Under a Spell

Under a Spell

by Hannah Jayne
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Under A Spell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slog of a read. Sophie seems to spend a good deal of time crying, complaining about how bad high school was for her, complaining about the men in her life and being a poor detective. Skimmed the last 100 pages or so just to get to the end.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Sophie Lawson an agent for the UDA (Underworld Detective Agency) is getting sent on her most dangerous assignment yet...she must go under cover as a substitute in her old high school. A magical immune human is a wonderful talent but can't keep Sophie from fallen victim to the mean girls. Sophie must discover who is sacrificing the students before the most recent girl is murdered to their evil plot. A horrifying betrayal might keep Sophie from stopping the impending apocalypse but she will do everything in her non-power to save the day. To top it all off, besides facing her old high school Sophie must traverse her relationships with Alex and Will. Although I found the “evil master minds” easy to pick out, I still enjoyed reading Sophie's exploits.  Under A Spell was an easy, entertaining and enjoyable read, Sophie's newest adventure will hit the spot for the paranormal fantasy reader who likes a little romance triangle on the side. I received this ARC copy of Under A Spell from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 6, 2013. Written by: Hannah Jayne Series: Underworld Detective Agency Sequence in Series: 5 Publisher: Kensington  Publication Date: August 6, 2013 ISBN-10: 0758281129 ISBN-13: 978-0758281128 Pages: 416 Rating: 3.75 Genre: Paranormal, SciFi, Fantasy Age Recommendation: Adult
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the series, and the second I have read. I read the fourth book Under the Gun but I think now I am done with this series. The good news is that this is a stand alone book, the mystery that needs to be solved is self contained, the relationships and past history among the character’s are clear. You will not feel left out at all. My main problem with this series is that Sophie, the lead, is one of the worst detective’s ever. And not in a fun Pink Panther kind of a way. She doesn’t have a firm grasp on how to investigate and is terrible about putting together clues. She is also constantly terrified. I’m not claiming that I would be brave if I had her job, but its time for her to put on her big girl panties and get to work. She is the daughter of a demon (who is most likely the Devil himself) and this is the fifth book so she should be way less jumpy. Also since she doesn’t have magic, super strength, or healing abilities so she needs to at least take some self defense classes. It’s the 21st century, we’re over the whole damsel in distress thing. And finally, Sophie has one super power. She is immune to magic. That’s the only reason why she has any business working at UDA. So why/how does she get enthralled by witches? More than once. The love triangle thing between Sophie, Will, and Alex is stupid. As I said I did not read the first three books. So I missed out on the budding love story. But Alex was completely M.I.A. in the fourth book, and made himself scarce in this book without explanation. Yet Sophie was so busy pining over the Alex, Will barely registered on her radar. Sophie doesn’t do anything outstanding in general for Will that would explain his infatuation with her. Which means Will must be some kind of closet masochist. The mystery wraps up, but there is kind of Scooby Doo “if it wasn’t for you meddling kid’s” vibe about it. My impression of this series is that it is some kind of disjointed soap opera, so unless I have absolutely nothing else to read and am bored out of my skull I don’t see myself reading the next book in this series.
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ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This is definitely part of a series, though I didn't know that when I picked it up from NetGalley. Sophie Lawson was pretty amusing as a character, though her snark got on my nerves. Anyone who knows me, knows I like snark and have snarkiness in my heroines. Unfortunately, Sophie was just waaaay over the top at times and places. There were a few times I almost gave up on the book. But, the overall story was intriguing enough that I ultimately couldn't put this book down and not finish it. As I said, I enjoyed it though had issues. One of my main issues, beyond Sophie's pretty constant whining about high school, was her absolute blind spot to the ultimate villain (okay, one of the two) in the book. From almost the beginning, it was pretty clear who one of them was, and almost no one looked twice at the individual. (Sorry, trying not to spoil this, because it's worth the read, but on the other hand, one of my major problems comes from the issue of one of the villains). I loved the secondary cast, from Sophie's two vampire roommates to her sexy Englishman Will and apparently a complicated relationship with an angel named Alex who works as a police officer. Some of Ms. Jayne's descriptions were hilarious and kept my attention even as I wanted to slap Sophie upside the head from time to time for being a ditz. This book rated 3 stars from me. I might pick up other books in the series because I'm curious about how things got to where they are, but on the other hand, I'm not positive how much of Sophie I could actually take in a single (or more) sitting(s). Thank you for letting me read this book, Kensington/Ms. Jayne.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
If this your first Underworld D. Agency book I would suggest reading a previous one [[ASIN:B004IWR3N8 Under Wraps: Underworld Detection Agency Series, Book 1]]. This can be read as a standalone book but some of the relationships are written in a way that presumes previous knowledge. Case in point would be Vlad and Kale. Their squabbling and interaction is described here and there with a few fractions of info, which doesn't really give any clear indication of why, when or what who did what to whom. So the reader has to fill in the gaps. The same goes for the attraction triangle a la Will-Sophie-Alex. Once again the reader doesn't really know why Alex is acting all huffy or why he insists on making annoyingly vague statements and flouncing off at every opportunity. In fact his flounces take priority over finding a missing teenager. The story started out slow and was a little disjointed here and there, but it picked up and was quite enjoyable. I think the author was trying a little too hard to keep it in the YA ball-park because the tone and behaviour of the characters swung like a pendulum. They switched from teen-tone to witty adult quips to squee moments and back again to sensible adults. Although I have to admit there were quite a few one-liners in there that made me chuckle. Overall I think the author needs to develop the main character more and have her actually take a few steps forward instead of treading the same path over and over again. Let her grow into the strong adult individual she can be instead of being the often obtuse and impulsive teen she acts like. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.
