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Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines review

Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend - a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing - and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil - whether she likes it or not...

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 I almost missed these wonderful UF series, and I have no excuse why. So when this book was offered as a freebie on Amazon, of course I went and got it.

People, let me be frank. This is very good stuff. Funny, very easy to read, the characters are extremely likable. Royce and Chaz... yum! Some of the passages made me nostalgic, reminding of early Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan.

Shiarra has this unexplainable fear of vampires, she starts off as neurotic with a healthy dose of self-preservation.  In other words, she is not a tough bitch from Hell.

When she accepts the contract from a mage to find a powerful magical object, currently in vampire's possession, the girl knows she is in trouble up to her neck. Everyone is gunning for the magical object and wants her out of the way. The magi connected to the contract drop dead and mutilated.

The world building is very interesting. The Others - vampires, werewolves and magi aka leeches, furballs and sparks came out after 9/11 to help people to rebuild, and since then have been accepted as citizens with full rights and a few perks. I can't wait to read more about it.

I love how Shiarra's fear for her friends and loved ones gives her courage to stand up for them and for herself, plus she receives a magical vampire hunter belt with the spirit of an old vampire hunter inside, which provides some funny dialogues and interesting supernatural abilities for her.

I had loads of fun with this book and despite my trouble with writing a decent review (there was a lot of babbling! Pardon my excitement.) I hope I urged you enough to read the series and judge for yourself how good they are.
*feeling jittery*
A song to prove my incoherent state :)
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Книга читается на одном дыхании. весело, и прямо ностальгия меня замучила. Шиарра - главная героиня, напомнила мне чем-то раннюю Аниту. Она патологически не переносит вампиров, не может смотреть им в глаза, и всё же оказывается в самой гуще событий, где из трусихи и слабачки ей приходится быстренько стать дамой, способной кому угодно надрать задницу.

Шиарра вместе со своей лучшей подругой Сарой работает в частном детективном агенстве, которое они организовали. Сара больше работает с документацией, она - адвокат, А Шиарра бегает по различным злачным местам и выискивает пропавших родственников и изменяющих супругов. В мире, где они живут - Другие - маги, вампиры и вервульфы только недавно вышли на свет, но люди уже более-менее адаптировались и кое-как сосуществуют с Другими. мир очень интересный и полон оригинальных решений.

Один из магов нанимает Шиарру, чтобы найти определённый магический объект - фокус, с помощью которого его обладатель сможет контролировать вампиров и вервульфов. Маги подозревают, что фокус находится у Алека Ройса - удачливого бизнесмена, владеющего сетью ресторанов и ночных клубов, и древнего вампира.... Жан-Клод, кто-нибудь? :)

В то же время за фокусом начинают охотиться и остальные другие, Шиарра оказывается между двух огней по самое не хочу, и только опасность, угрожающая её родным и близким и специальный магический пояс с колами, в котором поселился дух старого охотника за вампирами, заставляют её превратится из невротички в боевую бабу.

Как я уже сказала, написано весело и легко, иногда даже напоминает Ким Харрисон, иногда Гамильтон, но без тяжёлой сексуальной подоплёки... Рекомендую всем!

Песня под моё сумасшедшее состояние (см.выше).



Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Great review! Read this one awhile back and totally love the series! Shiarra is definitely an interesting heroine. So can't wait to read more of this series! Glad you liked it as well!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I'm reading the second one now, Jessica! Have to catch up with everyone on the series... :)

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