Sunday, 16 March 2014

Book Review: Haunted by Kelley Armstrong(WOTO #5)

Eve Levine -- half-demon, black witch and devoted mother -- has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can't be killed again -- which comes in handy when you've made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn't too bad -- all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she'll be happy.
But fate -- or more exactly, the Fates -- have other plans. Eve owes them a favor, and they've just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy -- previous hunters have been driven insane in the process. As if that's not problem enough, the only way to stop her is with an angel's sword. And Eve is no angel. . . .

My Review:
Since her death, Eve has been wandering about the afterlife searching for a way to contact her daughter Savannah. Now she is offered a dangerous mission to return a dangerous entity to the supernatural prison that it escaped from, and her work brings her into contact with the human world. When the entity knows who is chasing it, it puts Savannah, Paige and Lucas in danger, and Eve requires the help of her dead lover Kristof, Savannah's father, to save their daughter.

It is important that you read book three before you read this review as there are a few BIG spoilers for it.

I liked the chance to read about Eve instead of just being told she was an evil half demon. I liked Eve a lot. She is tough, snarky, kick ass and resourceful and totally devoted to her daughter, and you start to see that she is not as evil as she was originally portrayed. You want to see her kick evil butt. You her to be allowed to be part of her daughter's life, despite the difficulties. I like the relationship between her and Kristof-you wonder how different things might have been if Eve had stayed with him, and you feel sympathy that Kristof died at his daughter's hand in book three. It turns out that he wasn't evil at all, which I hadn't been expecting, so nice wee twist there.

The plot was interesting and fast moving, with lots of fight scenes and challenges to enjoy. I don't want to spoil it but I especially liked the end section of the book. It was a good read and one of the better books in the series. I hope we will be seeing more of Eve in later books. It was also good to know that the story arc was moving on from Paige as I feel there isn't much else that can be done with her and Lucas. I've had my fill of witches thank you and I know we are back to the werewolves in book six and then some Jamie Vegas which is also good. Yea!

As always the cover art was beautiful. I love just looking at this series as well as reading it! Pity they chose to deviate away from it to the crappy covers of book ten onwards! *Pants*

I recommend this to fans of urban fantasy but I do suggest that you read the books in order due to the amount of book hopping these characters do!
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