Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UF Review: Blood on the Bayou by Stacey Jay

Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee, #2)Blood on the Bayou 
by Stacey Jay
(Annabelle Lee #2)
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Books

The second book in a new urban fantasy series featuring mosquito-sized fairies with poisonous bites that drive humans insane.

It's only been three weeks since Annabelle helped solve the murder of Grace Beauchamp, and in the process, she discovered a secret world of invisible, magic-working people who have decided she might have what it takes to join their ranks.

As best as she can determine, Annabelle’s attack by a group of fairies has infected her with paranormal ability she did not previously possess, including being able to mentally move objects and heal wounds. Her new abilities appear to have few negative side effects, aside from creepy dreams. But would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious Tucker, one of the Invisibles? Leery of trusting criminals with her health, Annabelle wishes she had someone she could talk to about the changes in her life. Enter Hitch, FBI agent and Annabelle's ex, who's back in Donaldsonville on an off-the-books investigation. Hitch suspects that there's a government-funded illegal lab that’s developing a controversial fairy-killing spray that could adversely affect the existence of every living thing in the delta—including humans. And Hitch and Annabelle will have to find a way to work together if they're going to find a way to shut it down.


I enjoyed Dead on the Dead and had high hopes going into Blood on the Bayou. But for me BotB fell a little short from DotD. I found my self skimming a few parts in the book just to read the dialogue in hopes that the pace would pick up a little bit.

Things I liked:

Annabelle's ability to talk to the fairies and the funny as hell bathroom scene with the King of the fairies which she referred to a Grandpa Fairies. (Which made me picture him looking like a cross between the pixies in Harry Potter and the little creepy guy in Tangled that dressed like cupid).

I liked that we got more Tucker but I felt like we didn't get enough of him. Maybe if there is a 3rd book we will get more of this character. He has great possibilities.
The over all plot about the Fey is getting better and better.

Things I didn't like:

The last chapter! Really WTH was that all about. There was no real build up to how things end relationship wise for Annabelle. I feel like we were cheated out of some things and if there is a 3rd book I would more of that area to be fleshed out.

Some parts of the book just dragged on for me. I felt like there wasn't as much snark as in the 1st book. Which I missed.

Not enough Gimpy to help out with the comic relief.

Bottom line:

I'm glad I read Blood on the Bayou but I was left feeling not completely satisfied. If the series continues I will read the next book.

Blood on the Bayou is available at:

Amazon ׀ B&N

I won my copy from a blog hop.


  1. I'm sorry it wasn't as good as the first one, I have it on my TBR pile, and I really need to read it, I think I'll know how it is for me soon. thanks for the review!

  2. I wasn't a fan of the ending. I liked the book but the ending seemed to come out of no where. There just wasn't enough build up.

  3. Good review, Jennifer. I know you had to struggle to get through this one.

    God, that ending sucked ass.


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