Review!! Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme

Dead and Kicking

By: Lisa Emme
Pages: 202
Series: Harry Russo Diaries #1
Publisher: Lisa Emme Publishing
Published on: October 2nd 2015
Review!! Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme

The Harry Russo Diaries, volume 1

What’s a girl to do when her date is D.O.A?

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo is just your ordinary twenty-something, with one exception - she’s a witch with an out of the ordinary gift. When her blind date goes sideways and she ends up face to face with a dead body, her life starts to go sideways too.

Harry soon finds herself right in the middle of the mayhem, dealing with Cian Nash, a homicide detective that is as aggravating as he is sexy; the biggest, baddest vampire in town; and a parcel of pesky zombies that keep popping up everywhere. It’s all connected to her date’s unfortunate demise, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Andi's Review


So I got the privilege of actually reading this shortly after it was published and it was good, like really good.


Harry is a young woman who is being set up with a blind date by her very active, yet dead grandmother. Oh did I fail to mention that she can see ghosts.  She tries to ignore the dead for the most part, but when her date shows up and just so happens to also be dead she can not turn her back on him.  So into the spooky world of the supernatural she goes, well not that spooky since she has a witch and a werewolf who sleep under the same roof as her.


Although her life is seemingly normal albeit a little supernatural, this blind date has thrown her into the world of shapeshifters and the head vampire for the entire city.  Obviously not common place but Harry seems to be able to hold her own.  The story progresses when she meets a very yummy shapeshifter who is also the police officer in charge of the case.  Nash, the police officer, is a great addition to the story line as a strong male character as well as Salvador, a vampire, another strong male character.  These strong men are very good at playing against how strong Harry is.


This is a really good book from page 1 on, and honestly I was not able to put it down.  I like that Harry is a strong female character without being overly bitchy and that Nash and Salvador while on opposite sides of the morality spectrum, to Harry they are intriguing, and that carries over for the reader.   The twists are honestly a little unexpected and so when they did occur I was honestly surprised and happy.  While this is a very good Urban Fantasy I liked the added little surprise of the twists.


The writing was good and there were only a couple of times that I wanted to slap Harry for being dumb, but it wasn’t the writing that caused her to be dumb as much as it was the character, which fit in with the overall theme of her not knowing the nuances of the underworld as it were.   I am highly anticipating reading the next in the series because this is one of the first Urban Fantasy’s that I am excited about.


4.5 stars




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About Lisa Emme

Lisa Emme is a Canadian who proudly ends her ABC’s with ‘zed’. A self-professed book-a-holic, she has spent the last few years trying to stem her book hoarding tendencies by writing her own stories and by avoiding the bargain table at the bookstore like the plague.

A bit of a thrill seeker, Lisa has tried such death defying activities as bungy jumping off a bridge and rappelling down the side of a 17 storey building. She's also single-handedly raising a teenager.

Lisa has worked as a veterinary assistant, playground instructor, bank teller, store clerk, waitress, telephone solicitor, research writer for an environmental think tank, computer programmer, and systems analyst. Her passion however, is writing. What else is she going to do during the long, cold prairie winter?

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