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Review: Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines

Review: Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations #1
Published by Zebra
Published on: May 1, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 353
Format: eBook
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They are the Others--the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they're stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again. . .

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm--if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend--a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing--and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil--whether she likes it or not. . .

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Several of my favourite Urban Fantasy series’ wrapped-up earlier this year which means that I finally have time to add a new one to my reading rotation, and Jess Haines’ H&W INVESTIGATIONS was next in line. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked up book 1, because reviews have been fairly mixed, but as far as first impressions go—I liked it! The author’s writing style flowed well, the pacing was excellent, and the story wasn’t weighed down by the dreaded information dump. In HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, readers get to witness the making of a vampire hunter, and I personally really enjoyed Haines’ introduction to her characters and paranormal universe.

Heavy world-building is usually a given in a first installment, so I was pleasantly surprised by how the author handled this aspect of her story. New terminology, magical rules, and artifacts are explored, but I didn’t find any of these aspects overwhelming at all. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of the latter because they helped give the heroine the tools she needed to tackle the big bad by shortening Shiarra’s learning curve which in turn led to more action, and less bumbling about. I liked learning about The Circle, White Hats, vampires and werewolves, and I thought that the mandatory Other contracts whenever humans were involved added an interesting safety net for the weaker mortals.

Shiarra finds herself in quite the conundrum when all facets of the Others start vying for her attention because of her latest assignment, and I was shocked by the sheer magnitude of character growth that she underwent in only one book. Waynest begins this story as a terrified P.I. flat out refusing to even consider taking a non-human case, only to end up just only in the thick of things, but actually fairing surprisingly well, although having a werewolf pack at her back, and a geeky sidekick certainly helped. Sara, Royce, Arthur, and Chaz were easy to like, and how can you not love a mouse named Bob? I found that some of Haines’ name choices left something to be desired, but I’m sure that they will grow on me in time.

The plot was entertaining, and I’ll be curious to see how Shiarra’s relationship with Alec plays out in future installments. There wasn’t much romance in this novel, but by the end pretty much all of the characters were paired off, so I can only assume that there will be some steam later down the line. The only thing that kind of bugged me were all of the lesbian jokes—now, I’m all for same sex couples in fiction, and the protagonist is obviously hetero, so why the jabs? They just felt unnecessary, and I’m sure that some readers might even take offense. I did however like how this book’s story arc was resolved because I 100% agreed with Waynest’s solution; it demonstrated both fortitude, and good judgement on her part.

HUNTED BY THE OTHERS went down easy, and left me itching for more. Next please!

H&W Investigations Series

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  1. This is one of my favorite UF series 🙂 Love me some Royce! I have been happy with every book in the series.
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    • I SO want to know what’s going to happen with him, but I need to be patient… I just started book 3 yesterday.

  2. I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this series. I don’t read too many books in this genre but one that I’ve been meaning to finish is The Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I think I stopped at book #11. I’m wayyyyy behind. Lol.
    Joy (Joyousreads) recently posted…[437]: Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, #1) by Claudia Connor

    • Haha! Yeah, that series is a little cray-cray, I’m intimidated by the sheer number of installments.

  3. Sounds like a really interesting new series to try, even if the lesbian jokes would be annoying for me as any jokes made on people being different than the supposed norm usually do… A mouse named Bob? I love me animals that are important in books!
    Great review Carmel!!
    Pili recently posted…Friday Reads: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!!!

    • The lesbian jokes seems to have disappeared in book 2 now that Shia has a BF, let’s hope that they stay gone.

  4. The reviews have been all over for this series which is why I have been hesitant to start it as well but after reading your review I think I will give it a try.
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

    • It’s not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. I’m already on book 3!

  5. ^5! This is one of the series that I just love and mostly because it is just well written. It is a comfort UF read for me 🙂
    Felicia the Geeky Blogger recently posted…Snagged @ The Library September 26 2014

    • It IS well-written, and because of that this series is downright addictive. My goal is to read one a month until I’m caught up.

  6. Great review, it definitely has me intrigued! I’ve never heard of this series or author, but it sounds like something I’d like. Thanks for putting it on my radar!
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    • You can count on me, Tricia, to bring you the latest and greatest that the Urban Fantasy genre has to offer. 😀

  7. I have read book 1,2 and 5-mainly cause I got book 5 from Net Galley, and didn’t realize it was book 5-so I rushed and read the first 2. I liked them also, and I should really go back and read 3 and 4 someday!

    • LOL That’s… different. I received the first 4 for review while 5 was up on NetGalley, but I’m a stickler for reading series in order, so I still have a few more to go.

  8. I haven’t heard of this series before, but I’m also looking to start a new UF series, so I think I’ll give the first book a try 🙂
    Finley Jayne recently posted…A Birthday & New Bookish Project

    • Why not, eh? Haines’ H&W Investigations series is as good of a place as any to start.

