Book Reviews

May Day by Josie Jafferey: A Book Review

Happy August!

I hope you are all well and enjoying August the best you can. Today’s post is something I have been so excited to get to write about and in all honesty should have reviewed a while back however I just did not want this book to end. The issue here is that I tend to try and keep my reviews short and to the point however I am almost positive that this one maybe a little bit longer than normal. Anyway enough about me today’s review is of May Day by Josie Jafferey it is the first book in her seeker series and I just have to be very clear, I am going to need a second book as soon as possible. I have grown attached to a relationship and although I am positive it is a bad idea for them to be together I am routing for it.

Synopsis:

Humans are dropping like flies, and vampires are the ones taking them down. If the Silver are going to keep their cover, someone has to solve the murders and keep the rogues in line.

Enter the Seekers.

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 murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.


To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.


Body bags on standby.


May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

About the Author:

Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

​After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.

My Review:

Okay, Strap yourselves in this is going to be a wild ride. Firstly, I need to point out two very important things about myself:

1.) I LOVE VAMPIRES! (yes although this has become a running joke with my friends, my obsession for novels that include Vampires has run deep since my younger teenaged years.)

2.) I love a messed up romance and whilst this may not have been a direct intention from the author (or it could have been) we shall never know. May Day certainly has its fair share of moments between characters which we should not support however we do.

Back to the review, WOW! That is it that is the first thing that comes to mind when I am asked what I thought of this book. It is Book one in the seeker series and I am not saying this lightly when I say I need a book two as soon as possible. There is so much I need to know, and some questions I need answering however very much like the ending of The Fault in our Stars these questions that need answering are not the big important questions but instead focus specifically on one character Mr Killian Drake now for the rest of the review he will just be referred to as Drake and I promise once you have read the book you will do the same, it feels almost disrespectful to address him by his full name without his permission.

Now you see Drake is not the focus of the story however he is the character that I find I am the most drawn to, whether its because I need to know more about why he acts the way he does, or because and I say this with the up most confusion as to whether it is just me or not who feels this way or not, but he is the most attractive character to me. I promise you again once you have read the book you will understand the confusion. Josie Jafferey has worked wonders with the words she uses to describe Drake and any scene in the book he is in to make him so intriguing to me.

The story focuses on one Seekers journey and well to start with hatred of Drake that leads the investigation on a whole new path, dead set on getting revenge Jack aims to find out how Drake is involved in a set of unusual serial killings of humans by a Silver.

One of the things I love the most is that a significant chunk of this book sees them visiting a theatre and whether it be for the investigation or by request of Gabrielle (who becomes a rather important character). I love how Jafferey captures the feel of a theatre by the words she writes. As an avid theatre goer I have the upmost respect for how she brings up some of the background cultures of the theatre and how she describes the many different types of people who visit.

In this book, there are so many little layers to love. Although it is all surrounding the investigation into the serial killings every little extra piece that is written before the truth is reveal has you hooked.

For me the relationship between Jack and Drake had me hooked from the beginning and honestly I have nothing but questions. That being said it is not a relationship I would say you should be routing for but truthfully I cannot help it. There is something in the way that Drake carries himself around her that has me fully supporting the weird situationship they have formed. Both very strong characters but they both seem to act completely different around each other. However you get the strong sense that in some way big or small the love or feelings at least to begin with are very much unrequited.

Have you had the chance to read this yet? What are your thoughts on Vampire stories?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

5 thoughts on “May Day by Josie Jafferey: A Book Review

  1. This sounds great! I am addicted to vampire stories (and tv shows, movies, etc.) as well lol! I am DEFINITELY going to have to read this one next – although, like you, I have a feeling I might delay finishing it… Just read a little each day to let it last as long as possible.

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