Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Released on April 1, 2011
I read book one and never realized there was a tantalizing prequel to the series that acted as a teaser to get folks enthused for the series. Happily, I discovered my library carried a copy when I was looking to see if they had book two. A little detour for the prequel and I am ever so glad I did.
The Abandoned introduces Ree and Hayden who meet when Ree finds herself investigating the odd circumstances of Violet Tisdale’s mysterious life and death. She was in a private psych hospital and it was when Ree was dealing with the file on Violet that she overhears a dangerous conversation hinting at cover-ups and secrets that go back generations, a secret society, and a dark and creepy cemetery. She also wants to believe the cold, the haunting music and her own sleep walking venture and vivid dream from Ilsa Tisdale’s past are not the ghostly manifestation that ghosthunter and buddy lawyer, Hayden says they are.
I loved the dark nature of the secrets and the general atmosphere of the writing, settings, and situations. It was fun to encounter Amelia and Devlin as side characters while meeting Dee and Hayden as the leads. The romance is rushed, but it was a shorter piece so I expected that. It helped that I enjoyed the characters and the attention to their background even while they are racing to solve an old mystery that has repercussions on the present.
It also did the job of enticing me forward with the rest of the series as it leads nicely into the first book, The Restorer.
This one is standalone and it can be skipped without a reader missing anything in book one. I think I was glad to have read book one without it so I got the full effect of that one without any hints or foreshadowing that I feel this one gives. So, its my recommendation that readers interested in the series not start with this one, but come back to it so you get all the wonder and surprise to full effect. Urban Fantasy fans who like ghostly spooky reads should definitely give this series a go.
Library Love #14