Under Wraps (Underworld Detection Agency #1)
So, I do NOT like the really frothy romantic comedy-type chick-lit books, and that's why I feel like my rating does not represent this book well, but I feel like the publisher is being PAID TO SELL A BOOK to the CORRECT AUDIENCE and this cover implies:
-There might be fire or crap blowing up in the background
NONE OF THESE IS TRUE!!
I don't even know how to rate...more
1. In case you've ignored all the other reviews, the cover is completely and totally wrong.
2. The 'hero' is a complete and utter asshole. Not bad boy asshole, but very racist and crude, drunk, Republican brother in law at Thanksgiving asshole. And the author seems to think that the readers should overlook this and root for him to get laid by the heroine because he is so hot. Seriously.
Sophie Lawson joins the legions of other red-haired heroines of UF chronicles, except that...more
What I liked about this book was that this book had a mystery in it. I'm a sucker for a good mystery. The mystery starts off like any other mystery would. Detective Parker Hayes comes to the UDA which is short for the Underworld Detective Agency, where our heroine Sophie Lawson work...more
Hannah Jayne’s light-hearted debut Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles Under Wraps centers on breather Sophie Lawson a seer (who has yet to come into her powers) and who works in the rather unusual UDA, 37 floors below the San Francisco Police Department. Beneath the hilly streets of above, the UDA handles the immigration, immersion, law and enforcement, inter-species disputes, and general hub of the Underworld population. Think MIB but for the Underworld or the civil servant offic...more
Well covers can be deceiving ,there was a redheaded chick and there was a sword but that is all she is no Kate Daniels I can tell you.
The story wasn't that bad but the heroine cries ALOT I mean she is 32 going on 12 it is like she's in a constant case of PMS really .it was annoying .And since the story was told from her POV it was rather confusing to get what she really feels about some people and she did somethings that did not make sense at all.( like the scene in the club with the 2...more
The cover art for UNDER WRAPS is completely gorgeous. It’s also completely wrong for this story. Just by looking at it, you would expect a dark, gritty urban fantasy featuring a tough and sexy protagonist, right? Wrong. UNDER WRAPS has a decidedly more playful, chick lit tone with a hapless heroine who is almost the polar opposite of the fierce looking model on the cover. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does give the wrong impression.
Under Wraps is that rare gem of a novel--something you find quite by accident and without knowing much about it. I found it during one of my incredibly long searches on Amazon, and after I featured it one WoW, Hannah contacted me to offer a copy for review. I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. Hannah Jayne's debut is fun, funny, sexy and deliciously creative. The book world is full of Urban Fantasies. It takes talent to stand o...more
I am tempted to take Under Wraps to town for its bland title, throwaway drama, annoyingly plain narrator, and revolving door of side characters which come off more as caricatures. But that would be to waste gas. Under Wraps excels at shining light on the little guy, specifically a troll by the name of Steve, who refers to himself in the third person, dresses like a porno agent, smells funky as rotten potatoes, cheese, and rotisserie chicken, moves furniture in Sophie's o...more
She is all about fluffy baths and fluffy bathrobes and fluffy bread while watching reruns of Gossip...more
So, without giving too much of the story away. I'll tell you how I feel about this book now that I have finished it.
It was a slow start for me, because as it has been stated by others . . the cover and story don't match 100%. So, that in itself threw me for a loop. However, once I got past the first few chapters . . I was hooked. At one point I was laughing so hard, my 3 yr old told me to quiet down. I myself, never felt like I had the book fig...more
-The author thinks she's funny but she is not.
-The main character was annoying.... Great advice to someone writing a book is that the first chapter should tell you what the entire book will be about. for example: murder mystery... the protagonist finds a dead body in first chapter. the first chap in this book said: This is about an annoying awkwardly hormone driven adult woman. You will be listening more to her dumb thoughts then learning about the world...more
Opening Sentence: This was why I didn’t do magic.
Sophie Lawson has been tasked with assisting detective Parker Hayes’ murder investigation. Matters are further complicated when her boss goes missing. Sophie and Parker work together to solve the murders and find out what happened to her boss.
