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Haunted (Kelley Armstrong)

Haunted (Kelley Armstrong)Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
on 04-09-2008
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Eve Levine - half-demon, black witch and devoted mother - has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can't be killed again - which comes in handy when you've made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn't too bad - all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter Savannah and she'll be happy.

But fate - or more exactly, the Fates - have other plans. Eve owes them a favour, and they've just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy - previous hunters have been sent mad in the process. As if that's not problem enough, it turns out that the only way to stop her is with an angel's sword. And Eve's no angel...

Plot: ★★★
Characters: ★★★
Readability: ★★★★

My opinion:
Eve was likeable, but didn’t compare to Elena or Paige. Elena, the ass-kicking female werewolf from Bitten & Stolen has a dry sense of humour, an intriguing relationship with Clayton and can hold her own though surrounded constantly by men.  Paige, the white witch From Dime Store Magic & Industrial Magic grew on me over time, through her determination, her conflicted relationship with Lucas Cortez and above all, the fact that she is so easy to relate to.

In comparison, Eve is a black witch, half-demon ghost who also has impressive kickboxing skills.  Her physical abilities, combined with the fact that she’s also a ghost and therefore can’t die, meant the book was less gripping than its predecessors.  I also found her pursuit by Kristof Nash to be a bit lacklustre and generally un-interesting, though I enjoyed seeing him in a more humane light.

The plot itself was good, but over time it got confusing trying to remember who could and couldn’t see Eve in each particular dimension.

Buy it? This is a library rental or charity shop buy in my opinion.
In a nutshell: Read it for a continuation of the series, and as an easy book to pick up after a break, but overall not up to Kelley Armstrong’s usual standards.

5 thoughts on “Haunted (Kelley Armstrong)

  1. I can understand why some people might not like it, but in my opinion this is one of the best books of the series, although I do agree that Eve is nothing in comparison to Elena. Elena is the best!

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