Volume I of the Cryptid Series, ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part, launches an amazing journey into a world where all is not as it seems, and danger lurks for the unwary. Psychologist Maggie Glass, Psychic Medium Edward Case, and Biologist Kalyani Sharma have a big problem. In the real world, vampires don’t exist. Tell that to the one who’s looking for love in the Valley of the Sun and won’t be stopped until he bites the girl. Never mind the chupacabra in the freezer at home. Things just went from weird to paranormal.
In 2014, author Jessica “Jess” Alter published the third and final installment in an epic social science fiction trilogy filled with sex, tech, and firearms.
Her Cryptid Series, which combines cryptid lore and the modern scientific world with unexpected and thrilling results, is on multiple ebook platforms. The second book in the series, Man and Brother, continues the adventure begun in 'Til Undeath Do Us Part.
"Do you believe the paranormal exists? ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part will challenge your beliefs. We start with Dr. Maggie Glass, the “Vampire Psychiatrist who’s not a psychiatrist and who’s never seen a real vampire.” She is a paranormal skeptic trying to expose hoaxes and wrote a self-help book about people who think they are paranormal, complete with quizzes that identify whether someone thinks they are a werewolf, demon, vampire etc. The book has made her the laughing stock of the mental health community but a popular best seller.
Maggie has started a business called The Sanctuary Initiative and the goal is “to support delusional people needing intervention and to expose hoaxes.” Edward, her first team member is a psychic medium and Kalyani, the second, is a Biologist. The team is on the hunt for an active “vampire” serial killer. They stop for food one night and inadvertently come across the path of the next victim, Michelle, who is a waitress at a diner. A dark and mysterious man has been coming by the diner consistently and he matches the description of the serial killer. Unfortunately, Michelle goes missing before they can put the pieces together. The novel takes on many unique twists and turns from this point on. Things become dark and dangerous for Dr. Glass and her team.
Dr. Glass, always the skeptic, is constantly irritated with Edward’s supposed medium abilities because he communicates advice that her dead mother and “bunica” (grandmother) are giving her throughout the hunt. The scary thing is that he communicates information that only her dead relatives would know causing Dr. Glass to panic at times and constantly question whether Edward is legitimate or a fake. Is the paranormal world is real or not? Beliefs are challenged and the past comes back to haunt Dr. Glass in a big way. She must decide whether to accept her past, re-evaluate her beliefs or continue to deny that the paranormal does not exist.
The novel is rich in content and Jessica Alter, the author, develops strong characters. I loved the female leads in this because they were no-nonsense, get to the bottom of the problem type women. I enjoy a good paranormal novel and this one is well-written with humour, wit and depth showcasing the author’s experience as a writer in this genre. I loved the ending of this book and am anxiously looking forward to the next novel to find out what happens next to Dr. Maggie Glass!" TBR-TopBookReviewers
Today, I had the pleasure of getting to read a brand new book in a brand new series, hot off of the SmashWords presses. This book has enthralled me since the pre-order was auto-downloaded to my Kobo. I spent all day reading it in the nooks and crannies of my schedule, unable to put it down. This awe inspiring story is ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part by Jessica Alter, the very first in her new Cryptid Series. Fair disclosure – the publisher, Indie Imprint, did send us a free copy. Most of us in the book club had already purchased our own however.
The book is about the events in the life of a pop-psychologist who isn’t as pop-psy as most would think. Despite her best efforts to forget, she has seen beyond the veil of normality and into the world of cryptids (Bigfoot, werewolves, chupacabras, etc.). She is called in to help police deal with a serial killer with a vampiric style. She soon starts to learn things she didn’t want to. The interesting part about Alter’s cryptids is that they are all based on science. It adds a new spin to the fantasy idea where it’s all just magic, and somehow everyone just accepts it.
I will say that there are areas that aren’t so good. Despite the humor and the story, the book slows down in spots for long enough that you can get jolted out of the action entirely. There are some confusing sections, where you might miss something that will require rereading to understand. That being said, this is an excellent book. I gleefully await the second one which is anticipated towards the end of 2015.
It's good to have a heroine who uses her mind to solves problems, a regular person who thrust into a dangerous situation is able to think her way out of danger. 'Til Undeath Do Us Part is like that, except Psychologist Maggie Glass, is not a regular person. Just one who wishes she were. Hiding within the comforting walls of science and reason she has built, she rationalizes the supernatural. There is no magic, psychics are astute con-men, and vampires are merely teens acting out, but those walls are being torn down. There are things that go bump in the night, and there are monster hunters. Maggie and her team are caught between the two. Starting off with a race to catch a serial killer and then like a long slow drum roll that finishes with a bang, Til Undeath Do Us Part reels in the reader to a world where science and alchemy vie for supremacy, some psychics are real, and monster hunters are the biggest threat to Maggie and her team, even more than amorous vampires.
The book has it all - Creepy ancient evil cult? Check Personable and fun lead characters? Check Goblins with massive endowments? Check 13 chapters? Check Adventure and suspense? Check What a read! It was shorter than I'd like (so 4 stars instead of 5), but still one of the best indie books I've read. I'm usually pretty leery of writers I haven't hear of, but glad I took the chance on this one. Great way to spend a holiday!
For some reason Amazon refused to let me review this book - but screw them. I had been meaning to check out this "goodreads" site for some time :)
I'm excited to dive more into this book, I just picked it up a few days ago and read a bit into it and I'm excited to change my normal reading habits. Jessica Alter (Author) does a fantastic job mixing things up. 'Til Undeath Do Us Part is a refreshing and clever take on paranormal, give it a shot and you'll be hooked.