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Don't Kill The Messenger (Messenger #1)

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View our feature on Eileen Rendahl’s Don't Kill the Messenger. The first in a fantastic new paranormal series about a messenger from the supernatural underworld.

Melina Markowitz is a Messenger, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. Problem is, when a girl's a go-between, it's hard not to get caught in the middle...

When ninjas steal an envelope
Paperback, 323 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley (first published January 11th 2010)
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*4.5 Stars*

I am so thrilled that I finally got this book. I've had my eye on it for a while, but I finally grabbed it when I saw Amazon had it listed for $6. (Yeah for great prices!) After reading--and enjoying--this book I know I won't quibble about paying the (ridiculous) Trade prices for the future releases. I enjoyed it that much!

I really liked the unique take on Melina's role in the supernatural world. As she said, she's a small cog in a big wheel. Due to a twist of fate she's stuck as a Me
Nice to have a Jewish leading lady. Too bad it's her only distinguishing feature. She's no different than 100 other UF, or even chick lit, gals. And she's in way over her head. Her sources are her Grandma and Aunt, who coincidentally had important info for her, and the Internet. Seriously, her source for defeating the very scary (and gross) Chinese vampires/zombies is a website. Because stuff on the Internet is always correct. And not only is she fighting scary vampires, but also the much more s ...more
Merve Özcan
Kızımız bir elçi. Paranormal yaratıklar arası sürünüp duruyor. Bir paket teslim ederken çalınması ve bir kaç zombimsi vampirin çete üyelerini öldürmesi sonucu derin ve çıkamadığı bir işin içine giriyor. Adsız bir ihbar yaptıktan sonra Ted adlı bir polisle tanışıyor ve işler biraz "aşığım aşık" durumuna geliyor. Alex bir vampir ve sanırım Melinadan bayağı hoşlanıyor. Sonuçta bunlar, bu çete üyelerini(uyuşturu)çinli zombimsi vampirlere öldürtüp sonrasında zombileri yakıyorlar. Tabi hiç bir şey kay ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Ever wonder how all those kick-ass heroines in popular Urban Fantasy got their start? How they actually became kick-ass? You don't usually see the mighty heroine's more humble beginnings - by the time they're heroines, they're usually already there. Well, Melina Markowitz may just be the answer to those idle wonderings. An unexpected drowning and resuscitation at the age of three marked Melina as a member of the arcane and called her into service as a Messenger...sort of like the supernatural's ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
Melina Markowitz is a very busy woman. Not only is she working two jobs to make ends meets, but has another secret one where she doesn't get paid at all. Melina is known in the supernatural world as a messenger. Those creatures of myth and legend, such as vampires, werewolves and even imps do exist because they expect Melina to deliver packages and other messages to one another. Melina has no choice because if she ignores this call horrible things will happen to her and she'll get very sick. If ...more
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First off, this cover rocks and definitely caught my eye *finger snap* like that.
"Don't Kill The Messenger" is a great title and descriptive.
Melina Markowitz is just that, a Messenger.
She skirts the lines between Mundanes/'Danes (humans) and Arcanes/'Canes (those who
are among the things of myth and camp fire stories).
She is a Messenger or in Melina's words "a glorified gopher."
There is no payment to reward the burden but all the
Mar 31, 2011 Jan rated it it was ok

I'm truly shocked to see this book getting such great reviews on Goodreads.

I decided to pick up this book because I'd read another book by Rendahl that I enjoyed and because I enjoy a good vampire/zombie/werewolf book as much as the next person. I have never read a paranormal romance before (unless you count the Sookie Stackhouse books, which I guess kind of are). Perhaps this is why I don't get the love for this book.

I found the juvenile "voice" of the lead character very irritat
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Melina Markowitz is a messenger. She didn't plan on being a messenger and she isn't always happy to make her "deliveries". Neverthless, she does her job when she is forced to. Who she is a messenger to is more interesting than the fact that she is a messenger. She delivers packages, notes and other important items to members of the "arcane" which includes vampires, werewolves and other "creatures".

Melina screws up one of her deliveries. It's not really her fault but the consequences are hers to
Jun 16, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
I gave this one 3.5 stars.

Okay, so I will give a brief synopsis since it seems that many haven't read this one yet. The main character is named Melina, and she is what's known as a Messenger. She is the go between for different species, so for example, a vampire needs something delivered to a werewolf, he will request for Melina to do it. This is mainly to prevent fights between species that don't like each other.

