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Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee #1)

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Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy

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Paperback, 389 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Pocket Books
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MISS VAIN
Sep 26, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Chess Putnam
Recommended to MISS VAIN by: Jamie
"I can't believe you're dating the hottest piece of ass in town. You must be as filthy in bed as you are out of it."


What a fantastic and refreshing start to a new series and world created around killer Fairies! Dead On The Delta is a story set in present day Donaldsonville, Louisiana after the fairies have mutated and become beautiful killers. To those that have the misfortune of receiving a fairy bite, if they don't die instantly are sent to iron camps to live among the infected for the safety
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Dija
Mar 20, 2012 Dija rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Downside Ghosts, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, and Night Huntress.
Recommended to Dija by: Jamie and Miss Vain - remind me to never doubt you ladies again! ;)
Dead on the Delta features a different take on fairies than the one most children grow up believing. In Annabelle Lee's world, fairies are mosquito-sized, murdering little monsters, out for the blood of any human they can sink their teeth into, and for most, their bite results in death. Annabelle is one of the Immunes, however, and her job is to help the higher-ups out by doing all the dangerous work that involves contact with fairies.

I had a number of issues with this book, mostly pertaining to
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Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Jun 27, 2011 Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cat Russell by: Jamie
Shelves: favorites
Exceptionally good!! Even better that it's this outstanding and the first in a series.

Annabelle Lee is far from your ideal protagonist. You won't find a hundred different variations of her character in every heroine you read about in the urban fantasy world.

She is fascinating.... in a morbid way. She has questionable morals and is unapologetic. She has people she cares about, but could care less what people think of her. She is severely lacking in ambition and is addicted to alcohol and sleeping
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Rane
Jul 23, 2011 Rane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The mere premise of this book drew me in, I mean cute little fairies that drink the blood and kill humans by their bites and a few people immure to this? Whoa!

The story holds up in some places, excels in others and kinda loses the reader along the way, but the story, as a whole is a good start to this series.

Annabelle Lee is on her way to hitting rock bottom, through meds that help her sleep to that one more drink to help her going through the day, the life as an one immure to fairy bites has
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Kelly
Jun 02, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) Stacey Jay’s fairies are tiny, beautiful… and bloodthirsty. Chemical disasters caused them to mutate, and now they swarm the bayous of the Delta region in search of human blood. Most humans die from the bite. Some expire immediately in intense agony, while others go insane first and live a few more years in containment facilities before dying.

A few humans, though, are immune. Annabelle Lee is one of them. Being immune qualifies Annabelle for all sorts of unpleasant jobs, like collect
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Penny
Sep 05, 2011 Penny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a new UF series
This is the third book by Stacey Jay that I've read. The first one--YA Fiction--You Are So Undead to Me, was a fun and entertaining read. It was so enjoyable I was glad that I took a chance on an author I'd never heard of before. The second--also YA Fiction--Juliet Immortal, was decidedly not so entertaining. Or fun. Or imaginative. Or worthwhile. Heck, I'm almost done reading it but I just can't muster the strength to finish--I just don't care what happens anymore.

So why did I buy this book wh
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Cathy
Aug 29, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cathy by: Stacia Kane
I've read some terrific reviews of this book, so I'm not going to try to recreate them or give you a recap of the story since that has already been very well done. I'm just going to tell you what I thought was different and fun about it, which is mostly Annabelle.

What I liked best was that Annabelle isn't a hero. She's a regular, screwed up woman. More screwed up than some, sure, but really, despite a lot of the criticism, not so terrible a person at all, just different than the lead characters
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Jennifer Estep
May 13, 2011 Jennifer Estep rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay is an urban fantasy book and the first in a series.

Things were normal in the bayou -- until fairies mutated and developed a taste for human flesh. Now, these mosquito-size creatures plague the South, and their bite usually brings on instant death or insanity. But there are a few folks like Annabelle Lee who are immune to fairy bites and the venom and madness that they bring on. Annabelle works for Fairy Containment and Control and other law enforcement agencies by
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Emmy
Jan 05, 2012 Emmy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So wow. I started this at about 3 yesterday and finished about 11 last night. Then, try as I might, I couldn't fall asleep for an hour just thinking about this book. Stacey has done a tremendous job with sucking me into this world and making me care deeply for Annabelle. At times my heart was breaking for her and I thought I should just put the book down 'cause it was too much. Just to take a little break. But no, I had to keep going to see how she would deal with all the new developments being ...more
Kathryn
Nov 12, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4 1/2 stars, probably deserving of 4 but I ended up enjoying this book and the main character more than anticipated. Annabelle is pathetic, a comfortable drunk, content with her place, disillusioned and lacking any type of drive. She's majorly depressed, finds it acceptable to drink in public, stash empty beer cans in her purse (because littering would be wrong), and if very defensive of her town. Even without the wonderful setting, this would have been enough to get my attention.

