Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sanguine Eyes by J.K. Walker

Title:  Sanguine Eyes
Series:  Salt Lake After Dark #3
Author:  J.K. Walker
Published:  June 12th 2013
Length:  305pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The streets of Salt Lake City have been flooded with a mystical drug called Sanguine. Terribly addictive, it grants the user nearly unstoppable strength and speed, but as bad as it is, the real threat is the gang that’s pushing it. A pack of werewolves has invaded Jazz’s territory and started killing off the competition. Could they be responsible for all the missing vampires?

As the resident supernatural trouble shooter, Jasmine has built quite an impressive résumé. She’s faced serial killers, berserkers, wendigo, and even zombies, but has any of that prepared her for the monster that currently threatens her city? Even with the help of her friends and a mysterious new ally, will Jazz have the strength to stop the Loup Garouand find out what’s happened to the local undead?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Walker writes crime drama with a twist and supernaturals without stereotyping. Everything in this tale weaves together, building on what came before it and leading her readers towards a climactic ending. There is an easy flow to this story that keeps you hypnotized by the tale. The story itself is also exciting and unique. I was completely wrapped up in the storyline. Walker threw me for a loop that I would have never seen coming in a million years. I also appreciate the passage of time in this series. The stories don’t all take place one on top of the other, but rather over a larger span of time. It makes everything easier to believe than if everything were to have gone from perfect to hell in a hand basket overnight.

I am very intrigued with Walker’s method of character development. By telling this story from the main character’s point of view you get to know her inside and out. The “I thought …” vs “I said…” moments really help you get to know Jazz and those close to her. The intimate friendships in this novel (and the series as a whole) are so inspiring. They really shine through in this instalment, giving the reader hope even when there is little left. I’ve also completely fallen for one of the secondary characters in the series (who makes a rather small appearance in this particular instalment but is mentioned many times). I keep rooting for him. Walkers characters are all so well developed that you can’t help but falling in love with them.

As a whole this was a very exciting addition to the Salt Lake After Dark series. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the supernatural with a bit of an adult twist, but I would definitely suggest reading the rest of the series first.

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