Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Josh of the Damned by Andrea Speed

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the Josh of the Damned series 1-3 from Riptide Publishing through Netgalley.  Love Riptide publishing!  I have read so many books from them in the last year and they all were interesting and realistic.  Josh of the Damned is a great read.  It is so imaginative and fun.  I really enjoyed it. Here's the Goodreads blurbs and covers for the first 3 parts of the series that I was able to read for review.

Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.

Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.

Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.

As night-shift clerk at the go-to Quik-Mart for monsters with the munchies, Josh Caplan believes he’s seen it all. Battling lizard men, werewolves chasing cars in the parking lot . . . nothing fazes Josh anymore.

Or so he thinks, at least, until a yeti with poor communication skills drops a dead skunk on the checkout counter. Josh can’t figure what a living, breathing shag carpet wants with him, or why it won’t leave him alone no matter how hard he ignores it. But hey, at least it seems harmless . . . if perhaps a little slow on the draw.

But Sasquatch is plenty fast when two of Josh’s human customers try to out-monster the monsters. Times are strange when creatures from the hell portal save the day, but in the protective hands of a lovesick yeti and a sexy vampire boyfriend, Josh realizes that maybe his new normal isn’t so bad after all

What most people call a hellish shift, Josh Caplan calls a normal evening. After all, he works nights at a convenience store beside the mouth of hell, selling snacks to zombies and lizard men.

Some monsters are odder-and more dangerous-than most. Like the rampaging, oversized mustache who skips the Pringles and eats the customers instead. Or Cthulhu's half-brother Stan, who doesn't know how to take no for an answer . . . or where to put all those tentacles.

But killer facial hair and inept hentai beasts pale in comparison to the monster even other monsters fear. When hell's big boss demands a sit-down with Josh, she reveals a destiny bigger than he'd ever imagined-or wanted. You'd think preventing the apocalypse would net Josh more than minimum wage and a hot vampire boyfriend, but it turns out saving the world can be a pretty thankless job.

This series is not only funny and creative but it crosses so many lines.  It isn't strictly paranormal or romance or adventure.  It is all of those things.  The stories are little bites of the larger story that you can read pretty quickly.  The quick shots of of story have a comic book type feel.  It doesn't allow the reader to get too deep into the world without reading more than one of the stories at a time but each piece feels vivid as if you were watching a movie or reading a comic.  Josh is a great narrator who feels like many of us do- average and stuck.  But he ends up saving the world from destruction by a hell dimension, with a hot boyfriend and a protective yeti guard dog.  It's not such a bad existence really... even with selling burritos to gross zombies and smelly werewolves chasing cars in the paring lot.  I give the three books in this series 3 fairies for fun and enjoyable reads.

You can click here to find the Josh of the Damned series on Goodreads.  You can find out more about Andrea Speed and her work on her website.  She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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