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  • Posted September 24, 2013

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    Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines Having stirred things up

    Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

    Having stirred things up in New York, Shiarra Waynest’s life is in danger.   Vampire, Alex Royce, sends Shiarra and her business partner, Sara Halloway, to L.A. to lay low while he tries to fix matters back at home.  Royce has them stay with one of his most powerful allies Clyde Seabreeze.  

    Simultaneously, Shiarra is fighting a strange strand of lycanthropy that leaves black goo coming out of eyes and ears.

    While in California, Clyde hires Shiarra and Sara to investigate the zombies that have been infesting L.A. and killing off vampires of Clyde’s bloodline.

    I read this book in the series first and had no problem following the story.  It was entertaining and original.  It does end with a cliffhanger that makes you anxious to read the sequel.  Having enjoyed the novel, I do want to go back and read the other four books – preferably in order.

    ARC provided by publisher  via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    3.5 Stars. Forsaken by the Others is not a book that reads as a

    3.5 Stars.

    Forsaken by the Others is not a book that reads as a standalone.  People who pick it up should most definitely be up to date and ready to jump right in.  It starts right from where Stalking the Others ends.  If you have not read any of the other books in the H&W Investigations series…Do Not Pass Go.  Turn right around and get caught up first.  

    I apologize right from the start.  This might be a spoiler and trust me I’m not a fan of them, but you can read any other review and it was said long before me; no, no, and NO!!  I was glad I missed the cliffhanger from one of the prior books, because I was late to the series and had to play catch-up.  I’m very disappointed that this one ended in yet another one.  Cliff hangers are not cool, especially when another book is not even on the horizon yet and this book was about a year from the last one.  This was my biggest complaint, but I have other points that bugged me.  Leave me wanting, but not like this.

    While I enjoyed the book, there was very little forward movement in the plot.  Yes, you seen a bit of Shiarra’s “problem” manifest, but no reasons why or what.  Yes, a character is healed, but we didn’t even know there was a problem to begin with.  So she hid out in California.  Not sure if I really understand the reasoning, but there we are.  Now she is there and it seems none of the issues in New York are going to be resolved and she has left TONS of them behind.  Several factions were introduced and I feel they were barely utilizes to their fullest potential.  I can pretty much say that most of the main characters are new additions and seem to be sticking around for a while.  Not sure how I feel about that yet.  I missed the “oldies” and wanted to read more about them.  Bummer.

    Shiarra actually transgressed in her kick-ass heroine status in my opinion.  She was rather weak and well “human” in the beginning novels.  She rocked my world in the last one, but after all is said and done; we are back to square one.  I will say that she is coming off a very traumatic month and anyone would curl up into a little introspective ball, but she was so darn awesome last book.  Again – Bummer.

    I know it sounds like I didn’t like the novel, I did enjoy the read, but in its addition to the series, I didn’t.  Some good points are that we got to see what happened with Royce.  Sara and Shiarra are reunited, along with some memorable White Hats.  The story clipped right along.  There were also some scenes that had me chucking.  I really love when a book makes me laugh.  

    Ms. Haines wrote a great book, but left me wanting.  I really hope we see progression in the next novel.  I’m still looking forward to next book.  I hope the wait isn’t too long.  I really enjoy her writing style and the H&W Investigations series.  This is the kind of urban fantasy that I enjoy; fantastic paranormal world setting, interesting characters and amazing storytelling.  Keep it up Ms. Haines!

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    Royce wants Shia and Sara to temporarily relocate to LA. Tension

    Royce wants Shia and Sara to temporarily relocate to LA. Tension is high and Royce feels it will be better for Shiarra if she “disappears” until things cool down. Royce makes arrangements for Shia and Sara to stay with an associate that “owes him one”. His associates name is Clyde.

    Clyde instantly starts playing vampire games and even though Shia tries to show him she’s got her own bite, he doesn’t seem to care. Clyde ultimately finagles, Sara and Shia into an investigation that just might get them both killed. It seems there is a Necromancer killing off all of Clyde’s vampires with zombies.

    If that wasn’t enough, something dark is trying to break free from Shia. She is oozing black just under her skin. No one is sure what she will become if she gives in.

    This is a well developed story that will keep your attention from start to finish. Action, adventure, mystery, a little romance, with just the right amount of funny, and very interesting characters, I truly enjoyed reading Forsaken by the Others. What an ending...way to leave us wanting more! In the end, Forsaken by the Other is an enchanting and entertaining story that will pull you into the fabulous world of Jess Haines’ imagination.

    I received this ARC copy of Forsaken by the Others from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 2, 2013.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    A Great Addition to the Series!

    What is the world coming to when zombies attack vampires? Private Investigator Shiarra Waynest is having a tough life right now. Imagine, waking up next to a master vampire, feeling not so good AND having a sore neck. Oh, and two of the strongest werewolf packs are after you. Not good. At the suggestion and under the protection of hot vampire, Alec Royce, Shiarra and her partner, Sara, hide out on the West Coast for a while in the company of some “uniquely quirky” California vamps. Big Problem. The West Coast vamps are being attacked by zombies and someone has to be controlling them. To wait purpose? In a world filled with Others, life for these P.I.s has just gotten more precarious as they stumble through the maze of their current plight and right into a villain from the past.

    Forsaken by the Others by Jesse Haines has all of the action, adventure and sarcastic wit of the previous books in this series! From page one Jesse Haines has us on the edge of our seats, with her sharp-edged, no nonsense writing technique and sense of the dramatic ! Her characters have fully-developed attitudes that loom large and caused me many-a-chuckle throughout! Each subplot is more like a detour into the strange and dangerous, and the girls are up for it! Talk about powerful characters!

    I received this ARC copy of Forsaken by the Others from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: July 2, 2013.

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