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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (July 2 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142012403X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420124033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #862,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Sandy TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Dec 23 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Book #5 of the series begins where we left off. Shia wakes up with Royce & an ocean of regret. She hasn't taken his blood so it's not final yet but she's pretty much "a legally bound & contracted vampire's toy".
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.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I origanally bought the 4 book bundle...and then after I finished I had to buy this one as well. Again, a fascinating well written series. I love this genre, and this series is a good example of whats good in Urban Fantasy
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Where's the ending? The way this book is written you are reading a long and all of a sudden you are at the end of the book. It is as if part of the book is missing yet you know it is not.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2efd2f4) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70c9e70) out of 5 stars worst of the series, just okay July 3 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
First, this book is a disappointment. It's not horrible...but it's far less of a good read than the first books in the series. To begin with, it starts in the middle, continuing exactly where the last book left off. It's a jarring beginning, but makes some sense. However, the rest of the book has some major flaws that seriously wrecked my enjoyment. **SPOILER ALERT** First, the coincidences(meeting old friends who help them out??) and smart girls running about in circles and failing to do simple things like call home to update, or buy a new phone to call with, or to just leave regardless of Royce's instructions to stay put. And failing to mention the master of SF is there, who Royce would know was sired by you-know-who?? Royce is painted as a patsy who knows nothing about what is going on beyond his area (not exactly how he was shown in previous books) and the dynamic between him and Shia is such that you'd expect him to tell her to get away and to heck with the political ramifications because (you'd think) he would care more for her safety. And, lastly, I object strongly to the cliff-hangar ending.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70ca0d8) out of 5 stars *Contains minor spoilers* July 2 2013
By Urban Fantasy Investigations - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
*Contains minor spoilers*

With all the danger focused on Shia, Royce sends her and Sara off to California to what he thinks is safety to investigate a slight zombie problem. Unfortunately what they think they are walking into turns out to be much more dangerous than they thought.

I didn't feel that there was as much action as I have grown to expect. There were a few sticky situations but the book as a whole felt more like a filler/lead up to book 6 type book to me. I was disappointed with the lack of Royce time. They finally get together and they are separated? Sigh ... and what was up with him not trying harder to bring her back? Just didn't feel like the Royce I have come to know. Arnold is missing as well. With his and Sara's relationship so strong it just felt odd. I missed the other characters and settings I have grown to love about the series as well. The zombies were fun and we meet some interesting people, old and new. The cliffhanger ending definitely makes you want to read what will come next.

I hate to say it because I love Jess Haines and the H&W Investigations books but FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS was my least favorite of the series. I will still be looking forward to book 6 so bring it on Jess.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70ca318) out of 5 stars Shia Just Attracts Trouble! July 2 2013
By Carrie Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm really not sure how I feel about this book, really. We were left in such a different place at the end of the previous book that the immediate shift was kind of jarring. Of course, I wished that this novel was all puppies and rainbows, but that's just not Shia's life anymore. At least we got a few blissful pages where Royce beat back Shia's immediate urge to mess up her newly formed relationship with the vampire. I was cheering for Royce every step of the way!

This book was more of a "road trip" type book for the series. Shia is taken away from all of our favorite familiar key players (Royce, Jack, Chaz, etc.) and thrown into a new environment where she somehow manages to make even more enemies (and bad decisions). While her decisions weren't *as* bad as those from the last novel, they still had me shaking my head and rolling my eyes. I get that she's feeling guilty about what happened when she was wearing the belt, but really? Wandering into were territory when you're of "questionable" Other nature? C'mon...

As I said before, I really really really missed Royce in this one. It was almost reminiscent of the Anita Blake series where you finally ditch the werewolf and you've finally been honest about the vampire and then *BAM* change of scenery! I just wish we could see Shia and Royce's relationship develop for more than just a few pages. I don't think there were enough good reasons for Shia to up and move across country, *especially* since there are so many baddies out there trying to kill/capture/ransom her. I would think Royce should be able to send her to his mysterious house upstate or somewhere a little closer (and go with her).

I'm also sad that we didn't get any updates on Jack. After spending so much time with him in the last book, all he got was a few lines about what happened to him and she doesn't even reach out. Sometimes Shia's lack of follow-through annoys me.

All of those criticisms and questions aside, this book was still entertaining and enjoyable. This world is really great, as are the characters. I guess as far as complaints go, it's good that I'm complaining about not getting enough of a bunch of the characters! The cliffhanger ending also had me begging to begin the next book, so I hope we get that soon too!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70ca594) out of 5 stars If I had balls, they’d be blue Jan. 3 2015
By RabidReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It’s an unspoken rule that every series has to have one blah installment, and unfortunately for H&W INVESTIGATIONS, this was it. Jess Haines’ engrossing writing style was still present, but FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS was minus the tall glass of action that I’ve become accustomed to, the love interest was mostly a no show, and Shia’s ultra-cool mofo rep took a lickin’ which all lead to this book’s stepping stone like quality. The cliffhanger ending only served to further reinforce that sentiment as well, so all in all I’d have to say that this was my least favourite Waynest novel.

