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Killing (And Other Games) Gigi Samuel

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Immy Killing can't decide what's worse; that her new housemates are being nasty to her or that they're all creatures of the Underworld.

After discovering the alternate society that is right below her feet, Immy expects to never be surprised again.

But then she finds a dead body right where one shouldn't be.

It's a race against time to discover a paranormal killer who seems to be above the law. Suddenly, Immy is being taught the hard way that the rules of her world do not apply to this surreal new one, and that some creatures will stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it means shedding blood.

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  • 93102 words
  • About 372 pages
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  • Tears

    7

  • Laughs

    7

  • Thrills

    8

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3 comments on "Killing (And Other Games)"

Wilf Gibson on Dec. 15, 2017, 12:19 a.m. said:

Wilf Gibson


Reading this story is a bit of a rollercoaster. I nearly quit reading it a few times at the beginning because of how unlikeable Imogen was. I hated her face. The first thing she says is whine at her mother to kick five people out of their rental property so she can have it all to herself. She jumps down Ryker's throat when he's just going over the house rules, and then she starts raiding their cupboards for their food before she's even introduced herself to them. In the opening chapters she is a horrible, despicable brat. Thoroughly unlikeable. She has an uncontrollable sob-fest because they won't tell her where the jug is so she can boil their noodles for her dinner. My notes from this period are "Holy cow, I think I actually hate her." So not a great first impression. Speaking of first impressions, the only description Immy gives of Joan is that she's gotten fat. Why would anyone be friends with Immy?

Now that I've got that out of the way, I can get to the good stuff. Once the story gets to the Underworld it is a million times more fun. Immy's flaws are still there but they're not as obvious. The story really shines when Immy is on her investigation, particularly in the scenes with Freyda and Ewald and Wentworth, not to mention Sarah Irving and her slobbery dog. It's a blast. I found myself wishing that the story was just about Immy the underworld detective solving a murder, get past the other stuff as fast as possible. The world is very nicely brought to life, and I loved the exploration of the world like Essential W and the Luna Nightclub. You've done a fantastic job of building this world and populating it with intriguing characters. You've also done a great job of controlling my suspicion and directing my attention throughout the investigation. At first I suspect Grayson, then Charlie, then Danika, then back to Grayson and back to Charlie... I'm sure it'll go even further from there. Other details that really impressed me are little things like the notes on cosmetics for the various creatures and their last names, not to mention the fashion in the nightclub. It's all just excellent, this story is really soaring when it's doing that stuff.

During this period of the story I find that Immy's narration works a lot better. She's still kind of psychotic and snobbish, but her acerbic wit is actually welcome and colourful as opposed to petulant and horrid like it was earlier. I'm not sure what the point is of the plot regarding her university degree and Joan. Immy doesn't seem torn between her regular life and the Underworld and once the investigation kicks off I don't really want her to be doing anything else. The plot could be more focused and streamlined but I guess that's just me wanting to get to the end of the mystery as quickly as possible.

I'm only half done with this book, but with Xmas coming up I don't know when I'll finish it. Over all, there's a lot to like here, but good grief, Immy makes it hard to get to that awesome stuff.

Similar Stories : Kind of like Merry Gentry (without all the sex) cross Dresden Files. Investigative drama mixed with a lighthearted cast of fantastic creatures.

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emilysarahhean on Dec. 12, 2017, 1 a.m. said:

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I'm so excited to get into this one! I've been wanting to read it for awhile but unfortunately exams are a thing. Can't wait to start it!

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maria on Nov. 27, 2017, 2:48 a.m. said:

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