unfolds is a web of conspiracy theories, secrets, and lies that could turn the entire Silver world upside down.
The best thing about this book was the main character, Jack Valentine. Jack is such an amazing character and I loved reading about her in this book. I loved watching her trying to untangle the web of conspiracies that’s been laid in front of her, while also navigating a bunch of personal problems. I also loved Cam, Naia, and Boyd in this one, and I will gladly read any mystery that they’re trying to solve. This book also featured Killian Drake, who is still wonderfully mysterious. I love the chemistry between him, and Jack and I loved all of their scenes together.
I also really enjoyed the mystery in this book. It was one of those mysteries that had many layers and I enjoyed trying to piece everything together. There were a lot of moving parts, different alliances, and a lot of politicking going on in this book. I could feel the tension in the air when I was reading about the warring factions, and it left me wanting to keep reading.
I also like the world-building in this series in general. I liked learning more about the political and power structure in the universe. I also liked that some open questions from May Day were answered and that questions were raised that makes me want to get my hand on the next book as soon as possible.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Vampires are cool and I liked reading about them. The mystery was full of twists and turns and I’m excited for the next book in this series.
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre- and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.
She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
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