I was happy with how this story started; progress was being made on the Alec front, Shiarra was reunited with her business partner, and then… the girls get shipped off to L.A. Goodbye secondary characters, adios main plot arc, and arrivederci smexy times. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed meeting Gavin, Clyde, Jimmy & Fabian, and hooking up with Tiny & Devon again was an unexpected treat; however I couldn’t get over the feeling that something was missing. I was also a little cheesed that the author mentioned Jack’s new status only to leave readers in the lurch—if I had balls, they’d be blue.

Shia’s been making some good headway as this series’ heroine, and granted the occasional setback is to be expected, but this book felt like a return to HUNTED BY THE OTHERS. The majority of this protagonist’s strengths lie with her aptitude as a P.I. and a couple of magical artefacts. The former continued to hold steady, however without the latter Waynest was pretty much a sitting duck which made her willingness to immerse herself in L.A.’s Other community, without allies I might add, to solve a case involving zombies come across as a death wish. I was disappointed by her utter lack of self-preservation.

The plot was sufficiently twisty enough to keep me engaged, and with a suspect list comprising of three shady vampires, one über powerful necromancer, and a rabid Goliath werewolf, there was plenty of whodunnit goodness to go around. I enjoyed watching Shia and Sara team up on an investigation for a change, although there were a couple of facets that were entirely too opportune in my opinion such as Halloway’s predicament, and the “ancient enemy with a personal grudge”. The blurb was a bit spoiler-y for anyone who’s read the earlier installments which if you’re tackling book 5, I’m assuming you have.

FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS was a means to an end, a set-up for the next novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70ca888) out of 5 stars Shiarra Waynest is a private investigator who has made enemies with both humans and Others in the town she lives in Jan. 15 2014
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Shiarra Waynest is a private investigator who has made enemies with both humans and Others in the town she lives in. So to keep herself and her best friend safe they relocate to California for a while. Unfortunately, Shia seems to be a magnet for trouble. As soon as they arrive in Los Angeles they are asked to find someone who is controlling zombies and making them kill vampires. Will Shia and her friend Sara make it out of Los Angeles in one piece?

Opening Sentence: Every part of her ached.

The Review:

Shiarra Waynest has ruined her life. She has upset the local authorities, werewolves, and those who dislike all things Other. This includes her parents. Now she has to leave town or one of the groups who are mad at her may get ahold of her and hurt her. To protect herself and those she cares about Shia and her best friend and business partner, Sara, go to Los Angeles until things quiet down at home. Unfortunately, Los Angeles is not very safe and before they have even rested up from jet lag they are asked by their host to investigate someone who is using zombies to kill his vampires. Will Shiarra and Sara make it home ok or will they be a victim of the zombies as well? This is the fifth book in the H&W Investigations series and it would be best to read the other four books first.

Shiarra was hard to like. I could never really connect with her. I did like that the story was in first person so we got a better sense of Shia, but at the same time this may have been why I did not like her. She was cowardly and would rather run away instead of standing and fighting. Also, she thought more about herself than anyone else. She takes off for a month and doesn’t tell anyone where she is. In the process, getting mixed up with bad people who end up wanting her dead. Also, when she does return she has no thought to her family and how they have been for the month she was gone. The worst thing about her though was that she was so wrapped up in her own life and her own problems she never even realized something was off with her best friend. What kind of friend does not realize when there is something wrong? She did have a few good qualities about her. Shia realized she had made mistakes and felt bad about it; because she felt bad she tried to become a better person and do the right thing rather than rush in blindly and not think about others. Another thing I liked about her was she would do anything for her best friend, once she stopped being so oblivious.

I truly did not enjoy this book. Maybe this is because it is further into the series and interactions get a bit confusing in spots. Also, because this is further in I am meeting the characters after they have been developed and didn’t know them from the beginning. It was a very slow paced book that never picks up. In saying that, I do have to say the end of the book did come as a surprise which was nice. Maybe this book would have been great if I went back to the first book in the series and read them in order. That is what I would recommend readers to do.

Notable Scene:

Sara led the way, bounding up the stairs two at a time. I couldn’t really blame her for wanting to rush out. Yet she stopped at the door, blocking the way out. I started to ask her what was wrong, but the words trailed off as a foul stench wafted into the room. All the anger faded away like smoke on the wind as the combination of death and rot invaded my nostrils like a physical assault. The vampires behind me started complaining—some of them blaming Brendan for the stink—but then Sara was stumbling back into me, and I didn’t have time to worry about where it was coming from. Bloated, discolored fingers with long, jagged nails were grabbing at Sara’s shoulder and arm, dragging her out through the door. By the time I got over my shock enough to reach for her, she was gone. . . .

FTC Advisory: Kensington Zebra provided me with a copy of Forsaken by the Others. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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