- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (July 2 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142012403X
- ISBN-13: 978-1420124033
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,036,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Forsaken By the Others Mass Market Paperback – Jul 2 2013
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About the Author
Jess Haines grew up in New York and is currently residing in Florida. She is the author of six novels in the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, including Hunted By The Others, Taken By The Others, and Deceived By The Others.
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But she is back to herself (except for that teeny issue of having the werewolf virus running around her system) without the belt & the ramifications of all she's done in the past month are hitting her hard. At least several 4 separate groups are gunning for her & her father has let her know she's not welcome.
Royce brings Sara to visit the house, then drops a bomb. He's sending them to LA 'til things cool off. They'll be staying with Clyde Seabreeze, a quasi-ally of his, with orders to keep their heads down. Right. Has he not noticed Shia is one of the biggest s**t magnets on the planet?
Off they go to Clyde's & he's suitably slimy. He steals their phones (which they inexplicably don't replace) & there are bugs & cameras in the cottage they're given on his estate. He swears he'll take care of them, especially if they could help out with a pesky little zombie infestation. The PI's are back in business.
Oooh boy...where to begin. This is not the strongest book in the series for several reasons. Let's start with Royce.
Enjoy the first few pages because that's all you'll see of him. It feels like the author is testing how long she can tease fans before she allows them to find any happiness. Note to Ms. Haines: enough already. All sturm und drang all the time makes for weary readers. Also, Royce says & does some things that are completely inconsistent with how he has been portrayed so far, making you scratch your head & wonder where the real Royce went.
Moving to the west coast may provide a new setting but there are consequences. Many of the favourite secondary characters have no role in this book except in passing & they are missed.
But the major issue was Shia. We understand she feels enormous guilt for her actions & how they endangered those around her, mostly because we are told so...over & over & over again. But it seems we are the only ones who got it as she proceeds to do the exact same things in LA. Not sure I'd want to hang with her in public as my "friend".
This leads to one of my biggest pet peeves: women who work in a job such as private investigator that is tough & requires intelligence who repeatedly make one boneheaded decision after another to the point you wonder how they manage to make a living. It doesn't exactly boost their credibility. Surely there are other ways of advancing the plot or introducing an element of danger than as a result of the "heroine" being dumb & impulsive. Again, did she learn nothing from the last month?
This feels like a filler book. There are holes in the plot, things that make no sense or are inconsistent with the back story & it's as if the whole thing was put together just so Shia could run into an old nemesis in the final few pages. Then it stops. You turn the page, hoping for some kind of partial resolution but it's done.
So, unless this series is your reason for living, give this one a pass. I think only diehard fans will will be satisfied. After enjoying the last one, for me it was a disappointment.
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In this book, it was painful to watch Shiarra and Sara basically begging. Actually, correct that, Shiarra was begging endlessly the last few books also.
I literally skipped through the pages (hurrah for kindle for PC) and got to the ending which was more interesting. I really hope the next book would give some light on the whole scenario and perhaps be less messy with some conclusions and less whining and angst.
Again, I like the series, but this book was rushed, full of plot holes and uncharacteristically dull-witted moves by our heroine. I didn't like it for the bad plotting, although the writing itself maintains great readability.
I personally havn't read a book with a cliffhanger of an ending in so long that it ushered an exasperated "COME ON!" and a subsequent "F--- you Max!!!" I have to say that I havn't felt this psyched and drawn in about a protagonist in quite some time. I was starting to despair that I wouldn't find a new series along the same genre of the Anita Blake. The H&W Investigations series is delightful and REFRESHING. By all means catch the first few books first before this book. God I despise Max!!!! And if I could I'd slap Royce for blindly sending Shia into greater harms way. JH needs to have written the next book like yesterday! I'm jonesing for the next one!!!