Book Review: Shamblings Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

From Amazon: A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle. –

I loved Mur Lafferty’s first Shambling guide and I would love to read the next one; Shambling Guide to New Orleans. Lafferty knows how to write a tough female character in Zoe, a normal human thrown from her previous life in North Carolina by her ex-lover and his wife into the world of the New York supernatural as she takes a job as editor of an occult travel guide. Faced with the new world of zombies, vampires, fairies and other creatures, Zoe takes on all the challenges of this new world while keeping herself from getting killed by those same creatures who would consider her a delightful meal.

Zoe is fearless, strong and kick ass in her first encounter with the paranormal culture living in New York. She is the vision of a normal person rising to take on an extraordinary situation. She wasn’t a born fighter, she had to become one through having to fight for her job, her friends, and her lover. I can’t see anyone not falling in love with Zoe and her supernatural life.


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