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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    Worth The Time!!

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Verushka

    Precinct 13 begins with an introduction to Alex, the new coroner in Pierre. She entered the election for coroner on a bet, and cruised to a win because the former coroner was corrupt, among other things.

    She expects an easy gig, and if she’s lucky a year without having to deal with any inhabitants in her morgue—yes Pierre is that small, and quiet. Which is exactly what Alex needed after fleeing Chicago and her past there, including a demon step-mother.

    Yup, a real demon.

    But it doesn’t remain that way, not when two cops walk into her morgue with a body and a warning not to crack his chest. How’s a coroner supposed to do an autopsy without cracking a chest? Answer, she can’t and with that comes Alex’s introduction into the magical world at Pierre, including a half-fairy prince, a Golem and a technomage who are all yup, cops and part of Precinct 13.

    What is unusual in this book – or maybe I’ve not been reading the right books – is that the normal world of Pierre to some extent knows of the magical world; in fact the Chief of Police directs her to Precinct 13 when her first dead body gets up and walks out of her morgue and leaves a bit of himself attached to Alex. With that Alex comes into her own power, and we’re introduced to her background, and the very complicated, but relatable way as to why her powers are coming to the fore now.

    Remember how I said she’s introduced to the magical world in Pierre? Well, they are introduced to her and her magic and Valentine, which as much as I have problems with his characterization, who he is in the book, is an inspired and imaginative addition.

    Now more on characterization! Alex is young, and it it shows in her dialogue which is peppered with contemporary pop culture references that cracked me up and made me admire the skill with which Hallaway naturally introduced them into the story. But he makes her so incredibly relatable that she is a joy to read. She has her demons – literally – and the repercussions of her past affect her present and her initial introduction to magic. I think that’s what sealed is for me – yes, this was about magic, but Alex showed a vulnerability that I could understand, but better than that, as the book progressed, so did she. Growing past her hesitance and reaching a determination to solve the case.

    Through her we are introduced to the rest of the gang at the Precinct and I am hesitant to give too much away because it’s just that good venturing into the Precinct and the characters there. They are all distinct, well-developed characters with histories, and predjuices. Hallaway has drawn wonderful secondary characters, that are easy to care about... (Cont)

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    This is a really enjoyable book and I hope there is another one

    This is a really enjoyable book and I hope there is another one to follow. I recommend reading this book. I would write more of a review but others have already written good reviews. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Standard Fair But Enjoyable

    This was the first time I had read this author and I have to say I enjoyed the book. It is the story of a young woman who gets elected coroner in Pierre, South Dakota and becomes involved with Precinct 13, a police station which oversees crimes dealing with the supernatural. The detectives include a fairy and a golem. Although standard fair for this type of story I will definately watch for the next one to come out which I expect will be part of a new series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013


    Walked out of the living area of her palace and into the temple part. She sat down on a throne made of pure gold studded with diamonds and looked out over the worlds and galaxies in her universe orb. Her dragon Dawn sat in a obsidian cobweb bowl shaped nest with diamonds. Her foot followed one of the many pure gold veins inlaid in the mixed ore marble floor. Her palace was absolutley huge but she had to spend time in the temple. She wore a silk gown with bright birds of paradise pastels in the long rippled train. The dress front was a teal pastel that matched one of the train colours. The top was also that color sleeveless and the top studded with diamonds. She had long blonde wavy hair and saphire blue eyaes with pale skin long dark eyelasheand thivk dark eyebrows. She is not to tall but she is relitivley tall and not overly but thin. Her temple is made of all solid natural items. Her palace is chalkstone with magic reanforcment. Her palace is huge. All of this is biult on a thick stone pillar with four silver bridges leading to the mainland of the gods. The top of the stone pillar is lush and bueatiful. A pit surronds the pillar and it is very heavily gaurded with thousands of dragon gaurds. A dimond staircase leads down to the bottom of the pit. Down there is a bueatiful sunny meadow with ygdrasil (not a typo) the tree of life. The cliff walls are a natural orange and have many lush grassy ledges and are dotted with trees. Animals walk everywhere. It is a lovely sight.~Drakonia~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012


    This book was definatley not a waste of time. The characters were interesting the plot well thought out and the action kept on flowing. This book was an excellent start to a new series due to some latent questions the author left; the princelings relations, stone's dating exploits, and whether jones will return to give alex more headaches. The only complaint would be that the book did not last nerly long enough- just like a favorite tv series one can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    A unique & fascinating new series! Our Review, by LITERAL A

    A unique & fascinating new series!

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

    I’m from a small town in Wisconsin (very close to where Tate bases her other series) and my beau is from a small town in South Dakota and has family in Pierre. When I saw that the story was based in Pierre it was just one more reason for me to want to read it after being lucky enough to receive an ARC from the Publisher.

    Upon completion of Precinct 13, my exact words were “An absolute breath of fresh air! As a paranormal junkie it is so hard to find truly new material these days & this book surprised me from the first page to the last. :) I can't wait to see what's up next for Alex, Val, Jack, Jones, Stone, Precinct 13 & the rest of the ordinarium in Pierre.”

    As stated, Precinct 13 is a new and exciting Urban Fantasy - a unique spin on magic that leans more towards the mystery side of things. There is a lot of dark humor, but it’s lighthearted in its own way and I found myself chuckling numerous times throughout the story. Tate also writes in such a way that you feel very much a part of the story with Alex, the leading lady. As things are uncovered for her, they’re uncovered for the reader as well and I thoroughly enjoyed that about Precinct 13.

    LITERAL ADDICTION gives Precinct 13 4 Skulls and would recommend it highly. I can’t wait to see what Tate brings us with the continuation of the series!

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