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What impressed me most about Jade was the chemistry that grows so quickly between Jade, the main character, and those she comes into contact with, some we get to know really well and others pass quickly, but all left with a true impression of Jade and her true heart. The relationship that buds so quickly between Jade and London Jane is almost palpable and hot at the same time. Surprises wait around every corner, one of the biggest of which is Jade’s shifter self and the incredible revelation that comes with her first shift…she really is like no other.
More than anything else Jade is where the “Three J’Amigo” come together (Jade, Jane, and Jill) and it is also where girl (or woman) power kicks as much butt as any Bruce Willis film. I adore strong female leads, women who can take care of themselves and save the world all at the same time. I was eager to move on to Jane the second book in the “Three J’Amigos” series.
Ok, so this is where you stop reading if you don’t like spoilers. There may be a few spoilers to follow, nothing to mind blowing though if you have read the book’s summary.
Jade started out interestingly enough meeting a bear of a man (literally), Jade’s shifter partner Rolfe. Jade is immediately a mystery when it comes to her own magical talents or, for that matter, her origin. It becomes apparent pretty quickly that Jade has many talents as well as physical ties to the shifter, vampire, and fae communities. Her character and worth garner her friends and allies who stand beside her without fail. Able to shift her appearance and abilities to take on whichever magical being she is to become is an asset that serves her well, especially when vampires in the city start murdering people including cops. Getting to close to the truth puts Jade and Rolfe in the cross-hairs with a long list of beings ready and willing to be the ones to take them down, including almost impossible to stop zombies. Oh yeah! Did I forget to mention the zombies? Yeah there are zombies…
Jade turns to London Jane the most powerful vampire in the city. There is an immediate attraction between Jade and Jane and the truth that Jane and her vampires are not to blame for the murders does not clear anything up. Instead Jade and Jane find themselves the escape goats for a conspiracy meant to frame vampires and possibly Fae and turn the city against them. Now on the run, Jade must rely on her Fae blood to keep her safe as she crosses the veil into Fairie to speak with the Winter Queen, Jill. Quickly impressing royalty win her an incredible invitation and an even more unlikely friendship with the Winter Queen herself. Jade, London Jane, and Jill search for the truth, one that if not thwarted threatens to rip both Faerie and the human realm apart.
"Jade" combines a number of common urban-fantasy elements--e.g., vamps, shifters--with the twist of Jade's actual identity...which I can't reveal here for fear of spoilers! The story moves quickly and is very readable, with a fresh liveliness to the writing and a number of powerful female characters, always a plus. The only reason I'm giving it four stars rather than five is that I think it could have used a little more editing to clean up the comma splices and occasional typo I noticed as I was reading. However, it's still a very fun read and should serve fans of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance (with a lesbian twist!) well.
Now, down to business.
Pros: Like I mentioned, this is action packed. The author does a good job balancing the action, the scenery description, and the world building so it flows fairly fast. Despite the elements I will get to below, I found it overall engaging enough that I purchased the other 2 books in the series, so there's that. I wouldn't say there is romance in it, but there is a girl gets girl at the end, if that helps. There were also a few minor editing mistakes but nothing that kicked me out of the story. If you like an urban fantasy that is rife with all the different elements (shifter/vamp/fae/witch/angel/etc), then you should give this a go. Especially for the low price.
Cons: This list may be long because I'm nit-picky like that.
1. It was written in first person, which is a great medium if you really want the reader to connect emotionally to your character. At least, that is the way I like it. However, I got no emotion out of this book, zip.
2. It really felt like I got dropped into the middle of the story. This is another book where the reader just knows nothing. The 1st person MC seems to know it all but the rest of us are in the dark. It eventually all comes clear near to the end, and is a fascinating premise. But I don't like not knowing stuff, that's my hangup.
3. The MC is totally a a Mary Sue. She's super powerful, seems to be a little bit of everything, is obscenely wealthy despite not being there for long, and knows more than most.
4. The book was touted as a lgbt/lesbian book but for a good portion of it she is sort of mooning after various guys, or wanting to make one in particular very jealous. Then she meets a female and despite never been kissed, suddenly they are a couple? Like serious couple? The switch and abrupt pairing nearly made my head spin. But this book is definitely NOT a romance.
So, the stuff above is my warning. While the items, 1-4, all irritated me, I was able to disregard them and buy the second 2 books in the series. The reason I bought them was because the author painted a good image of the world in my head. The story flowed well and the action was constant. And while I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters, I'm definitely interested in seeing what happens to them next.
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