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The Ravenous Dead – Natasha Hoar (Lost Souls #2)

ebook
Expected publication: July 16th 2012 by Carina Press
Source: Net Galley

Synopsis:

This time the dead are hungry…

Rachel Miller doesn’t just see dead people, she rescues them. As a member of The Order of Rescue Mediums, she spends most of her time helping stubborn spirits move on from the world. But after she learns the details of three brutal murders, she knows the culprit can only be a reaper, an undead monster that relentlessly stalks its victims to feed on their souls.

A reaper once consumed the soul of Rachel’s mentor as she watched frozen in fear. Now, Rachel is in the role of teacher to Kit Elkeles, a rodach just learning to control his wraithlike powers. After Kit and Rachel rescue a half-vampire, they work to protect him while searching for a way to stop the reaper. But when Rachel realizes who the monster is really after—and just what kind of dark magic she’ll need to stop it—will she be able to do what is necessary before it devours one of her friends…or even herself?

Review:

The Ravenous Dead is the second installment in the Lost Souls series starring rescue medium Rachel Miller and her coterie of supernatural kin. One of the biggest attractions of this series for me is that it’s set in Vancouver. You don’t get many UF series set in Vancouver so let me savour the novelty. Another plus is the strength of its writing and plotting. Both remain as tight and well imagined as the first installment. Perhaps, even better than the first one actually.

Rachel is dealing with a reaper in this installment. Something that is terrible, feasts on human souls and is one fast ticket into supernatural insanity. Not a good thing. Kit, the rodach she saved in the first novel, has stuck around and is fast becoming Rachel’s sidekick and perhaps something more on the romantic front. Not sure but perhaps the fae mob boss may have something to say about this. The fae mob boss whose name I don’t remember was missing in this one and his absence was noted. My main problem with the novel..la was once again it’s length.

Here’s the thing, I’m used to read novels that are 300+ pages long, especially UF novels. The installments in this series seem more like chapters in one novel, for example Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. They seem more like teasers especially considering that the main narrative, the overarching story barely gets developed before the book is over. I wish Hoar would rethink her word limit/count because I find the pace rather jarring and considering the amount of time that passes before each novella is released, I find that I forget the entire story/characters when the new one comes around.

I’d recommend you wait until all the installments (however many there are) are released before you read this. You should read this but I think you’d get more enjoyment if you were to read it all in one gulp.

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