Review: Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Posted January 30, 2015 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 38 Comments

Review: Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines
Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations #5
Published by Zebra
Published on: July 2, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
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The Others--vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night--don't just live in nightmares anymore. They've joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem. . .
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head. . .and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town--namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who'd like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce's suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten--literally--in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them--and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge. . .

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It’s an unspoken rule that every series has to have one blah installment, and unfortunately for H&W INVESTIGATIONS, this was it. Jess Haines’ engrossing writing style was still present, but FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS was minus the tall glass of action that I’ve become accustomed to, the love interest was mostly a no show, and Shia’s ultra-cool mofo rep took a lickin’ which all lead to this book’s stepping stone like quality. The cliffhanger ending only served to further reinforce that sentiment as well, so all in all I’d have to say that this was my least favourite Waynest novel.

I was happy with how this story started; progress was being made on the Alec front, Shiarra was reunited with her business partner, and then… the girls get shipped off to L.A. Goodbye secondary characters, adios main plot arc, and arrivederci smexy times. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed meeting Gavin, Clyde, Jimmy & Fabian, and hooking up with Tiny & Devon again was an unexpected treat; however I couldn’t get over the feeling that something was missing. I was also a little cheesed that the author mentioned Jack’s new status only to leave readers in the lurch—if I had balls, they’d be blue.

Shia’s been making some good headway as this series’ heroine, and granted the occasional setback is to be expected, but this book felt like a return to HUNTED BY THE OTHERS. The majority of this protagonist’s strengths lie with her aptitude as a P.I. and a couple of magical artefacts. The former continued to hold steady, however without the latter Waynest was pretty much a sitting duck which made her willingness to immerse herself in L.A.’s Other community, without allies I might add, to solve a case involving zombies come across as a death wish. I was disappointed by her utter lack of self-preservation.

The plot was sufficiently twisty enough to keep me engaged, and with a suspect list comprising of three shady vampires, one über powerful necromancer, and a rabid Goliath werewolf, there was plenty of whodunnit goodness to go around. I enjoyed watching Shia and Sara team up on an investigation for a change, although there were a couple of facets that were entirely too opportune in my opinion such as Halloway’s predicament, and the “ancient enemy with a personal grudge”. The blurb was a bit spoiler-y for anyone who’s read the earlier installments which if you’re tackling book 5, I’m assuming you have.

FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS was a means to an end, a set-up for the next novel.

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38 responses to “Review: Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

    • I just recently finished book 6, and am pleased to report that the story did indeed bounce back. Not to the extend of Deceived by the Others which was my fav, but still good.

    • It’s tough for authors to get all of their ducks in a row with regards to the overall series arc while still delivering a fully fleshed out story. There always ends up being 1 filler…

  1. Hi Carmel!
    I’ve heard great things about this series but never had the occasion to check it out but sorry to hear that this particular installment was not quite up to par with the rest of the books. Hopefully the next installment will pick things up as others have said.

    Happy Friday!
    Anita
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  2. I think you’re right, it was a in between book. I hope it will be better for you with the next one though. For me even if I still like it, it has lost a little of its appeal but I’m curious for more.

  3. Ugh, I hate that. I hate it when a book in a series is only a build-up to the succeeding book because what’s the bloody point? There is a way to build-up to a certain event while still retaining plot and important book elements in a book… I hate it when a book is made only to be a filler 😐 I’m so sorry that this one was like that, Carmel 🙁 I’d be so disappointed too if I were in your shoes!
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    • It’s a balancing act, setting stuff up for the next book while still delivering an action-packed installment story-wise. Some authors are just better at it than others.