The Black Parade by Kyoko M

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Jordan is a young woman with a dark past who keeps it together by working as a waitress and drinking to drown out the nightmares. She mostly keeps to herself, to keep her secret safe: she has been tasked with helping one hundred souls cross over to the other side in two years or she goes to Hell. But when she meets a good looking strange ghost with extra abilities, she finds herself caught between heaven and hell, angels and demons and what might just be the end of the world.

This book was sent to me by the author, for honest review, and is the first in a series of four books about Jordan, her partner in crime, Michael, and their battles. In this book, her past is slowly uncovered, battles are fought, and the supernatural is explored.

I really enjoyed Kyoko’s writing style. She has a natural sense of pacing and action, keeping the story moving and changing, so that it can go in directions that you might not expect. Her characters feel well realised and whole, and their motivations clear. I liked that there was some banter and tension between them at different times, without it ever becoming too cute or like she was trying too hard.

There are some big themes explored in this book. Jordan has not had an easy time of things, and the plot goes into dysfunctional families, alcoholism, death and violence. It also is a book with the Christian battle of good and evil at it’s heart, and Kyoko seems to have a really good grasp of the historical and theological aspects of this. It’s a really entertaining book, but it certainly won’t offend the religious. But that said, it’s not a heavy book. The blurb on the back compares it to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I think that in tone and style, it’s a pretty accurate comparison, but it has it’s own flavour too.

Read It If: you like interesting and action packed stories, with a little bite, perhaps like Constantine or Charlaine Harris.

If you’d like to know more about the author and this series, you can find here website HERE. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy either in e-book or paperback, you can get your copy in the UK HERE or in the US HERE.

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