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Night Owls

(Night Owls #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,148 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampir
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Ace
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Lauren Roy Book 3 exists in larval form in my head right now (outlined, but not finished!) - I don't know if I'd call it the conclusion to the series, but it tie…moreBook 3 exists in larval form in my head right now (outlined, but not finished!) - I don't know if I'd call it the conclusion to the series, but it ties up some things set in motion over the first two. The working title is DEAD LETTERS. (less)

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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
I always have high hopes when I start a new urban fantasy series. Nothing makes me happier than a good book within my favorite genre so I’ve always been willing to dig very deep in order to find one. Thankfully, Night Owls was well worth the time it took to read it, and then some. That’s not to say that it was free of flaws, but there was a lot to admire, especially for a series opener.

There are two types of supernatural creatures in this world: Jackals or Creeps, vicious, bloodthirsty
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Score one to this book for having a protagonist who is a bookseller. And bonus points for her being a vampire too. The title of this novel is actually in reference to the bookstore she runs, a quaint little place on a college campus called Night Owls which is open to 3am every night. Now why can't there be something that awesome around where I live? I'd spend all my insomnia-ridden nights there with a big mug of tea and
A vampire bookstore owner. That sounded like a book for me! And it was...okay.

You know, I think I would have preferred a slice of life vampire bookstore owner, rather than an ex-Hunter dealing with all the trouble that turned up in town.

There were none of the obnoxious things that usually turn me off urban fantasy/paranormal, but at the same time...the story has two main female POV's. One's the vampire/ex-Hunter, and the other's a teen who has been raised as a monster hunter. Pretty bad-ass, you
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

So, maybe you’re like me, and there hasn’t been a ton of stuff in the urban fantasy realm lately that’s floatin’ your boat. There are a couple of standout series, but other than that…but I digress. What I’m trying to say, I guess, is that I think Lauren M Roy might be onto something with Night Owls. As the book opens, a young woman named Elly is on the run from something she calls a Creep, but their kind are also called Jackals. In her possession is a book
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

I didn't get very far through the blurb for NIGHT OWLS before I knew I had to read it. Vampire bookstore owner? Yes, please. (I was ultimately a little disappointed that there wasn't more bookstore-ing.)

NIGHT OWLS has a fairly expansive cast. There's Valerie, the vampire bookstore owner, and her Renfield and another bookstore employee. There's Elly, a Creep-hunter out to avenge her mentor, and her estranged brother. (And a few allies.) You see, in the world of NIGHT OWLS there's more than one ki
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

NIGHT OWLS is the start of a fun new urban fantasy series that will likely appeal to the book worm in all of us (and if you’re here, you probably like books at least as much as I do). Starring a vampire who runs a bookstore and a cast of other quirky characters, it’s quite original with a lot to like. Roy puts a spin on Urban Fantasy in this one, with a different take on shape-shifting monsters, and a Brotherhood of humans, along with vampires that hun
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was good. In fact, better than I thought it would be. The supernatural world is different from the norm which is refreshing. The story went from predominately Elly's life to Val and her crew seamlessly.

For this being the first book in the series it wasn't weighed down with a ton of backstory and getting to know the characters. This series can go in so many different and equally interesting ways. I look forward to reading the next book and learning more about the characters.
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
3.5 stars

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I am always on the lookout for great new Urban Fantasy series and Night Owls just might fit the bill. The story started out a little rough around the edges and had some growing pains, but I was completely on board by the end. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the group of main characters and think a lot of fascinating stories could come out of this world.

Don't let the synopsis fool you; Night Owls is more than a two-woman show
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy is a new urban fantasy series starring a new take on werewolves (adding in some creepy zombie elements), a couple of awesome heroines, solid friendships and sibling bonds, and an all-around intriguing new world! Night Owls borrows from more traditional fantasy in that it has several characters who all tell the story through multiple points of view, making it a well-rounded book with primary and secondary characters with surprising depth. I’m generally a bit stingy whe ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Night Owls is the first book in a shiny new urban fantasy series by Lauren M. Roy. It can’t be easy writing a new urban fantasy series these days because really, most things have been done. Crazy blood sucking vampires – done. Werewolves who are…wolfish – done. Witches, hunters, fighter, protectors – done. So where authors can’t really find new stuff to include in their books anymore, they do have to find a way to present it in a new and interesting way.
Okay, how could I resist that blurb? Roy had me at 'book store" and "late night"; heck she had me at the title as I'm a night owl myself. Throw in vampires, succubi and werewolf-type beings and I was sold. :D There wasn't nearly enough time in the book store but maybe in future books.

