Saturday, March 17, 2012

Early Review: Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee #2) - Stacey Jay

First came a terrorist attack. Then the mutations—and Fey who had lived in harmony with humans turned deadly. Now most people hide behind iron gates. But those who are immune—and those with enough courage—can venture out into the Louisiana Delta . . . and a nightmare world of magic. NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent with immunity to fairy venom, is once again called upon to help solve a murder deep in the bayou. But this one’s off the books. Her ex-lover, Hitch, needs her help searching for a secret chemical weapons lab and an FBI mole providing it with human lab rats.Helping Hitch means certain interpersonal disaster with her estranged boyfriend, but Annabelle knows what it feels like to be a lab rat. Her new fairy-attack-induced paranormal abilities seem to have few negative side effects, but would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious—not to mention ridiculously attractive—Tucker? A man who can turn invisible at will, and who makes no bones about how dead she’ll be if she reveals his secrets?As the murder investigation progresses, Annabelle quickly learns Tucker isn’t the only one with secrets, and that the only things that cut deeper than a friend’s deception are the lies we tell ourselves.

Dark, gritty urban fantasy doesn't get much better than this.

After discovering my newest obsession with the series debut, Dead on the Delta, I had very high expectations for Blood on the Bayou and not for one second did Jay disappoint. Within the first few pages, I was hooked.

It was full of dark, sometimes twisted, humor and I can't recall laughing quite this much during Dead on the Delta.

My favorite characters continued to play significant roles and characters who were briefly mentioned are explored more in depth this time around. What added to the excitement of this story is that you're on the edge of your seat wondering who is trustworthy, who is a traitor, and constantly switching sides.

Annabelle agrees to help her ex, Hitch, uncover a mystery surrounding a murder and secret chemical-weapons lab. And in addition to these new complications, the circumstances with the fairies begin to change and create a whole new, and terrifying, set of problems. Annabelle certainly has her hands full. 

She makes new discoveries about her unique abilities and small personal improvements that feel believable and realistic. I wouldn't be satisfied if her changes were too rapid or drastic. Any individual that dependent on alcohol and meds isn't going to change overnight.

The story wraps up nicely. Even though I did quite a bit of back-and-forth with my decisions regarding Annabelle's somewhat busy love life, I was very satisfied with how it ended. 

Overall, this series has been absolutely amazing. To any fans of dark urban fantasy who haven't yet read about Annabelle Lee, you have no idea what you're missing. 

For a chance to win books 1 and 2 in the Annabelle Lee series, 
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Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

Great review as usual!
Did you guys know that I don't get you're mail for us email subscribers until at least the next day of midnight?? I'm asking because thats how I follow you guys the easiest, and I wonder if you can get the settings changed to be instant?? When I post, the email goes out that instant...just curious...:)

Ceska said...

Wow, what an amazing follow up. Seriously if you have not started this series yet you must go now and read Dead on the Delta! These 2 books will totally suck you in. I love when I can say the second book is as awesome if not more awesome then the first.

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