Review: Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

Review: Envy of Angels by Matt WallaceEnvy of Angels by Matt Wallace
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Pages: 227
Series: Sin du Jour #1
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on October 20th, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban, Humorous

In New York, eating out can be hell.

Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?

Welcome to Sin du Jour - where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.


"Matt Wallace tells a raucous, riotous tale of culinary madness - a jaw-dropping horror-fantasy restaurateur Thunderdome that makes the 'monkey brain' scene in Temple of Doom look like something you'd see on Nickelodeon. It's like I dropped a heroic dose of acid and turned on the Food Network for eight hours. It's funny and demented and sticks in you like a pinbone. Matt Wallace writes like someone just jammed a needle full of adrenaline in his heart - and then, in yours. From this point forward, I'll read anything this guy writes." — Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Zer0es

"No one makes me think, 'Dammit, I should have thought of that!' like Matt Wallace. The Sin du Jour series is something I read with equal amounts of envy and delight." — Mur Lafferty, Campbell Award winning author of The Shambling Guide to New York City

"Envy of Angels is one of the most original urban fantasies I've read in a damn long time. Angels, demons and the New York restaurant scene. It doesn't get any weirder than this. Matt Wallace is an author to watch." — Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things and Broken Souls

"Envy of Angels is exactly the breath of fresh air I didn't know I needed: darkly funny, sweepingly inventive, and just plain fun to read. Every time I thought I got the hang of this book, the next turn took me someplace even more breathtakingly weird and wonderful. Buy it. DO IT NOW. It's the only way we can force him to write a dozen more of these!" — Andrea Phillips, author of Revision

Looking for a quick read that is loads of fun? Give the above a try. Best friends and unemployed cooks Lena and Darren are job hunting after being exiled from every restaurant in New York City. They get an unbelievable offer to work on a trial basis with a famous chef, who is also willing to pay them and then some. They are asked to pass an audition to work the line, and that’s only the beginning of the unusual challenges they’ll face in joining the team at Sin du Jour.

The plot moves fast in this novella but is none the less the most entertaining story I’ve read in a long time. Wallace manages a fun, clever, fast moving plot that balances out absurdity and seriousness. Things escalate quickly, the bizarre building on the bizarre, for an absolute hilarious ride. I mean demons, angels, and chicken nuggets? What is not to love.

I look forward to reading the next Sin du Jour installment, Lustlocked, and hopefully the other two novellas picked up by to be released soon (hopefully).



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