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May Day

(Seekers #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  109 reviews
If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the mu
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Published July 9th 2020 by Silver Sun Books
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Vaishali • [V.L. Book Reviews]
R A T I N G: 4 stars to May Day ! ★ ★ ★ ★

'I'm smarter than that. So why are you back here, haunting my doorstep?'
'Because one day, I'm going to take you down,' I say. 'Youre careful, but you're not perfect. I'll pin something on you eventually. I'm in no rush.'
'You know, there's a thin line between vendetta and obsession. The longer you walk it, the more likely it becomes that you'll end up crossing it, one way or another. So which side are you on?'

'In our long lives we become chimeras sever
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Check out the review on my blog:

Vampires (among angels of course) are one of my favorite creatures in paranormal books and movies. There are so many books about vampires, and I’ve read a lot of them, so I was curious to see if this book was following the usual troupes. But, I was glad to see that it was different.

It follows our main character Jack Valentine, a member of Oxford’s Seekers, who starts an investigation to find a vampire murderer. And although
Stéphanie Louis
This review can also be found on my blog: https://phanniethegingerbookworm.word...
DISCLAIMER: A review copy of this book has been sent to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

We follow Jack, a fierce, bi-sexual Seeker and a badass at her job. She is a vampire for 20 years now and wants to show everyone that she’s capable. Which she is if I may add that. She has to solve a murder case which is a pretty messed up one. Jack Valentine wants to frame t
Steph ✨
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"i go after what I want. I'm not going to apologise for doing what millions of men do every single day without criticism, just because the world expects women to be nice" - Killian's Dead 🧛🏻

Thank you to Josie for kindly gifting me with an ARC of her latest novel, May Day, and also the prequel novella, Killian's Dead, to read and review.

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

This book follows Jack Valentine, who is the youngest mem
Nora Eliana | Papertea & Bookflowers
Published first on my blog: Papertea & Bookflowers

Firstly, I want to mention that I really appreciate Josie adding content warnings in the back of her book! I’d love more authors to do that. So definitely bonus points here.

But let’s start with the actual story, shall we? And oh boy, did I enjoy reading May Day! Actually, I loved it! It was the perfect book to read this last few days. With me currently writing my thesis and having a lot of other organizing stuff to do for Uni I was a stressed lit
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warning: Abuse | Sexual Assault (mentioned) | Rape (Mentioned) | Drugged | Mentioned Miscarriage | Gore | Mentioned Suicide.
It started as a curious journey on what a detective vampire would be like... and i was amazingly surprised when i met jack valentine... boy did i fall in love with her, with her sass, with her raging hormones and more than that her hate/love relationship with Killian Drake (one of the best parts in the book... i swear you can cut the sexual tension with a knife)
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earcs
Full Review:


Jack Valentine is part of the Seekers now that she’s a vampire, well, she has been for 20 years but that’s still barely a blink to the vampires.

Working in Oxford, the job is easy enough, they’re not cops, they’re just there to make sure that no vampire goes rogue and breaks their cover. Such as throwing a body drained of blood into a crowded Uni event.

When something like that occurs, well, her and the other seekers are on the case. Valenti
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

Book source ~ Tour

Jacquelyn ”Jack” Valentine was 18 when she was turned into a vampire. Or Silver as they are called here. For 20 years she’s been working as a Seeker in Oxford. Seekers are part of the Silver police force and their job is to keep other Silver from bringing attention to their community. Humans are not supposed to know about Silver. Period. When a human is killed by a Silver in a very public manner (and not the first in a series of murders) the Oxford Seekers are on it. Then th
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author and to the editor

I have one of the other series by this author on my wishlist and so when I found the opportunity to read for review this title I was really curious and I just had to request it! It is true that my expectations were quite high, and that my hard to please mood is persistent and won't let me alone, so in the end, I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping, but it was an enjoyable reading nonetheles
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Josie Jaffrey for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. 

