"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."
(Blood Trails Series, Bk 1)By Jennifer Blackstream
As a witch with a dark past, Shade Renard knows the Otherworld isn’t always successful at policing itself. Humans don’t believe in magic anymore, and their ignorance renders them easy prey. So when an FBI contact hires her to consult on a possible haunting in a missing persons case, Shade seizes the opportunity to see justice done.
Her case takes an unexpected turn when an undead crime lord shows up on her doorstep. A bold thief stole the vampire’s little black book of secrets—and he’ll pay a lot more than an FBI consulting fee to get it back. To collect, Shade will have to confront a rogue sorceress, a vengeful wizard, and a lethally seductive fey, with only her wits, her growing magic, and a sarcastic pixie familiar.
Success means bringing a killer to justice and taking the first step to redemption. Failure means a war between humans and the Otherworld.
5 out of 5 Stars
This was my first experience reading a book from this author, and now I’m very happy that I was introduced to her writing. It was an exciting mix of paranormal and mystery. Shade wasn’t happy with just being a witch, and decided to use her abilities in becoming a private investigator. In making that decision, she took us on quite a rollercoaster ride of a first case.
Not only did this story have great twists and turns, but it was beyond who could have done it. There was also the potential for multiple crimes related to each other, and the suspects seemed to have the potential to have worked alone, or together, and several different people could have potentially worked together. The further into the story we got, the more confusing – in a good way – it was, and every time I thought I knew who the guilty party was, I was immediately sure I was wrong too. I loved not knowing, and figuring things out along the way with Shade.
Especially because we are dealing with the paranormal world, each character is incredibly unique, with wide ranging personalities and ways that they choose to live their lives and make choices for their futures – from politics to everyday life. I loved how much each character varied and made the story that much more interesting getting to know everyone.
Of course, we can’t forget that Shade would not have been able to get as far as she did without her spunky pixie familiar. She may be small, but she saved Shade’s life more than once, and made an excellent spy! I would definitely say she was one of my favorite characters. She added a little bit of everything to the story – especially laughter.
I truly enjoyed this story, and several times had a very hard time putting it down. It went by faster than I would have liked, and even though the mystery of ‘who done it’ is wrapped up, I feel like we’re just getting started. I definitely look forward to the next book and finding out what Shade has in store for her next.
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About The Author
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream is…odd. Putting aside the fact that she writes her own author bio in third person, she also sleeps with a stuffed My Little Pony that her grandmother bought her as a joke for her 23rd birthday, and she enjoys listening to Fraggle Rock soundtracks whether or not her children are in the car.
Jennifer doesn’t have spare time, but she makes it a point to spend at least one night a week with her sibling binge-watching whatever show they’re currently plowing through (currently Numbers on Netflix), and she ferociously guards quality time with her son and daughter. She cooks when she has the sanity for it—adding garlic to the recipe whether it calls for it or not—and tries very hard not to let her arachnophobia keep her out of her basement on laundry day.
Jennifer’s influences include Terry Pratchett (for wit), Laurell K. Hamilton (for sexual tension), Jim Butcher (for roguish flair), and Kim Harrison (for mythos). She is currently writing the series of her heart and her dreams, the series that has been percolating in her brain for the last decade…Blood Trails. An Urban Fantasy Mystery series that will combine the classic whodunit spirit with a contemporary fantasy setting. Expect mystery, magic, and mayhem, with characters that will make you laugh, cry, and probably stare at the screen with your jaw hanging down to the floor. Well, that’s how they affect Jennifer anyway…
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