Book Review

May Day ARC Review



May Day (Seekers, #1)


If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

Book Details
Title: May Day [Seekers #1]
By: Josie Jaffrey
Publication Date: July 9, 2020
Published By: Silver Sun Books
Page Count: 312 [My copy was 382]
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Where to Buy

Amazon UK | Josie Jaffrey’s Shop


My Review

It’s no secret that since joining the book blogging world that I have become a Josie Jaffrey fan. She has a way with words and gives me the vampire tales that I need to make my dark little heart happy.

Jack was already going to be a favorite stubborn pain in the butt, I could tell right from the prequel [Killian’s Dead] and seeing her really brought ‘to life.’ [Haha get it? Cause she’s a vampire?]

Jack Valentine is part of the Seekers now that she’s a vampire, well, she has been for 20 years but that’s still barely a blink to the vampires.

Working in Oxford, the job is easy enough, they’re not cops, they’re just there to make sure that no vampire goes rogue and breaks their cover. Such as throwing a body drained of blood into a crowded Uni event.

When something like that occurs, well, her and the other seekers are on the case. Valentine though feels this one is connected to them all in a way that suggests a sort of ‘corruption’ that hasn’t been considered before. When things start to click, who can she trust with the truth, especially when the truth doesn’t matter in her world?

I loved Jack, I loved her sass and her adorable attempts at flirting with the lovely Dr. Ross and I also loved her friendship with Cam.

The team Jack is on is quite a mesh of personalities and they all work well together, but hands down their drinking fiascos were my favorite bits.

All through the investigation, Jack also has her eye on Killian Drake, the Baron vampire of Oxford. She has held a grudge against him since the night she was turned, but does he really have something to do with all this? Also, can I just say their dark chemistry was ah-mazing?!

For me, I loved the in-depth look at Jack and the team and the motivation of the seekers and Solis Invicti. Uncovering coverups and conspiracies is always a win in my books and when you have a kick-butt stubborn bi vampire for the MC? Even better.

While the book is chockfull of stuff, some may find the pacing slow, I didn’t particularly have that problem but I also enjoy slow-paced books anyway. The last third did seem to get a bit bogged down, I just wanted to know who did it, but man that ending! THAT LAST PART. THAT LETTER!!!

I cannot wait to see where this goes next, from Jack and Tabitha to Killian Drake, to the truth behind the crimes and what more they could mean.

I give this 4.5 cups of coffee. Thank you so much to Josie Jaffrey for sending me an ARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion. I CANNOT WAIT for book 2!!!! This book is out on July 9th so make sure you grab a copy if you can/want! Scroll down to see my small review on the novella & prequel to The Seekers/May Day.



Killian's Dead (Seekers #0.5)


Love is for losers.

Jack doesn’t care about anything except music. All she wants to do is find a decent gig, stand by the speakers and let the bass roll through her. It’s the only reason she gets out of bed.

Until she meets Winta. In the space of a second, everything is different. Winta knows what she wants and for one night, what she wants is Jack. It feels like the start of forever.

Then Winta disappears and Jack faces a choice: should she go back to her life, or track down the only girl who can change it beyond recognition?

One things’ certain: Jack has no idea what she’s getting herself into.

My Review

I thought this was such a great set up for Jaffrey’s ‘The Seekers’ and I’m definitely looking forward to diving into ‘May Day’ after reading this.

Even though it’s a short story, it tantalizes you to want to know more about what will happen next, giving you a bit of an origins story about Jack.

I loved the interactions of Jack and Winta, and how Jack just seems to be made for trouble. I think I’ll get along with her just fine.

Again, really fun, quick read that helps you get hyped up for May Day!

Thanks to the author for sending an eARC! My opinion was given honestly in exchange. [I also had bought the kindle version as well]


By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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