Sunday, January 23, 2011
13) Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman
My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I'm an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right?
The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn't quick to give up its secrets, though. Not even to fellow members. Not even when it's in their best interests. So we've been busting our tails, perfecting our forensic skills, working to gain acceptance. The team's tight… but we have our quirks, too. And our Big Dog, Benjamin Venec…well, he's a special case, all right.
But we can't give up. We're needed, especially when a case comes along that threatens to pit human against fatae. But one wrong move could cost us everything we've worked for….
My Review -
The Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations a.k.a PUPI came together in Hard Magic last year. Now just under a year later the second book in the series, Pack of Lies, hits the shelves and I was eager to see where the series would go. After all it has the paranormal and forensics all wrapped up together which is a must read mix for me.
I have to say I expected more from this sequel but in the end I was happy with what I got. With hardly any action or suspense this felt a little flat at times but I still wasn't put off. You see some authors try too hard to make everything special. I get fed up of characters names you can't pronounce and plots weaved into a tangled mess. This is where Pack of Lies stands out and becomes readable. It isn't trying to wow you or give you the feeling that it is something special. It is what it is. Average names, a normal story and some interesting aspects of the paranormal and forensics expertly added into the mix.
Sure this series isn't going to go on my must buy list but it is definitely on my must read list. The team is still young and they are still finding their feet. I want to see how things develop and I like the overall concept for the series. I hope the author doesn't try and jazz things up and I really hope that things don't go all complicated. Well worth checking out. You won't be lusting for more like you do when you taste the sugar filled delights that are usually offered up in the Urban Paranormal Fantasy genre but you will feel satisfied with this delightful snack.