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ldosch More than 1 year ago
The UDA--Think DMV for the supernatural world.   Sophie has to face her biggest fear and its not vampires or zombies or werewolves.  It's the homecoming queen.  Sophie goes undercover to her old high school to try to find a missing girl. The Underworld Detection Agency thinks there is a Coven of Witches at work at the school and Sophie is the only one immune to magic.  Sophie would rather be chased by a rabid werewolf then walk the halls where the cool girls hang, but her boss, Pete Sampson, isn't giving her a choice. Det. Alex Grace, Sophie's personal fantasy, is working the case on behalf of the police and he isn't looking for Sophie's help. In fact, he is trying desperately to put distance between himself and Sophie and it's breaking her heart. I love Sophie Lawson and the Underworld Detection Agency.  Although this wasn't my favorite story.  I always enjoy spending an afternoon with Sophie, Nina and the gang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jayne does it again. Under a Spell will certainly put readers under Jayne's spell. Sophie goes back to high school to investigate a witches coven. Sophie's witty, sassy attitude get her through setbacks and keep the reader wanting more. Highly recommend this fun page turner.
Marina_Chappie More than 1 year ago
READ IT IN ONE SITTING Hannah Jayne has done it again. Under A Spell if the fifth installment in the UDA series and it did not disappoint. Sofie Lawson goes back to high school to uncover a witches coven and the love triangle between Will and Alex gets more complicated..and juicy. The wit, humor and zany antics that are now synonymous with Jayne's books was there in spades, a page turner from the start, making for a fun and entertaining read. Highly recommend
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Sophie Lawson is an investigator in the Fallen Angels Division of the Underworld Detection Agency.  She also happens to be the Vessel of Souls (or be the host for the Vessel of Souls), although not having read any other books in this series I’m not entirely sure exactly what that means.  It has something to do with holding all of the souls that are in limbo, but beyond that the book doesn’t really explain it.  For whatever reason, fallen angels are after the Vessel, which requires Sophie to have a Guardian.  For Sophie’s latest case, she has to do the unthinkable—go back to high school.  Girls have been disappearing for years from Mercy High, and now the UDA thinks a coven of witches may be to blame.  Can Sophie survive high school and a coven of teen witches?   This book reminded me of two other series that I have read.  One is Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan books.  Rachel is a witch, where Sophie is a non-magical human, but she works for an agency that deals with things that go bump in the night, she has a vampire roommate, she works with a pixie, and she even has red hair.  The other is Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series.  Charley is a private investigator who happens to see dead people (because she’s the Grim Reaper, which seems not a whole lot different from the “vessel of souls”).   For me, Sophie Lawson as a heroine falls somewhere in between these two other characters.  I don’t care much for Rachel Morgan—in fact, I haven’t finished reading that series and don’t know if I ever will because of my inability to find anything likable about her.  I love Charley Davidson and laugh maniacally the entire time I’m reading Jones’ books, and while Sophie Lawson is funny, she’s not THAT funny.  So that puts her squarely in the middle for me, which is not really a bad thing. There were a couple of things that bugged me. One, which I alluded to already, is that you are definitely at a disadvantage if you haven’t read any previous books in the series.  There’s a lot going on, such as the love triangle between Sophie, Will, and Alex, that you really don’t get a good idea about what’s happened before.  The whole Vessel of Souls thing, which I think is really important and actually figures into the resolution of the story in this novel, is really not explained in this novel for those of us not “in the know.”  Another thing that bothered me was that Will’s character seemed pretty inconsistent.  One minute he’s brushing off Sophie nearly getting killed, saying he’s only concerned about protecting her from fallen angels, while the next minute he gets mad at her for not calling him over to sift through police files about the case.  Does he want to be left alone or doesn’t he?