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Deadtown (Deadtown #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  3,273 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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First in a brand new urban fantasy series that's "fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" (Karen Chance) and "full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" (Ilona Andrews).

If you were undead, you'd be home by now...
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Ace (first published November 10th 2009)
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Tamora Pierce
What a romp! Vicky Vaughn is a demon-slayer, but by and large the demons she kills are those who attack humans in their dreams. The one demon she dreams of killing is the one that comes from the outside, the Hellion that killed her father and placed its mark on her.

Ever since a limited plague that left every living creature in one spot in Boston a zombie, or PA (Paranormal American), their rights have been a hot-button issue. Now, running for governor are two diametrically opposed candidates, on
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
There is a lot to like about this series and I mostly enjoyed the book but I just couldn't stand the self-absorbed main character.

What I did like (because it's always best to start out on a positive) was that the protagonist, a woman, was strong and capable and didn't need to be saved by men--she kept saving the men. I liked the variety if characters and that there were racial traits, like vampires generally didn't have a good sense of humor. It made it more real than all creatures were the sam
Shannon C.
2.5 stars: Mediocre urban fantasy in a genre filled with other great offerings

Victory Vaughn, a shapeshifter and professional demon slayer, lives in an area known as Deadtown--Boston's quarantined section for shifters, vampires and zombies. The monsters have recently come out of the closet. Many 'Paranormal Americans' are fighting for their rights, including Vicky's on-and-off again boyfriend Alexander Kane, lawyer and werewolf. The fast paced plot includes demon-plagued clients, police consulta

I have been waffling back and forth all day on this book.

On the one hand, there was some fun stuff going on. This world is an exciting one, with some twists on old monsters (zombies and shapeshifters are a little bit different than we have seen them in other places) and an explosive framework as the relatively newly revealed "monsters" fight on the world stage for basic human rights. Things are touch-and-go for them right now. In some states (for example, New Hampshire) they have no rig
Wow... all the elements were there and yet, it just didn't get there for me. Don't get me wrong, it was okay, but I think it had the potential to be so much better. I thought the concept was really intriguing, this shifter named Victory Vaughn lives in Deadtown which is the place where all paranormals have to live. Yes, paranormals are public knowledge but not really accepted. There's a lot of racism, or uhh specism? lol, going on, and paranormals are constantly being attacked and called monster ...more
Paula Weston
Nancy’s Holzner’s Deadtown is not just another tale about a sexy demon fighter in leather pants (although the cover does feature pretty cool cover art of our hunter in leather pants, brandishing a smoking semi-automatic rifle and a flaming sword).

While it ticks all the usual boxes – zombies, vampires, werewolves, bad ass demons, witches, sorcerers et al – it also has a social conscience.

Like the vampires in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series and the mutants of the X-men, the assortment o
When FanLit interviewed Nancy Holzner last month, I thought she sounded so nice, and her debut, Deadtown, sounded awesome. While shopping that night at my local Wal-Mart, I noticed Deadtown on the shelf, so, naturally, into my cart it went, and I started reading as soon as I got home.

After a mysterious plague strikes Boston, its fallout area becomes known as Deadtown. Deadtown residents are controlled by the state of Massachusetts — they have few rights and must carry identifying papers when the
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
I don't like zombies. It's rare that I read a story with zombies in it. Deadtown by Ms. Holzner was surprisingly good. In her world, zombies are not as bad as you think. Still, Tina, one of the zombies annoyed me greatly and I can only hope she gets killed in the next book.

Ms. Holzner creates a world where the paranormal exists and are persecuted. This is not so different than any other book, yet her take on it is interesting. I liked how each character in the book possess flaws. Some of the mor
The Flooze
Nancy Holzner's debut urban fantasy is filled with great ideas. Unfortunately, there are too many of them and they are all lacking oomph.

