The fifth (wow, really? It seems like The Graveyard Shift barely came out (even though it was over three years ago)) volume of this series continues to follow the loser Lloyd, his manager the talking cockroach Kevin, and the DeeDee, the karate chopping bombshell. It seems like they just saved the day (yet again), and once more everything is a mess.
In fact the pace of the books seems to be increasing - with this one picking up not even a day after the end of the previous book, but just a few hours later. So no rest for the wicked, or at least those trying to keep them at bay.
I really liked that several of the minor characters from the previous books are back (I really enjoyed the poker scene), giving the world a bit of continuity beyond the main characters. I would think that having played a larger role in the previous two books, the angel would have a name by now (or at least a nickname, not just a title). However the development of the character is fairly strong. It is really nice to see that these are not static characters in a sit-com, where everything effectively resets after each episode. Instead the grow and change, and are affected by the things that happen in each book.
The fun and humor are just as strong as always here. From Fluffy the werewolf, who really seems to be more of a bit (ok, huge) lovable puppy than a monster, to Morty the Incubus, who gets a little to into furries this time around. I really liked Kevin's friends (and once he introduced Joe Roach I couldn't help but flash back to the old MTV film "Joe's Apartment").
Of course the book also promised vampires and werewolves, and easily delivers both. And hamsters, don't forget the hamsters, that just keep popping up everywhere. It is a fun, new take on vampires (and definitely NOT sparkly ones) that felt refreshing. The bedroom scene was great, giving us a bit of a new spin on someone that can remember being human at one point, and misses some parts of it.
Of course there are some hints and hooks into the next book, making me finish the last page and want to get the next one immediately. The 24/7 Demon Mart universe keeps getting bigger, with more and more parts of it I'd like to see.
A great way to bring a smile for spring, and once again it is leaving me thirsty for more.
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