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The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare
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Aug 14, 12

Read in August, 2012

Please note that this review contains spoilers for the first two books.

I was so excited for The Ripple Effect to be released. I had read the first two books Dead, Undeador Somewhere in Between and The Renfield Syndrome back to back over Christmas so I’ve been waiting 8 months for this book. This series follows Rhiannon Murphy who is a necromancer. A necromancer is very valuable property to the vampires and in the first book Rhiannon ended up bound to the master vampire Disco. In the second book Rhiannon travelled to the future, a desolate place run by vampires with very few humans left. Disco had been killed and consumed by grief she ends up sleeping with Disco’s best friend Paine. Rhiannon manages to get sent back to present day where ignoring Paine’s warning that she will alter the future and thus causing a Ripple Effect, Rhiannon saves Disco’s life. However Disco discovers that Rhiannon and Paine have spent a night together and Disco rapes Rhiannon’s mind and learns all about her past life and her secrets in order to find the truth. This brings us to book 3 which starts 3 months after The Renfield Syndrome with Rhiannon being estranged from Disco after his mind rape.

Before starting The Ripple Effect I read some reviews and even a comment from the author herself that this book by the very nature that it is Urban Fantasy was going to be dark and gritty and unpleasant. Indeed because of her actions on the earlier books Rhiannon has to face Disco’s master and the half demon that sired him, so whilst I was expecting some vampire shenanigans I wasn’t fully prepared for what awaited me.

Rhiannon is tested to her limits by the vamps and their politics and whilst it is dark, gritty and gory for me it lacked…something. I thought that the story seemed a little rushed I would have liked Rhiannon’s feelings to have been amplified some more and the fear and tension stretched out further. There was also a little side story going on too about a serial killer. I couldn’t understand why this was included and how it related to the bigger story and didn’t think it added anything to the book overall. It may seem that I have a downer about this book but that isn’t true, I was just so excited for its release and it didn’t live up to my high expectations. Rhiannon’s Law is an incredible series and if you like Urban Fantasy this is a must read for you. The Ripple Effect is full of surprises, shocks and gore and I am going to give it 4 stars.
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Sunny Thanks, Claire for the great review. I'm looking forward to reading it.


Claire Thanks Sunny I'm sure you will like it.


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