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Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz
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Mar 28, 12

bookshelves: romance-paranormal, pn-psychics, alla

Another satisfying Arcane society installment--the second in the "Nightshade" plot arch. Incidentally, I can't decide if this author's choice to split all her books (including this series) between three pennames--one for stories set in the past, present and future respectively--is more charming than it is logistically frustrating. Of course, Goodreads's inability to link between author pseudonyms certainly doesn't help, since as a result there's no one list of this series (in order!) here.

Anyway, this one is a satisfying little mystery with just enough suspense, but never too close for comfort. And also, because the heroine grew up outside of the Arcane society and has legitimate reasons to be wary of them, we get a more nuanced view of Arcane and its history. That's one of the things I like about this series actually--that it is critical of central aspects of its own world building; in fact, in other books, this critique of powerful institutions is overtly feminist. This is especially obvious is the "historical" books published under the Amanda Quick nom de plume, but also there in more subtle ways in the present tense books. Certainly, the misogyny is ripe in the murderous obsessions of (one of) the killer(s) in this book...

Oh! And side note: I liked that this book didn't mock the uber-Gothtasticness of Pandora, Raine's assistant in her costume business. Huh, I guess I'll bump up the rating to 4 stars, even though it's not my fave in the series, since I don't have anything bad to say about it!
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