Saturday, September 10
Book Review: No Humans Involved
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Summary: Jamie is more than just the party girl she pretends to be. Now well into her forties, the luscious, lovelorn, and haunted necromancer is aware that her days of trading on her looks are numbered. So signing on to reality TV special is supposed to be her swan song . . . until weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high, but for the first time in her life - as invisible hands brush her skin and unintelligible fragments of words are whispered in to her ears - she knows what humans mean when the talk about being haunted. With the help of her long-time crush, Alpha werewolf Jeremy Danvers, Jamie finds her strength and courage tested to the limit as she uncovers a ring of perverted would-be magicians, who will stop at nothing in their quest for power.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started off a little slow for but it wasn't long before it grabbed my attention and became hard to put down. Originally I was reading the book during my lunch breaks, and actually had to take it home and finish it off. This book makes up for the last two which weren't that great and has helped regain my interest into devouring the rest the series.
Jamie was a well written character and was very well developed as well. She had a lot of levels that were revealed throughout the book, and although my first glimpses of the character weren't that impressive to me, she is one of my favourites in the series. I found all the characters to be well written in the book, Eve was back to being that interesting character I liked from her appearances in the other books, I still don't know what happened to her in her own. And of course we finally get more Jeremy time. I was glad we finally got to learn more about his character. He still has a lot of mystery surrounding him, but it was nice to get more time with him.
The plot was also very interesting and fast paced. The reader was given small glimpses of what was going on, which at times were rather creepy and disturbing, but it gave you enough just to make you want to learn more. I did find the part of the plot that was based on Jamie filming her TV show was poorly done. It was often forgotten and wasn't really tied into the story until the end, and even then how it was tied in wasn't strongly done. It seemed more of an afterthought than anything else. Overall it was a fantastic read. I am now trying to make myself wait before I devour the next book. If you, like me, found the last books to be just average, this one should help gain your interest back in the series.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, as long as you've read the other book in the series. I think they can be read as a standalone, but you'd miss out on a few tibets and background information if you haven't read the other books. If you like paranormal romance than the series is definitely for you. What to read next: Personal Demon is the next book in the series, so I'd go with that.
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V