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Haunted (Anna Strong Chronicles #8)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,118 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Anna Strong—kick-ass bounty hunter and vampire—has made some enemies in her time. But it’s not just her old foes she should be worried about…

Anna’s shape-shifting friend Culebra finally opens up to her about his life before he owned Beso de la Muerte, a bar catering to supernatural clientele. As if summoned by the conversation, Culebra’s past stumbles into his bar in the
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Ace (first published August 12th 2012)
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In Haunted, Anna learns about Culebra's past and how he and Max met. Culebra has been an intriguing character throughout the series and it was nice to learn who he was and what he did before owning Beso de la Muerte, a bar in a cave in Mexico.

Feeling lonely on Christmas Eve, Anna heads to her favorite Mexican hangout. There she finds Culebra and Max knocking back drinks at the bar. When someone from Culebra's turns up seeking help, he cannot refuse. He believes he's repaying a debt, but his "fr
Oct 22, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
Others have done some amazing reviews of this one.

I just want to say, parents selling house in US, drug cartel business in Mexico, Culebra history, Max and an emotional upheaval, bye bye Stephen and Anna's response to children.

As this was the 2nd last in the series, I can now guess where its going, so some things had to be resolved.

However, I am sick of authors killing off characters. Happens all too often and I never forget which book and I never re-read that book if I was invested. Looking a
Nov 24, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is called haunted for several reasons that I'm not going to go into because I don't want to be a spoiler. I read this 300 page ebook in one afternoon -- it was that good. The books in this series combine just the right amount of action, with description and love story interest to keep the reader engaged. Anna's ex, Max, is back again and being a jerk like usual. I never understood why he had such a problem with her, but at least in this book he starts coming around to recognizing she's ...more
Bonnie Ramthun
Sep 26, 2012 Bonnie Ramthun rated it it was amazing
Haunted is a powerful, compelling story of drug cartels, human trafficking, gun running along the Mexican border, and did I mention the vampire? Or the shape shifter? Anna Strong, bounty hunter and vampire, fulfills every revenge fantasy you've ever had against the evil predators who traffic in young girls. Anna doesn't mean to get caught up in the drug cartel operations along the Mexican border, but once she gets involved she doesn't back down. Jeanne C. Stein is a writer with a great command o ...more
I really liked this one, it seemed like Anna really went through a big range of emotions. Anna wasn’t the funniest person at the start. I didn’t really like seeing her wallow in self pity, not a good look for her. I loved that she was surprised by those that cared about her. Her visit by Frey and John-John made me smile. I liked the frank discussion that Frey had with her, I really wanted that for her, but was scared that she would screw it up and not let herself be happy.

I hated how things star
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Favorite Quote: “What am I?” I whisper then. “Vengeance.“

Haunted, #8 in the Anna Strong Chronicles, brings back the dynamic action packed life of Anna Strong-bounty hunter turned vampire, that I missed in book 7. Anna was turned into a vampire through violent means and without her consent. While it has been a wild adventure for Anna, she has accepted her role in being the Chosen. She is content in her relationship with Stephan, a human
~Jessica~I'm a Hoodie Ninja~
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"His scream hangs in the air longer than it takes the blood to drain from his body. I watch the man die, feeling nothing, my mind a blank slate. That isn't entirely true. I do have a thought. One down...."

Yea, that’s vampire and bounty hunter Anna Strong for you. She’s a bad ass, no mercy kind of girl. And when her friend Culebra’s Cartel past comes back to haunt him, Anna doesn’t think twice about using her bad ass vampire and bounty hunter skills to he
May 28, 2013 Dina rated it really liked it
I think since she got involved again with the cat I like these books much more. I like the characters overall, I'm not sure how I feel about her ex still, William, well, I'm not sure what is up with that at all and I'm sure we'll find out. The odd thing about the William thing is his wife, I mean, it's not like she wasn't a part of his life. She totally turned slutty and dirty. Odd, very odd, don't you think he's care, just a little. Compared to the others which were around a 2.5 to 3 this is mo ...more
Paige Ellen Stone
Feb 15, 2015 Paige Ellen Stone rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Jeanne C. Stein for continuing this series with deeper plotting and very surprising character development. Avoiding spilling a spoiler, I will only say that it takes courage to kill off a major character and not piss off her readers.
This episode has more twists and turns than Culebra shape shifted into his snake form. Many of those twists and turns involve taking the reader into the dark past of Anna's mysterious friend, Culebra. His past has caught up with him, and after a surprisingly
Aug 31, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
Culebra was a big part of HAUNTED. We get to dig into his past and help him out with the problems that his past is now causing.

