Monday, April 4, 2011

Review: Skeleton Crew (The Underworld Cycle #2) by Cameron Haley

Release date: May 1, 2011
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Some people fear snakes. Me? Let it be known that Domino Riley hates zombies.

Bodies are hitting the pavement in L.A. like they always do, but this time they’re getting right back up, death be damned. My mobbed-up outfit of magicians may be the strongest in the city, but even they aren’t immune to the living dead.

And I’ve yet to develop a resistance to Adan Rashan.

If I don’t team up with the boss’s son, we won’t just be at each other’s throats over control of the outfit. We’ll be craving hearts and brains, as well.

Because as long as this nasty spirit from the Between is stopping souls from finding peace, I’m facing the biggest supernatural crisis to ever hit the City of Angels.

Zombies, it’s time you feared me.
My Thoughts:  While I ultimately found this to be an entertaining and highly imaginative read, I had a tough time falling into the mythology of the story in the beginning.  Not having read the first book, it was a struggle deciphering the lingo and figuring out the rules of the world.  Once things started falling into place, however, it was a hoot.

I really liked the grittiness of the world that Domino and her crew live in.  It's not pretty and there's death around nearly every corner but it has definite character and it's interesting.  Domino herself is intriguing.  She's not necessarily a good person (it comes with the territory when you're a badass gang leader, I guess) but she's trying to find a balance and stick to it.  As for the other characters, Adan seemed interesting but we never really got to know him.  Honestly, Domino stole the show.  Everything came back to her.  Honey, Adan, the Burning Man, even Oberon and Titiana all revolved around her.  Maybe I would have had a different impression of them if I had read book 1, but in this book they're all sidekicks.  Their actions bolster Domino and give her the means to save the day.

All in all, while I enjoyed this book I would recommend reading book 1 first so you aren't fighting through the first chapters to catch up.  And despite that- or maybe because of it- I'm intrigued enough to go see how Domino's story started.

More books by Cameron Haley

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for sharing.