Remembering all the books I've read proved to be getting more and more difficult. I started this blog to keep track of anything I've read, answer the questions of those who need to know more before a purchase, or just need a recommendation. I'm just a person who loves to read and hopes to find others interested in this genre; Interracial and/or African American Paranormal ... But honestly ... As long as the leads are diverse (non-caucasian, differently abled, queer), I'm in.
Again, as with the last book, Janet will not be the person who is the Shadow walker. The cover is really misleading but the book is still good and my favorite so far. The Shadow we encounter begins in the form of something being terribly wrong with Mick. If I say what it is, it will give it away but it's a pretty big damn deal. In addition to Janet having to have to deal with Mick, there is a mysterious blonde who's a piece of work, the sister has shown up again, and there's a hotel inspector that's poking around her hotel and finding fault in things that were fixed.
1.) Nash is becoming less annoying and more ... Tolerable. 2.) Maya is good for girltime, that is all. 3.) The 4th book will be called Night Walker so I'm hoping we get to meet the nightwalker (vampire) that's been staying in Janet's hotel. 3.) Mick has begun to get mushy and it's bothering me. 4.) Janet is getting to be badass but she's suppressing it too much for me. She took a step forward and then a step back. 5.) Coyote is useles ... Kill him already. 6.) Grandmother Ruby reminds me of an old school Black grandma who didn't take no ish. Love her. 7.) I want only the best for the magic mirror. 8.) Cassandra, can you get more badass please? I really like you but you're not owning up to my unrealistic expectations of you (Vonda is what I want you to be, but not bad). 9.) If Janet could fight ... Like really fist fight, I'd totally be all over her. That's what keeps me from giving this series a 5 star rating.
Better than the last book but not by much. I still can't give it a full 5 stars because Janet can't fight to save her life, lol. I'm trying to really love her and I really feel like she's in a bind at times when their are so many things going on at once. I will be reading and wonder 'damn, when will she sleep?' I feel for you, Janet, but learn to use your hands minus the power within.
This one, titled Firewalker, is a bit misleading. It's not actually Janet with the fire, but her boyfriend Mick.
If you haven't read book one, this review will contain some spoilers from book one.
In book one, we find that Mick is a dragon and in this book, dragons are called Firewalkers. Book 2 focuses on the Beneath magic that Janet is wielding all while trying to keep the dragon council from frying Mick because he chose to allow Janet to live. By far, this book is much better than book one. Have you ever read something or watched something that was so good that you immediately began to curse uncontrollably and then realize that you NEVER say things like that? Yes, that's what happened to me.
1.) Janet finally turned into a badass, albeit was mostly verbal but still, I was pleased with her skills to punk certain individuals. 2.) I was also surprised by Nash. Not only was he freaking useful, but he didn't get on my nerves, I actually was ready to have him in on the action. 3.) Maya was a better person as well. I actually found myself not wanting to strangle her myself. It wasn't that she was useful, just a lot less annoying. 4.) Cassandra is a gem I hope I get to see more of. 5.) I'm sick to death of Coyote. I wonder if Janet can rid the world of this guy? I would applaud her for that. 6.) I thought this story flowed better than the story in book one. Undead Jim proved to be a mystery I wanted to deal with instead of a missing woman. 7.) Spoiler -> I loved Undead Jim coming to Janet's aid everytime she got in some trouble. It almost felt like she was unknowingly building an entourage of 'things' that would keep the 'good guys' from getting her. <- End Spoiler. 8.) The person at the end ... That's when you're going to completely curse like I did. I promise. 9.) The only gripe that I have is that I don't see Janet as Native American. I mean I do BUT I see as the Native American woman that doesn't have that hard Native features, but the softer ones.
Book two was so damn good, I may actually read it again in the future. For now, I will enjoy book three which has already started on a wild ride I'd rather not get off of. If book one turned you off, keep going, book two will pull you in!
4 1/2 Stars
IR: A whole host of Native American characters.
Casting: Janet - Jana Mashonee (perfect!) Mick (Daniel Henney, but a little younger)