Anna is one of my favorite heroines. I always enjoy seeing others underestimate Anna and her coming in to kick their asses. I do miss seeing Anna doing her bounty hunting. She is hunting someone in HAUNTED but I miss her working with her partner and I hope he is back to being by her side at some point in the next book. Anna's love life is kinda wonky in HAUNTED. She sta
Sep 07, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Since Anna was unwillingly turned into a vampire, there are very few people who know her true nature. Her shape-shifter friend, Culebra is one one of the few trusted ones, so when his dark past is revealed, that shock hits her even harder. Yet when one of his past cohorts comes to call wanting to cash in a life debt Anna instantly steps up, along with Max, the DEA agent and her ex, to support Culebra on his quest. Traveling deep into Mexico,
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Mar 24, 2013 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing
Finished Jeanne C. Stein's Haunted this morning, having started it Friday morning. It was pretty good! Like with most of my reads lately, I couldn't recall a lot of what went down last time, but was able to get the general idea of it through the storytelling.

In this one Anna learns of her friend, Culebra's dark past and how it soon catches up with him when an old friend, Ramon, comes to him asking for help. In order to help him, he'll have to return to parts of Mexico where he left behind his ol
Heather Book Savvy Babe
The Anna Strong Chronicles continue strong with Haunted, the newest release in the urban fantasy series. While most of the main characters make appearances in Haunted, the majority of the book is based around Anna, Max, and Culebra. When Culebra's past catches up with him, Anna and Max determine to help their friend. Anna is shocked by Culebra's past and struggles to come to terms with the truth as well as moving past the hurts between her and Max. While Anna is involved in deadly dealings in Me ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Ana rated it really liked it
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Kathy Davie
Oct 11, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Eighth in the Anna Strong urban fantasy series revolving around Anna, a bounty hunter-turned-vampire in San Diego.

My Take
I loved it and I hated it. Anna is strong and does the right thing on the big, general moral issues. As a fictional character, she gets to be bad on the bad guys. On a more personal level, she does some stupid things that I can't decide if she's simply acting without thinking or if Stein figures this is an easy way out.

I also had my worries that this might be the end of the s
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Haunted from the Publisher for review. I settled in with the tale on a trip out of town and almost missed several set meet up times because I couldn't put it down!

Haunted is basically an action movie set to paper with a leading lady to rival Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie, or any of the other action heroines out there that we so love.

Our favorite gun-toting, 'what you see is what you get'
Sep 29, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*First Thoughts*

Such a bittersweet ending to this story. I actually broke out the tissues because my eyes could not stop watering. Please, you know I'm not going to spoil what happens or to whom. If you've read this book, then you know. If you haven't read this book or series, you need to start from the beginning and work your way forward. Trust me, this won't be one of those series that goes on forever and has the heroine become a whoreling.

Anna Strong, vampire
Nov 11, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
This doesn’t seem to be a very well-known series so for those of you who haven’t heard of it before I will give you a little background.

Anna Strong is a bounty hunter. She is also a vampire. Turned against her will in book 1 Anna has struggled to come to terms with what she is. Life is difficult for her as she tries to act human because in this series vampires are not the sexy kind we sometimes read about. Over the previous seven books Anna has dealt with all kinds of things. She has made friend
Patricia Stoltey
Jan 27, 2015 Patricia Stoltey rated it it was amazing
This was my first Jeanne C. Stein vampire novel featuring Anna Strong, but it won't be my last. Haunted has an excellent contemporary plot, the pacing kept me turning the pages, and the characters are well-drawn. I don't read a lot of vampire fantasy, but Anna Strong is a compelling and sympathetic woman who just happens to have a few special powers. I'm a fan.
Oct 08, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
In Haunted, Anna learns Culebra's deepest secrets. It is Christmas time, not wanting to spend it alone Anna heads down to Culebra's finding a drunk DEA agent and ex-lover Max and Culebra loose lipped by all the alcohol they imbibed in. She learns many shocking details of Culebra cartel past.

