I wanted something a little light and fun after finishing up a very heavy book, so I tucked this little paperback into my purse one weekend. By the end of the weekend, I had finished this book, so… it’s GOOD.
Bailey Chen needs a job. She’s lucky that she was able to get a part-time gig as a barback at the Nightshade Lounge, a bar owned by her friend’s uncle in her home city of Chicago after graduating from Penn. She’s trying to pay her dues, but it’s wearing on her. So one night, after all the bartenders leave and she’s cleaning up, she makes herself a drink before heading home. And on the way home, she’s attacked by… something. Something not human.
Wait, what does not human mean?
That’s Bailey’s question exactly! It turns out that Chicago is haunted by demon-like monsters at night, and it’s the city’s bartenders who keep everything under control. After her encounter with the demon, Bailey’s friend Zane (the bartender who got her the job at his uncle’s bar) introduces her to the world of bartending and demon-fighting (which are synonymous), and everything seems to be going well. Well, aside from the goofy tension between Zane and Bailey these days. And, you know, the fact that the loner demons are suddenly hunting in groups.
The demons are hunting in groups?!
Yeah! But that’s all I’m going to say on the matter. Bailey is still trying to learn how to bartend properly in order to fight the demons, so she has her work cut out for her. And said rocky relationship with Zane, her bartending mentor, doesn’t help. Because you have to mix drinks in the perfect proportions in order to kill the demons. Obviously.
I haven’t even told you the best part!
There are cocktail recipes in the book!
That’s right—a book that encourages the reader to drink! A lot of the drinks are classics, but there are some that I hadn’t heard of before reading it. The drink recipes alone make it a super fun read, but the plot as a whole is killer. And on top of all of that, the characters are also pretty diverse (and the main character is Asian), which is such an added bonus in books these days.
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge gets an A!
I plan on lending my copy out, but I can see myself rereading this one in the future.