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Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Grave Sight

Barbara Sharpe, May 22, 2008

Harper Connelly sees dead people.

Okay, that’s not, strictly speaking, true. She doesn’t see them so much as sense them. Harper was hit by lightning when she was 15 and since then she can sense dead people. That’s how she makes her living, finding dead people. Usually murder victims, but sometimes not.

In “Grave Sight,” Harper is in Sarne, AR to find the body of a local dead girl. It seems straightforward enough but it isn’t. Harper, along with her brother Tolliver, are drawn into a web of small-town connections and drama. People are hostile to Harper, nearly as a matter of course, since they don’t “approve” of her abilities.

I thought this book was probably the very first written by Charlaine Harris. I’m not sure that’s true but it starts out stiffly and doesn’t improve much, in terms of writing style. The story is good and I know CH has potential, so I stuck with it. I will probably read at least the next in the series and see if it improves.
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No Humans Involved: Women of the Otherworld, Book 7 (Women of the Otherworld, Book #07) by Kelley Armstrong
No Humans Involved: Women of the Otherworld, Book 7 (Women of the Otherworld, Book #07)

Barbara Sharpe, April 23, 2008

Jaime Vegas, who we originally met in Industrial Magic, is the narrator for this book in the Women of the Otherworld series. Jaime is a necromancer which means that she can communicate with the dead. In some books, like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, a necromancer doesn’t talk to ghosts, she raises and controls the dead. Hamilton’s Anita Blake is that sort of necromancer. Jaime CAN raise the dead but it’s not something she does routinely. In fact, though she knows it’s possible, it’s in NHI that she raises her first dead person.

The story begins with Jaime being invited to participate in a television special about “spiritualists” who claim they can talk to the dead. The show’s producers want Jaime, and 2 others, to have a séance and find out who or what killed Marilyn Monroe. Jaime is the only one among the three who is actually “gifted.” Things begin to go awry, however, when Jaime is pestered by a type of ghost she has never encounted. With the help of Eve, Kristof, Jeremy and a new character, Hope, Jaime helps these ghosts.

No Humans Involved was more of a page turner than other books. Armstrong more fully developed characters from previous books. Jeremy, for instance. The reader learns a lot about Jeremy and why he is the way he is.

At the risk of sounding too much like a fan, this series just keeps getting better and better.

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Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson
Hot Blooded

Barbara Sharpe, April 16, 2008

Sadly, I didn't like this book. I read such great things about the author on various review sites, that I decided to try her. I think it's possible that this since this is her first that her books have improved, so perhaps I'll try reading one of her more recent ones.
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Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Barbara Sharpe, April 15, 2008

Elena is the only female werewolf. Werewolves are either born with the gene – and it’s only passed to boys – or bitten and women usually die. Except Elena. Elena was Bitten but she lived.
The pregnancy is troubling – there hasn’t been a werewolf pregnancy so no one knows what to expect. It would be an understatement to say she was bored witless, so when something comes up that requires her expertise – and seems harmless – she jumps at it.

Of course, it isn’t harmless. Elena inadvertently opens a time portal and a serial killer and 2 zombies are loose in Toronto. Elena, Clay and Jeremy stay in Toronto to try to send the serial killer and his zombies back. Along the way, they ask Zoe, a vampire, and Jaime, the necromancer, for help. For some reason, the serial killer and his zombies are targeting Elena specifically. The Pack and its friends have to find out why and what to do to close the time portal.

The ending is nearly saccharine but the reader – at least this reader – can’t help but cheer for Elena and Clay.
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Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

Barbara Sharpe, April 14, 2008

Eve Levine is a ghost. In “Industrial Magic” she makes a deal with The Fates and, if Paige and Lucas are returned to life, she’ll owe The Fates a favor. Now they’ve decided to call it in.

What they want seems to be impossible. The Nix, a demi-demon, has accidentally been let loose in the world. For, oh, several hundred years. She’s been nearly caught but has escaped. Eve’s task is to track her down and bring her in, so to speak. She’s scared witless but she isn’t alone: she has the help of Kris (who is her daughter’s father and the love of her life) and Tsriel, an angel.

The Afterlife, according to these books, is very different from what most of us think of as “Heaven.” Eve encounters various things: a pirate’s enclave and a school for poltergeists, for example. There is a version of what hell must be like but, in this case, was reserved for the worst among us: serial killers and like that.

The story goes back and forth between Nix and Eve, which can get confusing. I had to look back a few times to remember who this person or that person was. I have to say, as you can probably tell by the lackluster thoughts here, I didn’t really care for this book. I am a big fan of Armstrong’s but this one just didn’t thrill me.

On the plus side, we see more of Savannah, of Paige and Lucas (who got married between Industrial Magic and Haunted) and Jaime. Since Jaime is going to have her own book coming up, that’s a good thing.
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