The lead character is Victory Vaughn, a demon slayer and shape shifter. She's got some bad-assery going on (who on earth owns so many pairs of leather jeans?), but thankfully she's not overwhelmingly stubborn. She is, however, prone to bouts of stupidity. Actually, poor judgement might be a better way of phrasing it. Still, she's decent and forthright and I can
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Zombies in pink skirts? Yes, please. After reading this line I knew I was going to like this book. Usually zombies are undead monsters that like to feed on human flesh *eye roll*, where’s the personality?! In Deadtown zombies are like any other undead/inhuman residents in the old quarantined section of the city. Vicky has the unfortunate pleasure of taking on an immature, pink skirt wearing zombie, Tina – as an intern. Zombies are civilized just be careful not to prick your human finger in front ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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*Deadtown releases on December 29th* Victory Vaughn is a shapeshifting professional demon hunter living in Boston's mandatory ‘paranormal reservation’ known as Deadtown. In Deadtown, things that go bump in the night (werewolves, vampires etc.) have always been around but the world at large has only just learned of their existence. And the coming out process has been anything but smooth. Zombies, or Previously Deceased Humans, are a different s
I have been searching quite a while for a new paranormal series. This has been on my TBR list for a long time. How long? Since before it came out. Yes. That long. But in my virtual TBR pile it sat. And sat. Gathering virtual dust. This year there were a few big releases I had waited for. And after finishing those, I was left right back where I started. I wanted a new, fun, spunky paranormal series to start. So, I went through my list. I kept turning this one away and I can't really tell you why. ...more
Basic Plot: Victory Vaughn, Cerddorian (Welsh shapeshifter) and demon slayer, finds herself chasing down her family's archnemesis demon and fighting against popular prejudice against the "monsters" of Boston society.

There was a lot packed into what was really a relatively short book, so I'll attempt to summarize. The world that Holzner created seems pretty typical- modern-day USA, the monsters have always been here, but are now "out" due to a plague that turned a portion of Boston's population i
Barbara ★
Our heroine, Victory "Vicky" Vaughn is a shapeshifter who can shift into any sentient being. She is also a demon exterminator who hires herself out to hunt dream demons which is surprisingly a lucrative business. She is sort of dating Alexander Kane, a werewolf lawyer though he's more a friend with benefits than a boyfriend. They have a mostly platonic relationship because they both work crazy hours and only see each other 2-3 times per month. Honestly there is zero chemistry between the two so ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Victory Vaughn is the only professional demon exterminator in Boston. When people have demon issues, she is the one they call. Vicky herself is Cerridorion, someone who is able to shift into any animal three times a month – with a catch – if she bears children, she will no longer carry the ability to shift. Her sister, Gwen, gave up her abilities and the two come to blows during the book deciding what is the better route to take.

Vicky is not alone in her supernatural abilities though. She is kep
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
i think i would of rated it higher but i cant seem to get into a reading mood lately so i keep getting distracted or forgetting what i just read which makes it really hard to be entertained by a book.

i had only had 1 or two problems with the book that i can think of a the moment.
the 1st being how conflicting the book could be, one moment Vicky could pick a man up over her head and toss him like he's candy or something but she couldnt jump a high fence?? if she that strong in her arms and back s
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The world building I thought was really interesting in Deadtown. Nothing out of the ordinary for urban fantasy but definitely different enough to keep my interest. However I just could not get interested in the characters. There's an annoying teeny bopper zombie girl who keeps bothering the main character for lessons, a pompous werewolf lawyer boyfriend that didn't seem like he had believable chemistry with the lead character, a vampire roommate whom I couldn't care less, and several other side ...more
How can you not like the book that starts with the phrase "And then there were zombies" ?
The book was unique and a very good read. It was fun. I look forward to reading the next one.
2.5 stars. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I think the problem is, there wasn't really any action.

Victory Vaughn has a lot going on. She is descended from a long line of Demon Hunters. Her business is demons. She is hired by folks that has demons. She has an on again off again relationship with a Werewolf that just happens to be a lawyer and political advocate all the paranormals that have came out of the closet. Including Zombies. Unfortunately for Vicky things are fixing to get a lot m
Sophia (FV)
A good cover is important because it creates a first impression. This cover says: action, adventure and bad ass heroine, all the ingredients I like in my Urban Fantasy adventures. This one caught my eye the moment I saw it and I knew this was must read.

Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown is based in Boston, in a section specifically designated for the area’s paranormal population. Holzner’s world is interesting, with a few unique twists to the usual zombie, demon, shifter sorts.

Vicky comes from a family of
Why read: When I first started book blogging there was a lot of hype about this book's release, so I bought myself a copy.

What impressed me: I liked the dystopian elements of Deadtown. The town itself, its reason for existing, and the inevitable fighting for the rights of its citizens were entertaining and gave the reader much to consider. Zombies, vampires and werewolves are all represented and offer interesting possibilities for the future.

What disappointed me: Deadtown suffers from detail ove
I originally picked this book up because I had Nancy Holzner as a teacher when I was in High School in Lenox, Massachusetts. She was a fantastic teacher who allowed me to write a term paper on Contact by Carl Sagan, and also allowed our class to choose some of the books we would read in our curriculum that year (I, of course, being the tech nerd that I was, chose some short sci-fi stories by Alfred Bester). When I think back to what I learned in school, I think a lot of her class.

A friend of min
Our heorine, Victory (Vicky) Vaughan is a shapeshifter descended from the Welsh Cerddorion and can change into anything, but only 3 times per month. She's been trained to kill demons since she was a kid, you could call it a family business.

All was right with the world and then a plague hit Boston. And everyone human died and 3 days later woke up as Zombies. So all the paranormals were outed. Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches, sorcerers and demons. Demons can be guilt induced or conjur
Victory Vaughn is an active demi-human, a shape shifter who fights demons for a living. Three years ago, the Plaque hit Boston and turned many of the residents into zombies. Now Boston is called Deadtown and all species are now under strict regulation and are struggling for rights among the humans.

During one of Vicky’s exorcising jobs, she feels something evil luring in the shadows, but cannot seem to feel what kind of evil. The next day Vicky hears that her client was murdered, case of death bo
Overall, it had nice elements, although it was a bit heavy handed.

Some of the little annoying things included:
-- Tina. Period. Vicky lets her get away with too much, it's just not funny. I like the idea of a smart-mouth teenage sidekick, but this was too much.

-- Easy outs, like when Vicky thinks about consecrating the sword, but doesn't. Duh, she needs it after all. It didn't build suspense, it was just annoying and made her seem more amateur.

-- Why doesn't Vicky have a cell phone? She has to
Victory loves her job. She gets to kick demon butt, and she is quite good at it. She lives in Deadtown, named for the zombies that were created there. Its borders hold all the paranormal residents be they alive or undead, keeping them separate from humans, for now...

Deadtown was completely different than I had expected. In the past I hadn't been interested in zombie books for the most part. They just weren't my thing, so I had passed over reading Deadtown in favor of other books. However, lately
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Fans of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Chole Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series will want to check out Deadtown by Nancy Holzner. It has the same type of feel to it, the heroine, Victory Vaughn, is snarky and kick ass. Oh and she’s a shifter that has a kind-of-sort-of boyfriend that’s a werewolf. Her roommate is a vamp, Juliet, like as in Romeo and Juliet. She has a teenage zombie as a sidekick and she just happens to hunt demons.

After a mutated plaque hit Boston, it turned some of the
Deadtown is an excellent debut novel with definite potential to become a great Urban Fantasy Series. The main character, Victory “Vicky” Vaughn has a very strong voice right from the beginning, which was very refreshing to me because it is something that I found to be an issue in many of the books I have read in the past year. I have often found myself reading two or three chapters before the characters ‘voice’ really takes over, so when Vicky’s voice rang out loud and clear from by the end of t ...more
This book is a pretty good start to a series. I give it about a 3.5 star rating with potential. After a virus kills about 3000 people in Boston, a few days later those dead people rise as zombies. Since only humans were affected by the virus, non-humans were outed and then segregated into Deadtown. While I did like the main character, Victory Vaughn - a demon-hunting shape-shifter, her relationships with the other characters don't seem to have much depth. Her on-again/off-again pseudo-boyfriend ...more
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