Trigger/Content Warnings:  Abuse | Sexual Assault (mentioned) | Rape (Mentioned) | Drugged | Mentioned Miscarriage | Gore | Mentioned Suicide 

 Josie Jaffrey has been an author on my list (I have The Gilded King) so when I got the chance to read May Day I was right on board for that. I was slightly hesitant because vampires can be such a hit or miss for me, but in the end I
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m a big Josie Jaffrey fan, and am always eager to dive into the author’s next release. After loving the Solis Invicti series and the Sovereign series, I was desperate for more from the universe. When I found out the Seekers series would have a mystery undertone to it, I was doubly excited as I’m a big mystery fan.

I’m going to be honest and say, even though I came to love this one, it’s my least favourite full-length Josie Jaffrey novel to date. I was hooked, I enjoyed it, but it took far too l
K.S. Marsden
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readers-favorite
Jack Valentine is a Seeker in Oxford - part of the paranormal police whose main job is to make sure the vampire society remains hidden from humans. When a human body drops at their feet during busy May Day festivities in Oxford, it’s up to Jack and her colleagues to get to the bottom of it. At first, they think it’s a scab (a feral vampire), and just want to stop them from killing publicly again, but soon there are more threads and mysteries than they could possibly follow.

May Day is the first b
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for review, and I'm glad I did, because after reading Killian's Dead I wanted more!

This story starts twenty years after the events in Killian's Dead, but time has not mellowed Jack. She's still impulsive, reckless, and determined.

I loved Jack and the team she works with. They might not always agree with each other, but when push comes to shove they have each other's back... mostly. I very much enjoyed getting to know them and their work.

As Jack gets deeper into the
Lili  Marcus
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first Josie Jaffrey read and before reading, my expectation was high because I’ve heard positive things about Jaffrey’s writing before. I must say I am not disappointed. May Day is first in a new series called Seekers and introduces Oxford’s youngest seeker, Jack Valentine. I heard that this is not the first book that Jaffrey has written where Jack is introduced nor is this the first book about Silver, the vampires. But even without reading the other books, I didn’t get any problem un ...more
Danni (_forbookssake)
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, blog-tours
*4.5 star but rounding up*

Before I even start talking about the book, I want to say how impressed I was to find that before the story begins, it tells you that there is a full list of content warnings in the back of the book. I think more books need to do this! I particularly liked that they had been put at the back, because people who don’t want to read trigger warnings could easily avoid them, but they were still there for those who do want to read them.

Now, on to the story. From the very begi
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I read Killian's Dead - the novella of this series - before I started this first book in the series and I really recommend doing that because it definitely gave me more of an insight into Jack's personality, fears and feelings before the events of this book.

As soon as I start this book, I was hooked. I've always loved vampires and this book had so much going for it, especially because of ho
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, queer
*3.5 ish?*


We also stan Jack in this house - my absolute favourite thing about May Day is Jack my bisexual queen what a legend.

Vampires are back...not because of Midnight Sun no no you can thank May Day and Josie Jaffrey.

I will definitely be talking about this on my channel soon ~ stay tuned.
mònica • nightingfae
Originally published on nightingfae's blog

"You can't control a problem if you don't even acknowledge it exists."

In May Day Jaffrey has created a whole world hidden in our society, a society of vampires that exists parallel to the human society, it even has a hierarchy, as it's called in the book, so well-structured and organized that it has no fissures, even those who live out of their laws have a name and are prosecuted by the Seekers, a sort of vampire-police.

As I was reading it, I kept thinki
El Hyrst
Full review available from August 3rd:

Thanks to Josie for sending me a review copy of this book, it hasn’t affected my honest review!

Trigger Warnings: blood, vampire-typical consent issues and memory-fuckery, murder, heavy drinking, non-consensual drug use.

I’m going to talk about the elephant in the room first. This book features a lovely bisexual love triangle! Killian, Jack and Tabitha! And for the first time in my life, I ship the m/f couple more than
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this one. Loved the fact it wasn’t all glitz and glamour and the main character was just a bit of a hot mess! We can all relate. Love a vampire, especially when they have the dark and dangerous vibe!

