Review: Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

May 27, 2015 4 stars, Book Review 12 ★★★★

Review: Day Shift by Charlaine HarrisDay Shift Series: Midnight, Texas #2
Published by Ace on May 5, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Midnight Crossroad

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

In Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris “capture[d] the same magic as the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and [took] it to another level" (Houston Press). Now the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else…

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular—and very wealthy—clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

DAY SHIFT is the second book in the Midnight, Texas trilogy. It still had the same slow mosey type pace as the first book that I enjoyed and we most definitely get to learn more about the characters, especially Olivia! I adore the quirky way all of the characters compliment each other.

The low down on this no grocery store town

– This time around the book is told from the perspectives of Manfred (the psychic), Olivia (let’s call her the Jane of all sinister trades) and Joe (I won’t tell you what he is because that would ruin the surprise but I am sure folks who have read book one could hazard a likely guess).

Olivia, Olivia you anger ball of beauty you! She is one  tormented character. The creepy icky things we learn about her past and family are disturbing. I would have loved to learn even more about her. It makes me wonder if she will be one of the PoVs for the final book in the trilogy. So far Mafred has been a PoV in both…I can hardly wait! It would be great to see Lemuel the vampire as a PoV next time wouldn’t it!?

I was not excited by the fact that the “world” in which these books take place is the same as Charlaine Harris’ other series, the Sookie Stackhouse books. But my sister convinced me that it’s perfectly alright as long as one can be read without the other (which they can) and that they don’t overlap considerably (so far they don’t). In DAY SHIFT two characters make an appearance that were also in the Sookie books. Barry (who also has the ability to read minds) and Quinn (the weretiger events coordinator …didn’t Sookie have a fling with him? I can’t remember it’s been too many years since I read those books). I guess the reason I wasn’t too happy when I realized that these books were in the same world is that now the mystery of whether more supernaturals exist and just how prevalent or open to the public they are is no longer there. I know that world already so that means I know this world too, which means the mystery of it isn’t there as much anymore. Of course that obviously didn’t stop me from really enjoying the book.

– Some people clearly fit in perfectly in Midnight, Texas so when a whole slew of new people come to town when the hotel is reopened as a care home / long stay hotel it’s time to meet the new folks. Also, The Rev gets a very unexpected house guest in the form of a little boy who grows by leaps and bounds on a daily basis! Curiouser and curiouser. I really adored that sweet kid and glad we haven’t seen the last of him.

– Aside from the main plot of Manfred getting mixed up in a murder / theft case of one of his clients there are all sorts of smaller plot threads that are woven into this book. I was rather disappointed when absolutely none of them were resolved by the end of the book. I hope they are all picked back up for the final book so I can get closure on these little things. Cause hey, sometimes it’s the little things that influence my enjoyment the most.

– Will Bobo and Fiji ever get together!? (My bets are on yes but goodness Bobo is clueless lol.) Who will end upworking in the Gas n Go? What is going on with the Midnight Hotel and why has it really reopened? Just what the heck are those books that Lemuel is trying to translate and hey who is the kid Diederick going to stay with? So many questions!

DAY SHIFT was a strong second book in this trilogy and definitely sets us up with plenty of questions for the last book. I’m looking forward to seeing how things wrap up.

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12 Responses to “Review: Day Shift by Charlaine Harris”

  1. Celine

    This new series seems to be all about the little things. It’s no longer just about one main character, but more about the town as a whole. I really enjoyed Midnight Crossroad, so I’m hoping Day Shift will be good as well ^_^
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  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    Ha, I love the use of ‘no grocery store town.’ I’ve been in quite a few small towns like that and they make really good settings for creepy/eerie stories. And yes, Sookie did have a fling with Quinn! Those Sookie Stackhouse books were the first UF/PNR books I ever read, I think; I wasn’t really that big of a fan. How does this series compare? Maybe the fact that it’s a planned trilogy will keep it from going off the rails like the uber long SS series.
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