Once microscop
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Shelley
Aug 02, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it
*Rating* 3 1/2 stars
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*Review*

Dead on the Delta, by Stacey Jay, is the first book in the Annabelle Lee series. The premise behind this story is that 12-years ago there was an attack on a chemical manufacturing plant that led to what the author is calling the Mutations and the realization that Fairies have been living with us all along. These killer fairies now feast on the blood of human beings causing insanity and death.

You could put this book into the post-apocalyptic catego
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Mara
Jun 08, 2011 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book is a nightmare. Not as in "bad" or "horror movie kind". More as you enter someone's nightmare and can't do anything about it. Which is a problem when the only POV you are reading is that of a drunkard, a whiny, pill-popping,reality-running-from woman.
(Think of a roller coster and a drunkard. And you are watching from her eyes....)

The book comes higly recommended and I'm sure it's as great as other reviewers say. Simply is not for me. I could not appreciate the confusion of the "heroine
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Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
Jul 04, 2011 Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres* rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres* by: Cat Russell Embraces the Dark
This was a really great book and an excellent start to a series! Annabelle Lee is an extremely likable character despite, or maybe because of, her flaws. She's a med school drop out and possible alcoholic who scoops fairy poop for a living and is constantly down on herself. She seems to try and try again to screw herself over. In fact, when we meet her she is definitely having a really bad day.

Annabelle is one of few people in the world who are immune to the bites of mutated fairies that went un
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Mar 12, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Miss Vain

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After the events of Katrina, the world Annabelle Lee lives in has changed. Killer faeries are now the biggest threat and in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, there are only a few who are immune to these killer faerie bites. This taskforce is called the FCC and they make it their mission to contain these fairies from harming others.

Annabelle is an FCC worker but she isn’t your typical heroine. She’s sort of an underachiever, she makes several mistakes and she is an alcoholic.
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Katie
May 22, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok
It was okay. I usually am go-go-ga-ga over a faery book with cops and robber action...but for some reason I wasn't feeling it. For me Annabelle should have been more disturbed by the murder and mutilation of a small child in the beginning. Then she hops on her bicycle and rides around town on her way to the police station? After being attacked by a drug addict. Was there any signifigance to the woman? Is she supposed to be with Cain, or Hitch? I don't know...I don't much care for either man. The ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
By the time I finally picked up this book I didn’t know what to think! Is it YA, does it have vampires and werewolves, is it a romance. Sure I should have just looked it up on Goodreads, but that wouldn’t be as fun. After randomly buying it and jumping in before I lost my courage I was pleasantly surprised. Fairies. Not just any kind of fairies blood sucking ones!

When hurricane Katrina happened something else occurred right along with it. The fairies that no one believed in suddenly mutated. (An
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Rhianna
Jun 02, 2011 Rhianna rated it it was amazing
Everything I'm Looking For in Urban Fantasy(5 stars)

When terrorists hit a chemical plant the last thing they're expecting is to cause a massive mutation of the Louisiana delta's fairy population. Lesson learned a little too late for the people who call the delta home. Now the fairies have a taste for human blood and if their venom doesn't cause a massive, deadly allergic reaction it'll drive you mad. The tiny percentage of the population who are immune get stuck slogging through fairy infested
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Laura
Oct 05, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I suspect that this series might become one of my urban fantasy favorites.

I really thought the author did a fabulous job with the setting. I really love it when descriptions are so vivid that you can almost feel miserable right along with the characters. In this case you have the hot, humid Louisiana summer combined with the stench of fairy eggs baking in the sunshine and a half-buzzed heroine who spent a good chunk of the book covered in swamp sludge.

I have to root for a main charact
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Angie
Aug 29, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
I'm a bit torn over Dead on the Delta. In some ways, I really enjoyed it, but in others, I really didn't. It certainly did have a unique set up. Fairies have made themselves known after some mutation made them larger and highly aggressive. They're like mosquitoes in many ways and prefer hanging out in the Louisiana bayou. Our narrator, Annabelle, is one of very few people who are immune to their venom, so she's the one who gets called out when a body of a young girl is found in the swamp.

