This is the second in a series. Here is my review of the first where I went into great detail about characters etc. Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Once again, Jennifer Rardin delivers a wonderful, sarcastic, and entertaining novel. Jaz and Vayl are back as well as their friends they picked up in the previous book.
Cole Bemont, the former Supernatural PI, has now joined the CIA as a rookie and comes with them on their job. He is still popping bubbles, making Jaz a bit too uncomfortable with his obvious liking of her, and making almost all of them laugh at his crazy wit. Miles Bergman again comes with them as well as their tech wizard, though his prickly personality and dislike of anything magical causes some problems. Rounding out their team is Cassandra, a Seer who saved them more than once in the previous book. She has a great deal of knowledge and can research almost anything magical they come up against.
The story is once again exciting, though I have to say it is one of my least favorites in the series. Nothing wrong with it, I just don't find it as interesting. We discover more about Jaz and Vayl as well as see them try to avert yet another global travesty thanks to the big bad of the series, The Raptor. They also are forced to fight a brand new danger they have little knowledge of.
The writing is again everything you could wish. While not perhaps as fast paced as the other, it is well put together and full of Jaz's sarcastic narration.
Same as in the previous book's review and as I said before, this has always seemed to me as one of the weaker of the series. That's not saying much because it is very good.
If you enjoyed the previous book in the series, read this. If you haven't read the first one, go and find that one.
Group Read with Murder By Death July 2014
I'd never really thought of Bergman's suit as Sci-Fi before MbD mentioned it! I know that seems silly but it's true. Also, having read more books with romance plots, the whole Vayl, Jaz, and Cole love interest issue gets on my nerves a bit more. Still, a fun read and I look forward to next one - more paranormal happenings and less Sci-Fi.
Also, I agree with MbD, the author's death really causes you to look at these books a bit differently. It makes me wonder how we might read some classics differently if we didn't know what happened to the authors. Food for thought.