Urban Fantasy Review/H&W Tuesdays: Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines (Outstanding)

Posted June 18, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses / 19 Comments



They are the Others — the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again…


Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm — if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets scary, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend–a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing–and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil–whether she likes it or not…

Read for Fun/Summer Series Read
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.00

(PS: I realize that this is Monday but tomorrow is book 2 since I didn’t get this up last week 🙂   Feel free to laugh at me)

First Thought When Finished: What a wonderful first book in series–Vampires, Weres, Mages, and Humans OH MY!

What I Loved: Jess Haines knows how to write characters that no only intrigue you but also keep you guessing. I dare you not to love Shiarra the leading lady in Hunted by the Others. She is beyond loyal to those she loves and has a great sense of self. I really think strong characters are so very important in Urban Fantasy because you need someone to root for. Jess gives you this type of character in Shiarra (aka I love her just as much as Gin from the Elemental Assassins series which is my favorite Urban Fantasy leading lady)!

What I Liked: This world is very intriguing and I think we are just scratching the surface of what is in store. I really liked the secondary characters and can’t wait to see more of Alec and Chaz. I just think there is a lot of story to flush out about these two!

Final Thought: I am reading these back to back in June because a new one comes out July 3rd! I think I am in for a fun ride!

Felicia S
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19 responses to “Urban Fantasy Review/H&W Tuesdays: Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines (Outstanding)

  1. This is on my TBR and I so wish I have time to read it!!! I’m going to have to make a list and stick to it of what books I want to read and when b/c great, fun books like these will just get lost!!! Now, off to find a cheap copy 😉

  2. I grabbed this one as a freebie on Amazon a long time ago and I loved it! I immediately started following Jess on Twitter and she’s awesome. I still haven’t read the rest of the series, but I want to – someday.

  3. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I really like these books as well, even though I keep comparing them to Laurell K. Hamiltons Anita Blake series.

  4. “I didn’t get it up…” *giggles*

    I just might have to take you up on that dare. I do love loyalty and confidence in a character. Plus, urban fantasy–you know that’s my book crack and I’m seriously addicted this summer!

  5. Wow, you must be super confident in Shiarra’s appeal if you’re daring me not to love her:) That makes me want to pick this one up for sure, just to see what she’s all about! Sounds like she’s a fantastic character, and I love when secondary characters are equally strong, so I’m excited now:)

  6. I picked up this book last summer and it is still in the pile. It sounds so good after reading your review. A strong heroine and secondary characters and good world building! Excellent. I must endeavor to dig this out!