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No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld) Hardcover – May 1, 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
Book 7 of 13 in the Otherworld Series

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In Armstrong's assured seventh Otherworld paranormal romance, her first in hardcover (after Broken), pretty Jaime Vegas, a 44-year-old necromancer who can reanimate the dead, faces her biggest career challenge yet—freeing the trapped ghosts of six murdered children. Thankfully, Jeremy Danvers, Jaime's hunky and very Alpha werewolf boyfriend, tags along for this hair-raising ride. Jaime, who has made a living onstage and off by her ghost-whispering skills, is in L.A. as one of three celebrity mediums participating in Death of Innocence, a TV special that hopes "to raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe," but instead uncovers a serial-killing cult intent on man-made black magic. Seeking justice for the lost children and punishing the dark arts practitioners don't prevent Jaime and Jeremy from finding time for love. Armstrong deftly juggles such creatures as werewolves, witches, demons and ghosts with real-life issues. The only disappointment? Marilyn's ghost never shows. (May)
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Fortysomething Jaime Vegas is a sexy, redheaded celebrity medium on the threshold of a spiritualist's dream: her own TV show. She is one of three professional psychics brought to a haunted site for a reality TV show and charged with raising the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. Obviously, this is Jaime's shot at stardom. Her costars are drawling, up-and-coming starlet medium Angelique and UK satanic specialist Bradford Grady, and watching the three one-up each other as they jockey for prime position, even during a warm-up seance, is good show-biz comedy. Jaime knows and uses a psychic's two primary tools, knowledge (prior facts) and statistical probability, but everything depends on her authentic, natural necromantic gifts. But when she finds spirits in the site's garden with whom she cannot commune despite her superpowerful silver ring, she fears she's out of her league (she's not wrong) and flies to Portland for help. Paranormal and show-business power struggles make for hard-to-put-down entertainment. Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Series: Women of the Otherworld (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553805088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553805086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lilly Flora VINE VOICE on May 8, 2007
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Like another reviewer on this page, I had my review reported unfit for Amazon by someone and subsequently removed along with all the helpful votes it had earned. This has happened three times now. Whoever is doing this "reporting", please stop. I know the Amazon guidelines very well and this review follows them-if it did not the nice people who run this website wouldn't have allowed it to be posted in the first place. If you have a specific issue to take up with me or my review write a comment attached to my review or email me but please stop trying to delete this review. Amazon reviews works because everyone can post their opinion.

"No Humans Involved" is the turn for Jamie Vegas, our favorite celebrity Necro, to narrate. She was actually a cool choice for a first person speaker because it made the book really different to have a heroine who can't do anything to protect themselves physically. No super strength or wolf-shape like Elena, no spells like Paige or Eve, and definitely no Angel sword. Sometimes this is annoying because Jamie spends a while whining about always having to be rescued, but it a way it's more relatable, because hey, what reader could take on a werewolf or demon and expect to come out alive? Jamie is more human than the others. And she's definitely the funniest narrator yet.

But she's still way not normal. This book takes place on a TV shoot to raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, involving Jamie and two television spiritualists (no necro power for them.) At first Jamie thinks this will be a great way to get her own TV show, and Jeremy, the werewolf pack Alpha agreed to come out to LA from New York to visit, raising her hopes for a romantic relationship with him (no, in this book, in the beginning, they are not dating.
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I had already written a review for this book and it disappeared. I have no idea why they removed it, for it didn't contain any crucial spoilers, or at least I hadn't mentioned anything that hadn't already been mentioned by other reviewers. I have no idea on what new grounds this site removes reviews, so I won't go into details and just sum this up by saying that No Humans Involved is one of the best installments in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Jaime Vegas, celebrity necromancer, is a surprisingly splendid heroine. I say "surprisingly" because she had always struck me as flaky in the other books, but she has a great voice of her own and shows complexity and great pathos during some scenes, especially the ones where she deals with the ghosts and spirits. I also love the romantic tension between Jaime and Jeremy, the alpha werewolf of North America. I really enjoyed their scenes together. Overall, I loved this book and look forward to the release of Personal Demon, the next installment.

My one peeve is the hardcover price, but it's worth spending more money on something so entertaining and well written. If you prefer waiting for the paperback, then that is fine, but read this! You will love Jaime Vegas!
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I've read all the books in this series and although Bitten remains my favorite because it offers what I think is the perfect blend of romance and suspense, I've enjoyed every novel Kelley Armstrong puts out. No Humans Involved is very smoothly written and Jamie Vegas, the lead character and narrator, has a wry, intelligent voice that pulls you in from the first page. I definitely got caught up in her trials and tribulations as a necromancer and wanted to see her solve the mystery of the ghosts plaguing her. I also was rooting for her to find love with Jeremy, the Alpha werewolf with whom she's been in love for years.

The plot has already been summarized well by others, so I won't attempt to do so again here. Suffice to say that if you enjoy supernatural suspense with some romance mixed in, you'll like this novel. Also, unlike some series, I think you can read the Women of the Underworld books out of order or as stand alones although, of course, certain moments will resonate better if you have read the other books.

What I Enjoyed: Kelley Armstrong is a talented writer and her prose always flows well. In this book, the writing is particularly strong when Jamie grapples with the pratfalls of being a necromancer (she can't help every ghost and all the chatter from the dead may ultimately contribute to her losing her sanity). I also liked the humor in the scenes where Jamie gets the better of the Hollywood types she works with on her television special.

I've always liked Jeremy and I very much enjoyed the way he and Jamie initially dealt with the complexities of any potentional romantic relationship between them. That said, I thought more time could have been spent on their romance.
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Jaime Vegas is a woman who works hard for what she wants, and she's on the cusp of realizing all of her ambitions. She's got a good handle on her career, and her love life is...well....lets just say things are finally starting to look up.

The book opens with Jaime agreeing to participate in a television reality show with two other up-and-coming celebrity spiritualists. She's not thrilled about it, but she sees the program for what it is: an opportunity to land her own series. It all seems easy enough, until Jaime becomes aware of something more troubling than the run of the mill spectral encounters she's used to. Lurking around in the backyard of the house where the show is set, something dark and frightening is vying for Jaime's attention. With questions piling up and answers making themselves scarce, Jaime turns to friends for help in solving this most unusual of mysteries. With werewolf Jeremy Danvers at her side, Jamie travels from L.A, to Chicago, to Portland and back all in an effort to make sense of a ghostly puzzle. Along the way, she bargains with a dark witch, trades quips with a demon, and enlists the protection of an unlikely angel. But she'll need more than supernatural allies help her understand what is slowly beginning to look like a very 'human' crime.

Jaime's come a long way since her debut in Armstrong's 'Industrial Magic', and her voice in this new book is sassy, sexy and fun. Though she's got a few hang-ups to overcome, she's a definite contender when it comes to taking care of business. This book sees Jaime coming to terms with her checkered past and the darker side of her supernatural abilities. Readers will also be delighted by Jeremy's strong presence in 'No Humans Involved'.
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