Feb 4, 2017

Review: Crime Rave

Crime Rave Crime Rave by Sezín Koehler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed by:
Moonshine Art

My first thoughts about Crime Rave by Sezin Koehler were, "What in the he!! have I got here? Whattt ?? Oh, no that's just too much ... Awe no, I can't, what tha?" BUT I didn't put it down did I? NOPE. I found myself completely captivated by the "creatures" that lived through the rave and once the vampire came on the scene with his "unique" way of feeding I was hooked regardless of believability. The vampire's feeding experience at the rave was just so very unexpected that Inhad to read it twice to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding. As far as some of the monsters being a lil unbelievable, I mean which monsters are actually believable to begin with? All of them maybe.

I like the way the book was told from multiple perspectives giving the reader a peek inside the thoughts of the characters being interviewed after a rave location they were partying in was destroyed. The various participants were monsters of varying degrees with an array of powers, talents, ... Vampires, were, all matter of creatures I've never even heard of. The writer definitely has an amazing imagination and I at first thought it was going to be too far fetched to even make any sense, but after the first few chapters I was anxious to hear more because surprisingly the characters were fascinating.

I am not crazy about a lot of books that are told from a detective's perspective, but I loved the unique detectives in this story as well. Even though the book started a little crazy for my tastes I could not put it down and throughly enjoyed the well developed characters and the many twists and outrageous characters. It takes real talent to make a book like this work.

I did not read the first book, but this read just fine as a stand alone. I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest review.


Women, survivors, warriors­—the hardcore ensemble from "American Monsters" survive the worst act of domestic terrorism ever to occur on American soil when 35,000 ravers are murdered in cold blood.

Regathered, and regrown from their remaining body parts, they must work with the LAPD detectives Atticus Red Feather and Synthia Günn to put together the pieces of this monstrous act and face a new horror.

The science experiments of an elite underground lab team, led by Colonel Ripper Ransom—of Mai Lai massacre fame— want out, and the smog goddess Kaleanathi wants more souls to devour.

What will happen if the survivors fail? The world is full of monsters, but the worst are yet to come.

In the long-awaited follow-up to her first novel "American Monsters", Sezin Koehler has surfed a genre shift in "Crime Rave" from postmodern feminist horror to a crime and urban fantasy crossover with an all-monsters-in approach to satiate even the most hardened horror fan.

Vampires, werewolves, serial killers, war criminals, zombies, aliens, hybrids, psychics, and mutants: there’s something for everyone in this fresh take on a supernatural crime novel.

Picking up right where "American Monsters" left off—and written with first readers in mind—Koehler weaves us into her tapestry of an alternate universe in which goddesses have free reign over humans, trauma goes hand in hand with superpowers, and Marilyn Monroe not only lives, but has a daughter. These are only some of the many impossible things you'll believe while reading this uniquely told tale of destruction, survival, and redemption for some.

If you’re a new reader, welcome.

If you’re an old one, welcome back. The scenery has changed some.

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