When hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters take over a highrise condo building, a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter must team up with an unlikely group of allies to prevent the apocalypse.
Kelly Driscoll tracks down monsters for a living, but the job isn’t what it used to be. Vampire hunters are the new big thing, but Kelly doesn’t swing that way. When a reclusive client hires her to locate a rival angel, Kelly’s search takes her to a downtown highrise that has become home to hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters.
As the fallen angels take over the condo board, argue over who’s handling pizza delivery, and begin planning for a little shindig otherwise known as the apocalypse, Kelly must team up with an unlikely group of allies to find her target and keep the fallen angels at bay. In the process, she befriends a reluctant Angel of Destruction, gets tips from a persistent ferret, uncovers the mysteries behind Pothole City’s hottest snack food empire, and tries to prevent the end of the world.
So, this one is really, really strange. It is, by far, on top of the strangest book I’ve ever read. I guess it’s pretty obvious with the blurb. I’ve read urban fantasy before and I enjoyed some so I was hoping this will be a good one to start again on said genre. Only, I was tempted to DNF a couple of times but I pushed through because I have the two other books of the series from NetGalley. And I still have no idea what I was thinking when I requested for those titles. I guess I was drawn to the title. Anyway, everything is just so confusing from the very beginning. No introduction whatsoever. I was thrown into a bizarre world without any clue as to where it is or what is happening.
But the more I read, the more it grows on me. It is weird and crazy, and it took me a long time to finally figure out what was going on, but the wit and humor kept me reading. There are also a lot of characters and entities to follow. There are monsters, fallen angels, single purpose angels, demons, and humans. In the end, it was only Kelly and Af that I remembered. Kelly Driscoll is the main character, who tracks down monsters for a living. She was hired to figure out who among the fallen angels living, or rather bound to the condo, Amenity Tower, is said to be bringing chaos to Pothole City. She has to put on different disguises in order to go inside the tower to carry out her investigation. There, she met Af, the Angel of Destruction, who doesn’t really like to cause damage anymore, and becomes good friends with him. Besides that, she founds out that there are bound fallen angels on Amenity Tower trying to unbound themselves and bring the apocalypse to Pothole City. She then had to team up with a strange group to complete her mission and try to stop the chaos that is threatening to happen.
The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse is the first book of the Kelly Driscoll Series. It started real slow and most of the time I have no idea what was happening. But like I’ve said, it is somehow the weird sarcastic humor that helped me get through the craziness and confusion, and in the end, I enjoy it quite a bit. The single purpose angels are just so fun to read. The build up of the story took a long time, though, but when it does, everything clicks into place, and things make sense if only for a little. It slowly revealed Kelly’s past and what pushed her to hunt monsters. I’d say this is not a story most people would enjoy. But if you appreciate urban fantasy and have the patience for some dry humor, give this one a shot.
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