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Wraith (Zoë Martinique #1)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,575 ratings  ·  123 reviews

Zoë Martinique has the ability to travel outside of her body at will- which she turned into a career, hiring herself out as a literal spook. One night, she witnesses a murder by a fellow traveler-who not only sees her but tries to pursue her.

To save herself, Zoë must figure out exactly who-and what-the murderer is, before he finds her and puts an end to her traveling- perm

Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published June 1st 2007)
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The protagonist in this story is supposed to be 28 years old but she acts more like she's 13. I could deal with deliberately ignoring common sense, many protagonists in urban fantasy do that. But she's constantly wanting her mommy and while I understand the sentiment... she is 28. I also got very tired of the references to "tingling girl parts" and the far too often used "mental note:" I was annoyed enough that although I found the concepts and the plot interesting, I won't be continuing the ser ...more
Phaedra Weldon's book has the dubious honor to be my first dropped book of this year. The premise sounds really interesting - Zoë has the ability to leave her body which she uses for espionage - and in the hands of a better writer, this would've been a great book. But!

The book is painfully juvenile. The heroine is almost 30 but she behaves like a 12-year-old. She uses phrases like "How rude!" or words like "oogy". For her out-of-body experience, she dresses in a black cat suit and bunny slippers
I seriously debated between 2 and 3 stars. It was a weird mix. She uses words like oogy (repeatedly, nauseatingly) then switches to hair that's "truncated" in the middle of her back. Zoë's voice is an odd mix of chick lit and educated woman. And the chick lit is just terribly done, the banter is lame and incredibly irritating. I almost threw the book across the room when during one of the most tense moments in the book, after being grabbed by a bad guy, Zoë, "He had me in a nuggy position. Yippe ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Miriam rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stupid ditzes
Shelves: unfinished, fantasy
The concept seemed interesting to start, but I had to give the book up halfway through because the protagonist was SO. EFFING. STUPID. She has the ability to astrally project herself and makes a living spying for people -- the morality of which, by the way, is never questioned, although it would certainly be illegal if she were doing the same thing with technology. She has been using her power in this way for 6 years, yet she is unable to learn to not speak while spying on people, even though sh ...more
Bethany C
I vacillated between 2 1/2 and 3 stars for a while. I think I wanted to like this more than I actually did. It wasn't bad at all; I guess I would just call it mildly entertaining. I did like the way the author developed the characters, and the way it finished I have to say my interest is piqued enough to pick up the sequel. Eventually. I guess my main issue with it was that I felt the subject matter lent itself to being darker, but the author kept trying to write it, for lack of a better word, c ...more
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Jul 20, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received the last book and the short stories in this series from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am happy to also provide an honest review for this book, the first in the series, which I purchased for myself.

Synopsis: Zoë Martinique has turned her unusual ability into a career. When she's traveling, she can't be seen which makes her an ideal professional snoop. I ndustrial espionage, surveillance, whatever. But one
For me this book started out a little slow and then picked right up once Zoe stepped in it. She seems to be a magnet for trouble following her around and it was odd how much of the book she managed to spend in the trunk of a a car.

I loved the interaction between Zoe, her mom, Rhonda, and the 2 ghosts. It was amazing how they all just think all this crazy stuff is normal and not all that strange that people can leave their bodies. I also loved Zoe's penchant for oddball slippers, she must have 5-
Blood Rose Books
In her debut novel, Phaedra Weldon takes the reader in the world of in between, where ghost and other things go bump in the night and not everything in there is friendly

Zoe Martinique is a Private Detective, but not of the cheating husband kind, more like a professional snoop infiltrating meetings that no one else is able to without someone else knowing she is there. Zoe has the ability of astral projection. Her spirit can leave her body and have all the abilities of a spirit free from a body p
Susan (susayq ~)
1.5 stars.

Huh? What the hell happened here? Yep, that was my reaction as I finished this book. Let me do a little recap of this book...Zoe can astral travel (her soul leaves her body and she "snoops" on people for her job). She gets this job, but blows it off cause she feels some "oogey" around this building. She goes to check it out against her better judgement and sees someone get their soul sucked away by what she later finds out is a Symbiont. Zoe gets another job, this time to snoop on a me
Okay, for the first... quarter, almost, I was fairly sure this is going to be one of my rare did-not-finish books. It was a real struggle to read, largely because of Zoe, the protagonist and one of the most stupid people ever to grace the pages of a book.

