This series has a few uncanny similarities to a certain massively successful urban fantasy series. It's about a young woman with a paranormal talent w...moreThis series has a few uncanny similarities to a certain massively successful urban fantasy series. It's about a young woman with a paranormal talent who starts out unaware of the existence of a whole secret world of vampires, werewolves etc. It has a love triangle involving a werewolf bartender who she is inexplicably reluctant to commit to despite the character being basically presented as the perfect man who is utterly devoted to her. It has a strictly hierarchical vampire society run by.... oh ho hum never mind. It also does an awkward job of dealing with the problem of being the second book in a series when not everyone will have read the first, via a lot of info-dump at the beginning. But I like the LA setting and the characters are somehow appealing even though I want to slap the main character once in a while.(less)
This book made me rather cross. Long story short, I stopped reading about a quarter of the way through. I can suspend my disbelief about time travel....moreThis book made me rather cross. Long story short, I stopped reading about a quarter of the way through. I can suspend my disbelief about time travel. I couldn't suspend my disbelief that someone could carry a cat in a covered basket for like 20% of a book - most of which is spent in a small boat with a DOG - and not realize there is a cat in there.
And of course that very well might just be me, given my areas of expertise. If you think that sounds like a funny farcical element that is perfectly fine to move the plot along in a book that is clearly intended to be humorous, this might be the book for you. It's cleverly written and has an entertaining premise.
(PS: Did not hide this for spoilers because if that was supposed to be a surprise the author is not doing it right. I'm assuming it wasn't.)(less)
Ooo, really mixed feelings about this one. It has one of those irresistible setups where you can't begin to imagine the explanation. Why's there a woo...moreOoo, really mixed feelings about this one. It has one of those irresistible setups where you can't begin to imagine the explanation. Why's there a wooden spoon in the dead man's bedroom? And a guy with dementia claims to have killed and buried someone under the tree in the community garden... but when they dig it up the body's someone entirely different.
But the intricate resolution of the mystery depends on the unsavory characteristics of a particular subculture that turns out to be involved, and I am a bit uncomfortable with what seems like the stereotyping of this group if not outright racism. It might have worked if the author had brought something new to the characterizations, told me something new about this culture so it was clear he'd done his research. But aside from stuff he could have found from a dictionary, there didn't seem to be anything here that wasn't based on the common preconceptions about the culture involved.
A couple of coincidences strain credulity as well, like how the main character finds out the identity of the dead body. Still, the plot drew me in, and the main character hangs together despite being kind of annoying. I'm curious to read another book by this author and see if it lacks these rather specific problems. (less)