Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

by C.L. Schneider

5 out of 5

Synopsis
If anyone can tell the difference between monsters and humans, it’s Dahlia Nite. For nearly a century, she’s hunted one to protect the other; safeguarding humanity from the creatures that slip through the torn veil between the worlds—creatures like her. But the lines are blurring. As people begin mutating and combusting on the streets, Dahlia realizes a strange affliction has descended upon Sentinel City. The mysterious ailment strikes all walks of life, from the posh, high-end nightclub district to the homeless community. Its victims, driven to random acts of savagery, are drawing attention too fast to cover up.

Assigned to the case, Dahlia and her human partner, Detective Alex Creed, investigate the deaths. But all they have is questions and bodies, and a public on the verge of panic. Working behind the scenes with her self-appointed sidekick, Casey Evans, Dahlia struggles to discover what, or who, is behind the alarming transformations. As the violence spreads and the mystery unfolds, she wonders: are the victims still human? Were they ever?

Chain Reaction is the second book in the Nite Fire Series.



Review
The half-dragon shapeshifter/police advisor Dahlia Nite is back, protecting the humans of Sentinel City. This time, a drug is wreaking havoc, and she has to stop it before they're all exposed.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was awesome, easily one of my top reads this year.
After introducing Dahlia and the dragon backstory in the first book; this sequel wastes no time in driving head on with a new story.
It mixes detective thriller, with a buddy cop movie, and gives it all a paranormal punch. So far, I am loving this series. The stories and the characters are great, and you get the winning formula of supernatural entertainment blending effortlessly with reality.
It also doesn't take itself seriously, and is full of wonderful light moments (especially with sidekick Casey).

In this sequel, Dahlia has to uncover the person behind a new drug that makes people spontaneously combust, or turn into monsters. She is really pushed to the edge, in what she can cover up - it's hard to keep the supernatural secret, when the evidence is running down the streets!
Throughout the story, I love the subtle hints at how the bad guy is playing Dahlia for a fool, and when the twists finally came, I actually laughed (or made an awkward, strangled sound that made my boyfriend look at me funny), as I finally realised that I'd been played, too.

I don't want to say anything else that might spoil this story, I can only recommend you check this series out!
Book 3, please.

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