Wednesday, July 20, 2011
99) Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay
Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dre-ams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.
But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a sixyear- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .
My Thoughts :
I am not a fairy lover. Yes I have read some fairy based books but usually there are other supernaturals about to take the edge off things. I try and keep clear of the fairy books but if one of my favourite authors writes a fairy type book then I will at least give it the benefit of the doubt and try it. So after loving everything Stacey Jay has written about zombies in her young adult books I couldn't resist giving Dead on the Delta a try. Fairies or no fairies.
At first I think my mind was zoned in on the fairy aspect too much. I was waiting for all the typical stereotypes to appear and I had a hard time getting into the story. However once it was pretty clear that this wasn't going to be the usual fairy cliché I found myself sucked in by the mystery and excitement of it all. The author really takes the little creatures and turns the tables and I like it. A lot!
Nice and different, Stacey Jay has taken the fairy world that you have come to know, and maybe love, and changed it dramatically and in a good way. I loved the unique take on the one paranormal I have never really felt happy about reading. This wasn't really all about them and they were in no position to take over and glamour everyone. They are little mosquito like pests . Nice!
The plot was good as well. Once I got used to Annabelle I started to like her. She may be a little weird in a strange and alcoholic way but I really can't wait to read more about her. The writing style was totally different to the authors previous YA novels, which was to be expected, but I did have some trouble keeping up now and again.
A new original series with a few minor flaws this looks like a series I could really get into. I am pretty sure that I will be getting the sequel as soon as it comes out instead of waiting. It has a lot going for it and I want to be there for the ride.