Review: Cherry Bomb by Kathleen Tierney

February 13, 2015 3 stars, Book Review 12 ★★★

Review: Cherry Bomb by Kathleen TierneyCherry Bomb by Kathleen Tierney
Series: Siobhan Quinn #3
Published by Roc on February 3, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Blood Oranges, Red Delicious

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Meet Siobhan Quinn—Half vampire, half werewolf, and retired monster hunter. Or so she thought…

Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Island’s seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. But a dead girl who quarrels with the moon can’t catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. Again.

What do you do when you’re stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of a hellish artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age?

Especially when you’ve fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess—and you ain’t nobody’s hero…


Twisted enough it might make you squirm

Yeah in case you didn’t know already from having read the previous two books, Cherry Bomb is a dark, twisted and sometimes sick comedy filled with cussing, blood, gore, death and disturbing sex which I don’t know if I should laugh sickly at or be grossed out by. Hardy har har lol. Maybe both. Maybe I’m more sick and twisted then I thought since I still get a kick out of these novels otherwise I wouldn’t have continued reading them. This one however was even darker and twisted then the previous two. But it all comes to an end with Cherry Bomb as the author noted at the end of the novel that this would be her last Siobhan Quinn novel.

That instant attraction will always bite you in the ass in the end

It’s years after the events of Red Delicious and Quinn is now in New York and has settled into a comfortable albeit boring living arrangement with a woman that likes to play in the BDSM scene and she provides Quinn with a place to live as well as the occasional meal in exchange for Quinn playing her dominant and sometimes giving her sips of her vampiric blood. All that changes one night at the bar when Quinn meets Selwyn and has an instant attraction.

Dealing in the dark and double crossing

Selwyn just so happens to be an antiquities dealer and has been dealing in some rather dark items. When Quinn finds this out and that Selwyn has a very upset customer she starts to realize just why Selwyn sought her out at the club. But so much happens to quickly that Quinn is soon in for a penny, in for a pound so to speak and can’t or won’t walk away now. Things between these two are strange – but then things with Quinn are always strange. I am being very serious when I say that everything about this installment was much more unnerving for me then the previous two novels. I really don’t think I was prepared for it. I still recommend it if you read the other two – you might as well finish off and read this one. However, there really wasn’t an “ending” like I would have expected from a trilogy or urban fantasy series final book. But it wasn’t really not an ending either. Its hard to explain but I’m sure already fans will definitely still enjoy.

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12 Responses to “Review: Cherry Bomb by Kathleen Tierney”

  1. Cristina

    It just so happens that I like twisted! *snickers* I’m going to see if I can find the first one on goodreads, get more information and hopefully do some one-clicking in a matter of minutes. And I have a weakness for anything in the fantasy genre, so it really is a win-win situation! 🙂
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  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I love dark and twisted, it worked well for the first two books but somehow the heart didn’t seem to be in this one. Even if this weren’t the last book, I would probably have rated it the same. Still good, but probably my least favorite of the three books.
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  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    This series sounds bizarre and compelling…I’ll definitely be reading the first book before the year is out! I’ve heard that Quinn is kind of an unreliable narrator, and I’m pretty intrigued by that. Even though I gripe about UF series being super long, secretly I love that they have so many instalments…so it must be extra disappointing for the series to go out with just an author note. Hopefully your next UF pick is a bit more to your liking!
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