Sunday, August 14, 2011

Kelly's Review: Dead on the Delta

By Stacey Jay
Published by: Pocket Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
First Printing: May 31, 2011
ISBN-978-1-4391-8988-7 (ebook)
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Concept: “Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-sized fairies now indulge their taste for human blood – for for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement – and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective – collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year-old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . .” [From Amazon.]

Review: This is the first book in what I hope to be a long, long, long series because THIS folks, this was a really GOOD read. It was a murder mystery type story set in the horrific world where the strong have made it and the weak really rely on the strong to help them get through it. Its fascinating really, fairies are the bad guys here, being little blood sucking death vehicles. But there’s more than that killing people. The body of a six year old is found and that is how we meet Annabelle and start to learn about how the world has changed.

The author does a superb job of setting the scene and my only complaint is that the information is delivered inbetween dialogue spurts and your brain has to keep up with two different things going on. There was sometimes so much going on in the descriptive world being delivered, that I forgot about the conversation. A small complaint. There is humor (quite a bit actually) and some hunky guys, some lovely friends and even a really rather sweet kitty (and I’m not a cat person). I loved this story immensely. Blood on the Bayou, Book 2 in this series, will be available in Spring 2012. I’ll be one of the first in line to buy it.

What I liked: I loved the character of Annabelle Lee. She is strong, but gentle, crazed yet uber intelligent, street-smart and vulnerable. She contradicts herself time and time again but in the end, she’s a wonderful woman just looking to be loved and taken care of and shielded from the madness of the world around her.

What I disliked: I really would have liked more romance. Annabelle has soft spots (literally and figuratively) and it would have been nice to see her be loving and vulnerable in a romantic situation. It was alluded to in certain parts of the book, but I would have liked more, more, more sex. I hope future books have more of the good stuff in there.

My rating: 4.5 feathers

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E. Van Lowe said...

I agree with you, Kelly. I read the book a few months ago, and I love, love, LOVED it. It inspired me. Stacey Jay is an amazing writer. I appreciate you getting the word out about her. This book deserves to do well.

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