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Book Review – Fallen Eyes

Fallen Eyes – Another Great Addition to the Series

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: J.K. Walker
Format: Paperback, Kindle

After the video of her transforming into a were-leopard went viral, Jazz and the supernatural community have been “outed”.  As if living under the scrutiny and spotlight by those who find her at best fascinating or freak wasn’t challenging enough, a series of new local brutal murders and her responsibility of pack Alpha push Jazz to a dark and lonely place.  Unable to fully recover from the effects that Sanguine ravaged on her body, Jazz is no longer able to perform even with all her power.  And when the hunt for this new killer brings her face to face with her past, a past she thought was long behind her, Jazz faces a force that she and even the most powerful person she knows is no match for.  How does one kill something that isn’t alive?

Fallen Eyes, by J.K. Walker, is book four in the Salt Lake After Dark Series.  With each book, the depth with which we understand the characters is further deepened.  Walker takes us into the mind of a young woman who questions who and what she really is and what she is becoming?  To protect those she loves, she has done and must continue to do horrendous things and the toll on her body is inconsequential compared to the toll on her psyche.  This chapter of the story expertly balances the introspective moments, the action, the tender interludes, all while building to the climactic and unexpected conclusion.  The more this world comes alive, the more convinced I am this would be a powerful series to produce for television.  If anyone from the CW is reading, take note – this series is a winner.

For loyal readers, book four is yet another strong chapter.  I continue to be impressed how Walker creates one impossible situation after another introducing antagonists more powerful than their predecessor leaving me wondering how Jazz and her friends can possibly overcome such foes.  Yet, he does so effortlessly and with no hint of “dues ex machina” most writers would succumb to for resolution.  Pick up a copy, this is yet another an excellent overall read!
Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.

Book Review – Sanguine Eyes

Sanguine Eyes:  Salt Lake After Dark – Exposed!

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: J.K. Walker
Format: Paperback, Kindle

Interning with the Salt Lake Police Department, Jasmine Bedeau sits in the police car with Detective Tabatha Granger when a call comes in regarding a nearby robbery.  They arrive at the scene finding the perpetrator they are sent to intercept is no ordinary criminal.  He moves with amazing speed, the sclera of his eyes are filled blood red, and after he fires multiple rounds, Jazz returns fire hitting him squarely in the chest with no effect.  A new drug is on the streets – Sanguine – it turns people into extraordinarily strong killers who feel no pain.  Its origins – supernatural.  Its implications – disastrous.  As Jazz uncovers the mystery of who is behind the drug and its distribution, an even greater threat to the supernatural community emerges, one that Jazz cannot stop.

Sanguine Eyes, by J.K. Walker, continues the Salt Lake After Dark series.  In this chapter of this ongoing saga, Walker masterfully draws the reader into Jazz’s world as it crumbles around her.  As the story progresses, Jazz loses one thing after another that is important to her – I would expound on this more but will refrain from doing so as to avoid mentioning any spoilers.  Suffice to say, Jazz world is shaken more so than it was when she first learned she was a were-leopard.  I also appreciate Walker’s ability to narrate a good fight scene.  With clarity and precision, Walker provides just enough detail with the appropriate pace to fully immerse the reader.

Readers of this series will enjoy this latest addition.  However, those who are new can read this installment and fully appreciate and enjoy the story without missing a beat.

Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.

Book Review – In My Time of Dying

In My Time of Dying – A Haunting Love Story

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: J.K. Walker
Format: Kindle, Paperback

In a moment, their lives and future changed forever.  David and Angel were settling in for what had become a favorite pastime of bad movie night when it all went wrong.  The gunshot sent David into action but it was too late, the pizza-man costumed assassin had already put one slug into Angel.  By the time their friend Jazz had arrived to help, the assassin had disappeared and David was moments from death.  His need to protect Angel followed him into the afterlife and now a ghost, David struggles to understand his new reality, how to protect his love from suffering his own fate as the assassin remains at large, but also how to let go before it is too late and his obsession destroys everyone.

“In My Time of Dying” is a thoughtful and heartwrenching addition to J.K. Walker’s Salt Lake After Dark series.  This installment continues on with the supernatural were-people we’ve come to know, and the humor and characterizations that make these stories so engaging remain; the added dimension here (no pun intended) is the intense love story and what one would do to protect those they love and knowing ultimately what is best for them may not be congruent with one’s own beliefs.

Told primarily from David’s perspective, I especially enjoyed his learning of what “rules” govern his new reality as he is mentored by one who came before him, but also the subtle downward trajectory David takes as he struggles to face the reality of what he can and can’t do and what love really is.

Those who have already enjoyed this series will appreciate this chapter and all it offers as the world Walker has created becomes richer with each telling.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.