What I
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Melindeeloo
Jun 30, 2011 Melindeeloo rated it it was ok
Dead on the Delta is a UF series starter, with a murder mystery in the background set in a world at the edge of the bayou in which faeries are bad news...

I am still trying to figure out how I feel about Dead on the Delta - and having a pretty hard time articulating my thoughts as well... Annabelle, the leading lady is not a smart 'heroine'. She's a mess, who tries to cope with the horrors she's witnessed by selfmedicating with alcoholic and pills, so it was difficult for me get past her self des
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Stacy
Aug 18, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
Reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

Annabelle being one of the rare humans that are immune to Fairy venom has the dirty job of collecting evidence from crime scenes where the police can not go. Annabelle is what I would consider an alcoholic, she takes a lot of sleeping pills while trying to escape a troubled past. While working a case an ex boyfriend who was the love of her life shows up and is now working for the FBI. She has to figure out what she feels for him but she also ha
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Chelsea
Aug 16, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

Dead on the Delta features a vivid world, one where people try to ignore how dark things have become. It’s a place where fairies are real — they’ve mutated and want to feed on humans. When bitten by a fairy most people go insane, a handful die immediately and an even smaller percentage are immune. That’s Annabelle Lee. She’s immune. That means when something happens outside the iron grid that holds her little Louisiana town in from the tiny
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Tracy
Feb 28, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A Dark, Dank, Dangerous Delight
A bayou in the Mississippi River Delta isn't the place for a casual explorer. You don't just hike there. Not even with hip waders and industrial-strength bug repellent. There are things there that can hurt you. That can make you bleed. That see you as nothing more than prey on two legs. In fact, there are things there that will tear through a human body like tissue paper and leave it just as broken and tattered as a result.

Poisonous snakes.

Alligators.

Fairies.

Oh yea
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Susana
Sep 05, 2012 Susana rated it really liked it
I was predisposed to like this book. It seemed really interesting, with a very different leading character. Annabelle Lee is....a borderline alcoholic, who has a sleeping pills addiction. She has trust and relationship issues, and she has a crappy job_ literaly speaking, in a way.
The action takes place in a "special" Lousiana, where fairies have undergone a mutation and have becomed the stuff of nightmares. They are real monsters whose bite can kill you ou drive you to insanity. Most of the popu
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Lupine Smile
May 21, 2014 Lupine Smile rated it liked it
I will keep this short. This is a book that has a really nice set-up, but seems to be missing a lot of the meat. It is much like going to a restaurant and only being allowed to eat one item of the four on your plate. This book left me hungry when the basis for the book, and the world created, should have been a feast. I really like the idea, I like the possibilities, but I did not like the limited character and plot development. It is worth reading, but I actually cringed at some of the forced p ...more
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
Got to Chapter Eight and then stopped.

With an unlikeable heroine that I couldn't bring myself to care about, to a mystery that isn't quite a mystery ... yet...an annoying boyfriend and a jerk ex....needless to say I didn't get hooked.

I had to stop reading this so maybe it got better?

Don't know. Not caring.
delane
Jun 06, 2011 delane rated it it was amazing
READ THIS!
It's dark and twisted......makes you HATE fairies.....and has an ending that you will NEVER see coming!
This is the second author that I've gotten turned onto by Stacia Kane's blogs and Miz Stacia is brilliant!
Loved the book and can't wait to get another one!
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
What a great start to a new series. Had a few small bumps (very small) but overall, I loved it. Very unique. Such a fun, refreshing change!

Review coming soon. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
marlene
Jul 27, 2011 marlene rated it really liked it
Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee #1) by Stacey Jay was a book that I started then seemed to never be able to get to. As soon as I found the time to sit down and read, I didn't stand up again until the book was finished.

After a run of lighter books it was a nice change of pace to walk into something so dark and gritty. When you start a book about faeries you never really know which direction it is going to head in. This one contains no pixie dust. Annabelle is an unapologetic alcoholic, pill pop
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Yolanda Sfetsos
After not being able to engage with a few books, this book changed everything. I was hooked from the beginning and got so caught up I couldn't wait to get back into it. Yay!

In this harsh urban fantasy world mosquito-sized fairies mutated and have a craving for human blood, which is a really bad thing for people living near the swamp. A fairy bite leads to insanity, or death. Either way, your life is over because you're sent away to a camp. But Annabelle Lee is immune, so she works for the FCC co
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Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real ...more
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