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Deadtown (Deadtown #1)

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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...
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Ace (first published November 10th 2009)
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Tamora Pierce
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
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
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

Two rules I live by: Never admit to being a shapeshifter on a first, second, or third date with a human. And never, ever bring along a zombie apprentice wannabe on a demon kill.

This book pushed almost all my UF-Fangirl buttons. It even has an artful (non-cheesy) cover.

Demons? Check. Shifters? Check. Zombies? Check. Vampires? Check. Weird social system? Check. New creature invented for series? Check, several times.

Vicky Vaughn is a demon slayer, but not the Buffy-The-Vampire type. There are diffe
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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
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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
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Katyana
***3.5***


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
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Kira
2.5 stars

Deadtown is an area of Boston where paranormals live. That includes zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, and Victory Vaughn, the lone shapeshifter. Politically there is a lot of strife regarding paranormals. Depending on the state they have little to no rights, but they are fighting for them. Victory wasn’t involved in the political aspect of things; she was just a demon hunter/killer.

What I liked:
-Victory didn’t need anyone else to save her. She was completely capable of doing it on
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Angela
I haven't read anything with zombies in it and I'm interested to see where the series goes. It was a solid first in series book.
Mindy
I would of DNF'd this if I wasn't reading this for a challenge. I wish I was good at writing reviews, especially rant reviews, because this one deserves it. The only reason I am giving this 2 stars instead of 1, is that the world building was well done. I really did not care for the MC, Vicky. She does more talking than anything else. Definitely more than fighting. Her interaction with the men in this story was so clunky and she had no chemistry with them. I am also so over women fighting in lea ...more
Snarktastic Sonja
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always look for relationships - and I enjoyed the relationship between Vicky and her sister and nieces and nephews. Not sure how I feel about Kane (didn't feel like I got to know him actually well enough?) or the detective (whose name totally escapes me now . . . ) and I don't like that it seems to be headed into a love triangle but I don't think it actually does.

Juliet was an interesting character. I would love to see more interaction between her and Vicky. She just made me laugh.

The only r
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Jess
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2010
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
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
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Justin
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
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
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Paula Weston
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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♆ 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
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Mandi Schreiner
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com
*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
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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
Summer
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
Kat
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tammy
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mercy Thompson & Rachel Morgan
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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
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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm 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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Aimee
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Veronica
This is another book that I bought because I liked the cover and the title. I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The heroine was decent though some of the secondary characters can do with a little more fleshing out but I suspect that that will come with time. There are indications that a love triangle may be in the works, which I'm not thrilled about, but one of the men is human so I'm not likely to favor him much. If I wanted to read about regular men I'd read regular fi ...more
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I've heard a lot about this debut author and wanted to check it out. Deadtown was somewhere between ok and good in my rating system. It isn't a great book but I can see the potential for a great story and really good future stories. Nancy Holzner has a smooth flowing, easy to read style of writing. Unfortunately, no one element really hooked me. The characters were ok, the world building was interesting but not compelling, the love interest was alluded to but pretty much absent. It was a bit ho- ...more
Darcy
Jan 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, did-not-finish
I thought the premise of this book sounded really great. Sat down to read and go to about page 50 and realized there was just something there that made it not quite hold my interest, so I put the book down to read another. When I got back to this one I read another 20 pages and realized that I didn't really care what happened in the book, so I gave it up. In the end this book just isn't for me.
Tasula
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me a little of early Laurell K Hamilton. Strong female protagonist who slays demons for a living. Paranormals have come out of the closet, but are discriminated against by norms (normal people)- and have no rights at all in some states. There is the usual evildoer bound to destroy the city/world,some love interests (but nothing cloying) and family, but overall quite enjoyable.
Chrysanthos
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Debrac2014
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good reading! Action packed! Zombies, demons, vamps and shape shifters!
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