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Shade Fright

(Valerie Stevens #1)

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  17 reviews
There's a malevolent force in town, and it's Valerie Stevens' job to determine who's behind it and why they want to destroy the world. Starting with Calgary, Valerie calls on the help of her best friend, a powerful dwarf troll, the ghost of former Canadian PM William Lyon Mackenzie King and her boyfriend Dave. He drives a dump truck.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Snowbooks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mandi Schreiner
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
Valerie Stevens is an alchemist living in Calgary, Canada and can interact with the departed. When young, she realized she could see paranormal things, while the general public has no idea things like that even exist. Her job is to find these paranormal beings and keep things under control so it stays a secret to the public. She has some magical ability, including a satchel that holds not only Tupperware, that always comes in handy to collect samples, but always offers a little boost to whatever ...more
Karen Desmond
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the humour in this book - very dry and tongue in cheek. Is the Canadian and English sense of humour similar? Based on this book I would say so. Definitely buying the second book.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I was actually quite disappointed by this book :(

When I read the synopsis, I thought it was going to be a YA novel about a girl with supernatural gifts and her supernatural friends solving supernatural crimes. Mainly I thought there was going to be just a gang of friends, which I always really like.

Fast forward to me actually reading this book and finding out that Valerie is actually like 34. That was the first disappointment. I don't know what it is, but I don't like reading about adults when
Liesbeth (books.of.lies) Vermeulen
I raced through this book. And that is not a good thing for me. If I really love a book I savor it. I reread pieces while I go to really take it all in. I did not want to do that at all. I wanted to finish it.

The reason? First I did not like the characters. They were all pretty flat and very undeveloped. The only one I liked and which seemed like a real person to me was the boyfriend. Second, I hate it when a writer doesn't trust their reader to figure thing out in their own. There was to much
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This mystery story is taking place in Calgary in Canada.

Valerie is the main character she has a gift to see the preternatural world. She works for the Canadian Government and uses her gift for her job. Her job is to protect humans from evil creatures coming from the preternatural world. When she finds out something bad is going to happen she gets all the help she can find. Caroline, a zombie-girl, is called in to help, also a very old troll is helping her and of course the dead ghost of a former
Full review to come!
Heather C (Darkly Reading)
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Valerie Stevens is an alchemist who works for a shadowy arm of the Canadian government (I know it is kind of hard to believe the Canadian government can have a shadow arm - but you know there has to be a darkside to all the Canadian niceness right?). Most the time Valerie's job involves tracking or capturing supernatural elements in Tupperware and sending them to her boss near the North Pole and to avoid attempts on her life by unhappy elements of the supernatural community. This time Valerie's ...more
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Valerie Stevens works for the Government Services and Infrastructure of Canada. Her job description isn't one that you'll see written anywhere because her job is to collect supernatural commodities for government profit and act as a broker with supernatural beings, so the preternatural world stays unknown to the population at large. It's Valerie's supernatural abilities that help her in the everyday responsibility of her job as a civil servant but those in the preternatural world would call ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Valerie Stevens works for Government Services and Infrastructure Canada as an alchemist, investigating preternatural activity. When a grain bin disappears from a farm (and is later discovered stopping traffic on the streets of Calgary) and flocks of dead birds drop from the sky, Val knows she's dealing with something altogether different - who attacks her via her dreams. With the help of her dump truck-driving boyfriend, zombie pal, troll mentor, and a shade with an enchanted staff and a ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Valerie Stevens investigates the preternatural world and works for the Government in order to kill what goes bump in the night. She describes herself as an alchemist : she combines her knowledge of sorcery with chemistry, astrology, medicine, etc. Being the very powerful and kick-ass heroine she is, Valerie must battle the evil presence in town along with the help of her friends : Caroline the zombie, Fifty Dollar Bill and the two-thousand-year-old troll named D.T. Valerie is about to face ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

Shade Fright is all about Valerie Stevens and her job of cataloguing all things supernatural, but when weird things start to happen and Valerie’s responsibilities seem to be much more than what she thought, her world turns inside out and it’s up to her to do something to save her city and everyone living in it.

Along with Valerie, we get to meet her Zombie friend Catherine, A ghost named Bill, her human boyfriend, Dave and more.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fun one. Sean Cummings has a great sense of humor and a big imagination, both of which he poured into this book.

Valerie is an interesting character who gets into a big adventure in Calgary, of all places. I like that she's self assured and dives into each situation with alacrity. I also like that her dump truck driving boyfriend is a bit of a wuss.

The story clearly builds up to more books following suit, as everything Valerie discovers lays the groundwork for her going into training
May 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have ready only two books in my life that I thought would have been better if I'd written them. The first was "Time Lottery" by Nancy Moser, an interesting story that devolved into saccharine Christianity before I knew what was going on. The writing was less than notable, the morals lukewarm at best, the conclusion flat-out idiotic -- or so I imagine; I didn't actually finish it.

The second is "Shade Fright."
Haralambi Markov
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr
Shade Fright shows that there is room to tweak with the UF formula. After all, the world has an infinite supply of monsters and creatures, which are awaiting to be used in all sorts of manners. So why not enjoy it with a quick wit and some humor? Sure, it’s not free of all the tropes that are overused in fiction [end-of-world scenarios or somewhat there], but it’s refreshing.

Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
very entertaining. this is not my preferred genre, i must say, so i really have trouble understanding this book properly. or maybe, my English is just that bad. but, this book is funny and it makes a fun read.

that doesnt mean i am warmed to this kind of genre. i just cant.

3.5 stars
Kerry Brooks
Downloaded this via Kindle Unlimited. The story might be entertaining but the Kindle formatting is so terrible I couldn't finish the book.
Selina Lock
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme, novel
A good paranormal crime type book, with an interesting main character and adventure filled mystery.

Interesting to read one set in Canada for a change.
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