She really annoyed the hell out of me with her completely idiotic behaviour, and her first-person narration made things a thousand times worse, what with all the "witty asides" and notes to self and parentheticals and... basically, she sounded l
Any book with a blurb on it that name checks Tanya Huff and the Vicky Nelson series is a book that's going to get my immediate attention. And after reading the summary on the back cover of Phaedra Weldon's Wraith, I was quite prepared to give this one a shot.

Turned out to be a solid read overall: Zoe Martinique is a young woman who's developed the ability to have her spirit go out of her body. That this is the result of the traumatic experience of being raped when she was younger is handled with
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
I'm not really a big fan of first-person stories, and this book is a perfect example of why - first-person only works if the narrator isn't completely annoying...

I suppose this would be called first-person stream of consciousness, since we get every random thought which flits through our "heroines" brain... and what we learn is that our heroine is sex-crazed with attempts at being cutesy... and that her thoughts are way, way too repetitive. (Either that, or her metaphors far too limited.)

One mo
I like the premise of this series—Zoe can astral project and travel unseen outside her body—she uses this ability to spy for a living. I like the Tim and Steve storyline (ghosts who live in her mom’s house). I’d like to see further development of her mom and her best friend’s characters. I don’t like the numerous sex references Weldon scatters throughout the book—sometimes they fit the scene but too often they don’t and they only detract from the story.

After a fast-paced beginning, Weldon lost m
Oct 15, 2010 Hallie marked it as life-is-too-short  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This wasn't going very well - Zoe irritated me by being stupid far too often, and nastier to her mother than worked for the situations as described. Then there was the Irish coffee being described as coffee and rum. Riiiiight. *Then* her mother brought her a hot toddy when she'd had a very traumatic experience (traumatic for her mother too, though) and she apparently didn't know what it was and was acting all bratty about her mother bringing her this weird drink. But I was putting up with it as ...more
I finished the book in the hope everything would be explained. It wasn't. I'm still confused about almost everything. And I don't care enough about any of the characters to continue reading the series in hope of some answers. (Not that I expect the author to provide any answers. She enjoys taunting her readers.)

Other than the lack of explanations I found the heavy-handed foreshadowing the most annoying aspect of the book. I really don't like Zoe very much.
I picked this book up at a used book store. It took me some time to get around to reading it. Once I read the book, I wondered why it had taken so long. This was an amazing intro into a new world. I am SO happy that there are more books for me to enjoy! And I'm excited about the connected series :)
I read a few dozen pages, put this book down, and couldn't bring myself to pick it up again for weeks. Now a month later, I'm flipping through it and every time my eyes land on dialogue, I cringe. This book rubs me the wrong way. I'm not certain why, but I dislike it.
P.A. Lupton

The premise of Wraith immediately grabbed my attention, but sadly, the execution of this story was disappointing. Mostly, it was the heroine that bothered me. She made so many stupid decisions it was hard to like her. It was one thing after another. And the fact that she was raped and acted as if it never happened really bothered me—and it wasn’t the first time she was raped. She was blasé about it, as if being sexually assaulted wasn’t life altering.

On the plus side, the heroine had a really c
I have mixed feelings about this novel. The pretext of the story was good, but I did end up skimming, a lot.

The main character became irritating, immature and petty. In actual fact I found the two supporting female characters much more interesting and entertaining than the lead. The supporting characters appeared to have more depth and mystery, giving the story much more strength. To this end, they didn’t seem to be in the novel enough to keep me completely immersed.

There was too much detail tha
Barbara ★
Zoe Martinique is a PI selling her services on Ebay. Zoe has the ability to astral project her spirit. She leaves her body and has all the abilities of a spirit except that she cannot travel from one location to another without actual transportation which makes for interesting moments. During one of her investigations, she witnesses the murder of an Asian man. Strangely, he is murdered by a fellow traveler who attacks Zoe and leaves her marked. This mark causes strange things to happen to her bo ...more

Wraith is an imaginative urban fantasy with a touch of wry humor. Weldon is an accomplished writer who takes you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there. So why only 3 books? Because of the end. Bear with me here.

