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4.0 out of 5 stars werewolves, vampires ( the delicious alec royce!!) and adventure..., 2 July 2013
This review is from: Forsaken by the Others (H&W Investigations Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
Forsaken By the Others (H&W Investigations) Jess Haines

ARC supplied by Netgalley for honest review.

I love urban/dystopian fantasy especially if it has a bit of romance in it. I'd read the first in this series when I originally stumbled on the genre a couple of years back when I ordered what I thought was a historical novel and it turned out to be fantasy.... Previously I'd never read this genre, assuming it was all Star Trek or middle earth Elves...how wrong I was! Anyway I didn't enjoy the first book, looking back it could be that the whole genre was just so new to me that I didn't absorb it properly. I do remember the delicious Alec Royce though (yum, a bad boy vampire is soo attractive), and if anything had tempted me into continuing with the series it would be him, so when I saw this book and that he was in it - I jumped at the chance to review.
Even though I've only read book one it wasn't difficult to pick up the storyline, Jess adds enough explanation without boring the reader so vis Shiarra's memories I was able to work out what had previously happened to a degree, and where it fitted within this book. I Loved Royce, but sadly he soon was off the scene except via a few phone calls :( As with most fantasy of this type Shiarra has problems caused by recent dealings with Others, and needs to get out of town along with her friend and business partner Sara for a while. Royce arranges for them to stay with another vampire in L.A.. All is not as it seems when they get there of course and Shiarra and Sara are plunged into further danger - they meet with a couple of acquaintances who help them, but its one rip roaring scenario after another - danger from the werewolves, danger from vampires and then danger from zombies and their necromancer master.
I enjoyed the book, it contains well thought out plots that join up perfectly and keep the reader guessing. I thought I'd guessed at the reason behind the Zombies but...I was only partway there - the answer was much more than I'd thought.
I loved the characters even though Shiarra annoyed me intensely at times - that doesn't matter, what does matter is that the people in a novel feel real, and then so does the action and danger. What I didn't like - arrgghhh a damn cliffhanger. I know its the lead in to the next book and the mysteries of this one are tied up neatly, but I just hate being left in limbo. It feels like I ought to still be reading. I can deal with lead-ins but not on this huge cliffhanger danger style :(
The book itself is well written and edited and a decent length at 352 pages. Priced at £3.72 its also excellent value, having enough in it to tempt the reader into re reads. Its definitely one for my keeper file. I'd like to go back now and read the books I've missed. and am so glad I gave the series a second chance. I think I'd enjoy book one so much more now I understand the genre better.
Stars: well i'd have gone for four and a half if not for that horrible hated cliffhanger at the end and the fact it'll be ages to wait before we find out what happens next...so I'm dropping half a star to give it four.
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