Sunday, December 8, 2013

4-Star Review: Under Attack (The Underworld Detection Agency, Book 2) by Hannah Jayne

She's one of the Underworld Dectection Agency's best.

But her job is really starting to bite...

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco's demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn't about to trust Alex's all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie's past, and malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon...
(Synopsis via the paperback cover).

Book Details:

Series: Underworld Detective Agency
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (November 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0758258933
ISBN-13: 978-0758258939
Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches

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Saph's Review:

My Review of Book 1, Under Wraps:

**Please Note:  There will be Book 1 spoilers in the following review.

Sophie is still reeling from the events in book one:  1)The loss of her boss, Pete Samson; 2)The realization that Parker Hayes is actually Alex the Fallen Angel; 3) The possible mystery surrounding her lineage, etc.

The loss of her boss Pete Sampson is taking its emotional toll of Sophie.  Things get really bad when the UDA hires a new director - a mobster vampire with a mafia of his own.  Not understanding why UDA would hire a human unable to really fight or protect herself, and lacking magical abilities, said new vampire boss has her friend, roommate, and co-worker Nina terminate her employment.

Alex is back in the human realm trying to locate the Vessel of Souls so that he can redeem himself and get back into Heaven.  Unfortunately, for Sophie the search becomes a multi-fold problem bringing a curse to her doorstep, revealing her parentage, and reminding her that the man she loves is trying to earn his way back into Heaven, leaving her behind.

Alex isn't the only one seeking the Vessel of Souls, putting Sophie in an extreme amount of danger, especially from another Fallen that Alex had formerly been involved in.  As various immortals are being killed, questions arise regarding the Vessel and the Seven Guardians trained to protect it.  The closer to an answer Sophie and Alex get, the more dangerous the situation becomes.  Sophie also learns the identity of various family members which may or may not surprise readers.  Her deceased grandmother also appears in mirrors and other reflective surfaces - including a sliced melon, which adds a bit of sadness (she's dead) and silliness (a fruit, really?) to various parts of the novel.

Under Attack still has the humor, sarcasm, and snark that Book 1 had.  Sophie's character matured a bit more in this book and handled each situation that was thrown at her as best as anyone can expect.  I enjoyed the multiple plot twists and unexpected revelations.  The author did a great job weaving everything together and making is interesting.  The book pulled me in and didn't let go.  I was fully engaged in the story, unable to put it down.

I've already checked out books 3 and 4 from the library and will begin them soon!

Funny Quote I Enjoyed:

"When I woke up, my bedroom was blanketed in a warm canary yellow.  It was comforting, until I realized it was a Post-It note stuck to my forehead" (Jayne, H., 2011, pg. 113).

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Local Library

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