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Tour Review: The Ghoul Vendetta – Lisa Shearin (2017, urban fantasy, SPI Files 4)

Tour Review: The Ghoul Vendetta – Lisa Shearin (2017, urban fantasy, SPI Files 4)Author: Lisa Shearin
Title: The Ghoul Vendetta
Series: SPI Files #4
Publisher: ACE
Pages: 304
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy

Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in the fourth urban fantasy novel in the series starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) are paid to keep the peace. But that’s not so easy when an endless evil threatens to tear that peace to pieces...

A vampire gangster’s nephew is abducted off his yacht by a bunch of low-rent Creatures from the Black Lagoon. A slew of banks are knocked over by what looks like the cast of Night of the Living Dead. All of this may seem like the movies, but, I promise you, it’s not.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I know the culprits aren’t wearing disguises or makeup. They’re real. Deadly real. Especially their leader—an ancient shapeshifter who leaves a trail of chaos and blood in his wake. Now, he’s taken my partner, Ian—and his intentions aren’t pretty.

The worst part? This is only the beginning...

The beginning of the end of the human race.
Format: ARC
Also by this author: The Grendel Affair, The Dragon Conspiracy, The Brimstone Deception
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*


We’re excited to tell you about Lisa Shearin’s newest book in the SPI Files series: THE GHOUL VENDETTA.

This is the fourth book in the series starring Makeena (Mac) and her fellow SPI agents. This story is about the investigation into the kidnapping of a wealthy vampire, which they find is related to a string of bank robberies. Ian learns he is being taunted by the perpetrator. It is personal, and he has to figure out why. The reader needs to figure out how everything is connected, which makes it fun to read.

I loved this book! There’s a mix of so many elements: mythology, detective work, fantasy, romance, humor, and more. I also adore all the characters. Mac is a wonderful heroine. She’s vulnerable, yet determined. She’s loyal, funny, brave, and smart. Kitty, a portal-manipulating witch, is also one of my favorite characters. There’s just something about her that makes me smile. Even Ian is growing on me, especially because I saw more of his personality in this book. He actually showed some emotion for a change.

If you haven’t read any of the SPI Files yet, you can jump into the series here if you want. THE GHOUL VENDETTA contains all the important backstory to be able to read it without any confusion.

THE GHOUL VENDETTA can be read by anyone who likes urban fantasy. It isn’t particularly gory and there isn’t any sex.

One of the things I like best about this series is how the author always includes a ticking time-clock to keep the plot moving and the tension high. In THE GHOUL VENDETTA, the deadline is when the full moon reaches its zenith on the summer solstice.

Another thing I love is how Lisa Shearin always includes little details that make it easy to picture the scene and the characters. These little details also add to the reality of everything; for example, the people seem more real when they do mundane or silly things. A couple of examples that stand out in my mind are: Mac’s sweet tooth and her co-workers’ ritual of decorating one another’s desks.

I strongly suggest everyone who likes light urban fantasy read THE GHOUL VENDETTA. It’s a delightful mix of action, romance, and mystery. I give it five stars (A) for well-rounded characters, excellent use of mythology to support the plot, and excitement from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down, and I hope you won’t be able to either!

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About Lisa Shearin

Lisa Shearin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Raine Benares novels, a comedic fantasy adventure series, as well as the SPI Files novels (The Brimstone Deception, The Dragon Conspiracy, The

Grendel Affair), an urban fantasy series best described as Men in Black with supernaturals instead of aliens. Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens, teapots, and teacups, both vintage and modern. She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her husband, three spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

(photo from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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