Boy, is my head spinning from this one. Not literally, thankfully – unlike a certain character in this book. Serious creeps, y’all.
Anyway, I was sent Gray Widow’s Walk as a part of Dan Jolley‘s blog tour, and let me tell you – I’m incredibly glad I signed up for it! Once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down. And now that I’m done with it… well, I’m just going to say that I’m counting down the days till Gray Widow’s Web. Because you can’t just leave me where you left me, Mr. Jolley. You just can’t.
Sorry for my emotional aside. Okay.
I thought Gray Widow’s Walk was spectacular. From the opening chapters (“Who the heck are these people, and how are they connected because they HAVE to be, right?”) to the middle chapters (“You’re breaking my heart, Janey!”) to the last pages (“Keep breathing, Jordan; just keep breathing so you can keep reading.”), I was captivated. The pacing was perfect, engaging, and riveting at times. I didn’t want to put it down – and often, I didn’t. Sorry, husband!
The story has quite the cast of characters:
- Janey – who uses her ability to teleport and her anger to become a vigilante (The Gray Widow) in Atlanta
- Simon – a teen whose blood-thirst and ability to shapeshift make for a deadly combination
- Tim – a sweet, romantic guy with hilarious inner monologue who just might be able to touch Janey’s heart after it’s been broken for a long time
- Zach Feygen – a cop who’s trying to figure out WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON
And there are multiple minor characters who grab your heart, make you laugh, and/or make you double check that the door to the apartment is locked at night.. and during the day, too.
Dan Jolley did a spectacular job in this superhero urban fantasy to make this reader ask questions about our justice system, gun control (such a big topic right now especially!), vulnerability, using sex as influence, and personal responsibility. All that in an exciting, heartbreaking, horrifying package. I loved it and already have a list of friends to buy it for and/or recommend it to.
So if you like X-men, if you like urban fantasy, if you like bad-ass women, if you like horror (but not TOO much), if you like action, or if you’re looking for a great book that you didn’t even know you were looking for (that was me..), then check out Gray Widow’s Walk. It’ll be worth it!
Here’s a little more info about Dan if you’re interested:
About the author: Dan Jolley started writing professionally at age nineteen. Beginning in comic books, he has since branched out into original novels, licensed-property novels, children’s books, and video games. His twenty-five-year career includes the YA sci-
fi/espionage trilogy Alex Unlimited; the award-winning comic book mini-series Obergeist; the Eisner Award-nominated comic book mini-series JSA: The Liberty Files; and the Transformers video games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. Dan was co-writer of the world-wide-bestselling zombie/parkour game Dying Light, and lead writer of the Oculus Rift game Chronos. Dan lives somewhere in the northwest Georgia foothills with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert cats. Gray Widow’s Walk is his first adult novel.
Learn more about Dan by visiting his website, http://www.danjolley.com, and follow him on Twitter @_DanJolley
Want to check out more stops on the blog tour?
6/20/2016 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape: Interview
6/20/2016 Beauty in Ruins : Guest Post
6/21/2016 SpecMusicMuse: Interview
6/22/2016 The Word Nerds : Guest Post
6/22/2016 I Smell Sheep : Interview
6/22/2016 Cover2Cover: Top Ten’s List
6/23/2016 Sheila’s Guests and Reviews : Guest Post
6/24/2016 Deal Sharing Aunt : Interview
6/24/2016 Infamous Scribbler : Interview
6/26/2016 Jorie Loves a Story : Review/Interview
6/26/2016 Swilliblog: Review
**This eBook was provided to me in exchange for an honest review; no compensation was provided.