Under Wraps is the first b...more
Sophie Lawson is an administrative assitant in the Underworld Detective Agency. Which is a DMV for the undead and magical beings. Most humans do not know the existance of the agency let alone work there. Sophie is a human in which magic has no effect on. When a series of murders take place in San Francisco leading to t...more
Sophie Lawson has an unusual job. She works for the Underworld Detection Agency, assisting the creatures that go bump in the night to make their transition into the regular world. Unlike the rest of the staff, she's human. Although, she isn't quite ordinary as magic cannot touch nor harm her, she has complete immunity. If they knew, other humans would think her insane for immersing herself in this world, but to Sophie, it's just everyday lif...more
On first glance from the cover, this seems to be a relatively run-of-the-mill underworld fantasy, but I have never known a book to have such a misleading cover before. Sophie, our heroine is exactly the opposite of the woman in the cover, in fact. Sophie is the only human who works as an executive assistant to the kindly werewolf head of the Underworld Detection Agency, Mr Sampson. Think of the agency as underworld bureaucracy in one place. Her b...more
+ Chick with Sword on Cover CHECK
+ More Snarkiness then you can toss a boot at CHECK
+ Sassy Paranormal Best Friend CHECK
+ Interesting City CHECK
So it has all these things. Theory states that if you give a Lexie her favorite tropes she is BOUND to enjoy the book.
Well I was never very good at science.
The problem is Jayne tried entirely too hard to make Sophie the sassiest, coolest non-magical person in the entirety of Urban Fanta...more
Moves on to show the dragon in her office is breathing angry fire on a "Gestalt witch and UDA Accounts Payable shark" or possibly Nina the vampire, settled in an overly-dramatic sitcom-style fight. Then: "I looked over the counter and did a sweep of the UDA waiting room. It was crowded, shin to shoulder, with the usual eleven o'clock crowd of minotaurs, gargoyles, Kholog demons, and trolls...."
Where I stopped reading?
Next page, page 5. There's a qui...more
Favorite Quote: “Anyone under three feet tall gives me the creeps; including my kids.“
Sophie Lawson is an “executive assistant” for the head of the UAD-Underworld Detection Agency. Considered a “norm” or “breather” in this all supernatural word, Sophie’s claim to fame is that she is a null. Meaning nothing magical works on her or against her. So Sophie spends her days wrangling all that is supernatural into neat productive beings. Rath...more
As others have mentioned this book is not like the cover. The cover is fantastic and one of the big reasons why I picked up the book in the first place, it makes it seem like Sophie is going to be a kick butt fighting chick which isn't the case. The book is light, fun and filled with a fantastic cast of different paranormal creatures. Sophie is the only mortal with the UDA and gets involved in a case with a sexy detective from the mortal world...more
"So, not only do I not do magic, magic can't really be done to me....more
No no no no
I was not even through 1 / 3, it sucked!
I saw the front page and thought "Ohh nice" and read story and felt that it could probably have quite a lot potensial.
All characters are disturbed, the main character had weird mood swings and "hero" is just annoying and all feels so flat and fake ...
no one has any good moves, exaggerated, annoying and bad personalities.
and the story?
It the most sucked... SO MUCH
All paranormal facts are just wrong, sure, the most author have di...more
I do have to add, in reference to the cover, that I find it irritating that so many people are peeved about it. If you don't know, and most people probably don't, the author has ZERO control over what the cover looks like. The point is to make you pick it up and want to turn it over and...more
I enjoyed the humor in this one. It's more like paranormal chicklit.
My cons: I hate that the cover is all super UF heroine and the actual heroine is anything but. I mean she's got a huge honking sword on the cover and I can't remember her having a sword in t...more
Sophie Lawson works in the underworld detective agency which caters to all the creatures of the underworld (funnily enough)! Sophie herself stands out a bit in the fact she is human but she does have one thing different about her in the fact that she is immune to magic.
When a rash of murders means she has to help a normal detective investigate as it looks like it might be ca...more
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