Drake was the bad boy we all hate to love and secretly wish to see more of. It can’t be helped, he just had that appeal and I’m not ashamed to say I was rooting for him. I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot more of him and the experiencing a lot more tension between him and
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m stoked about this series. I’ve been stoked since reading the prequel, honestly. I’m stoked because of the vampires, I’m stoked because of the bisexual representation, I’m just excited in general! Jaffrey captures the messy bisexual energy I need in a main character perfectly and I also really enjoy the Silvers as they’ve been written. The love interests for Jack are each interesting in their own way, and I liked the resolution to the mystery in this book, including the insidious twist it too ...more
Tessa (Talks Books)
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
May Day is a dark detective story with a pinch of grit and a lot of sass.

What I Liked

The fact that the detectives in this story are vampires kindles my fantasy-loving heart. Vampires take keeping their existence secret very seriously, and detectives called Seekers to investigate whether a vampire has potentially exposed their existence to humans. They have their justice system with a hierarchy that is much different from their human counterparts but just as definitive and intolerant.

I found the
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
May Day is Josie Jaffrey’s latest book in a new series called Seekers. It’s an urban fantasy story that follows newly turned vampire Jack (turned at 18, currently 20 in vampire years) as she gets a complicated case as a Seeker.

Jaffrey already wrote books about the Silver, vampires, and their hierarchy was already familiar to me because I read her Sovereign series. Cameron also returns as a character, but May Day only follows Jack’s perspective. I like how she ties her series together with things
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firstly, an apology for being so very tardy with this review. Bad me. Very very bad.

So, the book. This was familiar yet new. A different view of the Silver, with some familiar faces making an appearance.

Yet the comfort of that familiarity was shot through with something new and a little edgy. A threat. A mystery. And of course, a bit of sexual tension thrown in the mix.

All combined, this makes for an intriguing start to the series proper. Looking forward to seeing this one unfold.

I voluntarily r
Sarah ('s Book Life)
Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to Dave (@TheWriteReads) for letting me a part of this tour and to Josie Jaffery for sending me an ARC copy of this book! As well as a copy of Killian’s Dead, a novella set before this book. Which I read first and would recommend doing as it gave me more insight into Jack’s personality, fears and feeling before the start of May Day.

I don’t tend to read that much mystery, unless it’s supernatural and/or historical fiction. I’ve never read a mystery where t
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Our protagonist and narrator is a Silver, Jack Valentine. Silver's the term that vampires in this reality use to describe themselves. But she's no ordinary Silver, she's a Seeker—essentially a vampire police detective. She and her colleagues in Oxford witness a Silver throwing a mortal to their death from a tower but are unable to immediately apprehend them.

Jack is forced to team up with a local baron—with whom she ha
Jake is Reading
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book featuring vampires, so I was excited to receive an advance copy of Josie Jaffrey’s May Day in exchange for an honest review.

I was expecting something along the lines of the series (which, if my mum asks, I definitely didn’t covertly read in high school) however May Day is written more in the style of a British police procedural. Thankfully, it also avoids questionable sexcapades, instead revolving around a lovely sapphic romance. And of
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do like myself a vampire read and had been keeping an on this book on Josie’s twitter page. So, you can imagine how excited I was when Dave (@The_WriteReads) sent out the email to say there was a blog tour on its way for this book, it was perfect timing!!!

As I said I like me a good vampire read but in the past I’ve found that a majority of them have not gone down too well for me so when I first opened the book on my Kindle I made sure I went in with an open mind, and reminded myself not to get
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is something else. Due to the cover, I had different expectations, and I was so surprised to find that this took place in an urban setting! I absolutely loved it, though. I loved the idea of a vampire detective agency, and I loved the whole team dynamic too. Vampire detectives, with teams and a captain and everything!! I got some Brooklyn 99 vibes from them, especially between the Jack Valentine and her superior, Boyd – they reminded
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have received this book for free from the author. My opinion remains my own.
Full list of content and trigger warnings.

This book is absolutely incredible! It mixes homocide detectives on a murder case with the supernatural world of vampires. Seriously, if you like police series on TV and you like vampires/supernatural stuff in an urban fantasy setting, this is the book for you.

I have a thing for vampires, I am not going to lie about that. But mostly I like the stories where the vampires are mor
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