Review: Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream

Posted February 5, 2018 by Minx

Review: Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Enchantress Design & Promo, LLC. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream
Series: Blood Trails #1
Also by this author: Stolen Wish
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 14, 2018
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
Format: E-book
Source: Enchantress Design & Promo, LLC
Pages: 295
ISBN: 978-1981609048
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo iBooks
Minx's Rating:

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream unveils a new action-packed urban fantasy series…

As a witch with a dark past, Shade Renard knows the Otherworld isn’t always successful at policing itself. Humans don’t believe in magic anymore, and their ignorance renders them easy prey. So when an FBI contact hires her to consult on a possible haunting in a missing person case, Shade seizes the opportunity to see justice done.

The investigation takes an unexpected turn when an undead crime lord shows up on her doorstep. A bold thief stole the vampire’s little black book of secrets—and he’ll pay a lot more than an FBI consulting fee to get it back. To collect, Shade will have to confront a rogue sorceress—or two, a vengeful wizard, and a lethally seductive fey, with only her wits, her growing magic, and a sarcastic pixie familiar. Success means bringing a killer to justice and taking the first step to redemption. Failure means a war between humans and the Otherworld.

No pressure.


“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

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Deadline is the first book in a brand new urban fantasy series Blood Trails. Shade Renard has been an apprentice to Mother Hazel for a long time, how long she really did not know as most of her time was spent in betwixt and between where time didn’t truly exist. Now though, Shade has found herself assigned to a small town called DresdenDeadline is the first book in a brand new urban fantasy series Blood Trails. Shade Renard has been an apprentice to Mother Hazel for a long time, how long she really did not know as most of her time was spent in betwixt and between where time didn’t truly exist. Now though, Shade has found herself assigned to a small town called Dresden where she was the local witch who was responsible for the town’s inhabitants. In addition to her witchy duties, Shade was determined to make up for the mistakes of her past by starting a private investigation business where she could “balance the scales” for the misdeeds of her youth.

Shade as a character was a perfect blend of experience and inexperience. She may have been an experienced witch but as a private investigator she really had no idea what she was doing but she went for it anyhow. It was hard to watch her make mistakes and stumble her way through some situations but I liked that she wasn’t “perfect” in her attempts. There is a lot of growth potential for this character and that makes me very excited for this series. In addition to a great main character, there were the other characters in this story and they were just perfect, with Peasblossom, Shade’s pixie familiar, being my favorite. She was fun and quirky and added a lot to the story.

Another thing that I enjoyed about this story was the world that it was set in. Part of it was set in a world that has village witches but with humans that either see magic or are blind to it, then there is the world inbetween this world where time has no meaning and witches are able to learn and practice their magic to their hearts content. It was so fun to imagine a place like that existing. I love the magic, witchy ways, and the twists and turns of the mystery that takes place in this story. Deadline is a urban fantasy that is filled with humor, suspense, and a smidge of maybe, possibly….romance, and I highly recommend! Deadline is a fantastic read!

*Thank you to Enchantress Design & Promo, LLC and Author Jennifer Blackstream for this complimentary copy of Deadline*


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Excerpt from Deadline:

My instincts flared as I pulled into my driveway. The sun had set and it was dark, but the automatic light on my garage didn’t come on. I frowned.

“Did you disconnect the automatic light?”

Peasblossom curled against my neck, her wet dress adding to a sudden chill in the air inside the car. “No.”

Unease rolled down my spine. I murmured a spell, drawing a few circles in the air. “Lumen.” Three glowing balls of reddish light bloomed to life and hovered before me. I kept one over my head and sent the other two forward, illuminating my path to the front door. I didn’t open the garage door and pull in, but got out while I was still in the driveway, already preparing another spell as I climbed out of the driver’s seat.

“Revelare.” My power flowed in a wash of silver toward the house, probing for any foreign magic.


“Stay here,” I told Peasblossom. “If I don’t call for you, go to Mother Hazel and tell her everything that happened today.”

“But I won’t have anything to tell her unless I stay to see what happens,” Peasblossom hissed. “I’m not leaving you.”

“This might be nothing.” I kept my voice as low as possible. “The bulb may have burned out. Don’t be silly.”

“I’m not silly and I’m not stupid. You think there’s something bad inside. And a witch never ignores her gut.”

A lump rose in my throat, and I fought to swallow around it. “Please stay out here. I can’t bear the idea of anything happening to you.”

Peasblossom gave my ear a ferocious hug. “I’ll stay out here, but only as backup. I will never leave you.”

I waited for her to fly up and off my shoulder before straightening my spine. This was my house. My village. Whatever was here, whatever had violated my home, would be sorry. Power rose in my throat, feeding the spell I’d readied.

“Shade, look out!”

I whirled around and spat behind me. The spell hurtled through the air, and I had a split second to see a dark figure separate itself from the maple tree beside my driveway. The spell landed in the grass, the viscous blue fluid of the entanglement spell pooling in the tree’s shadow.

“Such attacks will not be necessary.”

A man spoke from beside me, smooth and masculine, voice heavy with an accent I hadn’t heard in a long time.

A very, very long time.

I turned, knowing I’d never call up another spell fast enough. I raised my hand anyway, needing to try, to go down fighting. A hand closed around my wrist, tight enough that I swore I heard my bones creak. I gritted my teeth and stared into the face of my visitor.

He was dressed in a suit that probably cost more than my car. Long white-blond hair brushed his shoulders and framed a pale face with sharp, graceful features. I couldn’t see what color his eyes were in this light, but it didn’t matter. I remembered his face.

He went by the name Anton Winters, majority shareholder of the Winters Group, a company that made the Forbes 500 list look like a gathering of struggling start-ups. There were whispers he had criminal connections, that he was former KGB. I knew the truth. And it was scarier.

Anton Winters had once been known by a different name.

Prince Kirill of Dacia.

A vampire.


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About Jennifer Blackstream

Author Jennifer Blackstream

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream is…odd. Putting aside the fact that she writes her own author bio in third person, she also sleeps with a stuffed My Little Pony that her grandmother bought her as a joke for her 23rd birthday, and she enjoys listening to Fraggle Rock soundtracks whether or not her children are in the car.Jennifer doesn’t have spare time, but she makes it a point to spend at least one night a week with her sibling binge-watching whatever show they’re currently plowing through (currently Numbers on Netflix), and she ferociously guards quality time with her son and daughter. She cooks when she has the sanity for it-adding garlic to the recipe whether it calls for it or not-and tries very hard not to let her arachnophobia keep her out of her basement on laundry day.

Jennifer’s influences include Terry Pratchett (for wit), Laurell K. Hamilton (for sexual tension), Jim Butcher (for roguish flair), and Kim Harrison (for mythos). She is currently writing the series of her heart and her dreams, the series that has been percolating in her brain for the last decade…Blood Trails. An Urban Fantasy Mystery series that will combine the classic whodunit spirit with a contemporary fantasy setting. Expect mystery, magic, and mayhem, with characters that will make you laugh, cry, and probably stare at the screen with your jaw hanging down to the floor. Well, that’s how they affect Jennifer anyway…

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