Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow

Title: Werewolf Sings the Blues
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Series: A Midnight Magic Mystery #2
Publication: March 8th 2014 by Midnight Ink
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The last thing Vivian needs is to be thrust into a werewolf war

If Vivian Dahl's life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues. She's pushing thirty, her singing career is going nowhere, and the partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Plus, a mysterious man is stalking her. But when she's abducted from a singing gig, Vivian is surprised to see her stalker become her savior. Jason is her werewolf rescuer sent by the biological father who abandoned her as a baby. Finding herself on the run, Vivian drives across America with the enigmatic Jason and learns about the werewolf war her father's pack is caught in. Now that an opposing pack has targeted her, Jason will stop at nothing to make sure Vivian's song isn't cut short.

Werewolf Sings the Blues takes if I'm not mistaken place eight years before the first Midnight Magic Mystery book, What's a With to Do. I did like the idea of reading Vivian and Jason's story of how they came to be together but it wasn't as good as the previous book. Overall I did like it but I didn't love it. 

Vivian wasn't at all how I pictured her. In the beginning of the book as we get to know her we find out she uses drugs, drinks a lot and tries to make a living of singing which hasn't worked out like she'd hoped. So clearly she's very damaged. Damaged people are the most interesting to read about in books I think, though. But I have to admit that I wasn't too sure in the beginning if I was going to like reading in her point of view. Throughout the book she did grow on me, however. She turned out to be very fierce and knows how to kick ass if she has to. Not my favorite female character ever but I liked her spunk.

Jason is someone totally different. Although the oppossite from Vivian, he also was very damaged with what he went through with his father. But still, he knew how to love fiercely and didn't let his past put him down. I loved that about him. I loved him. And I do think he's a good fit with Vivian. 

The story wasn't much of a mystery like the previous book and I couldn't seem to like it as much as I loved What's a Witch to Do. But there were some pretty awesome moments in it so the good definitely outweighs the bad. One of my favorite moments were where characters from the F.R.E.A.K.S series came in like Will and Oliver. I might've squealed out loud when I read Oliver was there. Also George and Mona from What's a Witch to Do made an appearance. And of course Adam Blue was there too. It's always nice to see other characters come in. 

So overall, Werewolf Sings the Blues was a good read if you like werewolves, action and the paranormal as much as I do. It isn't the best book I've read from Jennifer Harlow but I did like it and read it pretty fast because I didn't want to stop reading this story. 

Favorite Quotes:
After a few breaths to calm myself, I put my shoes on, and get out of the car.
My shittier-by-the-second life momentarily dissolves as I drink in the sight of my road-trip buddy. Without his shirt on. He must spend every spare moment at the gym. His pecs are bigger than my boobs, he has a perfect six-pack, and the rest of him might as well be chiseled in marble. I don't think there's an ounce of fat on him, and his skin's the color of milk mixed with honey. Yummy. I collect myself before he looks up and catches me. Eye candy fix achieved.
"I want to understand you," he says, as usual emotionless. Jesus Christ, it's like Spock's riding shotgun.
The man scarffed down five Big Macs like he was in a competition. I can add "almost only eats meat" to the werewolf file growing larger in my brain. Went through an entire box of Slim Jims too. I pity any cow crosses his path.

About The Author:
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.

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