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Kyoko M
The Black Parade
Kyoko M., author
Jordan Amador. 21. New Yorker. Waitress. Mild alcoholic. Murderer. Two years ago, Jordan accidentally shot and killed a Seer: a person who can see, hear, and talk to ghosts with unfinished business. Her crime came with a hefty price, too. She has two years to help a hundred souls cross over to the afterlife or her soul is bound for hell. Tough break. As if that weren’t bad enough, two days before her deadline a handsome pain-in-the-ass poltergeist named Michael strolls into her life. His soul is the key to her salvation, but the cost just might be more than she can handle. Solving his death puts her right in the crosshairs of Belial: a vain, bloodthirsty archdemon who won’t rest until she’s his slave. Can she rescue Michael and save her own soul, or will they both be dragged down into the clutches of the eternal black parade?
M. (Of Cinder and Bone) kicks off her Black Parade urban fantasy series with a tropey, action-packed love letter to angels, demons, and psychic powers. Two years ago, seer Jordan Amador inadvertently killed an innocent man and was tasked with shepherding 100 lost souls to the afterlife as penance. With only two souls remaining until she earns her redemption, Jordan meets her match in the form of Michael, a handsome rock star turned poltergeist who has lost his memory and is far more than he seems. When Jordan’s guide, the archangel Gabriel, recognizes Michael as a lost fellow archangel and the commander of God’s army in heaven, Jordan is thrust into an age-old battle between angels and demons for dominion of Earth, and possession of her blood may be the key to victory. M. delivers a slickly paced, though fairly rote, paranormal tale overflowing with witty banter. It’s sure to appeal to fans of the television series Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (BookLife)
Ilona Andrews

"I didn’t have to force myself to finish it. I finished it, because I wanted to, and I put the book I was reading and very much looked forward to aside, so I could read The Black Parade.

There is a fine line between cliche and classic, and Black Parade stays just on the right side of that line. We have all the traditional staples of UF: the secret world of angels, demons, and ghosts; an orphan heroine, who will fight against overwhelming odds to help other people but is terrified to let people close; a hot angel; a frightening seductive demon; magic, action, fate of the world hanging in the balance. This doesn’t just dip a toe into the stereotypical UF land, it takes a swan dive into the deep water, and I should’ve bounced off of it, but for some reason this worked for me."