Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they ’ re more widely known.

hildren have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It ’ s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to go to the bottom of the problem, and keep the kids before it ’ s extremel late.

Nightshades is new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.
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Olson 's other urban fantasy series ( and I like them to much), o I do n't always think twice of trying his new one of hers.

I liked Olson 's portrayal of vampires ...

I am lookin to mak it, mayb because I eed to now what would happen ( view spoiler) [ with Alex 's best friend.

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While his was not silly, it ha also not that interesting.I can totally see it as a pilot for a new elevision series starring a pair of hunky young best friends and FBI agents, and an attractive, willowy, curvy ( both descriptors are used) vampire woman who acts as their 'consultant' on a recent spate of kidnappings and killings, presumably done by vampires.

It 's surprisingly generic storyline: substitute 'serial killer' for 'vampire' ( there 's actually a scene that overtly references Hannibal Lector) and it would flow as readily.World-building is straightforward, although vamps are for some reason called 'shades.' It 's time where the public is aware of them, vaguely, yet somehow does n't care all that much.

Plot points include the creepy serial killer vamp who is a prisoner and indirect 'consultant,' the mandatory speech by the Head Bad Guy in which he asks his bizarro plans for world domination, and obligatory attraction between leads ( sadly, ot the two FBI BFFs) .Oh, and let 's not forget the predominantly white male cast, although POC and women can have side roles.

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NIGHTSHADES is a gritty police procedural in an awesome urban fantasy world.NIGHTSHADES introduces a great cast of characters in what will hopefully turn into Olson 's next series.

There are surprisingly many urban fantasy/paranormal romance books out there revolving around vampires at this point, so if you 're looking to use them you have to give them different.

If you enjoy watching police procedural TV shows and would like to see that mixed with your favorite genre, urban fantasy, pick up NIGHTSHADES.

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The nightshades a.k.a. vampires were n't like the average vamp in two ways.

Their beauty was n't what made them special.It was a ood start to this series.

I should have iked to have otten to know the characters better.

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Someone anages to capture to undeadliness, the bloodthirsty ruthlessness, while setting apart an individual or small group of individuals who have tenaciously clung to their former humanity, shunning the brutality of their more old school counterparts.* tips hat* Meet Lindy, or Sieglind to not-her-friends, who despite vampires coming out of the proverbial closet, still lives and works among the humans.

Until the one vamp the government has managed to capture gives her up, anyway.But rather than slaughtering the puny human who attempts to corner her, then hitting the road, she proposes to assis him.

It 's obviously a new spin on vampires, but what Olson does with the well-known creature is highly entertaining.

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this way they are different is olson strips the emo angst but leaves the inherent sensuality.ok so a tweaked spin on vampires, what else did the author o to earn 4 stars you ask. ( awww who am i kidding we both know even though you didnt kno that im going to try to tell you anyhow).

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