Author: Alaya Johnson
Series: It's technically a standalone. It felt like there would be sequels, but there has been no announcement of that yet.
Setting: A New York City ruled by Tammany Hall, in which vampires are second class citizens.
Reason for Reading: How could I not read a sexy pentacle tattoo novel set in the jazz era? Come now. How long have you been reading this blog, anyway?
Finished In: Days.
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A woman's neck with two vampire bites on it. She's wearing red lipstick and a cityscape is below her. The word MOONSHINE is in red except for one white O. A quote exclaims, "Gangs of New York meets True Blood!"
First line: "I skidded on a patch of ice as I rounded the corner on Lafayette Street, only years of experience saving me as I tottered in the bar twelve inches between a shuttered horse-drawn hansom cab and a Model-T."
Best part: A schoolteacher who works for vampire rights and sings jazz? What about that is not a good time?
Worst part: The parts with Zephyr's parents made me cringe. Not that they were poorly written - they were very well-written to make you cringe.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Remember" by Billy Holiday
Recommended for: Anyone intrigued by the premise. Anyone who thinks SPT is starting to get a little old.
Related Reads: Chasing Midnight by Susan Krinard. The Vampire Files by PN Elrod.