The werewolf-type beings, known as Jackals or Creeps, are a cross, sort of, between vampires and weres with some zombie thrown in, but are closest to vamps. I actually didn't find them all that creepy but I did like
Jenny Schwartzberg
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I received this as an eARC from NetGalley. This first book in a new urban fantasy series gleefully mixes vampires, friendly demons, psychics, and evil were-jackals with everyday college town life. I was delighted to find one of the main characters, a vampire, owned a bookstore. Plus a very dangerous rare book is a catalyst for the plot. Fair warning, this is not a cozy tale. There's real danger, nice people die, there are some major fight scenes, and there are some scary implications for the nex ...more
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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Cannibalistic shapeshifters are after a book, one that happens to be in the hands of a group of humans, vampires, and a pair of lesbian succubi. This should prove to be an interesting confrontation…

Opening Sentence: Father Value had taught Elly everything she knew about living to see another day.

The Review:

I always go into first books in series with a little trepidation. With world building, character introduction, etc., they can sometimes be a
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

While I enjoyed Night Owls, I have to admit there was a good deal of frustration involved while reading this book. It suffers from very slow, yet extensive world building, something that unfortunately plagues many series starting books. Don't get me wrong I realize that these books have to introduce a whole new world to the reader, so there's a lot of set up involved, but the pacing more often than not seems to suffer in series openers, and
Fangs for the Fantasy
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Val is a vampire, running her bookshop with Chaz, her Renfield and living a normal life – very normal, away from all the messiness of vampire politics or of her past

Until Elly enters her life. Elly, protégé of the great hunter, Father Value, has a book that the old hunter gave his life to acquire – a book that may hold the key to the Jackals (or Creeps) increasing their dwindling numbers. Since the Jackals are monsters who eat human flesh with a special taste for virgins, no-one really wants tha
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why did it take me so long to pick this up? The author was at a panel I was going to at C2E2 so I thought I should get the book. I was maybe 20% of the way through by the time of the panel. So glad I went, because I know she's working on a second one.

Night Owls is a nice change from most urban fantasy. The most powerful MC is a woman and she's not hopelessly pining for a man or about to meet her long-ago lover. She's a badass, but readers don't learn that for a while (I don't think this is a spo
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
When Father Value dies trying to protect a book from the Creeps, his ward Elly runs away with it and asks for help from a colleague and lecturer Henry. Henry hides the book in his favourite bookshop, run by Val the vampire and her Renfield Chaz. When the Creeps discover where the book is, Val becomes the next target.

There wasn't really anything wrong with the book as such but I just could not get into it at all. I feel that the plot was jumping around a lot and seemed to concentrate on mundane d
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Night Owls: 1
This book has several shifting POV characters, the main ones being Elly, Val, and Val's Renfield, Chaz. However, the author has done an excellent job of moving the plot forward, even when bouncing between characters. Transitions are done very well and don't detract from forward momentum. The story feels like it has a lot of Supernatural (TV) influences. The author has a few standard supernatural creatures - vampires and succubi, but saw fit to introduce her own kind - the Jackals, w
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. It was a delightful modern fantasy of monsters and survivors, hunters and hunted. The story surprised me in an unusually high number of pleasant ways (e.g. unique and novel monsters, magic that feels understandable without losing its mystery) and avoided all of my too-often-triggered pet peeves (e.g. the vampires aren't painfully cliche like some nameless others, no bone-headed decisions by characters for the sake of manufacturing plot twists). And any story featuring ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone. twice.
Recommended to Janday by: Thomas
I am going to write a longer review very soon, but for now here is what you need to know if you've seen this book:

