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Alaya Dawn Johnson
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Wicked City (Zephyr Hollis #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  116 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
“Fans of Stephanie Meyer and Charlaine Harris will be engaged by Johnson’s light, tongue-in-cheek approach.”—Publishers Weekly
In this page-turning follow up to Moonshine, it’s summer in the city and most vampires are drunk on the blood-based intoxicant Faust. The mayor has tied his political fortunes to legalizing the brew, but Zephyr Hollis has dedicated herself to
320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I enjoyed the atmosphere, but at the same time, I found myself periodically stopping to Google. Is "I don't give a fig" a period expression? Yes. Was spontaneous human combustion a known phenomenon, or idea of a phenomenon? Also yes, to my surprise. (Charles Dickens even wrote a scene that included it.) Was the machine politician mayor a real (historical) guy? Yeah. Is Elspeth a plausible name for an immigrant Arab Christian woman? It seems unlikely, but I can't completely rule it out.

So, I real
Ranting Dragon
Jul 02, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: janea

Wicked City is the second installment in Alaya Johnson’s Jazz Era Zephyr Hollis series, which begins with Moonshine. Set in 1920s New York City, the series follows Zephyr Hollis, a vampire’s rights activist and charity worker who comes from a vampire hunting family.

Wicked City opens six months after the close of Moonshine, during which Zephyr has done relatively little to deal with the aftereffects of her actions. They’ve now collected interest and require
Clare Fitzgerald
Sep 01, 2014 Clare Fitzgerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe it was last summer, shortly after Readercon, that I read the first of Alaya Dawn Johnson’s Zephyr Hollis novels, Moonshine. I liked it a lot! And yet, because my TBR list is an unwieldy monster of monstrous proportions, I just yesterday got around to reading the sequel, Wicked City, even though I’d bought the books at the same time.

Wicked City continues the adventures of Zephyr Hollis, chronically broke charity worker and activist, as she tries to find a way to break the magical bond
Jun 29, 2014 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked City is the sequel to Moonshine, a story of a former "Vampire/Other" killer (Zephyr Hollis) now working with immigrants and vampires in 1920s New York City, teaching them US law, reading, manners, etc. and living meagerly with roommate Aileen (who has the Sight) in Mrs. Brodsky's "clean" boarding house. In book 1 she met and became to a Djinn- Amir, but in Wicked City it is 6 months later and she has been avoiding him. In Wicked City the vampire drug Faust is killing vampires, and Zephyr ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sffantasy, historical
Fun, fun, fun. I love Zephyr, I love the organic expansion of the world-building, and I want the next book NOW.
K. Bird
Jan 23, 2013 K. Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It really doesn't matter what I say below because really, you should just read this series because of the unique world of Vampire/Minority/Immigrant politics in the roaring 20's complete with feisty female reporters, djinni, speakeasies, non-European main characters and mafia.

And also because the heroine, Zephyr Hollis is one of the most human main characters I've come across in a long time. Human (despite her strange and disturbing immunity to vampires) because she's conflicted. She does hypocr
Apr 01, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this via a giveaway hosted by the author.

I really enjoyed Moonshine, so I was elated to get my hands on an ARC of this. I'm extremely fond of Johnson's take on urban fantasy -- in New York City in the 1920s, supernatural creatures such as vampires and djinni (known as "Others") live alongside immigrants. The protagonist, Zephyr Hollis, is a Montanan native working in social activism known as the "vampire suffragette." Supporting characters include Amir, djinn/love interest/skilled manipula
Kathleen Bruce
May 29, 2012 Kathleen Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it i loved it i loved it! I originally picked up my copy of Moonshine earlier this year and i kept walking past it at my favourite bookstore, not sure about the whole roaring twenties/vampires thing. And then i did pick it up and i found it was a really great read and i was kicking myself for not picking it up earlier. I found Wicked City was even better! The only thing i found a little confusing was the use of some of the twenties lingo but it made me feel like i was really there. I waa ...more
ETA: Oops, completely forgot to include the disclaimer. This is a review of an ARC received for free from the author in a giveaway.

I liked this one even more than the first! This series is just so compulsively readable and fun.

