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Synopsis: Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an archnemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him.
Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies.
With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy.
Judgement Day is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.
CW: Blood drinking, spiking/drugging, murder, blood/gore, death, psychosis, violence. For full list of authors CW/TW: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/content-warnings.
- Publisher: Silver Sun Books
- Length: 318 Pages
- Date Published: May 6, 2021
- https://www.amazon.com/Judgement-Day-Vampires-happily-Seekers-ebook/dp/B092DHK9QS (USA)
- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judgement-Day-Vampires-happily-Seekers-ebook/dp/B092DHK9QS (UK)
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57964067-judgement-day?
- AuthorWebsite: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE EVENTS IN BOOK 1! However, I will keep it as spoiler free as possible!!
Heyhey, BookNerds! I am back again with a review for Seekers #2, or Judgement Day, by Josie Jaffrey! And let me tell you – I was so so thrilled to return to the world of the Seekers and get back into a case with my absolute favourite bisexual Silver Detective, Jack! However, before I dive into my review I should direct you to my review of May Day – Book 1 in the Seekers series! If you are intrigued then head over to see why I fell in love with this series and couldn’t wait to get into book 2: BBNYA #Blog Tour And Book Review: May Day (Seekers #1), by Josie Jaffrey
Ok, so to start off with I absolutely LOVED Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey. Maybe even more than May Day, which I adored. Book 2 picks up where book 1 left off, Jack is in trouble for her questionable dealing of a problematic Silver in the May Day case, she is finally dating Tabby, and questions lingering from May Day are still causing pronblems and threatening Jack’s trust in those she knows. Book 1 sets up a lot of intrigue with shifting allegiances and questions as to who can be trusted and what is really going on in the Silver world, and book 2 dives straight into this web and starts to form an intriguing story.
Much like book 1, Judgement Day is centred around a murder case, one that bares the marks of a Silver killer. As Jack and the team work on the case more truths come to light about what is going on in the Silver world. Jaffrey is fantastic at building mystery and atmosphere – you truly don’t know who you can trust and it works so well because so many of the characters are just so strong that you want to love them and trust them. However, true to the conspiracies that are growing, a lot of the characters have their own motivations and intentions in this book and it is incredibly compelling and heart-breaking as we watch allegiances form and shift.
The story is told from Jack’s perspective, the case unfolds as she investigtes it, much like in book 1. I really adore Jack and her POV – it works well with the murder/detective plot, and compliments the conspiracy storyline that grows over the course of the book. It keeps us guessing and theorising alongside Jack, and gives us insight into her conflicted feelings and emotions as she tries to untangle the complicated web of Silver lies.
Having Jack as our POV adds alot to this book because Jack has a lot of fantastic relationships and dynamics with those around her. Jack is dating Tabby, but there is still unfinished business with Killian Drake, I am not normally a fan of love traingles but in this case I absolutely adored the romance element and the dynamics between Jack, Tabby and Drake. I actually enjoyed this because of how Jaffrey writes her characters, they are so well written and the chemistry between them is so perfect, we have past ties and emotional scenes that work well, and Jack ha actually actively made the decision to be with Tabby its not the stereotypical dynamic and it works so so well because of the characters involved. However, while romance is a big part of Jack’s life we also get some incredible friendships between her and other characters. I love Jack’s friendships they are so well written, and I love her dynamics with her team as well. The characters really make the plot of the book shine.
I also really enjoy the detective aspect of the plot! We revisit some familiar faces, get a healthy dose of science, and I really enjoy following Jack and her team as they theorise and follow up on different leads. The case is well written and I love watching it come together. There are a lot of diffrent plot elements that run throughout the case and alongside it and I thought they all worked together beautifully to create a tense, mysterious and intriguing story that keeps you guessing! And THE ENDING! AH! I absolutely cannot wait for book 3, I loved the little hints and clues throughout the book that led up to the ending and I am so so excite for book 3 to be released!
Honestly, if you love vampires, detectives, some steamy scenes, twisty plots, great characters and characters that keep you guessing – then you will absolutely adore this series and I highly recommend you give it a read. I cannot recommend this series enough – and trust me when I say you will love Jack too!
Overall, Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey is an absolutely brilliant sequel to an excellent series that has everything you could want in a vampire detective book and more!
Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre- and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.
She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
*I received and rad this book as part of the BBNYA blog tour – thank you to BBNYA/TheWriteReads for a copy in exchange for an honest review!*