  9. Good find! I’m adding this to my TBR, I don’t have time to check for audio now, but I will later 🙂 I recently discovered another UF and I just flew by the first 3 audiobooks, I’m hoping I can do the same with this if they are on audio. I really like the sound of it.
    Thanks Carmel, great review, as always!
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    • I know how THAT goes. LMAO Which series?? I don’t think that these are available in audio yet unfortunately, so you just might have to break down & actually read ’em. 😛

  10. My God that’s a lot of world building, this must have been Ms. Haines’ baby! I need a fun urban fantasy to read, I’m getting bogged down by YA drama. Haha.

    BUT QUESTION. Why doe sit look like water is coming out of her pistol? IS IT HOLY WATER?

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

    • Euuh, maybe? I don’t remember her having guns that shoot holy water. Maybe it’s The Matrix style slow-mo so you can see the bullets’ trajectory?

  11. 4 stars for the first in a UF series is pretty good. I usually average more like 3 because the world building is a bit tough to adjust to. This series sounds great!
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    • That’s usually pretty standard for me too, but Haines did good with the world-building. I was impressed!

  12. i have been reading this series in french ( thiough i switched to english so i didn’t have to wait the rest of the translation) i quite like the series and i think from your review that you will be liking it more and more

    ( yes for once i have read a book that you did^^ so rare 😉 i got a cookies just for that)
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    • Ooh, that has to be a first, Miki! Cookies and beer for everyone!!! I know it’s supposed to be milk, but what can I say? I’m an alcoholic. Hehe

  13. I have this book since ages, but for some reason I haven’t read it. I’m glad you liked it, that made me curious. I’ll read it next time I want to try a new series.
    BookaholicCat recently posted…Early Review: Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

    • It’s hard to make time for new series, but the next time you have an opening, this one should be on the top of your list.

  14. Great, something else to add to my tbr. 😛 This does sound kick ass though.
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  15. I do like this series 😀
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  16. I’m hoping the jokes don’t continue especially when there seems to be no purpose to it. Makes me wonder exactly what she was trying to convey with this in the character. Still, it seems like a solid read and it’s a series I need to start as well.
    Melissa (Books and Things) recently posted…Firebug by Lish McBride

    • I’m happy to report that the jokes do NOT continue, Melissa, so I guess it was just a one-off. That I can deal with.

  17. This is one of the series that gets better with every book, Carmel, so I’m really glad you found the first book enjoyable. Haines reminds me Seanan McGuire in that regard. 🙂
    kara-karina recently posted…Fantasy Audiobook Quick Audio Review: Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop

    • I haven’t read Seanan McGuire yet, but after you made that comparison now I just might have to.

  18. I haven’t read this series, yes I know I’ve herd all kinds of good things about it but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Sounds good though.
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    • It’s been out for years, and I’m just getting to it now, so I know all too well where you’re coming from.

  19. I love this series, it is good UF, I still have to read the last two books though. I love Arthur and Royce, they are my favorites, while I detest Chaz, you will see why in 3rd book. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Great review 🙂
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    • Don’t tell me that! I’m reading the 3rd book now. Mind you, I’ve never really liked him, so I’m not too upset about it.

  20. Good to know the plot’s entertaining

    • That’s definitely an important element, especially in UF.

  21. I’m glad you finally tried this one. I really enjoy this series and my favorite book was book 3! So many things in it that I didn’t expect.

    • Good to know! I’m reading 3 now, so I can’t want to discover what all of the fuss is about.

  22. Ohh! I love vampires and new worlds. Sounds like it was delivered well too. I might just have to get this book.
    Karen Blue recently posted…NIGHT CHILL by Jeff Gunhus -Review

    • I just finished book 3 and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g, this series definitely gets better with each new installment. YAY!

  23. I’ve had this one on my nook for forever. I just might have to move it up the queue. 😉 The world building sounds pretty good and the characters are intriguing…even if their names are not. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed it, Carmel.
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    • I wasn’t a fan of Shia name-wise, but Bob the mouse was something else! Hehe

  24. This UF series was one that I was considering for a future read, but I was uncertain about it due to the wide-ranging reviews too. Thanks for your review which has made me interested in it again.

    • I’m not sure why some readers have such I hate on for this series, I’m personally really enjoying it so far.

  25. WOW I really love the cover! To my TBR this book goes…

  26. The bumbling about in a new UF series is funny for a while, but I agree that the charm wears off quickly. I’m definitely intrigued by those handy magical artifacts! I still can’t believe that there’s a long-running UF series that you haven’t already read – madness!! If I dive into this series I’ll steel myself for the lesbian digs because I think they’d really bother me.
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    • I’ll accept the bumbling in a first installment, but after that I want the heroine to get her act together. There are LOTS of UF series that I have yet to read, it’s impossible to stay up to date on ’em all try as I may.