Nightshades 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

  • Title: Nightshades
  • Author: Melissa F. Olson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 widely known.Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered It s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problAlex 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 widely known.Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered It s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it s too late.Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F Olson.

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    1. Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsIt's no secret that I don't like Dead Things: ghosts, zombies, ghouls . . . vampires . . . Vampires are an exception more frequently than other Dead Things, but they're rarely something I deliberately look for when picking out a book.BUT.Occasionally an author manages to strike a balance that is pleasing to mine eyes. Someone manages to capture to undeadliness, the bloodthirsty ruthlessness, while setting apart an individual or small group of individuals who have tenaciou [...]

    2. Oo I'm always on the look out for a different type of paranormal story and I just might have found one here. Now please don't shout or groan but yes it's about vampires or shades as they are referred to here. Obviously they have lived amongst humans for quite some time but in this story it's a recent revelation with just one in captivity but as our story begins its clear that things are escalating but why?Allow me to introduce Lindy , a shade with a shady past ( sorry I couldn't resist!) and she [...]

    3. in a rare moment of reflection i noticed i have read/am reading a fair number pf vampire novels as of late. so paul, my imaginary or potential review readers ask, what seperates this from the pack. ah im glad you asked(or that i asked for you). for one thing these vampires are unique, they spit in the face of established mythology yet in a respectful manner. olson seemed to pay respect to the mythos while seeking literary means to bring a fresh perspective to it. and she didnt resort to sparkly [...]

    4. **Reviews courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**Melissa F. Olson has become one of my insta-buy authors. I haven't read anything of hers I haven't liked, and NIGHTSHADES is no exception to that. NIGHTSHADES is a gritty police procedural in an awesome urban fantasy worldGHTSHADES introduces a great cast of characters in what will hopefully turn into Olson's next series. NIGHTSHADES is a shorter novel, so it mainly focuses on three people in the newly minted Bureau of Paranormal Investigations. De [...]

    5. The nightshades a.k.a. vampires weren't like the average vamp in two ways. One is the way they were made. Their saliva was the potent ingredient not blood. It had to be placed directly into the heart. That would have been some sick shit before needles were invented. It definitely would have prevented accidentally turning someone. The other way they were different is their looks. They weren't described as exceptionally beautiful. Their beauty wasn't what made them special.It was a good start to t [...]

    6. The Shades are out of the dark and shadowy closet and now humans are realizing they aren't quite the top of the food chain. In fact, they are the preyI took one look at the blurb and who was narrating and I was all-fired ready to give Melissa Olson and her paranormal thriller a go.Nightshades is the introductory story in a new series. It does the job of introducing the background, setting, and the players. As I learned more about the Nightshades world and this version of vampires I was intrigued [...]

    7. 3.5 starsNeed to say this first: Cliffhanger is EVIL!! How could you, author?!?I am familiar with Melissa F. Olson's other urban fantasy series (and I like them very much), so I don't really think twice of trying this new one of hers. The opening was quite a punch -- scary and gritty. Then the story rolled. I liked Olson's portrayal of vampires or shades. I liked the characters introduced as well. Alex McKenna, the new SAC of Bureau of Paranormal Investigations Chicago, who has a chip on his sh [...]

    8. Fyi it's unclear from the blurb but this book is more of an introductory novella to a new series. It has a cliffhanger ending. Nevertheless, it was still good. I like the way Olson does paranormal. I usually like my vampire books on the smutty side but Olson is fantastic with character development and weaving interesting mysteries to solve that I don't really care about the lack of sex. I didn't think there were many more ways to make a vampire story original but this story certainly is. If you [...]

    9. 3.5 StarsA pretty entertaining paranormal urban fantasy story. Not my favourite genre, but this was fast, thrilling, well written and worth the time. As a novella it seems to be setup as a primer for either a series or a full length novel, (read cliffhanger) but not sure if that is the case as I cannot find any further info. Either way, I’d read more of this.

    10. * I received this title for free from NetGalley in return for honest feed back* When I first started into Nightshades, I instantly thought how great of a TV show this would be. Federal Agents hunting dark vampires? I’ll be there on my sofa, at 9pm Thursday evening waiting for Nightshades Chicago to come on. It would be great! The action in the book starts right away. Special Agent Ruiz and his partner are in a rural area of Illinois, looking for shades (vampires). The shades had been kidnappin [...]

    11. *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*My Thoughts*Melissa F. Olson (author of the Boundary Magic and Scarlett Bernard series) and Tor, have put together a short story called Nightshades that has plenty of intrigue and action that focuses on what would happen if the Mortal world discovered that the paranormal world actually existed and has been there the entire time. In this case, Olson has created shades, or if you like, vampires who are unafraid of pushing their weight around. * [...]

    12. 2,5 starsMy rating suggests I didn't like this book, but it's more to reflect how indifferent it left me. It's run-of-the-mill, paint it by numbers story about vampires. Very generic and absolutely nothing jumped at me as unique. Villain literally has this line:"I am a king. And the stuff of nightmares.”I admit I had some hopes, since Tor published some amazing novellas and especially since author wrote an article about Shadow Police series by Paul Cornell and I hoped that inspiration will shi [...]

    13. Unfortunately weak, as all her writing. She's got ideas, but the execution is often lacking. I feel something is missing, but if you ask me, I can't really pinpoint why.The male lead sounds like an overexcited teen boy, not an FBI Special Agent. The plot didn't sound solid to me, neither world building, come to think of it.It's a short, easy read, but nothing more than that.

