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- Print Length: 351 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (January 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046ZRW6A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Taken by the Others (H&W Investigations Book 2) Kindle Edition
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After the events in Hunted by The Others changed Shiarra's life so completely, it was hard for me to imagine where Jess Haines would be able to take these adventures.
Taken by the Others is all about the Vamps and once again Shiarra finds herself right in the thick of things, even when she doesn't really mean to.
Well, being tempted to join the anti-paranormal group The White Hats, dating a were, being contracted to a Vamp and hanging out with a Mage that happens to be your best friend's boyfriend, definitely aren't inducing to a non-violent and laid back lifestyle, are they?
Once again Jess Haines brings on the goods and delivers a compelling and entertaining adventure that I did not want to stop reading for a second!
I love how Jess is not afraid of putting her leading lady through the ringer and treating her like a human being, a very pro-active one at that, but still a human being that has her faults and is not afraid of recognizing.
The H & W Investigations series is fast becoming one of my faves and it is definitely one series for which I will be eagerly awaiting for, whenever a new installment is expected.
If you are an avid Urban Fantasy reader like me, I totally recommend this series to you, You won't regret it! If you have read Hunted by The Others, you will definitely want to read Taken by the Others.
Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life [...]
Slight spoiler alert. The climactic battle is actually anticlimactic and very unsatisfyingly inconclusive. The "evil" vampire from Chicago never gets the justice he deserves; humans deaths are nonchalantly piled up and their is no real understanding of why Royce and Max, the two elder vampires, want Shiarra. Max's reasons are somewhat reasonable. He just wants to piss off Royce who for some reason is very protective of Shiarra. Why her werewolf boyfriend is involved since they seem to almost have a platonic relationship is also unclear; let alone why the human vigilantes choose to involved themselves. I agree with their leader let the two vampires fight it out then go after the last vamp standing (Although Max is clearly the more evil of the two).
I only rated this as a 3 star because the book contains some good ideas.
For example she is told not to look into a vamps eyes at it increases his hold on her but what does she do but do it anyway even watching said vamp kill a woman by drinking her dry because she may have been in another vamp bed. . . And our heroine is supposed to be one of the good guys.
Sorry I can take a bit of soul searching but this one wallows in an almost permanent self pity party.
How she survives whilst others around die like flys is beyond the realm of even fantasy. . .
One can only hope that she manages to pull on her big girl panties in the next book
The good: I liked the plot a little better this time around. Max really is quite terrifying and he doesn't care who he kills. He is motivated by his hatred of Royce and seeks revenge against something Royce did a long time ago. Also while I didn't like the idea of another potential romantic interest for Shiarra, I did like the character of Devon. I also liked the new mute vampire named Mouse. Although Mouse and Devon didn't do anything amazing in this particular book, I think they make great side characters and could potentially lead to a lot of neat ideas for future installments. The ending was exciting enough that I really found myself getting into the book. There were no really big surprises but the conclusion was put together very well and the very end shows a side of Alec Royce that may clear up where his is on the friend or foe scale.
The bad: Shiarra is so darn prejudiced! She says she has come to see a different side of the Others now that she knows them but her thoughts just don't always show that. Then in addition to her prejudice thoughts on the Others, at one time she shows actual homophobia when she sees two male Others turn to each other in grief. Of course she says "I'm not homophobic but...". Well Shiarra, the 'but' just proves you are homophobic. It is really hard to like Shiarra. She also still makes some pretty dumb decisions in "Taken by the Others". I want to like the series but its so hard when the main character is not someone I root for in real life. My only other complaint is that the first half of the book dragged, not much of importance happened. It was the group rehashing their plans over and over again until the last third of the book when things really started to happen.
Overall? I liked it better than the first book. I have seen characters grow and mature over the course of a series and I can only hope that this happens with Shiarra. I am going to read the next book since I already have it. That will be the deciding factor on whether I keep reading. There are just too many really good books to keep reading ones that aren't as good.
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