Within days the cartel comes calling, pulling Culebra back in while Anna and Max follow along to help. Finding treachery at every turn, Anna, Max, and Culebra face many evils of the man made variety. Making t
Aug 28, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf-pr, 5-stars

Another great installment. Actually it's my favorite book of the series. I love Anna. I call her my favorite asshole. She's fierce, unapologetic, but also loyal to those she loves. In this installment she and Max accompany Culebra into the depths of Mexico to help an old friend rescue his wife and child from a drug lord. Betrayals, action, drugs, kidnapping, guns, and friendship all ensue. We get the background of Culebra and it's very interesting. I hope this series never ends, but it seems
Sep 03, 2012 Hitandmiss rated it liked it
Short Review - All the pieces are here for a good urban fantasy Vampire novel, yet we seem to be missing that spark that turns a ok book into a great book, I keep reading this book expecting something to click, for her "Chosen" status to kick in, Yet it’s still not happening. This latest book is a novella, having her chase down humans is dull; at no point is there a reasonable threat to Anna, so the outcome is little more than a formality.

Culebra's story is ok, nothing new but it’s solid, howeve
Sep 23, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
I did like many things in this book. I felt there was a significant amount of character development, but it turned into a comparison of how bad is bad. While Culebra is not seen in a favorable light, the bad guys get badder and badder so he doesn't seem AS bad. The action scenes are good, but the villainous behavior just gets more and more vile till it just seems a catalog of inhuman actions. It is a good juxtaposition that the inhuman one is the most humane.

The wrap-up at the end just left me c
Alison (Lady Coffin) S
Oct 29, 2015 Alison (Lady Coffin) S rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-etc
It had been a few years between reading this and the previous, so it took me a little while to get back into the story and figure out who a few of the characters were. Unlike some authors, she didn't give a hugh background on everyone, but what she did give was enough.

Very action packed, with less supernatural violence against each other, and more human against human violence, and it was a little disturbing, but within the context of the plot it was from what I understand most likely accurate.

Titis Wardhana
Di sini terungkap masa lalu Culebra, dan yang dilakukan mafia narkoba sama gadis2 kecil itu bener2 parah, mentang2 punya duit, bisa nyulik anak2 di bawah umur buat dijadiin budak seks, ga kebayang...
I like this series; probably a 3.5 star verdict. It had been awhile since visiting with this series and then I had the opportunity to pick up the last couple missing volumes. This story focuses on a drug cartel, abducted young women/girls, and Anna's (our blood-sucking heroine) disastrous love life. If that sounds like an odd plot combination to you, it felt that way to me too as I struggled through the beginning. Maybe struggled is a bit harsh, as it did smooth out once the direction was made c ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Shannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels
Oh, what a downer. I loved this series up until this one. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for Max to get written back and only for this? Ughhh, this sucked. This seemed like a story just to get a book out there. It was just too much of a story about drug thugs than about vamps and the supernatural and the deal with Max just killed what little was left. And the thing with Frey? Really a few paragraphs at the beginning and the end just felt like it was stuck in there to be a cliff hang ...more
Jeannie Lopez
Jun 15, 2015 Jeannie Lopez rated it really liked it
It was a different one. But still crazy intriguing.. Twists and turn surprises and friendship true !
Mar 13, 2015 Richenda rated it really liked it
The first book in this series that is actually good... One you get past the first chapter of recap.
Oct 09, 2012 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Wow, not quite sure what to think of all that went down in this one. It's the holidays and Anna finds herself alone, then visited by friends from the past. Then surprise, her family is back to close up their ca house. Feeling a little lonely leads to a trip to see Culebra and runs into Max and we learn alot more about the snake. Eventually she's pulled into assisting them into rescuing abused girls the cartel has kidnapped and bringing down some Mexican drug ring leaders. A little bittersweet. T ...more
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Jeanne C. Stein is an American Urban Fantasy author living in Colorado. She now lives in Colorado, but was raised and educated in San Diego, which is the setting for her contemporary vampire fantasy.

Jeanne is active in the writing community, belonging to Sisters in Crime both nationally and in San Diego and Los Angeles. She also belongs to Horror Writers of America, RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction
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