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Urban Fantasy Review: Forsaken by The Others by Jess Haines

Forsaken by The Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #5)

Egalley thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

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While I enjoyed the last two book of the series - Deceived by The Others and Stalking The Others immensely, I had a feeling that Forsaken by The Others was a book between books to get to a necessary new development in the plot.

I did enjoy it, but perhaps not as much as I expected to. 

Shiarra and Sara are sent to Los Angeles to hide with a local master vampire while Royce is trying to sort the mess out left by Shia's belt back in New York. Instead of well deserved vacation the girls are thrown straight into another crazy situation, forced to investigate a necromancer who is using zombies to kill off vampires in the area.

Sara and Shia have to follow the trail of zombie parts (gross as it may sounds) and use old-fashioned powers of deduction and lots of legwork. They have to talk to all the crazies in town - the werewolves, the White Hats and one really wacky master vamp, and these are the parts I really enjoyed reading. It was great two see these two gals working together as detectives. Sara also got some well-deserved attention at last, because she had to reveal problems she's been struggling with since Shia got involved with the Others.

There is great humour and snarkiness which Jess Haines does so well, but there is also a very rushed plot development and a grand cliffhanger in the end, so be ready for a shocker. Another thing I did not agree with is Royce unwillingness to take the girls problems seriously and send some help. I definitely wasn't happy with his response, but this might be just my quirk. *wink*

Overall, it's a very decent and fun story which you'll be able to read really fast as long as you're aware that it's a filler.

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Нормально книга читается, но учтите, что у меня впечатление, что Заброшенная Другими - это книга между книгами, чисто для развития сюжета из пункта А в пункт Б. Я была неприятно поражена, потому как последние две книги у Джесс Хейнс были довольно сильными.

После того, как у Шиарры отобран пояс охотника, Ройс остаётся распутывать проблемы которых она насоздавала за месяц в Нью-Йорке, и отсылает Шиу вместе с Сарой прятаться у мастера вампира Лос-Анжелеса.

Девочки рассчитывают на хороший отпуск, но не тут-то было. С первой встречи с вампиром, он шантажирует их, чтобы они взялись найти некроманта, который напускает на вампиров мастера своих зомби.

Что мне очень понравилось в книге это то, что Шиарре и Саре приходится использовать старомодные методы детективной работы, чтобы распутать дело - то есть, она бегают по городу и разговаривают со свидетелями, а потом сидят дома и пытаются найти связные точки между той информацией, что они насобирали.

В итоге, и Сара и Шиарра успевают подвергнуться атаке зомби, поговорить с психованным вампиром, Белыми Шляпами и передать сумасшедшему вервульфу печеньки от его подопечной  Нью-Йорке. И весёлый диалог и такие характерные для автора саркастичные замечания персонажей присутствуют, однако книга очень коротка и чувствуется, что сюжет очень поторопили.

В конце как обычно, грандиозный клиффхангер, так что готовьтесь. В общем, ничего, но могло быть и лучше.


Aurian said...

Nice review Kara, I am still a book behind in this series, but hope to read it soon.

Blodeuedd said...

It was good...and evil! But yes maybe NOT as good

Melliane said...

you're right, but it was a nice one. I had a problem with the spin off but I was happy to like this one.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

ah the change of arc book, I am glad you still enjoyed it. I really should read this series

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