Haunted Mass Market Paperback – Aug 28 2012
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“Anna is a great character.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“There are more books about young female vampires...but it’s safe to say Anna Strong is contending for leader of the pack.”—The Denver Post
“[Anna is] a heroine with the charm, savvy and intelligence that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison will be happy to root for.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jeanne C. Stein is currently at work on the next Anna Strong novel.
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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Haunted from the Publisher for review. I settled in with the tale on a trip out of town and almost missed several set meet up times because I couldn't put it down!
Haunted is basically an action movie set to paper with a leading lady to rival Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie, or any of the other action heroines out there that we so love.
Our favorite gun-toting, 'what you see is what you get' PI/Vampire is thrown into a devastatingly dangerous situation with her friend and shapeshifter Culebra and ex and DEA agent Max. What starts out as a favor for a friend, turns into a huge ordeal full of Mexican drug cartels, child sex/slavery rings, and more. It's one hurdle after another for Anna and her gang, and NOTHING is as it seems!
During the ordeal, Anna & Culebra gain a few unexpected allies and new friends, Max proves that he's not quite the jerk that we thought he was, Anna makes sacrifices yet again to save her friends and the innocent, and in the end... the good guys win... um... sort of.
This book was intense and the end had my heart rate elevated immensely and a look of utter shock on my face. I can't tell you more without ruining it, but it was OH SO GOOD!!
Haunted was action packed, emotion filled, & utterly fantastic!! While I suggest reading the entire series, Haunted can definitely be read as a stand alone novel.
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Haunted 5 Skulls and would recommend it to everyone! Urban Fantasy lovers need to check into the Anna Strong Chronicles, it's a journey you won't regret!
Anna is one of my favorite heroines. I always enjoy seeing others underestimate Anna and her coming in to kick their asses. I do miss seeing Anna doing her bounty hunting. She is hunting someone in HAUNTED but I miss her working with her partner and I hope he is back to being by her side at some point in the next book. Anna's love life is kinda wonky in HAUNTED. She starts off happy in a relationship only to have that end. Then at the end of the book she makes a decision that will hopefully make her happy again with someone I really want her to be with. I'm excited about that decision and what it might bring in book 9. The action as always is non stop with non stop heart racing situations. We get visits from Anna's parents and niece, Frey and his son as well as an ex boyfriend who ends up being a big help in taking down Culebra's enemies alongside Anna. The ending was sad but It felt right.
I have enjoyed following Anna's journey from the time she was attacked and turned until now. Book 9 will be the final book in the Anna Strong series and I'm excited and sad to see what will become of Anna and the rest of my favorite characters from the series.
"His scream hangs in the air longer than it takes the blood to drain from his body. I watch the man die, feeling nothing, my mind a blank slate. That isn't entirely true. I do have a thought. One down...."
Yea, that's vampire and bounty hunter Anna Strong for you. She's a bad ass, no mercy kind of girl. And when her friend Culebra's Cartel past comes back to haunt him, Anna doesn't think twice about using her bad ass vampire and bounty hunter skills to help him. Even if it means she has to work with her hot DEA ex boyfriend, Max to get it done.
Now with the Mexican Cartel seeking revenge on Culebra as well as saving young girls from one perverted drug lord, Anna is faced with one of the toughest missions she has to endure, and the vampire in her is ready to get down and bloody.
Haunted is book eight in the Anna Strong Chronicles and while this series is about all about Anna, this book was more about Culebra. I felt like I was reading a script to an action movie. Every step she took was described just so that I could see and hear everything. And although we don't get to see much of her bounty hunter day job here, you do get to see her skills on how she tracks her prey.
I do recommend reading these books in order. So if you want some kick ass vampire in your life, this series is just for you!
*ARC provided by publisher
I love how much Anna has grown throughout this series. With each book, she thinks through her choices better and she has become much less self-destructive. She still has a tendency to rush to judgement, and her communication skills are sadly lacking, but overall she has shown amazing growth. When series continue for so many books, the characters have to develop and grow, or the series falls flat. I find that I enjoy the Anna Strong series more and more and I will be sad to see it end in another book or 2.
