Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey with you all.
Title: Judgement Day
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Release Date: 6th May 2021
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Page Count: 384
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Buy It Here (affiliate links): Amazon UK
Vampires don’t get happily ever afters.
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.
I read May Day (book 1 of the Seekers series) towards the end of 2020, for a blog tour, and I absolutely loved it (review here). I was immediately desperate for a second book in the series, so when I heard Judgement Day was being released, I was so excited! I had extremely high hopes for it, and Josie Jaffrey certainly delivered!
Once again, I have to take a moment to mention how impressed I am with the way Josie always includes trigger warnings in her books. It is important, and it is something that I think everyone should be doing!
From the start of the book, we dive straight back in to the story, and the crazy world of Jack Valentine. Nothing will ever go smoothly for Jack, and having to put up with Killian Drake is one of her main problems. The relationship between them is a complicated one, and despite the fact that I’m not really a huge fan of romance, I am LIVING for their sexual tension and electricity. I can’t be the only one who is really routing for them, right? But this relationship is causing so many issues for Jack, both personally, and professionally, just when she thought her life was on track.
The continued downward spiral of the Silver society is so clear, tensions are running extremely high, and are pretty much at boiling point. When the body of the human judge is discovered, after being murdered by one of the Silver, it is only a matter of time before everything explodes, and you can guarantee that Jack will be right at the heart of it. The case is certainly one that keeps you on edge, especially with all the additional drama on top, and it makes this book impossible to put down. Every new discovery or piece of evidence just creates more questions, and I needed answers!
Jack Valentine has become one of my favourite protagonists, she’s just so much fun to read! She’s fierce, sarcastic, and she takes no shit from anyone. I love her no care attitude, even though it often gets her in to trouble. I would very much like to be friend with Jack, I doubt there would ever be a dull moment. She’s not afraid to run head first in to danger if she needs to, or if she knows that that’s the only way to get answers, and I really admire that. She puts herself right in the heart of the danger in Judgement Day, and it has you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I am so invested in the characters in the Seekers series, and it makes the danger in the story so much more thrilling and exciting, because I genuinely care about what is going to happen to them, especially Jack.
There were so many unexpected twists to this story, and an absolute bomb shell was dropped on Jack that I never saw coming. This book really is a wild ride, and I loved every second of it! The Seekers series is becoming a strong favourite of mine, and Josie has definitely claimed herself a spot on my list of favourite authors. I am already desperate for another book in the Seekers series, and I NEED MORE JACK VALENTINE IN MY LIFE!
A huge thank you to Josie Jaffrey and StoryOrigin for providing me with a free copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
I give Judgement Day an easy 5 star rating!
About The Author:
Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. 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.
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