1. ALL of the characters have strengths -- regardless of their genders, and their genders are not restrictive to their strengths
2. Conversely, all of the characters have weaknesses -- they are helped by others along the way because support is important.
3. Everyone is responsible for his/her/their endings here.
4. Not everyone's decisions are in line with each other, but they are all r
Dec 09, 2013 added it
Shelves: netgalley, requested, dnf
I snagged a copy of NIGHT OWLS off of Netgally but after reading half of it I just couldn't get into the story or the characters so I am filing it as did not finish.
Christi Rigby
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Fast paced and exciting. Great depth of characters.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: An engaging and exciting intro to a new UF series.

Val and Chaz are getting ready to close up The Night Owl Bookstore. Dawn is approaching and Val, the vampire, must get home before daylight. As the pair head to the parking lot, Val catches a whiff of something foul and rotten on the breeze. She shoves Chaz into his car and orders him to leave. Val tracks down the scent and is horrified to discover it is just as she feared, the Jackals have entered her town. The next night
Nicole Gozdek
"Night Owls" ist der Debütroman von Lauren M. Roy, aber das merkt man dem Buch nicht an. Er ist gut geschrieben, die Charaktere sind gut entwickelt, haben ihre Eigenheiten und Vorgeschichten, sodass man nicht nur die drei Perspektivfiguren - die Vampirin und Buchhändlerin Val, die Monsterjägerin Elly und Vals menschlichen Helfer Chaz - gut voneinander unterscheiden konnte. Die Urban-Fantasy-Story bietet nicht wirklich neue Fantasyelemente: Vampire, Nachtwesen wie die Creeps, ein Monster jagender ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I grabbed Night Owls the first book in the new urban fantasy series by Lauren M. Roy for the setting. The tale takes place in the college town of Edgewood at a bookstore called Night Owls. Roy offered an engaging tale with a motley crew of supernatural and human characters. Mini review: With a new supernatural creature and interesting characters, it holds the promise of an exciting new series.

Valerie McTeague is the proud owner of the Night Owls bookstore and a vampire. Her Renfield, Chaz, helps
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s not very often that you read an urban fantasy these days without a ‘hunky/sexy/mysterious/dark’ male lead. That is just the nature of the beast since authors like Laurell K. Hamilton got big. Vampires and werewolves in urban settings are just synonymous with romance. Even those books not meant to be romance have some in them for the sake of being urban fantasy, especially those with female protagonists. There are some exceptions to that rule, and I’ve found that usually those have solid and ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, e-book, for-review, i-own
This review originally appeared on my blog,


The idea behind NIGHT OWLS is genius . A vampire running a late-night book store for college students? Sign me up, because those are two things that go together perfectly.

NIGHT OWLS is the first in a new urban fantasy series. And it’s urban fantasy all the way -- there are no swoony heroes to fall in love with. Or, in my case, want to slap -- which is why I loved that the characters focused on kicking butt, taking names, and doing their
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-fantasy
Well this book surprised the hell out of me!

I will begin at the beginning. I got a free copy of this book and at least a dozen others at C2E2 over a year ago. This one floated to the bottom of the pile for no particular reason, so it's the... second-to-last one I've read from that mess. 90% of the books I picked up at that time were... pretty bad. Dull. All variations on the same theme - urban fantasy detective novels, but wait, there's a twist! The main character is half-fae, or half-druid, or
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Night Owls. What do I want to say about you? It took me a few days to get into the book, reading a chapter here and there. I think it's because it is told from a rotating third person point of view which initially kept me from really immersing myself into the story.

There are two "main" characters in this ensemble cast. Elly is a young girl trying to protect a book her mentor died for, Val runs a bookstore while trying to live a low key existence away from the drama of the supernatural world. Th
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*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

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I am a reader who is always on the lookout for fresh and interesting new authors and stories in genre's I like to read that fall within the Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk, and Science Fiction genre's. People have been saying that the UF genre has gotten a bit stale recently and needs some much needed new blood. Well, perhaps you should try reading Night Owls by Lauren Roy then. Night Owls really is the kind of story that I love to read. It has
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