Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 18 March, 2013 by Amanda / 12 Comments

Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines {Amanda’s Review}Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations #1
three-half-stars
Also in this series: Taken by the Others
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Pages: 346
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm – if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend – a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing – and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil – whether she likes it or not…

Just the kinda book I needed.

My Thoughts on Hunted by the Others

My interest in this book stems from the fact that Jess started following me on Twitter. (Tentacle sex brings out all the fun people.) I love chatting with her, so it was only natural that I check out her books, too. I was not disappointed.

You know how sometimes you need a book that’s easy, uncomplicated, and fun? That was Hunted by the Others for me. Urban fantasy seems to be my go-to genre whenever I’m waffling on book choice. Occasionally, you just need a book that feels good. And Hunted by the Others made me feel good.

One thing I like about this world–other than getting many supernatural creatures (vampires, and werewolves, and mages–oh my)–is that the supernatural is built seamlessly into current history. It gives us a bit of an alternative history of sorts. And it is FUN.

I also liked that Shia is NOT the “only one who can save the world”. In fact, she’s remarkable only in her unremarkableness, and that’s what makes her so much fun. She’s REAL. And HUMAN. And it’s very easy to imagine yourself in her place. (Even though you probably don’t want to.)

Though the mystery wasn’t necessarily riveting, it was FUN, and I didn’t figure it out until everything was revealed. The love interests were a bit take ’em or leave ’em (i.e., there wasn’t a big drive to get attached), though the ending of Hunted by the Others had me EAGERLY anticipating book 2. Because, guys, things happen.THINGS HAPPEN. And I liked that.

Overall, this was a solid book. If you’re craving UF, but not needing anything overly complicated (read: FUN and easy), Hunted by the Others is a good go to.

 

three-half-stars

Filed under: ESR: 7, Review: Amanda, Urban Fantasy, ,

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12 Responses to “Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this. Felicia has had some great reviews on this series @ the covers are full of awesome. I need an easy, uncomplicated read every couple of books. Hope to get to give this series a read soon.

  2. This one sounds like fun! And I love a character that I can feel connected to — one who’s shoes I can picture myself in. It’s nice to read just a good book once in a while that’s easy, uncomplicated, and fun. :)

  3. I like this series, too! (Though, for the life of me, I can’t remember how many I’ve read…a couple, at least.) They’re fun, well-written and interesting. I love that she can hold her own in a supernatural world.

    • Ha. I think that’s the problem with reading so many series–it becomes too easy to forget where you left off. I do like the Shia is human. So often you have the supernatural with the power no one else has and can save the world. She’s human. And she can still kick ass. Good stuff. :)