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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Book Review and Giveaway: Stalking the Others by Jess Haines
Author: Jess Haines
Series: H and W Investigations, book 4
Source: From publisher for review
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Shiarra is determined to hunt down her ex-boyfriend and his pack, the Sunstrikers. One of them may have infected her, and she has reason to believe they are murders. She allies with the anti-Others group, the White Hats to bring the Sunstrikers down. She also uses an enchanted belt that gives her more strength and speed, but it might also be affecting her in a different way.
Stalking the Others is number four in the H and W Investigations series. Despite the name of the series, there is not much investigating going on here. It is pure urban fantasy. This is a series you are going to have to start from the first book, Hunted by the Others. Without some of the back story I am unsure if first time readers will understand a lot of what is going on.
Shiarra believes that the only reason the Others (vampires, werewolves and mages) get involved with her is because they want something. She steps up and becomes a killer of the Others very quickly. I have to admit that this threw me for a loop, she has resources, friends, and other means to get information, yet she chooses strange paths. Once I understood I was a little irritated she hadn’t fought with herself a little more. I have to tread this lightly, because it is hard to not give something away. I do like the fact that Shiarra doesn’t come off as dense, but she has a resistance to let friends help her. Instead she would rather people help her that want something from her, which boggles my mind. It is fascinating that in a strange way the antagonist in this story is in part Shiarra herself.
I have had a love/hate relationship with these novels since the start. The fourth installment was a little bit of both. The end of the novel made up for a lot of my cliff hanger frustration set up by the third book. It doesn’t leave off on a cliff hanger, and it doesn’t seem to only be made for the next book. Instead it has a nice ending. It didn’t live up to the hype that book three had set up for it. I was expecting a lot more. That is not to say that there isn’t a lot of action. There is a great deal of action, and it doesn’t start slow. The story moves at a pace that will have the reader finished before they know it.
I did go ahead and read the expert for book five that was at the end of the novel. I am looking forward to it. There are some major relationship changes presented in Stalking the Others. I am excited to see what these relationship changes do to the characters, and how they change and grow. It is safe to say I am without a doubt sticking to this series. I would also recommend it for those who enjoy urban fantasy.
We are giving away a copy of Stalking the Others. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on July 17th.
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