DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Publication: Quirk Books, June 7th 2016
Bailey is a college graduate who just hasn't gotten her dream job yet. Living at home, she accepts a position with her high school best friend as a barback, one who cleans the bar. One night she discovers a secret stash of liquors, makes herself a drink, and is suddenly attacked by a demonic creature called a tremen. Upon further questioning of the fellow bartenders, her whole world is turned upside down as she learns of the secret bartending society that imbues themselves with different cocktails, each of which grants the drinker special abilities such as super strength, telekinesis, and impenetrable skin. But will it be enough to stop the ever increasing force of tremens, especially with Halloween just around the corner?
This was an interesting and original read for me as I'm not a big fan of the paranormal genre. But I have to say I enjoyed it. The writing isn't anything spectacular but it does have a nice flow to it, as if someone is just having a conversation with you. The book also has little sparks of humor scattered throughout:
"Follow me on this one because it could get complicated: I'm transgender. Oh, and there's a tremens [demon] behind us."
The text is full of witty banter like this which made it an enjoyable read. Also, between most chapters, the author does a pretty neat thing when he describes each drink used in the previous chapter, how to make it, and how it was discovered to have magical powers. I thought this was a nice addition to the text.
The ending had a bit of a twist as well but I won't give that away. Overall, the book had likeable characters, easy reading, and a nice original concept where bartenders gain magical powers by drinking cocktail concoctions.
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