Forsaken by the Others

Forsaken by the Others

by Jess Haines
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Forsaken By the Others 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say Wow! Is that an awesome cover or what? My personal favorite out of the whole series at the moment. This time around, Shia leaves her old stomping ground for a change of scenery in Los Angeles. Royce convinces her that a temporary relocation would keep her out of trouble… but this is Shiarra Waynest we’re talking about, and she has an almost supernatural talent for stepping out of the frying pan and landing right in the middle of the fire. And by fire, I mean feuding vampires and zombies. Because of the new locale, fans of Royce might be a little disappointed because he’s only in the opening chapters. After that, he’s just a voice on the phone. However, Royce makes the most of the time he does have, with him and Shia sharing some of the most passionate and emotional moments of the series so far. Royce’s foolproof (??) plan consists of Shia and Sara going to LA and staying with Clyde Seabreeze, a vampire that rules the area who happens to owe Royce a favor or two. Of course, Clyde immediately decides to ignore some of the ground rules and puts the two detectives to work for him. The case they have to solve? Find out who’s responsible for the zombies in the area and discover why that person is using the zombies to kill Clyde’s people, and only Clyde’s people. Other vampires, werewolves, and humans are of no interest to the zombies, but that doesn’t make things any less nerve-wracking when the walking dead are on the scene. Another new vampire to enter the scene is Jimmy Thrane, a vampire that has somehow managed to carve out his own little mini-kingdom right in the middle of Clyde’s territory. Jimmy is… ummm… interesting, to say the least. It’s safe to say you’ve never encountered a vampire like him and I was a little disappointed that he didn’t play a larger role in the book. However, I have fingers crossed that we haven’t seen the last of Karaoke-loving Jimmy and his merry band of vampire followers. The conclusion of the story offered a few surprises, which was nice because I was certain I had figured out how things were going to play out. I was right about a couple of things but was still plenty shocked by some of the events that occurred, and as usual, Jess is a master of leaving readers wanting more. The H&W Investigations series continues to be a must-read for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Shia gets out of the new mess she finds herself in.
magoo1516 7 months ago
another great addition to the series. this series and this author is an automatic buy for me now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading and wanting more
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dsubsits More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has gotten progressively better after a "just okay" debut. But what I had come to think of as a sleeper hit took a decided nap with Forsaken. We are launched back to the beginning: new town, new cast, new monsters, a slew if episodic issues, and a "just okay" feeling. Perhaps after the previous novel's stunning ending I had raised my expectations too high. But this is decidedly a bridge novel (or at worst, filler) between where we were and where things get interesting again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. Excellent continuation and development of characters. Shia, Alex, Devon, Sara & Max all create a very enjoyable book. Definately read as part if the others series. This book is not a stand alone book. I can't wait to find out what happens to shia and Sara next.
TSteiner More than 1 year ago
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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arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th in the H&W Investigations series. The main character, Shiarra (Shia) Waynest, finds herself in less than ideal circumstances after events from the previous novels in the series that are never quite explained in this one. As best I can gather, she had at some point been infected by a werewolf as well as bound to a vampire. The vampire thing prevented her from becoming a werewolf, but she is still going through some kind of strange, rare, and quite messy transformation. As a result of previous events, she is on the run from a variety of groups, including the human police. At the insistence of her vampire master/boyfriend, Alec Royce, she is sent from New York to California, along with her partner Sara, for their own protection to stay with another vampire, Clyde Seabreeze. But Clyde has something a bit different in mind for the two private investigators. Can they find off necromancers, zombies, and vampires to find out who is friend and who is foe? I found myself confused throughout much of this book because, as mentioned above, events that occurred in previous novels in the series are alluded to but never explained, even briefly, so that those of us who did not read them could at leave have some level of understanding about what happened. That could have been accomplished in a few paragraphs here and there, and it would have made things make a whole lot more sense and also, I think, have allowed a better connection with the characters. It's hard to sympathize with Shia, for example, when she whines about past events if we don't really know what those events were. The end of the book is definitely a cliff-hanger. If you like nice, neat resolutions to any part of a story at the end of a book, you won't find them here. I liked it well enough to perhaps go back at some point and read the first volumes, but I would definitely have to do that before I could move on to number 6.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
payton_sage More than 1 year ago
Shia and Sara are still on the run in "Forsaken By Others".  These two can not catch a break.  Barely reunited, they are told that the safest place for them to hide out is LA in the home of one of Royce's allies.  Little does Royce know that Clyde has problems of his own.  Shia and Sara are asked to investigate a zombie invasion that  is targeting Clyde's progeny.  They know that  something is seriously wrong, but are fairly helpless to do anything about it other than to investigate. Overall, I enjoyed this novel.  It was a great addition to the series.   Now for the Positive and Negatives (warning there might be some spoilers listed below.) Positive: Shia's mental state becomes more stable.  She's dealing with a lot, but is doing her best to improve. Shia and Sara stick together   We find out what has been going on with Devin and Tiny. There will be at least one more novel in this series.  I thought this was going to be the last one, however I was wrong. A lot of threads have been left open, so anything goes during the next book.   Negatives Shia didn't seem all that upset when she was told that her father had a heart attack. We still don't know the final verdict with wither or not Shia will turn Other.    I HATE  cliff hanger endings.  I thought that the ending was a bit predictable.  I kind of figured out that something like that was going to happen from the moment Fabian's character was introduced.    Having to wait at least another year before the next novel comes out.