Author: Terri Garey
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pgs.
Published: Sept. 1, 2007 by Avon
Reading Level: Adult
There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.
Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who'd rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who's beginning to think she's totally nuts.
But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki's new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.
As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.
This was a thrill ride of a book! I really enjoyed it and am anxious to continue the series. First of all I must point out that the book is labeled as romance (that would make it paranormal romance) but I have to tell you that it felt more like an urban fantasy. Though much lighter then many as so far there's not a bunch of paranormal activity, just that Nicki sees and talks to ghosts. There's also voodoo in this one. But back to the point I was making- usually with romance there's a lot of sex. And there's a lot more drama about their relationship. This one didn't have that. There's was some drama, but thank goodness not the "I don't deserve you, we must break up- oh nevermind, I can't live without you..." on and on. It was a mostly very straightforward romance with little to no description of sex. (That's a good thing!)
I liked Nicki a lot. She's pretty outspoken and she likes to shock people (well sexy doctors anyway;). I still think I expected just a tad bit more from her. The thing is, this is the first book. There are so many series that I've read that the first book wasn't half as good as the rest. The author is just learning about the characters and they develop more fully as the books go on. So although I really liked this one, I think the next ones will be even better!
I love Nicki's abilities and it reminded me quite a lot of The Ghost Whisperer. Each ghost has some interesting issues and they need some help. This book was mostly focused on the one big issue about an evil ghost (much more to that story!) and Nicki has to figure it all out. Also she just got this ability because of her near death experience, so it's all brand new. Like I said before, so much more is to come in the future books, this is just the beginning for her!
Overall I would say this is a great start to a series and I'm anxious to see where things may go in the next one!
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