While Melina is on her way to deliver a pkg. from one vamp to another vamp, she is
2.5 stars.

Meh... I'm really not sure I can be bothered to write a proper review about this. It had some good ideas and it wasn't awful, in fact it was purely mediocre and perhaps that's most of the problem I have with it.

There's some good ideas floating around, but there's also a lot of time spent with the character not doing much other than driving around bitching about how she doesn't want to be a Messenger and No-One Asked Her. Of course in real life I'd have some sympathy for her, but in a
Colliding Worlds
May 28, 2015 Colliding Worlds rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, owned
Manchmal hat man eindeutig unentdeckte Schätze auf dem SuB liegen! So eine Perle ist "Don't kill the messenger" auf jeden Fall. Ich war mehr als begeistert von diesem Auftakt in eine neue Urban Fantasy-Reihe, der über 3 Jahre auf meinem Stapel ungelesener Bücher auf seinen Einsatz warten musste.

Eileen Rendahl hat hier einen interessanten neuen Aspekt in einen eigentlich eher typischen Weltenentwurf eingebracht. In Melinas Welt leben übernatürliche Kreaturen wie Werwölfe, Vampire, Fe
Mar 21, 2015 Lokki rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014, meh
I'm actually a little disappointed in this book. After reading reviews here, I added it to my TBR list thinking it would the start of a new series to follow. It had potential, but for me, it fell flat and I'm totally on the fence as to whether I'll try the next one in the series.

So what didn't I like? Where do I start? The lame plot, the pathetic half-hearted attempt to create a love triangle at the last minute, the immature, kinda whiny lead character (I have a hard time thinking of her as a he
Dec 20, 2010 Tez rated it really liked it
I'm used to publishers mismarketing paranormal romance as urban fantasy, but it's nonetheless annoying every time it happens. Don't Kill the Messenger is the rare opposite: urban fantasy mismarketed as paranormal romance. An author blurb emblazoned on the cover speaks of "an edgy, kick-ass protagonist", as if they've never come across one before. Maybe not in paranormal romance, but I assure you that in urban fantasy they're a dime a freaking dozen.

Originally I'd passed over this book because th
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it really liked it
Melina acts as a go-between for the supernatural around Sacramento. Not by her choice. If an imp or sylph or whatnot drops off a package and orders its delivery, she must do it. So when she's getting off her clerking night shift at the hospital and the hot, hunky vampire doc from the ER give her a parcel for delivery, she gripes but does what she needs to do. She doesn't expect to have ninjas drop out of a tree and give her the beat-down to get the item. Something is up. Any supernatural creatur ...more
Jana Brown
I surprised myself with this one. It's likely between a 3 and a 4 for me as a fun popcorn read. The concept behind this book is that our heroine Melina drown as a small child, but was brought back. However, that few minutes left her a bit on the odd side and chosen as a messenger to the supernatural world. This is just as glamorous as it sounds as she spends her life trying to juggle a somewhat normal life and job with delivering packages for whatever supernatural beastie requests it of her. She ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Melinda rated it really liked it
This book is not what I expected. I expected more of a romance novel, instead I got an action/adventure with lots of paranormal.

The main character is a little clueless, but I think it works well for her and for the story. She didn't want to acknowledge the "others" and live a normal life so I think the clueless part was her character.

I love how all her friends come together at the end, both the "danes" and the "canes". The only concern is Norah. Is she really going to be ok after learning about
Feb 16, 2013 Sillylittlefishey rated it liked it
I liked this book more than my 3 star rating may indicate, but it wasn't quite a 4 star to me. Full review written for Open Book Society to come.

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

dont-kill-the-messenger-eileen-rendahlMelina Markowitz isn’t all that she appears. She has experienced death and came out the other side, or has come back to this side? She drowned in the family pool when she was three and when she was brought back to life she had some added abilities. She could see, hear, and sense things that nobody else could; paranormal things. In fact, she is a Messenger
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌

After being on my "currently reading" shelf for so long, I finally found the patience and motivation TO FINISH THIS THE FUCK OFF.

Okay. So the problem with Don't Kill The Messenger was that it wasn't original. Not really. I mean the whole "messenger" concept was quite unique and I was very intrigued when I first saw it, but the concept isn't really explored and developed at all.