Haunted is filled with action. There are some calm, contented times in the beginning for Anna as she visits with her family and then with Frye and his son. These calm times do not last long, once Anna hears Culebra's past, the pacing picks up and keeps up through the very end of the book. Culebra's past has ties to the Mexican drug cartels, and the fall out that shows up in this book is gritty, harsh, and dangerous. Anna utilizes her inner vampire quite a bit, and Culebra is highly involved in the action too. Despite tension between them, Anna, Max, and Culebra work well together. Because of the close quarters and time together, Anna and Max are able to sort through some of their hurts and issues and get some closure.
I really liked Haunted, I think that it is an excellent installment in the series, but it is not the happiest by far. There is a lot of darkness and sadness to this book with the twisted cartel drug lords, betrayals, and deaths. Even the ending, while appropriate and fitting for the story, it was a tear-jerker for me. I was not quite prepared for the ending, it is a bittersweet conclusion. While I am very pleased with where the story is going, some of the threads and relationships end with sadness. However, when the heroine is a kick-butt, vigilante-esque vampire who attracts trouble, not every conclusion can be a happy one.
As I said, I am pleased with where the story is going and I am very excited to see what comes about in book 9. The series is drawing to a close that promises to be dramatic, thrilling, and even fulfilling. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and I recommend it to readers who like urban fantasy and vampire reads.
*Note on the Audio version* Dina Pearlman is the narrator, and as always, she does a fantastic job. She has to use several different accents for various characters in this book, and she pulls it off. She conveys the tone of the setting and narrates the pacing well. If you enjoy listening to your books, the audio is very well done through this entire series.
I was utterly shocked at learning Culebra's past misdeeds. Considering how open he is now to everyone in need, by running the bar and the safe house nature it supplies, I just cannot believe he was ever so terrible. Just like Anna, it blew the wind out of my sails a good bit. Of course that shock didn't last very long for either of us as Anna realized that Culebra may very well be in trouble from that dark past. I think it shows a true testament to their strength in their friendship that stubborn Anna was able to get over such a shocker to her morals so fast. It also shows her fierce loyalty to those she calls her own, and I feel that despite his lesser moral past, Culebra is more than worthy of her support now.
Anna's love life is an utter tangled mess in Haunted. She's currently dating a human who accepts all of her, and doesn't shy away from her nature. Even though she is fond of him and he does make her happy, part of her isn't satisfied. Then there is the brief return of Frey and his son, which opens up all sorts of questions for Anna. In fact it shows her the life that she wants, a real family, but thought she could never have since she was turned into a vampire. Speaking of that turning, Anna is also mixed up in a mission with Max, the human who dumped her after finding out her true nature. Despite his terrible demeanor towards him and his nonacceptance, She'll always has a soft spot for him and there is a wistfulness there as she wishes he had been able to understand. So, needless to say, when it came to love, Anna was rather confused in Haunted. I have to admit that I have my preferences out of who I would pick from the three men, and I'm so happy that it looks like by the end, Anna will be heading in that direction. (I was purposely vague on that last statement to keep from spoiling the ending.)
I have to admit that most of the time I don't read the acknowledgements in books, but skip right to the "good stuff." However, this time around I'm very glad that I didn't follow that normal pattern, as Jeanne talked about writing this story because of the real issues below our borders and she wanted to give some sort of resolution, even if it was only a fictitious one. I've just always enjoyed stories that employ a deeper story or connection to the writer, as the emotion always seems to come across all the more strongly for it. All in all, I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Anna Strong series. It really amazes me just how much all of the characters have grown over the series, and I know I will be terribly sad to say goodbye to them in the next installment as it will be the last. Fans of the series won't be disappointed in Haunted as it is an action packed ride featuring an issue that is near and dear to the author's heart, making for an incredible read.