Posted in 2016 Releases, Reviews

Sydney Reads and Reviews: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Title:Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Publication Date: June 7th, 2016

Publisher: Quirk Books

Author: Paul Krueger

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Summary: A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.

College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.

My Thoughts:
Bailey x Zane
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Bucket
Needed BROTP: Bailey & Bucket

Actual Review:

This is one of the most underrated and under-hyped book I’ve ever read. EVERYONE WHO WANTS DIVERSE READS SHOULD READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! Let me tell you, this book has it all!

POC Main Character, Transgender (And open about it) ‘immigrant’ (he’s Canadian and amazing), a LGBT+ Bar and wise guardian who is not only LGBT+ but also disabled. SAILOR MOON REFERENCES! Alcohol that gives you powers! What else could you want for a book!

AND it actually gives you recipes for a majority of the cocktails mentioned in the story.

The story follows Bailey Chen, a recent college grad who is struggling to find a good full time job and in the mean time is working as a bar back at her old long-time friend’s family bar. When one night, one of the bartenders accidentally doesn’t lock up at the end and bailey decides to mix herself a little drinkypoo. Low and behold on her way home not only does she come across a Tremens (creepy disgusting looking monster) but she also finds she has super strength and can defeat said monster.

This encounter brings her into this whole new world of discoveries led by Zane, Bucket, & Mona (unwillingly)

While there is slight romance, it is (to me at least) extremely subtle and kind of forgotten when the alcohol and monsters come a knockin.

I really really enjoyed the plot of this book and would gladly read MORE in this world.

The book has great writing and world building that easily sweeps you into it to where you feel like you’re fighting alongside Bailey.

It also really makes you want a drink.



23 year old Mechanical Engineer that likes to read a lot in her spare time as well as take pictures of the books she reads.

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