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Claws and Effect: A Diaries of an Urban Panther Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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Diaries of an Urban Panther(Book #1)
Claws and Effect: A Diaries of an Urban Panther Novel (Book #2)
Nine Lives of an Urban Panther (Diaries of an Urban Panther) (Book #3)
"First Dates Are Hell" from Vampires Gone Wild (Supernatural Underground) ( 1 of 4 stories)
NOTE: This review covers the story of the whole trilogy without any spoilers (I hope) since this is really one long exceptionally good story.
Violet is hardly normal, she has went from being a script-writer for horror movies to being a shapeshifter but there is something special about Violet, something that an old prophesy says will help all of the shapshifters in Dallas have a better life .... If she lives that long and overcomes more problems than you could list with Excel.
This series was a bit of a surprise since I had the first 2 books buried in my "to-be-read" stack of books for over a year and that is where they would still be if I had not been given a copy of Vampires Gone Wild to review and in that anthology the best story was one called "First Dates Are Hell" which was very good and it came from the Urban Panther series (actually in the timeline it was after the trilogy of books).
So after enjoying that story I grabbed the books I had, bought #3 and started reading and was totally hooked into this story, I am not sure if the author was writing a trilogy when she wrote Diaries of an Urban Panther but these 3 books have to be read together to really get the full impact (who wants to read 1 book of the Lord of the Rings?) and while each book has an ending of sorts the real story that threads through all of them is the one that ends in the last book of this trilogy.
While I do not want to give away too much of the story, I can say it was one of the best reading experiences I have had in several months, but while I am extolling this series greatness I need to point out that if you are OCD about editing then book 2 may pose some problems since her editor must have jumped ship during the writing/publication of Claws and Effects (book #2) but I was still able to enjoy it and continue on but be forewarned.
The ending of the main story arc threading through all the books coming to an epic end in book 3 and one of the best endings I have seen in awhile to be honest. The characters were fleshed out very well, Violet was an awesome heroine and her humor was what made reading this series a much more pleasurable task.
Let me just say that as a full time reviewer as a hobby, I get dozens of free books every month and I went and BOUGHT all of these books after reading the story in Vampires Gone Wild and in spite of some bad editing and stumbles along the way, this story was so good I could care less. I give it 5 Stars not because it is an awesome piece of writing but because it was the best story I have read in a long time AND I liked the way it made me feel when it ended. You don't get many of those type stories.
My hope is that she may come back to this series (although blogs have said it was over) since I loved it but the ending was good enough I can live with this being all these is, get these books and enjoy a great story and ignore any stumbles along the way to an awesome ending. The story in Vampires Gone Wild was just a bonus to close a loop on one of the characters and it was done exceptionally.
After sending the younger Haverty to the mirror his hench men or mutts as she calls them are in desperate need of a new leader, Violet decides to help them out because they need her. Her best friend Jessa isn't thrilled about her involvement because the mutts are the ones who held her captive in book one. There is also a new panther in town who's just learning to be a cat who happens to be as much of a nerd as Violet is. Since taking out Haverty others want to run the pack so Violet has to be on constant guard when it comes to potential threats.
I loved the first book and this book didn't let me down in the Violet Jordan series. The characters are well written so that you have a good idea who they really are. I love we know so much about Violet and her closest friends sometimes it feels like your even in her head. This book sucked me in right from the start and I had a hard time putting it down, there is just so much going on I had to know what was going to happen next. I like the few twists in the story I didn't see coming too, always nice to have a surprise. It's a great series and I love the shapeshifter aspect, plus Violet is totally a sci fi nerd like me so I easily relate to her. I like the relationships that Violet has in the book each is unique and special. I can see myself re-reading this series over again, it's that good.
However, that was really my only gripe and the reason why I did not give this 5 stars. The storyline was great. It starts out about 3 months after the end of the last book. We don't see very much of Chaz for reasons you will need to get from the story, but we do see all the rest. Violet is still a super heroine, Tucker and Jessa are good sidekicks with different skill sets. The rest of the gang is there too, along with a new panther who has come for help from Violet. There is still a lot of action and I loved seeing all the growth that each character does. They really draw you into the story.
If you read the original Diaries of an Urban Panther, I think you would like this book...BUT don't read this one first. The errors would distract you from the story and you really need the background from book 1. Like I said, the story itself was great, but you do have to overlook a lot of editing issues. Try this one second and see what you think.
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