November 30, 2011

Vanished by Kat Richardsom

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Series: Greywalker 4
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 4, 2009
Purchase Link: Amazon
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died-for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker-walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she's discovering that her new abilities are landing her in all sorts of "strange cases."

But for Harper, her own case may prove the most difficult to solve. Why did she-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father's early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present troubles in England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle-and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.

Harper Blaine gets no reprieve from her share of adventure especially now that she's more adept on working the Grey. Unfortunately it's proving to be more of a bane than a gift because her cases as a P.I. leans toward the dangerous paranormalities.

Now her case is more personal because the merry ghosts of her past come a haunting and tells her that her past has a lot to do with her being a Greywalker. So Harper takes a trip down memory lane and discovers that her dearly departed father is a Greywalker and was haunted by a mysterious albino.

At the same time Edward, the alpha vampire of Seattle, hired Harper to investigate a series of mysterious events that happened in London, threatening to topple his leadership. Harper reluctantly took the case but what she doesn't know is this case will help her solve part of her personal mystery involving her father and her identity.

Contrary to Kat Richardson's welcome note, I actually like Harper's mother. Ok she's overbearing and extremely superficial but for the purposes of entertainment and effective conflicts, Veronica Geary is an interesting character. I hope we read more about her in the coming books, she's the exact opposite of Harper and she's the typical pageant/stage mom like Kris Jenner. Obviously Harper is a rebel but there is much to be resolved between this two. So I'm curious on what direction her relationship to Harper will take.

Book four of the series was a mash up by having two major conflicts and although it has a convenient connection the story didn't really flow very well. It feels like there were too much thinking on Richardson's part concerning how the story will go as opposed to letting the characters tell the story on their own. In the end, Harper's initial mystery concerning her dad felt unfinished and I'm hoping that in the coming books, she'll finally find closure.

Aside from her family mysteries, Harper is once again reeled in to vampire politics and this time her case takes her to London. Incidentally her ex-boyfriend Will got caught in the crossfire and now I understand why he really is unfit to be with our heroine and him breaking up with her was a wise choice. Although I wish that Richardson will give this character reprieve and just let him live his own life minus the colorful entanglements with Harper.  
In Underground, Kat Richardson incorporated Native American myths. For this one she made use of Egyptian myth and a touch of Greek and maybe it's an indication that Kat is moving towards that direction like Sherrilyn Kenyon. I like that idea but at the same time I'd rather that she kept the plot and storyline simple and uncluttered. Kat Richardson can be a challenge to read because her dialogue is not very snappy and her approach can be at times a tad journalistic. In my humble opinion, Underground is the most entertaining so far because she just focused on the character and the story wasn't too structured.

There were some fun parts on the book, Harper talking to the bust of Sekhmet
outside Sotheby's and her very informative conversation with Temperance, Chastity and Prudence. I can imagine Harper cursing her fate, running around London talking to statues trying to save herself and her ex-boyfriend Will from vampires and other creatures of the dark.

This wasn't the best of the four and I might have jumped the gun with my Mercy Thompson comparison. Harper Blaine is a strong heroine but her story's development is falling short. So I'm taking a break and maybe a dash of something fun will clean my palate a bit.


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