Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Paul Krueger / Aug 22, 2019

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge A sharp and funny urban fantasy for new adults about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons no job no parental support

  • Title: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge
  • Author: Paul Krueger
  • ISBN: 9781594747595
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sharp and funny urban fantasy for new adults about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who s around when she moves back home But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster fighting bartenders, herA sharp and funny urban fantasy for new adults about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who s around when she moves back home But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot literal Like, soul sucking hell beast literal Soon, it s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever or whoever is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.

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      • Paul Krueger

        Paul Krueger is a fantasy author and lapsed Chicagoan currently living in Los Angeles His short fiction has appeared in SWORD LASER and NOIR RIOT His debut novel, LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE, will be published by Quirk Books in June of 2016.His non writing hobbies include cooking, DD, karaoke, and collecting comics He s also a musician, fronting the Adventure Time themed punk band Lemonbadd.If found, Paul should be returned to Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary.


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    1. "Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds." ----Terry PratchettPaul Krueger, an American author, pens an incredibly exciting and gripping young adult fantasy tale in his new book, Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge that unfolds the story of a young female college graduate goes back to her home city where she starts working as a bartender for her long time friend's bar, with little idea that the bartenders as [...]


    2. 2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/05/29/Unfortunately, my high hopes for this book were not met, possibly a case of “wrong book, wrong time” or I’m simply not the right audience for this kind of urban fantasy (which I think is probably more likely).Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge is billed as a “new adult” paranormal UF about a secret society of monster-hunting bartenders who gain super powers by imbibing their magical cocktails. The story stars Bailey Chen, a rec [...]


    3. "College grad Bailey Chen has all of the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend still around when she moves back home. But her demons become a lot more literal when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders."I appreciate that the description for this novel doesn't pull any punches about how straight-up silly the premise is, and doesn't try to dress it up as something more complex than it is: this is a book abou [...]


    4. Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.Well here's for trying. I mean, Mr Krueger certainly tried to make this different and interesting. But I think it turned out just a bit too different.First of all, I tried explaining this to several people and most laughed me off at "supernatural, demon-fighting bartenders". In an age when everything has been written, it is true that one needs an original idea, but the point is for it not to be so original that it is laughable. I gave it a chance, because [...]


    5. In reading Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, the first thing I noticed was the emphasis in the promotion to call this a "New Adult" Novel. Once I figured it was a targeting ploy and not a "new novel for adults", I endeavored to find out what it meant. to the rescue. Their explanation: "New Adult fiction bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 30". So okay. In our status-focused and age-focused civilization, I guess th [...]


    6. 2.5 stars maybe? This was a very clever premise and I was really looking forward to this, but the execution was verrrrry predictable and meh.I'm not usually one to eschew a romantic side story, but I wanted to set fire to the one in this book from the beginning and never changed my mind about it.Also, I can't help but think that some of the stuff Bailey did to Zane would have been SO UNCOOL if their genders were reversed. People would be upset and rightfully so, but for some reason it's cool in [...]


    7. Simply put, this book was FUN. A little bit Harry Potter and a little bit Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Except it isn't vampires they are slaying, and the Slayers are bartenders that make magic cocktails that give them superpowers to slay demons.I mean COME ON, who cannot love such a premise. The plot flowed nicely. It had some interesting World building. The characters were likable (if sometimes cliché). I also really enjoyed the between entries from the "Devil Water’s Dictionary" the fictional [...]



    8. When Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge arrived at my house, it came accompanied by a mini bottle of vodka and an invitation to cocktail hour. I was intrigued and the book sounded really good. Paul Krueger’s debut novel was a lovely surprise and has turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year so far.Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge is the kind of urban fantasy I always forget I love, as my usual urban fantasy fare is more of the police procedural/crime variety. Last Call however d [...]



    9. Such a fun read! Massively enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


    10. Initial Impressions 6/23/16: 3.5 - 4 starsThis was a lot of fun and yet I found myself not totally hooked. I think I would have liked to spend more time in the development and explanation and theory of mixology for magic but that's the Ravenclaw in me. There were recipes and explanations in between chapters but I get REALLY into magic systems so I would have loved more of a breakdown of which alcohol did what and whatnot. Characters were fun, book was fun, concept was fun. A really clever book a [...]


    11. Have you ever wondered why there are so many pubs and bars? I bet you never considered it's because the bartenders who work in them also have a side job fighting demons that prey on drunk people! Well that's exactly the premise of Paul Krueger's debut novel Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge and what a fun and quirky story it is.Bailey has just finished college and is supposed to be looking for a serious, grown up job like her parents have always expected her to but she's kind of having fun work [...]


    12. [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.]An original enough idea (powers granted through cocktails), although in the end the story didn't stray much into uncharted territory as far as “typical urban fantasy” goes.Bailey, freshly graduated from Upenn, is struggling to find the career of her dreams. In the meantime, she's had to take a job as a barback at the Nightshade Lounge, where her old high school crush, Zane, is now working as we [...]


    13. 3.5 stars from Marion, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATUREThey live in Chicago. They’re young. They’re hip. They have tattoos. They can serve you any alcoholic drink you can name, and after last call, when the bars are closed, they go out for pancakes. And they are part of a magical society, the Cupbearers Court, protecting innocent citizens, like you and me, from being attacked by demonic monsters. That’s the premise of Paul Krueger’s debut novel, Last Call at the Nightshade Loun [...]


