Styx and Stoned by Boone Brux


Styx and Stoned

By: Boone Brux
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Humor/Comedy, Paranormal, Supernatural
Pages: 219
Series: Grim Reality #2
Publisher: The Painted Raven
Published on: May 15, 2015
Styx and Stoned by Boone Brux

Las Vegas! All expenses paid!

Normally, a trip like that would be a dream come true for a widowed, mother of three, who just happens to be grim reaper. Here’s the thing though, situations rarely work out as I imagine they should. And usually not in my favor.

This time isn’t any different. Instead of the endless free drinks and gambling I’d been hoping for, I get the opposite—demons, water zombies, and a bimbo ghost roommate, who gives new meaning to the phrase dead drunk.

But it’s not all bad. I’m making new friends, learning spectacular reaper skills, and saving souls. I just hope I don’t lose mine before I can get the Underworld all sorted out.

Also by this author: To Catch Her Death (Grim Reality, #1), Styx and Stoned, Dead Spooky: A Novella (Grim Reality Series)

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.

Andi's Review

 

So Lisa, the Grim Reaper who was sort of thrown into the reaper business in the first book of this series gets a week long trip to Las Vegas.  What she thought was first going to be an easy peasey conference that has plenty of sunbathing and book reading.  However her supervisors did not agree, so while it was not just a learning exercise for Lisa, but also a working trip.  The work is not her average stupid death reaps, but something that puts her in not only dangerous situations, but also with dangerous company.   This company is so deadly that Lisa doesn’t know who is more dangerous, the beings that are attacking the ship, or the beings on the ship.

 

When she finally learns what is going on, she has to keep it from her partner and her new partner’s partner who just happens to be an angel.  Yes, we get a bunch of supernatural beings in this book, and the one that you want to loath you fall in love with, and the one that should be the one reapers like becomes the most loathed individual in the book.  Alliances will move a little, but in the world of reapers alliances have to move because no one knows what will happen the next day.   Demons, Sexual harassment classes, vendors with things to give/sell, you know your average conference for business.

 

This book was so close to being a 5 star.  I mean it was THIS close. The issue for me was in the jump. I would have loved if the Author had done a little prologue that ran something like this.  “From the fateful day at the mart to this wonderful trip to Las Vegas, I have have not realized how many people die stupid deaths. It isn’t just humans though, I also have to reap supernatural beings that decide to do something that counts as a stupid death.. like this vampire that…That is also the day that I learned X about myself.”  The reason I wanted the above is because the main character talks about how her reapyness looks different when she is reaping a supernatural being, and she talks about a vampire that she reaped.  Wha?  Who?  I did not read such a reap in the first book.

 

Other than that this book answers a lot of questions that I was asking after the first one. Who is Hal?  Why is Lisa a grim when her husband was also a grim.  Does that mean her kids are grims?  Does she really get along with her mom?  You know all those serious questions :).  Actually not all of those are answered, but you get to meet a bad ass demon in leather pants, so you can overlook the pesky questions that are overlooked.

 

So yes, all in all, I really liked this book and I really enjoy how the author has expanded the story past Lisa and to more of the reaper society as a whole, which I really enjoyed.  If anything it peaked my curiosity even more.  Hopefully the author is writing a third one at some point.

 

4.5 fangs

 

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About Boone Brux

Boone's stories range from high fantasy to humorous paranormal.

Having lived all over the world, and finally settling in the icy region of Alaska, she's always looking for the next adventure. It's not unusual to find Boone traversing the remotest parts of the Alaskan bush, gathering information for her stories. No person or escapade is off limits when it comes to weaving real life experiences into her books or blogs.

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