donderdag 19 maart 2015

Kasey Mackenzie – Green-Eyed Envy

The second book in the Shades of Fury series, published June 28, 2011.
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: strong colors, I like that.

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As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator, it's her duty to solve any crimes committed by or against supernaturals.
Months have gone by since Riss discovered some unwelcome truths about her past--and managed to stop a supernatural war. Since then things have been quiet. Too quiet. But that all changes when the bodies of Bastai, shapeshifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston's magical underbelly--even though the legendary shifters are supposed to have ninety-nine lives.
One common thread ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and Riss's lover Scott Murphy enjoyed a one-night stand before he and Riss reunited, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open, before the killer's green-eyed gaze turns in Scott's direction...

This book continues where Red Hot Fury ended.
Marissa Holloway is the new Chief of the new Magical Crimes Unit of the Boston PD. With her human partner Trinity LaRue she is called to a murder scene, another Cat has been killed. And as Cats, or Bastai, have 99 lives, that sure is impressive. Will they have their first Arcane serial killer to catch? When they find out the one thing those victims have in common, is that they are previous lovers from Harper, Riss will have to find the killer before her own boyfriend is the next victim.
They will have to interview all Harper’s previous boyfriends, and offer them protection. To flush the killer out in the open, Harper and Penn, her fiancée, decide to hurry up their marriage. There is a lot of hostility about that, as Harper is a Cat, and Penn is a Warhound, and a cousin to Scott. But Penn is from the rich Banoub branch of the family, and they kicked his mother out when she married his father. Those two families do not get along, at all. And of course Penn’s relatives are not pleased that their golden boy, the head of their family, is marrying a Cat.

While searching for the killer, Marissa is going undercover as their wedding planner, this gives her the opportunity to mingle with both families and other wedding guests and ask questions. But she really does not count on her strange attraction to the Men of Honor, and another of Harper’s former boyfriends. She is in love with Scott, so why is she lusting after Victor?

In the meanwhile, in the realm of the furies, things are not going well either. Sure, she has her mother back after 20 years, but no one believes Stacia was acting alone. And suddenly her grandmother has come out of her decades long coma, and has issued Challenge to one of the Conclave members. Something is really not all right up there. Her mortal family is in danger as well, so she needs Scott’s family to keep them save, with the help of the Harpy’s.

So things are pretty hectic for Marissa and her friends and family, but there are some good things happening as well. Another doctor might be able to fix her busted knee, when even the Oracle’s can’t heal it. And her niece has Fledged! But before they can adopt her into the Fury’s, the complot with her grandmother needs to be resolved ...

I look forward to book 3, and suspect that will take place in the Fury realm. It should certainly have a lot of action, and perhaps more on the different kinds of Fury’s. There are three.

But this story is very good as well. Harper sure dated some strange men in her time, and I don’t really like most of them. Still, to be killed in such a horrible way is something no one deserves. The mystery is not easy to solve, but I was suspicious about one man from the beginning, and that proved to be true.
Scott’s younger brother is still missing, and I also keep being suspicious about that. Something was just not right with him. Having a crush on your brother’s girlfriend is one thing, but what he did, nope.

I really enjoy Kasey Mackenzie’s writing style, her sense of humor and the sarcastic wit of Marissa. I like all the main characters and the ending of the book was very much fun.

Yes I do recommend this series if you like Urban Fantasy and want something different than werewolves and vampires.

8 stars.

A blogger made me buy it

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© 2015 Reviews by Aurian

8 opmerkingen:

  1. A nice review Aurian! Perhaps I'll check out that one when I am on holliday. Nothing is better than a good UF book in the sun!

  2. Hm...ok based on what I like, would this work for me?

    1. Yes, I do think you would enjoy this series Blodeuedd.

  3. Thanks for the great the great review and reminder! Another series I either have on my bookshelf or wishlist that isn't getting read anytime soon! ;)

    1. Sometimes reading a nice review bumps a series up on my list Amber ;)

  4. It sounds interesting and I love the covers. Maybe one day.