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- Publication Date : October 24, 2011
- File Size : 1430 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 352 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00746P20Q
- Publisher : Zebra Books (October 24, 2011)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1420124021
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #572,188 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Shia or Shiarra as she is known is sometimes a whiny, angry angst driven person, constantly screwing up
and making hurtful assumptions about Royce (he's a monster, he's a cold-blooded manipulater, he's a vampire -
all of which is true, but he never once tries to be anything but a good friend to her and she disses him at every turn). Shia is angry about Chaz's infidelity (her ex) through most of the book - but why she wants to utterly destroy him and his entire pack is never quite clear. Royce also does not seem to have much of a part in this book until the end - I'd like to see their relationship develop a little more. Royce and Shiarra FINALLY progress in their "relationship" towards the end of the book and there is tons of action going on (sometimes it is
hard to keep up), but the book moves quickly and keeps your interest.
I also recommend reading the first three books in the series before jumping into this one and remember that this book is not as good as the others - but still worth reading. Jess Haines will continue to be a must buy author for my bookshelf.
As with other series I have mentioned, the narrative gets better and better as the books go along. Jess Haines has really worked out an intriguing storyline. I would give this book 4.5 - 5*'s.
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This book picks up straight away from where Deceived By The Others left off with Shia escaping Royce's house and starting on a murderous rampage seeking revenge on Dillon, pack member of the Sunstrikers, who has possibly infected her with Lycanthropy and Chaz, leader of the Sunstrikers and her ex-boyfriend who betrayed her. Shia is all alone with nowhere to go and no money, all she has is her enchanted hunter belt, which gives her superhuman powers and speed, constantly whispering in her ear. She needs to seek retribution before the next full moon which is only 24 days away. We follow her on this journey with a count down of the days until the full moon. It was so excited wondering whether Shia would sprout fur and fangs and I couldn't read fast enough to get the answer.
I wasn't sure what to expect from the story as Shia hunts down her prey but I was not expecting for it to be darker and grittier than the previous books. I certainly wasn't expecting the badass Shia that we get in this instalment and I loved it.
If you liked the earlier books you will not be disappointed and if you like Urban Fantasy I would urge you to try this series. I am going to give Stalking The Others 4 stars. I would have given it 5 but Ms Haines tended to keep giving us the same information over and over and I got a tad fed up with this. But other than that I thought this was a great addition to the series. So did Shia turn furry and did she get it on with Alec......well you will just have to read it and find out for yourself.
Shia's got so much rage in her, so much anger. This is truly gritty urban fantasy, full of action, bitterness, tethered emotions and total self-absorption with delivering vengeance to those who wronged the main heroine.
Partly the change comes over Shia because of the magical belt she's wearing. If you remember previous books, the belt gave her a much needed edge over supernatural creatures at night, but by day its strength waned.
However, the darkness she absorbs every time she wears that belt is welcomed, so whatever has been happening from the very beginning of Miss Waynest's involvement with vampires and werewolves reached its critical point which broke her and molded her into something new.
Stalking The Others is turning the tables, and Shia becomes a hunter instead of being hunted. The plot is violent, action-packed and gritty with the ending that made me reminisce about Anita and Jean-Claude when it was all still fresh and new.
Not sure what to think of the ending, but it's clear that Jess Haines has quite a few aces up her sleeve, and I can not even predict the direction Shia's life will take from now, but I'm very much looking forward to finding out...
Without giving too much away I got bored quite quickly and was frustrated reading about the characters aching muscles and how much she had been beaten up. I felt that there were now too many twists in the now for Jess to bring anything to a satisfactory conclusion and so she has to keep writing. I really hope that she has a plan of where to take this story and I'm sure she has but my worry is that people will become bored with this series if she doesn't wrap it up soon. The problem is that there will have to be a conclusion eventually - I just hope that it doesn't involve a vampire baby or anything.