Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: Bitten to Death

Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks #4)
by Jennifer Rardin
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Buy: Amazon / B&N

Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I'm here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust. Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward "The Raptor" Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA's number one assassin who also happens to be my boss. 

The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl's former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust's new leader has her own plans. 

This job is going to be the death of me


Bitten to Death is the fourth book in the Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin. This one like the 3rd book was a little slow in my opinion. There was not enough action and I kept waiting for something to happen between Jaz and Vayl. I understand this is an Urban Fantasy series and the romance part is not usually "in-your-face" like in paranormal romance but come on, four books and still no hanky-panicky?! I'm sure I am feeling just a frustrated as Vayl.

In Bitten to Death, Jaz, Vayl and David are invited to Vayl's old Vampere Trust by the leader, Hamon, in hopes of finally catching Edward Samos, aka The Raptor. For those of you that have not read this series yet, Samos is the "big bad" of the series (so far). And nothing would please Jaz more than to take him out once and for all.

But once the gang arrives at the Trust they learn that Hamon has been murdered, ruining their previous plans. The new leader, Disa is a quite the bitch and she and Jaz takes an instance dislike to one another. But Jaz's dislike of Disa quickly turns into hatred when she learns of Disa and Vayl's connection to each other.

Not only does Jaz have to put up with the Trust vampires and weres she meets there but she also has to find a way to help her twin, David to overcome some of his uncertainties from their last mission together.

Some of the side characters from previous books like Cassandra and Cole are in the background and Bergman is not existence in this one. Cole does make an appearance toward the end of the book. But still I was a little sad about that since he is such a fun character. I hope to see more of him in the 5th book

Like other books in the series, Jaz is torn between completing her mission and trying to save Vayl from himself, yet again. I think that their hang ups about getting together or not getting together is starting to get in the way of how good the series could be. In other words they need to get it on or just forget and focus more on the action and missions.

So far, I'm still on the fence about this series. I am not sure if I want to see it all the way through to the end. I liked books 1 & 2 but 3 & 4 were a little slow for me. But I can see this series having potential so I'll read the next book to see if it has NEW plot and character development. It just seems like the same plot devices is used over and over in each book. But the ending of Bitten to Death did leave it open to grow in the plot development area for the 5th book that could have the characters moving forward instead of staying in a stalemate.


Moment that had me laughing so hard ...

“I was never a handsome man,” he whispered. “But I keep remembering how once, long ago, my mother told me I had the eyes of an angel.” He dropped his forehead to his knees.“Oh, how I miss my eyes!”

“They’ve been doing face transplants,” I blurted, feeling idiotic for saying so because, really, what did I know about this guy? He’d been in the Trust when Vayl left. So, despite his mother’s opinion, he was no angel. Still, I felt sorry for him. So I continued. “I’ve seen the headlines. Not that there’s a huge demand for them, but . . . well . . . I’m just saying . . .” I trailed off because Blas was making funny sounds, which I feared might have something to do with sobbing. And I so didn’t want to be stuck in a closet with a crying vampire.

Hey I have a sick sense of humor but that was freaking hilarious to me. It's the whole being trapped in a closet with a crying vampire


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