‘Women of the Otherworld’ series Book #7
U.S. Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages – Publisher: Spectra (February 26, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0553588370 – ISBN-13: 978-0553588378
CDN Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages – Publisher: Seal Books (Feb 26 2008 ) – ISBN-10: 0770429807 – ISBN-13: 978-0770429805
Back of the Book reads:
In her acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series, bestselling author Kelley Armstrong creates a present day in which humans unwittingly coexist with supernatural beings. Now, in this spellbinding new novel, a beautiful necromancer must come to terms with her power – and an evil she never through possible.
It’s the most anticipated reality television event of the season: three spiritualists gathered together in one house to raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. For celebrity medium Jaime Vegas, it’s her best shot at the celebrity holy grail: a TV show of her own. Because, unlike her colleagues, who are more style than substance, Jaime is the real thing.
Yet reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists, Jaime suppresses her talents, as she has always done. But something is lurking in the gardens behind the house: trapped spirits without a voice. And for the first time, Jaime understands what it means to be haunted. When events culminate in a psychic showdown, she must use her darkest power to defeat a shocking enemy – one whose force comes from the last realm she expected…
9-Oct-08 to 12-Oct-08
Review: I can talk to dead people.
Jaime Vegas is a true necromancer. She can raise the dead if she has to. She can see and talk to ghosts. Only problem is, she can’t control seeing them. Constantly, everywhere, they see her, she pretends not to see them. Sure, she can deliver a message for them, but she can’t figure out why they’re dead, who killed them, what killed them, and would prefer not to even try. Now part of the interracial council, Jaime gives her feedback when it’s needed and wanted. However, she still doesn’t think they take her as seriously as she’d like them to.
Jeremy is a werewolf, the pack’s Alpha. As the Alpha, he’s constantly being protected, bodyguard and otherwise, for no one in the pack wants to lose him, and those not part of the pack wants to see him dead. This time he meets up with Jaime without protection, just ‘for a visit’. While he’s slow at getting there, he wants her. He just doesn’t want to put the risks on her of what a pack Alpha means; the constant need to be protected, always at risk, for the easiest way to get to Jeremy would be through Jaime. But she’s been wanting him since they met, and this time Jaime is determined to get him.
On the set of an anticipated TV show, something strange happens. Seems ghosts are trying to get her attention, but she can’t see them. She talks to them, but they don’t seem to understand or hear her. And other than indistinguishable whispers, she can’t understand them either.
With the help of mostly Eve, Kristof, Hope, Jeremy and Karl, they delve into the mystery, unable to understand why these ghosts are unlike those she’s ever encountered and wanting to lay them to rest. With a little sleuthing, they discover the ghosts are those of children, ghosts who’s energy has been taken away, making them unable to appear in corporeal form, unable to be heard even by Eve and Kristof. But finding out who and why is enough to shock everyone.
I liked the mystery involved in this one. I’d have never guessed – not true, LOL! I got an inkling of the who, just not quite the why and how. It was interesting to see how the plot worked out – definitely different from your usual run of the mill paranormal story. What I thought cute was how Jaime was portrayed like Daphne from the Scooby-Doo cartoon – a wimp, always the one in trouble, getting kidnapped and needing rescuing. But the courage Jaime finds to defeat them was right-on perfect. I couldn’t expect better.
I liked the banter between Jaime and Jeremy, especially the way she teased him. I do feel that there could have beem a little more spark between them. While it was strong, it wasn’t enough. Could have used a little more ‘oomph’ between the two of them.
And while the book is full of the usual: horror, action, adventure, suspense, mystery, satire, there were little inconsistencies that you catch and just let go. But I thought it was a little too neat, like it was hastily written. Too many tidy coincidences and not enough twists. And I know I’m not the only one who’d have loved to get more of Jaime’s background. You get snippets of her past, but it’s like the info barely made a dent on who Jaime is. Could’ve really used more on her.
Otherwise, another hit for the series. Keep ‘em coming, Kelley!