Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #3
Released: 12/28/2010 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 308 Price: $7.99 Paperback
Source: I own a copy of this book
FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she’s been called to duty hinges on the capture of serial killer Aristotle Stoker—and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher’s help…
Jace’s goal seems simple enough—to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she’s abducted…and she isn’t even sure who the real enemy is. Now Jace has to wonder if she’s the predator or the prey in a very dangerous game that could change not only her fate, but the world’s…Meanwhile, a serial killer is still on the loose. And time has already run out…
Let me be blunt. I didn’t care for this book that much and it has made me a little hesitant to continue on with the remaining three books. I enjoyed the first two and still like most of the characters but this book was just off. I struggled to become invested in the plot and kept waiting for it to simply be over. I got down to the last 50 pages and almost walked away because I simply didn’t care. I stuck with it and in the end, I’m glad I did, but man, this was a chore to read at times.
Now let me tell you why. The flashbacks and side stories were the big issues for me. I’m okay with one or two flashbacks but a reading pet-peeve of mine is when they continue through the entire book and this one did. Also, most of the characters I cared about were absent for much of the book. Instead, we get Jace paired up with this other woman from yet another world and I really never did care for her much so it didn’t bother me much when she simply disappeared without any resolution because I had been wanting her to disappear for most of the book.
I still enjoyed Jace as a character but this book was all over the place and felt a little like it was searching for a plot. That the whole point of the book was to fill in back-story for the main character. All of those details should have been spread over multiple book to lessen the info-dump feel that it ended up giving this one.
Sigh… simply put this book didn’t work for me as a reader and while I might have said good-bye to this world and moved on with my life normally I already own the remaining three books in the series and feel like I should really see this one out. I truly hope the series gets better, closer to what attracted me to in book one. I do think I will be taking a break, however, perhaps if I put a couple of book by other authors between this one and the next I will be able to approach it with an open mind. Fingers-crossed.
My Rating:2 Stars