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Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older
Series: Bone Street Rumba #2
Published by Roc on January 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
The streets of New York are hungry tonight...
Carlos Delacruz straddles the line between the living and the not-so alive. As an agent for the Council of the Dead, he eliminates New York’s ghostlier problems. This time it’s a string of gruesome paranormal accidents in Brooklyn’s Von King Park that has already taken the lives of several locals—and is bound to take more.
The incidents in the park have put Kia on edge. When she first met Carlos, he was the weird guy who came to Baba Eddie's botánica, where she worked. But the closer they’ve gotten, the more she’s seeing the world from Carlos’s point of view. In fact, she’s starting to see ghosts. And the situation is far more sinister than that—because whatever is bringing out the dead, it’s only just getting started.
I did not enjoy the first book, Half- Resurrection Blues too much. Carlos doesn’t seem like a bad guy but he goes along with things, some of which seem very questionable in my value system and even his own. So why isn’t he questioning more things? Maybe the whole new world he lives in is too confusing and he has to use his energy to cope, so he goes along, but I’m not comfortable with this.
Midnight Taxi Tango was a struggle for me for the first third. I finally got interested then and it went better. The story is told in three points of view. The three start to come together more and it gets more interesting. Before then, it seemed disjointed.
There is every kind of couple portrayed, lots of fucking cursing here. This is not a book for bible beaters or bigots. The supernaturals here are not typical. By the end, I knew more about the world, but somehow not enough. With the new development on a key background element, I will probably read the next book. I think it will be easier as now the characters matter more to me.
Giggle worthy quote:
“Ooh, I love meetings. Can I come?”
“You could, but we’d literally have to kill you.”
“I actually hate meetings anyway. I was kidding.”
“I know. I wasn’t.”
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I’ve been seeing lukewarm feelings about this series. So I probably won’t be trying it out myself.
Yeah, I’m with Jennifer… It’s hard enough for me to give a UF world a go these days. I have to REALLY love the world and the writing to be so committed. I’m impressed with what I’ll call your need for closure 😉 Great review and quote (giggle).