In this book, we meet Zoe (pronounced Zo-ee) Martinique, a 30-ish single woman who lives in Atlanta. She's sort of an investigator in that she does spying jobs for people, but in a unique way. While her physical body is on one place, her astral body does the actual work. She is a
This book would have been much better if it hadn't been for the main character Zoë. She was a vapid useless idiot though the first two thirds of the book and only becomes barely competent near the end. The story is told entirely in first person from Zoë's perspective, so there is no escaping her. You are stuck with her inner monologue, the asides that are supposed to be funny that aren't, and her constant whining. It's like the author was shooting for a quirky character but instead ended up writ ...more
I picked this book up from the bargin bin at Borders. I'm very glad that I did. Phaedra Weldon's voice is fantastic. Wraith is written in the first person (which normally isn't a favorite of mine) but I really liked this book. I love the snarky attitude Zoe has and her internal dialogue and 'notes to self' are freaking hilarious! Zoe spends her time in the Astral plane getting the crap beat out of her...but seems to make it out in one piece sort of - sans her voice. She hangs out in her mother's ...more
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Jun 19, 2011 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy urban fantasy
Recommended to Liberty by: Myself
Shelves: zoe-martinique
The title and cover art is what got my attention with this book. The story sounded very interesting and I was anxious to read it especially since I have recently developed a taste for the urban fantasy/paranormal genre. I had yet to read about a ‘wraith’.

The main character of the book, Zoe, aggravated me so much. I found myself yelling at her to ‘Stay Out of It!’ Did she listen? Of course not! Weldon tries to make Zoe a likable character but in my opinion she comes off just a tad annoying and v
With the release of the second book in Phaedra Weldon‘s series, I thought it would be a good time to revisit Wraith, Zoe’s debut. A friend first introduced me to the book in November and I’m very excited to read the next Zoe Martinique investigation.

Zoe is a quippy, compelling protagonist, a woman able to project herself astrally. She uses her talents to procure information, which leads her into trouble from the outset. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot; a good teaser can be found a
Esta novela sería de 5 estrellas sino fuera porque al final se lía tanto la trama y el personaje que, habiéndome leído los últimos capítulos deprisa y corriendo, apenas si me he enterado de todo lo que ha pasado, porque había tal orgía de personajes que me han vuelto un poco loca.

Por lo demás, chapó. Otro gran descubrimiento de la urban fantasy que hay que leer si o si, si se quiere ser fan del género. En esta obra en vez de encontrar los típicos vampiros, hombres lobo y demás ralea de la fantas
Sep 15, 2008 Dianna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys mindless reading, but be prepared to put the grammar-police on hold.
Recommended to Dianna by: Wowbrary, I think. It looked dumb and silly. It was.
Shelves: series-reading
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Michele Lee
Oct 03, 2008 Michele Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ghost fans
Recommended to Michele by: Ann Aguirre
Zoë Martinique lives in a strange life. Her mom runs a tea/occult shop out of an old Victorian house, with the help of the ghostly gay couple that haunts the house and Rhonda, an urban fantasy cross between Penelope Garcia and Abby Sciuto. And Zoë herself is a strange character, possessing the ability to shuck her body and astrally travel about the city at will. It's Zoë's career path, auctioning her services as a super spy off on ebay, that leads to trouble when on an out-of-body spy mission sh ...more
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Sometimes credited as Phaedra M. Weldon.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, Phaedra is the eldest of four children. She began writing in notebooks with her best friend in middle school.
After leaving college for a job in the Graphic Arts industry, Phaedra continued her love of writing in her spare time and was lucky enough at a writer's conference to meet Dean Wesley Smith, who later became her writing men
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Other Books in the Series

Zoë Martinique (8 books)
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  • Phantasm (Zoe Martinique, #3)
  • Revenant (Zoe Martinique, #4)
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