Review: You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

Posted 12 May, 2011 by Amanda / 5 Comments

You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister  (Aisling Grey, #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Finished Reading: 5/10/2011
In six words: The Stephanie Plum of urban fantasy

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Book Order

1) You Slay Me
2) Fire Me Up
3) Light My Fire
4) Holy Smokes


Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she’s a Guardian. That’s a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don’t know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who’s scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

The title is what drew me in, and I made the mistake of starting this book at about 10:45pm.  By 1:15am, I had to forcibly remove myself from my Kindle and go to sleep even though I would have much rather finished the book.  It made me giggle and reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.  It was a fun, fresh read.  Though on a side note: what is the difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy?  Most of what I’ve read deals with the plot line, but there’s so much room for overlap.  I’ve also read that paranormal romance is written in third person, and urban fantasy in first.  That’s what I’m going with here since it’s the easiest.  Feel free to correct me.

A More In-Depth Look

Aisling Grey is clueless.  But she doesn’t let it stop her from diving head first into a world she had only partially studied but did not believe in.  With a cast out demon named Jim–in dog form, no less–as her sidekick, she sets out to solve some murders, and most importantly, get her package back.  Despite the fact there were murders to solve, this book felt light-hearted, probably because of how Aisling bumbled through it all and the humor.  She constantly gets in over her head, trusts the wrong people, but manages to come through in the end.  All the bumbling and humor remind me of Stephanie Plum, and I love Stephanie Plum.

It was hard to put this book down.  I needed to be entertained, and entertained I was.  It was not gripping, but it was a lot of fun, and as soon as I finish this review, I’m reading the next book.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

If you like Stephanie Plum, this book may be up your alley.  Or if you just need a good laugh.


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5 Responses to “Review: You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister”

  1. Hmm… well, I could be wrong because I don’t read much UF, but from the few I have read, there seems to be more of a focus on a bad-ass chick kicking butt and ‘romance’ is only a very small part of the story, sometimes it doesn’t even come into play.

    With a PNR, true and eternally love will be found by the end of the story.

    Seems like it was a good thing you lost a bit of sleep over this one!

    • Thanks Missie – that explanation has probably made the most sense to me yet. And yes, I lost sleep, but I got a lot of laughter out of the deal, which is just as important, I’d say. :)