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BLOG TOUR – Reveiw of AfterLife (The Starbuck Chronicles #1) by Zoe Dawson

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Thanks to ATOMR for having OUBB participate in this blog tour and providing an ARC in return for an honest review




I haven’t read anything by Zoe Dawson before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, especially knowing that she doesn’t just write fantasy. But the synopsis intrigued me and I was keen to give it a go. And I’m really glad I did! I started and finished this book within a couple of nights, so it definitely caught my attention.

The world building was incredibly interesting, with the idea being that you are looking at the world after magic has caused the mortal and supernatural worlds to collide. The author has put a lot of detail and layering into this universe and I get a feeling that in this first book we only get a glimpse into its depths. I’ve read plenty of fantasy with witches, vampires, fae and werewolves but I’ve never read anything that includes monsters escaping games and anime characters becoming real… it sounds like there is a lot going on, because there is, but the world has been so cleverly built that it all works, the reasoning and explanations behind the magic, worlds and beings make this one very interesting and absorbing universe to be reading about.

Lily Starbuck had everything you like to see in a kick-butt heroine. She’s a bit sassy, a bit reckless and hell bent on justice. She’s come from nothing to build herself up and in a roundabout way finds herself with nothing again… But she doesn’t let anything hold her down and she does have a lot of things going wrong to contend with! That does have the side effect of her getting herself in some less than ideal situations but I guess that’s where the bonus of having some very hot male beings on her side is pretty darn handy. I loved how we weren’t just restricted to one possible love interest. They all had their merits. Gorgeous, strong, smart, supernatural. But I did definitely have my fav out of the bunch!

Overall I really enjoyed this first installment in Lily Starbucks saga. It was a good start to a story set in a very interesting universe and I’m really looking forward to where the story is heading and finding out more about Lily (I hope we find out more about Lily!)… Oh and reading more about all of those love interests too of course! My only gripes were minor things. Sometimes I think there can be a little too much of the ‘how convenient’ storylines, sometimes you just want things to not be resolved so easily and instantly. But like I said – that’s minor, especially looking at the story as a whole, which was very enjoyable and entertaining. Enjoyable and entertaining enough that I’m reading the next one for sure!

Go HERE for a list of blogs and dates for this tour!

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Adult Urban Fantasy (with romantic elements)
May 19, 2014

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The fine thread between reality and the fantastical has snapped. The mortal and
supernatural must learn to co-exist in post-reality Minneapolis/St. Paul where
video games leak monsters into the night, demons roam, thirsting for more than
just blood, people are not who or what they seem and a diabolical evil plots
and plans to devour the world.


Starbuck’s day doesn’t start well with blood on the horizon and a grumpy
werewolf who refuses to pay his catering bill. Her day only gets worse when she
finds out that her business partner in their catering company has embezzled all
their available cash.

can get no answers from her partner when she finds her dead. That’s the least
of her worries—her landlord is evicting her, she’s being hounded by the Fairy
Dust Administration (FDA) who suspects that her partner was dealing in illegal
dust, and Lily’s pissed off their werewolf supplier.

Lily’s very livelihood in jeopardy, she has no choice but to discover who
killed her partner and try to track down the cash. She has only Spocko, a
small, wizened gnome with just a bit of gremlin blood in him that makes him
cantankerous at best to depend on, but he often goes invisible on her. Clues
lead her to an open case being investigated by Otherworld Security (O.S.)
and the tough O.S. Warden, shapeshifter, Tam Darkwood. And, at the outset of
the investigation, a tiny, mythical fire-breathing, red dragon joins her as her
trusty (and opinionated) sidekick, Kindle.

seems a rogue mage has created a video game that is unwarded and game monsters
are being released to terrorize the citizens of the Twin Cities. Trouble is
Lily has reason to believe that this mage killed her partner.
investigation takes an unexpected turn when they are led to influential and powerful
Archmage Tarquin Wilding and somehow Lily finds herself embroiled in
a sinister shadow Fae plot. With her friends at her side, she tackles
dangerous and unpredictable supernaturals and monsters with an “all in a day’s
work” attitude.

Goodreads –

the Author

Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author.
Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a
couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then
moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic
suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed
her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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