The Vicious Circuit Series – Robert Brockway

So, instead of spamming you with three posts in a row, I’m going to give you one long post with my reviews!

Thank you to Tor Books for the copies of this horror punk series in exchange for my honest review.

THE VICIOUS CIRCUIT SERIES:

THE UNNOTICEABLES (Book One)

THE EMPTY ONES (Book Two)

KILL ALL ANGELS (Book Three)

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THE UNNOTICEABLES – My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

What happens when you combine horror, urban fantasy, and the punk rock scene? You get THE UNNOTICEABLES by Robert Brockway. Right away, I loved the unique premise – angels are not the loving and watchful creatures that we think they are. In fact, they are quietly observing us and waiting for their moment to solve the problem, but we’re that “problem”. “There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It’s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands. We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.”

We got back and forth between Carey in a 1977 New York City, and Kaitlyn in 2013 Hollywood. Things start to get sketchy in the punk scene of 1977 – Carey’s friends and others are beginning to get snatched up. There are whispers of “Tar Men” in the sewers and out of place kids with unnoticeable and undefinable features abducting others. Carey is sick of seeing those around him disappearing or dying, so he decides to do something about it.

In 2013, Kaitlyn is a struggling stunt-woman in Hollywood. Desperately trying to make a name for herself she frequents Hollywood parties to mingle. One night she meets her childhood celebrity crush, Marco. Later that night, she and Marco are alone in his car, and to her surprise, he attacks her. Turning into something inhuman, Kaitlyn barely makes it out with her life. She soon discovers that her best friend has gone missing from the same party.

Despite there being just the two main point of views, there’s a third one that is dispersed throughout the book. This unnamed character has brief chapters and insights about their transformation. These definitely caused some confusion at first, but as the book progresses it will slowly begin to come together!

Overall, I loved the characters and the premise. You always see angels as these sacred beings that are watching over us and protecting us. Well, that’s couldn’t be further from the truth. Brockway weaves these timelines together perfectly and I couldn’t wait to discover the connection between Carey and Kaitlyn! The dark humor, horror, and fantasy elements mesh together so well and I can’t wait to dive into book two.

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THE EMPTY ONES – My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

Picking up right where THE UNNOTICEABLES left off, I dove right into THE EMPTY ONES by Robert Brockway. It’s always such a treat when a series continues just as strong as the first book. It’s arguable that this one is better than the first – it’s got the wicked humor, it moves fast and aggressive, and there are new elements added to the mix!

It’s 1978, Carey’s main mission in life is now revenge. He and Randall survived the war against the cult of the Unnoticeables, Empty Ones, angels, and the Tar Men. They lost more of their friends in the battle, but Carey has become determined to hunt down the immortal Empty One. His mission brings him to London, England. As he quickly discovers, London’s punk scene is also plagued by the same kids with unnoticeable and undefinable features, but they call them the Faceless. Carey and Randall are introduced to Meryll and she is a force to be reckoned with. She is part of an underground resistance group against the Faceless and recruits the boys to help.

It’s 2013, and Kaitlyn is struggling again. In the first book, she, Carey (who is now a hobo in his older age), and her friend Jackie all worked together to fight an angel. In this timeline, Kaitlyn is also trying to track down an Empty One – Marco, her former childhood celebrity crush, and the man who tried attacking her. The trio tries to keep a low-profile and are on the run, but when she finds out that Marco is filming in Mexico, they head south of the border to find him.

I loved that this continued with the two perspectives and timelines. I think that in this installment, Carey really stole the show as a standout character. Seeing him in the present and then experiencing his past events in tandem was a unique approach and really helped build his character. Just like with book one, this one was full of dark humor, gritty, and scary.

Overall, if you like the punk scene, angels and demons, and want some humor with your horror, then you need to get the Vicious Circuit series! I’m going straight into book three – the concluding chapter to the trilogy!

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KILL ALL ANGELS – My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

The concluding chapter to this gory, gritty, horror series! I highly recommend picking up books one and two (THE UNNOTICEABLES and THE EMPTY ONES) because this is not a standalone. I read this entire trilogy right in a row and I loved every page of it.

Carey and Randall have now made it to LA during the height of the 80’s punk scene. They get mixed into Chinatown and they encounter a young Chinese girl who is an Empty One. She runs things in this area and Zang, an Empty One and her ex-boyfriend, is turning against her. Carey and Randall need to determine whether or not he is on their side.

Kaitlyn, Carey, and Jackie have returned to LA. Kaitlyn has been having visions telling her to kill all of the angels – but in order to do so they need to find a new angel. Will they be able to find them and be able to kill them all?

I don’t want to give away too much more for those that haven’t read the series or that are waiting to read book three. This series got better and better! I said it in my other reviews and I’ll say it again, the unique premise is what had me hooked from page one (in book one!). This book doens’t hold back with the gore, grit, and dark humor that the other two have. Talk about a way to go out in a series.

Overall, if you’ve read books one and two, then what are you waiting for? If you’re debating picking this series up, I have one question. Do you like a funny side to your horror stories? If you said yes, then go get book one!

 

 

You seriously need to go pick up this series!

–Jess

 

 

 

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