    14. Urban Fantasy with booze. Yep I can get behind that. This was a fun frolic of a novel with an interesting hook in the whole drink to get the ability to fight demons thing - and I especially enjoyed the background of alcohol and cocktail recipe inserts that tied into the plot.Overall a good read with a slightly different vibe although I think this would have worked better as a full on adult novel rather than sitting on the cusp of YA.


    15. This review was originally posted at freadomlibrary.wordpress/CriticallyPlot – 4 out of 5 starsI really liked this book which was kind of surprising for me. I feel like the premise is really new and interesting, I’ve never read anything like it before. It’s action packed, there was mystery, it was entertaining and I enjoyed it. I liked that the paranormal creatures described and involved were unique. There was some graphic descriptions but the ending was conclusive though slightly open end [...]


    16. In Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, bartenders are all that stand between us and monsters called Tremens that roam the night, hunting feeding on people.Luckily the bartenders have a secret weapon - magic powers they can gain by mixing perfect cocktails using specially distilled alcohol.This definitely reminds me a lot of Buffy the Vampire slayer - a young woman that doesn't really know where she's going in life fights monsters while building friendships. That's a good thing for me, and there [...]


    17. I had no interest in reading this book (horror just isn't my thing) until one of Quirk's publicists put an image of a page of "The Devil's Water Dictionary" up on Snapchat, and suddenly I couldn't resist. Pages of an old mixology book being integrated into (see how I avoided saying "mixed in" there?) the story instantly peaked my curiosity. Mixology magic? Suddenly, this became a type of magic/magic-wielder that I wanted to read about.One of the things this book has going for it (granted, for me [...]


    18. Smart, fun, and a complete joy to read. I love this world and I want to see more of it!(Full disclosure: I beta-read this in an earlier stage and am good friends with the author. :))


    19. Cocktails giving secret powers to kill demons was really fun and I enjoyed this part.   The teen romance was too much for me so I skimmed over a lot of it and I didn't feel the plot really went anywhere. I loved the diversity of the characters - a good blend of people all with distinct personalities.  However it seemed like the cocktails were the star of the book rather than the characters.   I was left feeling though that the idea of the book was better than the actual book itself so I think [...]


    20. Wowowow. This book is everything I’ve been looking for in a (new) adult urban fantasy!I love that I finally found characters that are my age and with whom I can relate to in a lot more ways than YA characters. A recent college grad that has no idea what to do next? Yup. That’s me lmao. I want to properly review this book but idk if I’ll ever find the words to describe how amazing it is. Just GIVE IT A CHANCE!!!!


    21. The premise of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge was very odd but it does deliver. This is a unique urban fantasy. As always I was weak for the crew dynamics. I love that it touches classism/elitism, sexism, and racism but it's not the focal plot of the story. Bailey is such a relatable heroine. A hardworking graduate that has Ivy League degree that couldn't bank a job? SIGN ME UP. Full review to come.


    22. haaaaaAAAAAAAAA this was exactly the kind of book I'm always yelling that I want more of!! 4,5/5! *i'm trying to articulate my emotions into a better review right this instant*


    23. 4.25 starsMonster-fighting bartenders.I would have liked more worldbuilding, but I really liked this book. I couldn't stop reading it.


    24. This is one of the more amusing books I've read in awhile. The story follow Bailey a recently graduation business student what find herself working a childhood friend family bar where the bartender use mixed drinks to fight demons! It was funny and fast paced. I love the idea that alcohol gives you magical powers and coffee heals all wounds. I love that bartender in this world are consider the real wisemen. I loved that the Long Island Ice Tea is like the philosopher's stone. But the best part o [...]


    25. fun. but some little things bothered me.Bailey and Zane had zero chemistry. also i'm sick of the trope of "I'm totally over this person til I come home and discover that they're with someone else and i'm not actually over them". It's tired. It's done. make it stop.Garrett is a cartoon and i hate that so muchd Bailey had very little evidence to go on but she was right? I wish there'd been more actual investigation into what was going on and less seat of the pants winging it and being 100% correct [...]


    26. So, I saw this in one of my sale listings.  Monster fighting Chicago bartenders?  Sold, sez I.  Had to be good, right?*sigh*What you've got here, at least in my opinion, is an idea that could have been so much fun that you'd want to go racing out to a local lounge, for a cocktail and a bit of monster-fighting.  And yet, it isn't.  Right off the bat, I thought, "My god, these people are dull." Bailey is an utter non-entity who is supposed to be this badass monster fighter but who spends most [...]


    27. Chicago is a hell of a town, the Sears Tower, bartenders that make killer drinks, and I do mean KILLER drinks. You see Chicago boasts a rare breed of bartender, mixologists who create drinks that help them fight off more than a patron's blues, they literally help keep the demons at bay. In this Chicago any place you find yourself five sheets to the wind you'll find yourself being trailed by tremens who would like nothing else but a drink themselves; your animus steeped in the drink of your choic [...]


    28. This was a fun, creative urban fantasy! Krueger's use of the Chicago landscape was really great, and the characters were super fun. All the magic as well was very creative and fun, and I think that's what I enjoyed most about this book--it was really fun, even if I felt like some of the messages about growing up felt a little bit heavy-handed. If you're looking for a really fun book with a very creative (if underexplained, which is not a thing that really bothers me but I know is big for others) [...]


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