December 13, 2011

Labyrinth by Kat Richardson

plot summary and excerpt here
Series: Greywalker 5
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Purchase Link: Amazon
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P. I. until she died-for two minutes. Now she's a Greywalker, walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. There are others who know about her new powers-others with powerful tools and evil intentions, and now that the man who "killed" her has been murdered, the police are also paying close attention. That means Harper has to watch her step while searching for the ghost of her "killer"-who could be a valuable clue in the puzzle of Harper's past and her father's death, as well as a key to figuring out who's trying to manipulate her new powers and why. But with her growing powers pulling her into the Grey, Harper might not be able to come back out.

Labyrinth picks up where Vanishing left off. I felt very exhausted for Harper, this girl didn't get an iota of rest plus the fact that she, like her dad, are nothing but pawns to Wygan's intricate designs. I find it exciting that Harper is slowly growing to her powers and that she is physically morphing with it. Quinton is a very dedicated boyfriend, he'll ride or die with Harper as she deserves nothing less.

I'm heartbroken about Will, Harper's ex boyfriend. He's traumatized, spirit beaten beyond pulp and he's slowly having a psychotic break. Kat Richardson, WHY?! Another sad thing is Harper's relationship with the Danzigers are strained, as understandable after what happened in Underground, but it's still painful to see friendship fall apart a bit at a time. On this note, Mara Danziger, for some reason acquired an accent based on her dialogues and that's just weird in my opinion.

I've finally figured out why some readers find Kat Richardson a challenge to read. Though her descriptions are vivid her style is more narrative than a discourse. She demands your attention by making you chew her words slowly. If you tried reading the Greywalker Series and decided that it's not for you, I am asking you kindly to reconsider. You might have tried to speed read and sad to say it doesn't work like that. You have to take your time and imbibe Harper Blaine's story and I understand that not rushing is, in itself, a challenge for us who are part of ADD generation. Maybe this series will convince you to slow down and enjoy a good book once in a while.

So Downpour is next and I hope that things will slow down a bit for Harper Blaine. Even superheroes needs some time off once in a while.

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