Jordan Amador. 21. New Yorker. Waitress. Mild alcoholic. Murderer.
Two years ago, Jordan accidentally shot and killed a Seer: a person who can see, hear, and talk to ghosts with unfinished business. Her crime came with a hefty price, too. She has two years to help a hundred souls cross over to the afterlife or her soul is bound for hell. Tough break.
As if that weren’t bad enough, two days before her deadline a handsome pain-in-the-ass poltergeist named Michael strolls into her life. His soul is the key to her salvation, but the cost just might be more than she can handle. Solving his death puts her right in the crosshairs of Belial: a vain, bloodthirsty archdemon who won’t rest until she’s his slave. Can she rescue Michael and save her own soul, or will they both be dragged down into the clutches of the eternal black parade?
When I began this book, I felt sorry for Jordan. Being constantly searching and helping ghost solve their deaths and move on is a tough gig. The more I learned about her past, I understand why she is forced to help them. Not to mention being stuck helping a new poltergeist who throws her into an even deeper well of trouble.
Ok, I have to admit, I actually had a teeny-tiny crush on Michael the poltergeist. The moment he came onto the scene, he captured my attention and I wanted to help him as much as possible. The writing in this is impeccable and the characters are lovable. Jordan is not your average main character. She’s diverse, stands out, and brings her own personality to the table. Worth a read!
Short stories from The Black Parade series.
Michael O’Brien. 24. New Yorker. Musician. Archangel in charge of Heaven’s army.
It’s been centuries since Michael stayed on Earth for an extended amount of time. Now he’s here because of Jordan Amador–a Seer who helped him restore his life and memories and thwart the archdemon Belial from taking over the city. With Jordan on Belial’s hit list, Michael decides to stick around and live out life alongside her as her friend and temporary bodyguard. But, as the days pass, he finds it harder to resist the seven deadly sins that tempt all men. Especially as he and Jordan grow closer fighting the demons that want her almost as much as he does…
This collection takes place in the two month period in The Black Parade between Book 2 and 3.
Happy(ish) Valentine’s Day – A humorous short story of the first couple months of Jordan and Michael’s marriage.
Matrimony – A short story that takes place between Chapter 37 and the epilogue of The Holy Dark.
Town Without Pity – A short story about the daughter of the Wolfman on vacation in Transylvania.
Reduction – A vignette about two friends who want more than friendship.
The Cage – A vignette from the perspective of Andrew Bethsaida from The Black Parade.
The Predator – A horror-centric short story told from the perspective of the archdemon Belial. Takes place during She Who Fights Monsters, so beware major spoilers.
*Sigh* Michael, good ole Michael! These set of short stories fill in the blanks in between books and the backgrounds of secondary characters to pair alongside the seven deadly sins. It’s almost like you’re getting to know extended family through in-depth snippets of their lives while delving into the sins which plague humans and temptations toward the heavenly host.
I read each of these short stories in accordance to where they fit into the story line. It made things easier and less hectic. My favorite one of them all would have to be Happy(ish) Valentine’s Day. Jordan and Michael’s relationship is further explored and I can’t get enough of them together!
The dynamic supernatural duo of Seer Jordan Amador and her husband the archangel Michael are in the middle of trying to solve a deadly case. Someone is methodically hunting down and murdering Seers one by one. After six months with no leads on the killer, Jordan and Michael are forced to work with their worst enemy—the archdemon Belial: a self-professed Prince of Hell who is dead set on stealing Jordan for himself. However, with the archdemon’s help, they pick up on the trail of the serial killer and plan to stop him no matter what the cost.
When the shocking truth behind the murderer’s identity is revealed, Jordan begins asking herself if she is still fighting for the good guys or has she become one of the monsters she is desperately trying to stop?
Each of these books seem to get better. This time around, we are standing with Jordan and Michael on their quest to figure out who is murdering Seers. Also strangely enough someone from Jordan’s path appears and throws a kink in Jordan’s personal journey. Throw in the love triangle with Belial and you have yourself a thrilling sequel.
As you know, I despise love triangles, but Kyoko makes it work for this series. The excitement and tension between characters has increased ten-fold that you can’t put the book down. A sequel worth it’s placement in this series and much better than the first installment.
Sarcastic demon-slayer extraordinaire Jordan Amador has been locked in a year-long struggle to hunt down the thirty silver coins paid to Judas Iscariot. The mere touch of these coins is enough to kill any angel.
Jordan’s demonic opposition grows more desperate with each coin found, so they call on the ultimate reinforcement: Moloch, the Archdemon of War. Moloch puts out a contract on Jordan as well as her estranged husband, the Archangel Michael. Now Jordan and Michael will have to find a way to work together to survive against impossible odds and stop Moloch’s plan, or else he’ll wage a war that will wipe out the human race.
You never know how much you love and truly need a specific person in your life till danger is thrown in your way and they are the only one who can get you through it. Michael and Jordan are forced back together in order to survive a contract on both of them. Not only that, but Jordan is on a mission to uncover the pieces of silver Judas Iscariot was given in exchange for the betrayal of Jesus. Talk about a whole bowl of crazy in one book.
All tears shed for these two are well worth it. Jordan has made foolish decisions in the past without fully dealing with the consequences up until recently. Now, it’s time to pay the piper and Michael to unite with his soulmate in order to survive. Pack your tissues, you’re going to need them.
Seer and demon slayer Jordan Amador has had it rough lately: separated from her husband the archangel Michael, hated by the angels who think she betrayed them, hunted by demons who want her dead or enslaved, and rejected by her friends and family for lying to them. Disgraced and miserable, she’s all but ready to lay down and die until another Seer named Myra Bennett saves her life. Myra gives Jordan a new mission: to wipe out a nest of demons that are terrorizing her family as well as the innocent people of Houston, Texas.
Jordan goes undercover to infiltrate the demons’ nest and figure out how to eliminate them. Meanwhile, she’s locked in a deadly game with the archdemon Belial, who constantly visits her night after night in her dreams to convince her to give him her soul. Between the insanely gorgeous, but dangerous archdemon poking around in her head and the vicious creatures surrounding her, she’s not sure how much longer she can survive.
Oh man, again, Jordan finally pays the piper in this one. Consequences rise from the ashes for her, but she is given a chance to make a turn around. Belial, again, attempts to tempt her which at this I want to sock him. That guy is relentless and needs to shut up! But, I digress, things happen for a reason.
Will Jordan survive? Will she finally not jump before looking? No spoilers here, but you need to read this!
Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology.
When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.