Review & Giveaway: Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway

Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 7th, 2012 by Berkley Trade
Source: Publisher

Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment…

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.

After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…

First of all, lets get the genre label cleared up.  My copy of the book is labeled as a paranormal romance, but I can tell you that this reads much  more like an urban fantasy.  The one thing (for me) that differentiates the two is paranormal romance has sex.  Well, more descriptions of it anyway.  And while we know that there IS sex in the book we see none of it.  For me that’s a good thing, I like UF better than PNR.  However, there is romance and I assure you, you’ll do plenty of swooning!  And this opens it up to the younger readers.  I would say this is entirely appropriate for mature YA readers (my opinion).

Okay, so have you read Tate Hallaway yet?  I love her Garnet Lacey books (though I still need to read the last one) but they are a little bit extreme.  I mean, her books teeter on the edge of a little too much, like not realistic feeling anymore, or slightly ridiculous.  I still liked them, but I’m pointing this out because this series doesn’t seem to teeter quite on the ridiculous.  While it’s chock full of supernatural beings of every type, it all felt kind of real.  And there was funny thrown in without going over the top and touching ridiculous.

So the thing is… I loved this book!  First of all, Alex is a great character!  It took a bit to warm up to her (like a chapter or two) but then I saw her awesome personality come out and I adored her.  She’s kick ass and not at all shy.  She’s been in the dark about the supernatural until a dead body walks out of her morgue.  Suddenly she realizes that she really did know more than she thought.  She’s introduced to Precinct 13, which deals in all manner of supernatural and it’s like she’s suddenly found her home, her true self and her passion.  And she’s good at it.  She loves it almost right away.  It’s like she’s waited her whole life for it to happen.  And while this book has a lot to do with her learning about it and accepting it, it really didn’t slow down for her learning or explanations.  There was nothing heavy about this book at all.  It was constant action and moved along without going too fast and leaving us behind. 

Then comes Valentine and well, I can’t even say anything about this dude, other than you want to know his secret.  Trust me, you do.  And you’ll love it!

This is one phenomenal world.  I loved each new thing that came into play.  I was stunned by how creative the author managed to be in a world that’s inundated with UF books and supernatural beings.  Not everyone can pull off such a big magical feat, but Tate Hallaway did it, this book rocked my socks!

 Disclosure:  I received a copy for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I just finished this one and completely agree! Alex is a great character–I felt so bad for her every time she thought she was going crazy again or had flashbacks to when she thought she was nuts. Loved the supernaturals in Precinct 13, too.

    • I was a little annoyed at her at first because it seemed kind of dumb that she STILL thought she was going crazy. But it didn’t last long and I got over it pretty quickly. And yes! Such awesome supernaturals!

  2. I really want to read this one now! I like PNR and UF, but I do think UF is probably more my thing in the long run. Sounds like an awesome book and I’m so glad that you loved it. Hadn’t heard of it before, so thanks for the heads up (and the giveaway).


    • Oh yay! I’m glad I’m not the only one who prefers UF over PNR. Some series that are PNR I do love, but generally UF is more my thing. I hope you manage to snag a copy to give it a try yourself!

  3. I’m really falling in serious love with UF lately so I think this book will be something perfect for me to read. I don’t like that the sex scenes are cut out but then again if I wanted some steam I would just go pick a book from my vastly packed romance shelf. I’m glad that this series felt real whereas the authors other books didn’t really seem to sit well with you anymore.

    Glad you loved this one! I can’t wait to read it now.
    Thanks for the great review.

    • I still love her other books, but they are not ‘real’ feeling. Like it’s just slightly on the ridiculous side. They are more funny, I guess. But this was much different and felt more ‘realistic’ (you know, as realistic as it could be).
      I think you might like it! I hope you give it a try.

  4. I probably wouldn’t have picked this up myself. But your review really swayed me. It sounds really promising. Plus, I’ve been enjoying the UF scene.

  5. Omigosh I love Tate and I remember hearing about this book a while ago but I forgot it til now. I am SO glad that you loved it!! 😀 I too enjoy me a good Urban Fantasy and it sounds like there will be much swooning to be had with the romance side. Perfect!

  6. I’ve seen this book around and loved the cover but didn’t know much about it. After reading the description, I’m adding it to my wish list, it sounds fantastic.

  7. This was actually my wow pick this week! I love the summery and the cover for this. So excited to read about it. Thanks so much for hosting a great giveaway :)

  8. This looks awesome and I completely appreciate your preference of urban fantasy over paranormal romance! I often find sex scenes in books take away from the story rather than make me like it more. There are a few exceptions, but I’m definitely more excited for this book now! 😀

  9. I saw this for the first time last week when I was collecting books for my release post and wondered if it was good. I gotta say that it sounds awesome! Alex sounds like an amazing protag and one I could love! I def. have to be on the lookout for this book! Great review, chickie!

  10. Ooh, I haven’t read anything by this author, but I think I’ll pick this one up! Yeah, I’m not a huge PNR fan either, but again, I haven’t read that many Urban Fantasy books, unfortunately. =(

    Anyway, great review!

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