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Water Viper

(Jesse Alexander #1)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  49 reviews
During Starfall, magic flooded the Earth and destroyed most technology while humans developed strange new powers. As the scion of a male-dominated clan, Jesse should have risen to become a hero.

She chose to become a woman instead, ruining her hopes for the future.

To forget about her life as an assassin, she heads to the dying coasts of Florida. Unfortunately,
Kindle Edition, 494 pages
Published May 13th 2018 by Pen & Page Publishing (first published May 11th 2017)
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Caitlin Farley
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starfall changed everything, leaving some cities in ruins while survivors in others developed magical abilities. Jesse Alexander, once the pride of her clan, ran away after accidentally choosing to become a woman and is now a respected bodyguard who moonlights as the infamous assassin, Water Viper. A fateful encounter in a sinking Miami leaves her with a pulsing Starfall stone that could burst at any moment and a high bounty on her head. With herself, her secrets, and her friends in danger, Jess ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, amazing book to read!

This book is exceptional and I will most definitely be watching for more books by RJ Blain. The way the characters grew with the storyline was awesome and I particularly enjoyed that Jesse wasn't a meek little pet, she has claws and knows how to use them. I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Jeannie Zelos
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Water Viper ,(Jesse Alexander 1), R.J. Blain

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy

My first novel by this author, got it as part of some free book offer, I'd read the amazon sample and wanted to read more. Sadly I didn't note exactly how I came by this book, just found I'd filed it in the review collection....

Its a long book at almost 500 pages, and usually I love long books but TBH at times this felt a bit Padde
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book frustrated the hell out of me...I still love it a lot, but it...really frustrated the hell out of me.
It's the time gap(s) (might be one of my pet peeves, almost), the fact that no one managed to do anything about the issue during the time gap, the whole complete avoidance of proper communication and the 'I know that you know that I know, but we will both pretend that we know nothing and never say anything' attitudes... The most appropriate name for the main character is not Dives Headlong Into Tit...
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS!
At first the length of this book intimidated me, but it was such a fun read!! The world building was sooooo interesting and I liked Jesse. Yes she can be a bit cocky at times, but she’s funny, confident, witty and has a taste for trouble. Her refreshing disposition really carries the book and I love each relationship she has with the characters. ESPECIALLY her love interest— it’s funny and I can’t wait to see where they go.
This book can be broken up into parts because it’s so long an
C.M. Skiera
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, indie
A cataclysmic event sets the stage for a reinvented North America where combustion engines and electricity no longer function. Within this world, chronic loner Jesse Alexander struggles to find her place. The teenage assassin approaches her twenties with a plethora of problems to deal with--not least of which is the type of animal she'll eventually shift into.

Filled with a cast of characters who embrace their animal halves, growling and biting as often as not, Water Viper is full of
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
3.5 stars Good story and characters but it was too long. The same story could still have been told without quite so many things happening. And whilst i enjoyed each of the events and interactions in their own right there were just too many of them for best readability and absolutely nothing would have been lost by substantially reducing them. Also given how freaking long the story was having no resolution or progression with the romance was frustrating in the extreme. Especially when it is clear ...more
This is definitely one of the best stories I've read in a very long time. It was BIG...very, very big. I'd go so far as to call it a "sweeping epic". There was a lot of chaos and mayhem fit into one book. l cannot imagine where it will go in a second book, but I'm glad there will be another book coming. Naturally, with such a big story, there was a lot of world-building. The world itself wasn't entirely unique. In some ways, it was very similar to the world of Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. ...more
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Water Viper is an amazingly written urban fantasy that will blow you away! I was completely engrossed and couldn't put it down for a second.

