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Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  2,125 ratings  ·  283 reviews

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

Paperback, 389 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Pocket Books
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Sep 26, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Mar 20, 2012 Dija rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Jun 27, 2011 Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines) rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
(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
Sep 05, 2011 Penny rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Jennifer Estep
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
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
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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3 1/2 stars
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


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
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
Jul 04, 2011 Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres* rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Mar 12, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
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
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
Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
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
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.



Oh yea
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
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
Lupine Smile
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 - So, you wanna play with magic?
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 ... 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.
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.
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
Rachel Kramer
I'll be honest, reading the synopsis, I thought to myself, "Really? Mosquito-sized, mutated fairies that drink human blood? What's so scary about that?". Turns out, pretty effin' scary. There were a handful of scenes where I was on the edge of my seat, on the verge of screaming at certain characters to run for cover into their iron-protected vehicles, or back to the safe side of the fence where the iron grids will keep them safe. And it's not just the fairies that pose a threat (not to the MC--s ...more
I was in a rush. I'd borrowed this book from the library and you all know how time creeps up on you and all of a sudden it needs to be back the next day or my impeccable record will be damaged for life. No one likes a person who holds onto a book past it's due by date.
Thank goodness it pulled me right in from the first line... "Losing your lunch sucks". I love my lunch and I wanted to see how this character had lost hers. Was it a good lunch, did someone take it off her? Annabelle Lee is immune
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Fae/Magic

Can I just say that I did a little happy dance when I won Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay. I was immediately draw to the over, is made me curious on what kind of fae story this was going to be. Even more so the idea of fairies biting people, who not only make people crazy but can kill people as well was a twist in that category that I was eager to get my hands on this book.

Annabelle lives in a dangerou
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Good start to the series and I'll get the next book. Annabelle is "prickly" (as another side character says) - she's an alcoholic, nurses her demons, tries to refrain from close relationships, and is in a dead end job (that doesn't have to be, she just doesn't have any ambition). At the same time, she deeply cares for the few friends she does have, and when one is in trouble, she does what she can to try to help.

The unlikeable hero/heroine is a difficult one to pull off. It works here because e
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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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