So, in the end, it's really like all of those Paranormal Romances out there, except not as good. I mean, I'
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The concept behind Don’t Kill The Messenger is an interesting one but unfortunately for Eileen Rendahl, the delivery was another story entirely. This book is categorized as urban fantasy but the heroine comes across as immature and acts like a teenager instead of someone who’s in her mid-twenties. The dialogue is also repetitive and inconsistent. For me, this novel fell short of the mark because its few redeeming qualities are overshadowed by Melina’s ditzyness. Perhaps I
David Caldwell
This is the first book in the Messenger series.

While this is the first book in the series, I actually read the third book first. Since I liked the third book, I wanted to go back and read the earlier books to get any background that I had missed. I especially wanted the whole messenger thing explained a little better. So here is my warning to everyone, Thw whole messenger thing is not really explained. It does say how Melina became a messenger, but where her powers come from or even exactly what
Sep 16, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
A new-to-me author in a brand new paranormal series and I loved it! Melina may work at the check in desk in an emergency room as her day job but it's her second job as a Messenger that gets her in the most trouble. She's the go between that delivers messages and artifacts between the supernatural beings that live in Sacramento, CA. But when on her latest delivery the note is stolen by a group of ninjas she falls down the rabbit hole trying to determine what was contained in the note and why they ...more
Barbara ★
As a paranormal messenger Melina Markowitz doesn't get paid. Nope it's some kind of destiny thing (dying at age three and being resuscitated will do that to a gal) so she works two dead-end jobs to make ends meet - mainly as a file clerk in the hospital but also as a karate instructor at her friends dojo. I really liked the idea of a messenger which seems new and different in the genre but other than the first couple of paragraphs, this theme isn't explored. I'm hoping in subsequent books it mig ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
No glamorous job for this working class UF heroine - but this new series 'delivers' magic and a touch of romance

Melina's brush with death as a child wins her magical powers and a new glamorous job - but wait - yes to the magic but no to the glamour. Melina is now delivery girl, carrying message between members of the hidden Arcane population of Sacremento, a job with no perks and no pays and no say - she gets a delivery request, she has to see it through or else suffer karmic curses 'til she ge
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
The Messenger sides with no one; they are neutral. But when the Messenger is attacked, things can get personal.

Melina Markowitz drowned when she was three years old. When she was revived moments later, her life was forever changed. She can see and communicate with supernatural creatures. She is a Messenger, a person that moves between the supernatural beings with drop-offs, pick-ups, and information.

Melina tried to ignore her calling, but she learned her lesson well. When she doesn't complete h
Jan 01, 2013 Isis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I was a little surprised by how much I ended up liking this book. It started out slowly, and was barely keeping my attention. However, I persevered, and about halfway through the story, I was entirely hooked and the story simmered until the last page. I really like the heroine, Melina. She's strong, smart, and witty, and she refuses to put up with crap from the guys she knows, be they vampires, werewolves, or just plain humans. I like all the guys as well. They're fun, snarky, and have wonderful ...more
May 06, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. I'm looking for a new series to enjoy and I liked the idea of a Jewish female protagonist. I thought she might stand out a bit from the crowded field of female urban fantasy protagonists. I even convinced myself that I liked the idea of messengers, people who've had some sort of near-death experience that are somehow preserved to fulfill a need in the paranormal community. I even liked some of the execution of that idea but some parts of this book just click fo ...more
The plot had gigantic loopholes that really started bothering me after a while of accumulating them. (view spoiler) ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
Not a bad book for the first book in the series. Overall Melina was amusing, kick ass and have to admit pretty bloody grouchy. lol. Ted was a little ridiculous but in a good way - not sure what the guy version of a Mary-sue is but I'm pretty sure Ted would be in that category if it wasn't for his name, lol.
Book had some interesting paranormal critters - I'm interested in this Messenger business, it seems bizarre, I'm not sure why Eileen chose them to write about, maybe because they haven't been
Sep 19, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it
Melina after dying for a few seconds & resuscitated, opened her up to a sixth sense. Melina is faster at healing & has increased stamina & speed, she recognises when abnormals, magical creatures, vampires & werewolves are near. Always the oddball she keeps herself distanced from her family & those around her, working nights in ER & as a messenger between different fractions of the 'cane'(arcane) population. She shares a flat with a 'dane' (as in mundane i.e human).

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