am 19. Juni 2014
Spoiler Alert for the events in the first book of the Rylee Adamson-series. Although one could probably start the series at that point, too, I recommend to stop reading here and start with "Priceless".
Synopsis [by Goodreads.com]
“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
Underestimating demons is a bad idea, and it’s a mistake that may cost me not only my own life, but the life of a missing child.
If I can swallow my pride, and allow Agent O’Shea to help me find a way to deal with the demon, we might be able to save the child.
With this salvage, it’s a race against time, a test of trust, and a temptation that I'm doing my damnedest to ignore.
If only swallowing my pride was that easy.
Again, Rylee has a "Salvage", a job to track, find and bring back some lost kid. But this time, she has also has a few [more than usual] personal problems burdening her and a good friend, Dox the Ogre [yeah, really] from New Mexico, is up to his neck in trouble. So she sets up a neat timetable: first track kid, find remedy for her personal problem [no, not spoiling that] and then help Dox. Not one of these goes according to plan. But then, the fun of reading about Rylee is that she doesn't trust in plans in the first place [if stuff goes wrong, and it usually does, you are paralyzed and don't know what to do - better go in with that attitude and improvise with what you've got] and tackles obstacles she encounters. She uses her brain, is mostly not acting on impulse or worse, stupidity, but instead actually reacts smart.
And I so like reading about some grown up person for a change. Yes, she has emotional baggage and that defines a lot of her life's choices, but for one, they are understandable. And she knows herself, knows about her own motives and how she could probably be manipulated, if she weren't careful. When at one point she ist offered a breathtaking deal by one creepy and powerful vampire who is stalking her, she shows what she is made of and I could only applaud her on her choice.
Broody Agent O'Shea is back on board with his sometime 3rd-person POV, as is her hilarious sidekick, the werewolf Alex. Oh and she has another kind of... "sidekick" since the last book, the harpy Eve, who is just as seamlessly brought into the story, as are all the other well fleshed-out characters.
Oh and since I'm talking about characters: I really don't like Rylee's friend Milly the witch one bit. Until now, I haven't seen her act much like a friend and so I could only appreciate Rylee's [sound] decision in the end [that was a "wow"-moment].
Again, the cases Rylee is on, are solved, the search for the child and the problems Dox needs her help with. As is her "personal problem" [that wasn't so small in the end]. But although the apparent problems were more or less tackled, there are some twists and turns in the plot that had me gasping and I guess, things will happen at Rylee in the future, none can forsee now [yep, I have no idea, either]. But I'm quite sure that they will be fabulous to read about and I sure will continue following her story.