Diaries of an Urban Panther

Diaries of an Urban Panther

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by Amanda Arista
     
 

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Violet Jordan Rule #1 of being a superhero: No tights.

Dear Diary,

By now you know I'm hardly a normal girl. Last night I woke up naked in an alley after fighting off some werewolves. All in a day's work, I guess. I thought I was dealing pretty well with the whole werepanther thing: the training, the apocalyptic prophecies. And the hot guy

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Violet Jordan Rule #1 of being a superhero: No tights.

Dear Diary,

By now you know I'm hardly a normal girl. Last night I woke up naked in an alley after fighting off some werewolves. All in a day's work, I guess. I thought I was dealing pretty well with the whole werepanther thing: the training, the apocalyptic prophecies. And the hot guy following me around, protecting me at every turn, is definitely a bonus. I'm even starting to become accustomed to the bloodshed and the violence—and that's what scares me. What will tomorrow bring…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062113160
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Series:
Diaries of an Urban Panther , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
238,262
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Amanda Arista was born in Illinois, grew up in Corpus Christi, and lives in Dallas, but her heart lies in London. When not writing, she often dreams of co-opening an evil bakery and selling despicable desserts. She spends her weekends writing at coffee shops, practicing for the day that caffeine intake becomes an Olympic sport, and plotting character demises.

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Diaries of an Urban Panther 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Romantic paranormal suspense readers are in for a tasty treat. I was simply wowed by the great world building, fascinating and convoluted characters and a many leveled plot that had me wide-eyed with appreciation through most, if not all, of this book by a new-to-me author. Ms. Arista has presented me with a new addiction and it's all because she created an awesome heroine named Violet Jordan. One of the things that painted a vivid picture in my mind about the heroine was her self-references to Star Wars. I giggled and snickered but I got the point, and it played well into the dynamics of her character and her relationship with one of the important secondary characters, her best friend, Jenna. Violet is the focus of the tale and it's told in her point of view. Everything I learned about the rules of engagement was gleaned when she figured things out, or when they were revealed on a need to know basis. Just like in real life, nothing is made easy or clean or without cost and that certainly applies to this story. The price is oftentimes high but with every scary or horrible thing that happens, I watched Violet grow stronger, her purpose solidify and her self esteem soar. Sure, it gets battered and smacked around a bit but that's par for the course for a supernatural Xena on a mission. I enjoyed that whole process of her coming to terms that she even has a mission - she's a scary movie writer for goodness sakes, not a heroine. But ultimately, that is what Violet is; a heroine with a heart. The hero of the story is Charles Garrett, a/k/a Chaz. Oh, does he ever have a chip on his shoulder. He's the classic mystery guy who comes to her rescue whether Violet wants him to or not. He's not even sure why he's involved until later on in the book. Even the good guys aren't given all the facts, which of course compromises how effective they are at the job they're sent to do. I am still not exactly sure about all the things that Chaz can do because I think the author only shared enough of what makes the hero tick to get him through this story alive and with Violet learning to trust him. There is so much more to this man that I am totally sucked into rooting for him and am enamored of his many talents. He's a fighter, a cook, a domestic god and a heck of a kisser. He's also lonely, with vengeance tormenting his heart. The best thing that ever happened to him was Violet, even when she drives him crazy and exasperates him no end. There is plenty of humor sprinkled throughout this story as well as other secondary characters that give the tale flavor and substance. Each one plays a role in helping Violet learn about herself and glean important information that will affect her future. Some are good and some are bad and some secondary characters are icky nasty. Ms. Arista even threw me a curve ball with one of the bad guys. It was shocking and very well written. I never suspected a thing and when it was revealed, I was just has miffed as Violet was. Okay, perhaps not as strong as that. I mean, the heroine lived the tale so it personally made her fur stand on end whereas I could only commiserate with what she must have been feeling. The author did a wonderful job in getting me to care and connect with her characters, can you tell? Read the full Review at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
kah9932 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book even thought I was a bit skeptical. I've learned that sometimes writers will pepper bad books with good reviews. However, this book was more then a pleasant surprise. There was just enough of everything to make this book a winner, just enough magic, just enough action, just enough steamy sex and just enough plot twists, like a well balanced meal. This is a very good book for a good price.
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had been looking forward to it since I read about it a few months ago and other than an editing issue that got a little annoying, it did not disappoint. Violet is a B-horror movie writer who fled LA after a bad breakup in the hopes of starting over again in Dallas. She has no living family and the only person in her life is her best friend, Jessa. Violet is a snarky, coffee addicted loner who has always felt like she was on the outside looking in. After a night out with Jessa, Violet gets attacked and has her life turned upside down. Everything she's known in her life is now being questioned; there's more to the fairy tales her mother told her at bedtime, the boy she thought was stalking Jessa is actually a guardian sent to protect her and Jessa isn't who Violet thought she was. Violet takes to the supernatural world easily but quickly learns that her boring life isn't going to stay boring for long. She has a destiny and it's a big one. This is a great beginning to an urban fantasy series, the character development was good, there was lots of action and though there wasn't much in the romance department (which is typical in UF) the buildup between Violet and Chaz AKA Stalker Boy was believable and I enjoyed the outcome. I've read other reviews talking about Violet being unlikable but I disagree. Maybe it was her snarky attitude, maybe it was her nerdy comic references, maybe it was the coffee addiction, maybe it was the fact that I grew up watching USA Up All Night. Maybe? Who am I kidding, I think it's all of the above. I really liked Violet and it was fun to see her come in to her powers and grow as a character. I look forward to reading about Violet fulfilling her destiny.
cinnf More than 1 year ago
Being a proofreader, the glaring spelling, context errors and incorrect or lack of punctuation made it really hard to read. This author could be one of the great ones, but needs definite assistance with proofreading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Amanda Arista's tying the fey into the mix with the heroin making them BFF's. It will make an interesting growth to the characters as the future stories unfold from this arthors very caffenated mind. I found the first book too short but that is just because my appetite for more gave me the munches. This book has my recommendation as it is a stepping stone to greater story telling.
BookDilettante More than 1 year ago
Amanda's got me hooked! I love Violet and Chaz and the rest of the gang. I hope she continues and makes this into a series like Sherrilyn Kenyon has done with the Dark-Hunters universe.
Angela_ID More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't buy this because it's written in first person, which I hate, but I'm so glad I did! It really was fantastic. This paranormal puts a bit of a twist on the typical shapeshifter stories and that added to the interest. I couldn't put it down. It was a joy to go along for the ride as Violet discovered her inner vixen and her own unique brand of beauty. As for Chaz, he's got so much more going on than merely being an uber sexy hunk o' man. Buy it, read it. I promise, it won't be a waste. ;)
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Loved this book! Couldn't put it down. On to number 2... then 3..... Keep them coming !
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Enjoyed the series can't waitto see whats next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Urban Panther Series rocks.! WOW I couldn't put this book down. Waiting for future books. This author has something good going!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first one and just had to read the other two.
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MistReader More than 1 year ago
Excellent
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This story grabbed my attention from the start and can't wait for the next story.
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