I appreciate that while romance is an important part of the story, Zephyr's feelings for Amir don't eclipse everything else - her other relationships and her principles and the things she's fighting for are all important to her and to the plot as well. (Although I can't h
Celia Goodell
This book did not grab my attention like the first one. It continues the story of Zephyr as she stands up for vampire rights. The problem is she needs to also learn to be herself in that she likes to drink and have a good time but joins a group that is against vampires doing the same. She is also strong willed to the point of recklessness at times. I got to the point of thinking, "here we go again," as she does the opposite of what she is told. I will probably read the next one because it is fai ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Davida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things I like about this series, but ultimately I thought the main character got less compelling and ... stupider? from the first book to the second, which was a downward trend I didn't care for. Also there was not enough sexy djinni.

I'll read the next one, because it will still be a complex noir set in prohibition era with vampires and sexy djinnis, but my expectations are appropriately managed.
Eileen Charbonneau
What’s a self-respecting Singing Vampire Suffragette to do, but embroil herself in another mystery? This time the vampire-immune Zephyr Hollis is on the trail of whoever poisoned the blood-based intoxicant Faust that has lead to the strange deaths of citizen vampires.

Details of colorful family, friends, a knish-eating detective and crafty Mayor Jimmy Walker all help stabilize the supernatural elements of Johnson’s tale. Although a little slow to pick up narrative steam, the ever-sparking romanc
This book was much better than its predecessor, Moonshine. It was much more entertaining, the plot was much more compelling and suspenseful, and (thankfully) there was a minimum of that romance/lust stuff (except for the last six pages--I laughed out loud in disappointment and almost threw the book across the room). Interesting exploration of politics and moral ambiguity, prejudice and bigotry and classism. It's not, like, life-changing in its insights or anything, but damn good for a novel abou ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sexy and silly vampire novel with an interesting female do-gooder at its center. And it takes place during the 1920s, adding a historical twist. The plot is a bit rushed at the end, but still an enjoyable read.
Sally Hannoush
Mar 26, 2012 Sally Hannoush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the idea of Faust, a drink for vampires as liquer is to humans. "Wicked City" is a pleasant suprise with all kinds of fun stuff going on such as vampires, meduims, and magical princes. The mystery of "the killer" in both senses was a complete shock to me. I really love it when I am thrown off course. Zephyr Hollis is quite a character. "Moonshine" is the first book in the series and now is on my to-read list. This historical read is possiable to enjoy even if you don't like those kinds o ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An urban fantasy vampire novel set on the lower east side of Prohibition-era New York? I was hooked on the first book, Moonshine, and anxiously awaited reading Wicked City. I wasn't disappointed. The author takes the story of the first novel and expands upon it, drawing out the characters even more and exploring more of the world they inhabit. I think I would have liked to have seen something new, though, as the author treaded upon known ground pretty much throughout. All in all it was a fun rea ...more
s.e.  smith
Jul 26, 2013 s.e. smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I adore the Zephyr Hollis novels. The setting is perfect and wonderful, and Zephyr herself is a delicious, complicated, splendid character, torn between a number of desires and internal as well as external conflicts. Johnson did a fabulous job of building up a complex world here, inhabited by vampires, djinn, and more, and the characters are just plain fun to be around. I want moooore!
Kathy  D.
Apr 20, 2013 Kathy D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, 2013
Too much police and mayoral intrigue, not enough Amir! I loved the first book. This one was good as well.judy Nora's lush and fun. But,ithac I e heck of a cliffhanger ending,so I'm losing forward to Book 3.
Mar 20, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far Ive read 2 chapters and I really like the book so far. I read a few pages each night before I go to bed its a really good book so far!
May 29, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first installment but at least left a good cliffhanger at the end to make you want to read the next installment.
Apr 24, 2012 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 3.5
Review courtesy of RJ:
Aug 30, 2012 Silver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't. Wait for the third book..hopefully it will be out this year!! :) Really enjoyed these books!!
Ms. Library
*Sigh*. Not as good as the first, and Zephyr was so annoying in this one.
Didn't realize that this is a second book; it doesn't need #1 to make sense.
Jaime Graves
Jul 12, 2012 Jaime Graves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A SOLID four stars.
Aug 01, 2013 Delia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Alaya Johnson graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She lives in New York City.
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