    14. Firstly, I hope I'm not related to the author (having Nordic roots in Chippewa Falls) because this is not going to be the nicest review that I've ever put together. Because, honestly, there isn't a lot nice to be said about this book.My number one, most critical issue with this book was how exceptionally predictable it was. As soon as something came up, a MacGuffin or a character or a plot thread, I would instantly come to a conclusion to as to how it would play out and what the result would be. [...]

    15. This is a book I saw on someone's blog and when I checked it out for my Kindle, it was less than $2.00 so I went ahead and grabbed it. And what's even more amazing is that I managed to read it less than a week after it was purchased. No sitting in the kindle queue getting lost and waiting to be stumbled on some far day in the future for this one. It's now finished and I'm ready for the next installment - like yesterday. Can we say "Cruel cliffhanger Ms. Olson?"Nightshades introduces us to a worl [...]

    16. Read this in a couple of sittings, one at a Poetry Festival straight up for a two hours. A gritty take on the Vampire story, which still kept me hooked. despite nothing original about the story, this is still all sorts of fun. Kept me hooked right until the end, Alex and Lindy made for great protagonists, one the FBI star agent and the other, the second oldest vampire? Put that way, it does sound a bit cheesy but trust me, Melissa writes a helluva story, full of. blistering action and thrills. n [...]

    17. 3.5 stars, quite enjoyed. I didn't come to emote for the characters enough since this was a pretty dang fast tale. Lots of action, lots of interesting characters, but we don't get to know them extremely well to care about them tons yet. Though there is promise and I am looking forward to the next one to see where it goes.A different type of vampire tale, power struggle amongst the alphas. lots to find out still.

    18. It has become hard to do something different with vampires that is new yet not cheesy (sparkly). I got this in advance without knowing anything other than the blurb provided. Blurbs can be terrifying for authors and readers alike. I must say job well done. The blurb hooked me and the story reeled me in. I started this book and didn't put it down until I finished it. Everything was amazing from the light romance to the mystery to the light gore. I highly enjoyed it

    19. Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago division of the BPI - the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, tasked with dealing with crimes involving shades, i.e. vampires. With teenagers going missing and a number of federal agents killed, he's got his work cut out for him. The stakes are high right from the start, but Alex has got a very special trick up his sleeve: Rather than just relying on the same old bureau tactics, he decides to bring in an unusual consultant with spec [...]

    20. Fast-paced, action packed readingThis one is awesome. In a really short time, Olson establishes compelling characters, builds enough mythology to keep the plot moving while hinting at a whole world of it beneath the surface, and delivers one hell of a good story. I can't wait to read more of this series. It might be her best work.

    21. Action packed but too short, an extra hundred pages would have fleshed it out, and strengthened the world - building and characters. A cliffhanger of sorts as well! 3.75 stars.

    22. Alex McKenna is a legacy agent at the FBI. So when he volunteers to head one of the most disastrous and dangerous units in agency history, his higher ups are sorely tempted to say no. Alex's argument is a convincing one, though, landing him the gig as Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Bureau of Paranormal Investigations. Alex has his job cut out for him. Ever since the discovery that vampires are real, efforts at investigating their crimes have resulted in mass casualties. But Alex has a no [...]

    23. I gave it 3.5 starsNIGHTSHADE introduces a brand new world where vampires aka shades are persona non grata. McKenna is tasked with taking down a group of shades that are killing humans and finds himself working with the beautiful Lindy who just happens to be a shade who wants to help him take them down. I wish NIGHTSHADE had been longer. It felt too short and lacked a bit of the details I would have liked to see between the pages. One thing NIGHTSHADE didn't lack was action and suspense. Things [...]

    24. I don’t read much paranormal or urban fantasy as a rule, so Nightshades is another Tor novella that is a little outside my regular wheelhouse. I do occasionally like vampires, however, so I thought this one might be a good fit for me. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Nightshades is fine, but its supernatural elements are too incidental to have much real impact on the plot, which was a disappointment. I think I was, personally, hoping for something a little more formulaic, and the ways in which Me [...]

    25. I enjoyed the story, the action moves along at the right pace, the characters are interesting and the world building and set up for future books was good. It did seem too short though, kind of like it finished half way through the story. Lindy is interesting and I am looking forward to learning more about her background and why she broke with Hector. Looking forward to seeing where the (view spoiler)[ bond between Alex & Lindy - from her saving him leads and how it changes their relationship [...]

    26. Nightshades is too short to meet its potential. It attempts to be unique but is mostly the same old, same old vampires story. It could have been so much more if only more time was spent developing the characters and the plot.I picked up this audiobook copy of Nightshades because it was narrated by Luke Daniels. Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators so when he posted that he narrated this vampire story, I thought I would give it a try. The narrator did his job of bringing depth to the char [...]

    27. A very clever and exciting take on what would the world be like in vampires were found to be real?would they be people?with rights?or monsters to be exterminated?An FBI agent wades into the fight against the King of the VampiresRefreshing in it's viewpointand with out the over bearing romance element of toomany vampire novelsthis nook presents them as monsters that we have very little hope againstbut we still have to fight

    28. I just finished Nightshades and I liked it. The idea is that "shades" have been discovered aka vampires, and there is a serial killer shade killing teenagers in a small town near Chicago.The FBI has started a new section, BPI, to track down the vampire. Great characters and lots of plot twists that I didn't see coming

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