Jesse is something else. She's fierce and badass, but also insecure and vulnerable. She's so much in one character and I loved every bit of her! I loved her snark and wit with the males in her life. Nate was so funny and awesome! The banter he threw at Jesse and everyone else was hilarious. All the characters you meet are amazing! I fell in love with the wo
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read all of RJ Blaine books, enjoying some more than others. I love the "Requiem for the Rift King" series, with its one-armed hero, and almost sentient horses. Didn't care as much for "Playing with Fire" (I guess I do have a limit as to how much snark I enjoy in a heroine).
Water Viper is closer to the Rift King in style, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only reason I didn't give it give stars, is the missing words and a few other things that slipped by the proofreaders.
Paranormal Books R Us
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! The detail put into creating the characters was incredible and I especially enjoyed being able to see Jesse change and adapt over large chunks of time. It was almost like being there to watch her grow up.
As I've come to expect from this author there was plenty of humor to go with all the butt kicking and a whole lot of crazy thrown in for good measure.
Also as usual with Blain's books it sucked me in and I can't wait to see what happens next. I think its safe to say I loved Water Viper
Drew Shiel
A peculiarly rambling book in a very peculiar setting. I didn't dislike it, per se, but I couldn't in all honesty recommend it to anyone. It's vaguely like Laurel K. Hamilton fanfic, with a protagonist who is saved from Mary-Sue-ness only by lacking violet eyes. She turns out to be advantageously special at every turn in a world where there are five or six ways to measure that. So... probably not one to chase down.
William Howe
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique and fun

Several interesting ideas wrapped around standard romance tropes. A couple of really great lines, but overall a bit too long. It's really a short story and two novels all bound together. It made some of the banter feel repetitive. There were also a few continuity grey areas. Better editing would help.

I would love to read another in this universe. I'd pay full price without flinching.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite paranormal writers, Blain creates unique fantasy worlds. She brings a refreshing feel to the urban fantasy genre with each new series. I loved this dystopian twist and the great characters. The plot was excellent and complex, which kept me guessing what would happen next. A great read.
Amy Venosky
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

This story is something I usually don't read. Post apocalyptic world stories never have interested me, but this book is a truly great read! The characters by play and the evolution of the main female character is awesome! To have such a strong female lead is amazing! I can't wait for the second book!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I loved the plot, theme and characters.

I feel like it left of on a bit of a cliffhanger but at the same time it didn't. It's a good long read with a new set of great developed characters and scenes. Assassins, Mercs, magic users, shifters and many more! Love this book
Water Viper: A Jesse Alexander Novel is the first book in the Jesse Alexander series by R.J. Blain. A paranormal fantasy that is full of magic and mystery. The story in well-written and the characters grow at a steady pace making the story is to get lost in. * I received a complimentary copy from RAB Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*
Like many of Blain's works, it reads like multiple books rolled into one volume. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that the book deviates from the traditional climax story structure, which may throw some readers off. Personally, I don't mind getting a little more story than I was expecting and I always enjoy Blain's characters.
Rebecca H Myers
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!

I loved this book! You have shifters and magic along with a love story. This book gets your attention from the very first page and keeps it to the end. I can hardly wait to read the next book about Jesse! I always read RJ Blain's twice or more to make sure I haven't missed anything the first time round. Never a dull moment!!
Joanne Watkins USA
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I loved this world. Every character will capture your heart and imagination. The world building is outstanding. This feels new and innovative. Fans of Ilona Andrew will enjoy the shifter world post a magic shift and the seamless blend of action and humour.
Leslie Turner
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super fun read.

I’m heading over to Amazon to find some more books by this author. I love it when I discover an author I love who already has several books out. It’s like Christmas! Blain’s characters are quirky and fun and her world building is first rate.
Bad Ash Publishing
This was excellent. A future earth with magic, a character who makes HORRIBLE choices because of her beliefs, just like we always do. I enjoyed reading this and seeing the calamity that followed her. My only complaint? I want the next one.
Jessica Nour
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not think I was going to like the Water Viper as much as I did! I thought it was fantastic and refreshing. A few editing errors but I loved the storyline and the characters enough to get passed them! Cannot wait for the next instalment.
Teri Augustine
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
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A pretty good story, but I could hardly follow it due to a complete lack of proofreading or editing. Incomplete sentences, jumbled words, missing words, missing background.
Indira Rivera
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I WANT MORE! I feel like I have not finished anything ...
Martha Churchwell
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Had to see what was going to happen.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Collecting almost everything by this author
Raven Anne
I kinda wanted some BIG revelations instead of "ok"
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