Monday, July 5, 2010

Bite Marks

Jaz Parks, CIA assassin, is back in this, the 6th book of one of my favorite supernatural action/adventure/touch of romance series, and I'm glad to say that this one exceeded my admittedly high expectations.

In this installment, Jaz and her team are in Australia, where some gnomes (yes, gnomes) are plotting to destroy the NASA complex that is based there. With Jaz are her teammates, a bunch of strange characters who don't always get along, but who possess a wide range of bizarre skills that, together, make them a tough force to beat.

There's just one little problem, though - Jaz is hearing a voice in her head, and realizes she has been possessed by something with an agenda that's probably not aligned with her own. And then there's a problem with a demon that's been after one of her teammates for, oh, several centuries now. As usual, a straightforward mission becomes anything but.

I continue to adore this series for its engaging characters and their continually developing relationships with each other, its creativity, sheer unpredictability, and for the way it periodically makes me burst out laughing. The books really should be read in order for maximum payoff, though. Only a few months to wait for the next installment, which is coming out in November. I highly recommend these books! If you are looking for a new supernatural/urban fantasy and are overwhelmed by the plethora of mediocre books out there, give this one a try - you won't regret it.

Books in the Jaz Parks series:
1. Once Bitten, Twice Shy
2. Another One Bites the Dust
3. Biting the Bullet
4. Bitten to Death
5. One More Bite

6. Bite Marks
7. Bitten in Two (to be released in the U.S. in November 2010)

Bite Marks (#6 in the Jaz Parks series) by Jennifer Rardin (Orbit, 2009)

Source: My local public library

6 comments:

  1. Darla!!!! So happy to see a post from you in my reader. *dances*

    I sort of wish I had started this series when it was in trade because I like the trade covers better than the paperback. Oh, well. I'm on a book buying ban right now (no money, only me working at the moment) so I'll be lucky when I can buy them again and more of the series is in mass market. ;)

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  2. So happy to get a comment so quickly on my first post in ages! I was expecting cricket sounds. Great to hear from you! I'm hoping to get back to my usual routine soon - I have been missing everyone. Book buying bans are harsh - but you can do it! :-) Hope you won't be the only one working for long.

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  3. I think I may try to get caught up in this series soon.

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  4. I've just started the first one, after having a rough patch where I was having trouble sticking with anything longer than a picture book. I'm enjoying it immensely so far. I'm so glad to hear the series continues to be good, too!

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  5. Kiirstin - Oh, I'm so glad you're enjoying the first one. I think they just get better and better as the series goes on. I'll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts as you go through them! (Plus maybe they'll sidetrack you so I'll catch back up to you on the Discworld series, heh heh heh.)

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  6. Ladytink - I always laugh that I'm ahead in this series, since you're the one who introduced me to it (for which I will forever be thankful!).

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