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Hainted Paperback – May 18, 2013
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Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.
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Love this even more the second time around *happy sigh* Off to a slightly slow start but immediately plunges you into the World of Haint-Work.
Jordan L Hawk creates a very interesting and compelling world... the energy crackles as you walk in Dan/Leif's shoes as they work to stop Runar.
I love how she built up Dan and Leif's relationship and Leif's relationships with Bea and Virgil... Dan and Leif slowly come to trust one another, building a foundation of trust and respect.
Leif's keeping secrets from everyone. He believes it's for the best and does believe he's worth anything, that he's tainted and not worth redeeming. You are thrust into his painful past from the beginning, as bits and pieces come together throughout the story. My heart broke for him and everything he went through.
He's honestly trying to put things right and stop Runar's madness, planning to leave town the second things are done.
Leif didn't plan on Dan Miller.
Dan has his own painful past... having to raise his brother and sister in the death of his parents, he's doing the best he can to give them a chance of getting out of Ransom Gap and having a better life. He keeps himself in the closet to protect Virgil and Bea from being sent to foster care (in his mind, the people of Ransom Gap may think a gay man raising his siblings wasn't fit. After certain incidents happened later in the book, I can't say I blame Dan much for thinking this way.
Dan is such an amazing/compassionate/stand-up guy and he doesn't see it... putting others before himself and willing to anything for the people he loves.
He and Leif slowly heal each other, not quite making all the pain go away... but now they have each other to lean on. It also helps to heal the fractures of the family, helping them breathe again.
Bea, loved that girl... takes after Dan and their mother (from what we learn of her, Simone sounded like a wonderful lady). Virgil is a little snot sometimes, but I never felt annoyed with him, you can understand where he is coming from and why he's like that.
Taryn: Kickass, strong girl. Once you've got her in your corner, she'll do anything for ya. Love this girl, but would not want to be on her bad side haha. You'd want her with you in a fight that's for sure.
Runar... ooooh! That is one twisted bastard you love to hate. An excellent villain that has you screaming at him and biting your lip, wishing you could reach through the page to smack him, among other things. Not a cardboard cut-out of a character... he genuinely believes Leif is his and that his plan is the right thing and the only way... which makes it even scarier.
This book grabs hold of you and doesn't let go... With re-reading, sometimes there's a thought in the back of your head that says 'Will I love this as much as before?' I fell back in love before 10 pages had passed :). These wonderful people have been in my mind on and off since I first read the book earlier in the year, they feel like real friends to me, which us bookworms always love :-) ;-).
Nicely balanced elements of horror/drama/romance, they all weave together without one overpowering the other.
Highly recommend! *waves* Happy reading!
I'd call this one good.
Not perfect. I had a few issues with it, which I admit are entirely personal preference things. For one thing, the two main characters fell "in love" far too quickly. It's a trap to which most books with a strong romance plot line fall prey, but just because we may see a lot of it doesn't mean it doesn't grate. I'm sure one could argue that in an intense life-or-death sort of situation, emotions run strong, and I'd agree that that's probably true. But, a fast burn on the romance makes it harder to believe that the happily-ever-after will actually last once the characters settle into regular life. Along those same lines, the obligatory reveal of the deep dark secret and the subsequent obligatory reconciliation were unrealistic.
Another issue I took with the story has to do with the sex scenes. I probably remember as much of 9th grade health class as anyone does, and I know that the safest way to have oral sex is with a condom. Without turning this into an expose of my own sex life, let's just say that I have never, EVER met anyone who required a condom for oral, including among some extremely safety-minded men, and...hmm, how to put this...I know whereof I speak. It was a very responsible choice for the author to make, but the fact that not one character even blinked at the idea struck me as supremely unlikely.
One last thing I wished had been different was the explanation of sorcery. See, the book deals heavily with hauntings and necromancy and evil corporeal spirits, and that magic seems to rely heavily on support of the various belief systems. Some of the characters also use sorcery, though, and that wasn't explained...it was just mentioned in a "oh yeah, there's that too" sort of way. I'm not sure it needed to be explained - the story wasn't exactly lacking for it - but that's the sort of thing that really catches my interest. I not only like magic in my books, I like the rules of it laid out there for all to see. It's harder to suspend disbelief when I don't understand how or why something is happening.
As I said, though, I'd still call this book a good one. Jordan L. Hawk is a magnificently talented writer, and she can really wrangle her words in some inspired ways. She's also one of the better character writers I've read lately - her characters are rich and nuanced and loveable. She was able to add a surprising amount of tension to what turned out to be pretty repetitive action scenes ("Oh dear, we're being attacked by an evil ghost." "Again." "Oh look, there's another one.") by cleverly escalating the threat. And I'll also say that for a straight woman, she did a decent job of portraying the pain and fear surrounding the closet, or at least as much of it as the story allowed for.
While this is nothing at all like her Whyborne & Griffin series (BTW, read that if you haven't), which, incidentally, has set the bar quite high all on its own, it's a respectable contribution to the urban fantasy genre that I enjoyed quite a lot.