DARE Review: Happy Hour of the Damned

Mark Henry
Urban Fantasy
294 pages
Amanda Feral #1
Kensington Books

Donuts are deadly. One minute you’re getting your binge on, the next, you’re slipping on the box, cracking your skull, and in the weirdest turn of events, rising as a zombie. That’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six inch stilettos, bangin’ Balenciaga handbag) while satisfying a craving for decent vodkatinis and the occasional human flesh—Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken. Navigating a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, celebrity blood donors, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters—not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo—isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting for “help” (the undead—so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly. Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hellbent on turning Seattle’s supernatural underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than donuts…

I've never meet a zombie like Amanda Feral.  Come to think of it, I've never meet a literary character quite like Amanda Feral. She constantly surprised me by spouting raunchy jokes with her sharp attitude one minute, while the next minute she's risking herself for the people she cares about. It's a unique combination.  Even as interesting as she was, I didn't become as attached to her as I would have hoped. She made me snort a lot though, and I couldn't count how many times I said "I can't believe she said that; Can't believe she did that" as my evil side snickered in glee.

The story has several side characters each just as surprising, and just as over the top as our lead ghoul. The plot is entertaining and never stops, and lands our characters in a mess of complications.  But the most unique part of the book is the story's delivery. I can honestly say, I've never seen anything else like it.  It's written as a memoir or diary of sorts, but with hilarious footnotes and interjections from the main character after the fact. It helped remind that this story is funny and entertaining even while our heroine is being chased by the devil.

Bottom Line: It's a new level of skank, snark, and shrewdness.  Amanda Feral will eat your face off if you're not careful... no, really she will.

3 stars


  1. A "new level of skank", huh? ;) I've been on a zombie kick as of late, and still haven't dug into this one. As I love snark, I may give it a go....even with the skank factor. LOL

  2. Love your bottom line. Very funny. One of these days Jess someone will give you a dare that you'll rate higher than 3 or 3.5. LOL

  3. Oh this is just a fun relaxing read. :) Something to just enjoy with some zombies... ;) Thanks for the review!