Drawing Blood is a dark and twisted, yet touching tale of how lost we can become held down by the weight of horrors from our past and how others can gDrawing Blood is a dark and twisted, yet touching tale of how lost we can become held down by the weight of horrors from our past and how others can ground us in the present, make us look to the future and all it might hold.
Sometimes your mistakes showed you the really interesting connections between your brain, your hand, and your heart, the ones you might otherwise never know were there. They were important even if you had no idea what they meant.
The story begins in Missing Mile, North Carolina in the summer of 1972. Five-year-old Trevor is traveling with his family (mom, dad and little brother) when car trouble halts their progress in this tiny town. (Side note: Poppy/Billy fans may remember Missing Mile from Lost Souls) Robert "Bobby" McGee, Trevor's father, is the "... creator of the crazed, sick, beautiful comic Birdland". As Bobby's drawing stops, Trevor's begins as does his horror story.
Artists always come back to the places that created them and ruined them.
Flash forward twenty years: Trevor is returning to Missing Mile to confront his past seeking answers to questions that have continue to haunt him. It's there that he meets Zachary Bosch, a young, talented and now hunted computer hacker fleeing New Orleans and TPTB. Since fleeing from home at a young age and through hacking, he's found a way to live his life to the fullest. His abusive household taught him never to fight back, but in Missing Mile he's found something/one worth fighting for....more
Flatline introduces us to world where the Veil hides magic from those who cannot wield it. Kate Michaels is a second-year resident physician working iFlatline introduces us to world where the Veil hides magic from those who cannot wield it. Kate Michaels is a second-year resident physician working in Hennepin General's ER department. She was raised by her grandparents after the loss of her mother. They aren't able to determine what type of mage she is and she's unable to go to those who may know because, if she has dark magic as she and her grandparents believe, they would burn it out of her, which could destroy her.
There are many things I enjoyed about Flatline. I have experience in the medical field, so I was drawn to the mix of human medicine and the magical world. Additionally, I'm intrigued by the slow reveal of this world and those within it. All of the characters are likable, especially Kate who, while being uncertain about her magic, isn't afraid to use it when necessary to take care of herself and others.
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure if my midrange rating is a result of my true enjoyment of this book or just a case of "anything that follows Jane Yellowrock is sure to suffer". Either way, I'm interested enough that I'll check out book two Postmortem soon to further explore the world....more
How to Break an Undead Heart picks up almost two weeks after the events of How to Claim an Undead Soul and Grier finds herself with a new roommate andHow to Break an Undead Heart picks up almost two weeks after the events of How to Claim an Undead Soul and Grier finds herself with a new roommate and her first boyfriend. His job keeps him away more than either would like, but they're both giving more-than-friends a try (view spoiler)[or are they? He's calling his sister daily, but hardly calling Grier. Then the truth comes out and WHAM, Grier is thrashed (hide spoiler)].
"When we cut away that which hurts us most, that which remains compensates for the loss."
A lot happens in this installment and similar to the first, I'm worried my review would be nothing but spoilers. So much has happened since I met Grier and she's done nothing but impress me. I cannot wait to learn more. After binging on all three of these books back-to-back, I'm left wondering wailing, 😩 No book 4? When's it coming out?
Hailey Edwards has done a good job of lurin' me in, hittin' me with the feels and then leavin' me hanging. No it's not a cliffhanger, it's a heart hanger. My heart breaks for Grier. I know Edwards will find a way to soothe the wound, but I won't know how she does that for how long? Months? Hopefully not more than a few.
(view spoiler)[ I was dreading the love triangle I thought was forming. Now that I know Boaz is out, at least for now, I find I quite like Linus. His blushing is adorable, his childhood crush turned artistic muse isn't creepy (should that worry me?) and I'm anxious to find out what happens between these two. BUT, I have a sneaky feeling Edwards will have Boaz crap out on his "family obligation" and go after Grier again when he sees those two getting closer. Whatever happens, please don't make it a love triangle. Clean cuts, then new loves, fine. Sharp edges, mixed feelings, not fine. (hide spoiler)] This wound will be raw for a while, I'm sure. (view spoiler)[
"I warned him he stood at a crossroads. Had he chosen well, he would have had his heart's desire: freedom to live as his own man, power to enact change, love that transcends centuries. But he chose poorly, and he has lost that which matters most to him: himself."
"Marriage within the Society is forever."
"That ache you feel is the true ending, bébé. He can no longer cast his net wide then drag home to you when his arms tire."
How to Claim an Undead Soul picks up soon after the events of How to Save an Undead Life and Grier finds herself with an unexpected guest and teacher,How to Claim an Undead Soul picks up soon after the events of How to Save an Undead Life and Grier finds herself with an unexpected guest and teacher, a resource as valuable as any book.
I was a phoenix thrashing in the ashes of my old life, aching to rise again, to soar one last time, but the cycle exhausted me.
She's trying to get her old job back after her absence and is turned down. Luckily, with help from a friend, she's able to get a similar job working on a haunted riverboat. While helping to renovate the boat, she meets the ghost responsible for scaring off others; he's more powerful than he should be. Also, vampires are turning up deader than dead and other spirits around Savannah have vanished. Grier tries to find the reason(s) behind all of this and, in the middle of all of that, she's stalked by yet another unusual supernatural.
"No one can save us from our birthrights."
"We are all trapped in the net cast around us by fate the moment our eyes blink open. Whether the net is woven from silk or twine doesn't matter. When you struggle against its pull, it cuts all the same."
I have so enjoyed this series so far. I like all of the side characters, no matter how small their part, and I love Grier. She has such a big heart. She's suffered, that much is obvious even if we're not aware of exactly how she suffered, but despite that or in spite of that, she pushes on to do whatever she must to protect herself and those she cares for no matter the personal cost. She's slowly learning more about herself, her abilities and her mother. There's still a lot left to learn or discover and she's showing no signs of stopping.
One Serious Dislike: the use of 'Squirt' as a nickname (in relation to these two, specifically) Squirt | skwərt | Informal noun a person perceived to be insignificant, impudent, or presumptuous: what did he see in this patronizing little squirt?
➸ This is a spoiler for books 2-3 ~ you've been warned (view spoiler)[ONLY because Boaz has broken Grier's heart, left her to fulfill a family obligation and marry another (In book #3, How to Break an Undead Heart) I'm now fine with him calling her Squirt.
It tells me that no matter how he acted around Grier, how much he said he wanted to move from friends to, well, if not lovers than GF/BF territory, he either didn't mean it or didn't believe it could/would happen. WHO would call their love interest Squirt? What a terrible nickname for someone you're sweet on. I get that they grew up together and he's a bit older than her, but he really couldn't break from that now?