Hunted By The Others by Jess HainesHunted By The Others by Jess Haines

Hunted By The Others

byJess Haines

Mass Market Paperback | April 27, 2010

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The first in a new urban fantasy series. They are the Others--the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in the imagination. Now they're stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in the world will ever be the same again. Original.
Title:Hunted By The OthersFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1 inPublished:April 27, 2010Publisher:Zebra - KensingtonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1420111876

ISBN - 13:9781420111873

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good place to start within the paranormal genre Review was originally posted on my book review blog Blood Rose Books ( In her debut novel Jess Haines introduces readers to Private Investigator who lives in a world with vampires and werewolves but she is very afraid of, but sometimes you have to face your fears in order to pay the bills. Shiarra Waynest works as a private detective for the her own company H&W Investigations and so far she has been able to stay away from the work that would have been provided by the paranormal community because although they have been accepted by society (well minus the White Hats) Shiarra is terrified of the paranormal especially their ability to look human most of the time. However, Shiarra was unaware that the business was failing and her best friend and business partner had been footing the bill for the extra expenses for awhile now. When Shiarra is approached by a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact that is owned by one of the cities most well known vampires Alec Royce, she tries to put all her fears behind her in order to help out the business, which is easier said than done. Shiarra finds herself as the middle point for the war between different paranormal groups as well as the White Hats she does not know what to do. The White Hats and all the paranormal groups are all trying to get a hold of the same artifact in order to increase their power, and will stop at nothing to get it. Shiarra realizes that she was right to fear the paranormal and the unknown world around her. Overall I found this book was just okay. I think that it would be a good book for someone to start out with if they wanted to try out the paranormal genre. There are some very similar ideas within this book and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and I would classify this book as Anita Blake light, as I found it lacked the dark and gritty aspects of the earlier Anita Blake series. Therefore, I would classify this book as Urban Fantasy Light. I found the main character Shairra a little bit too whinny for my taste, this is not to say that I did not like that she was afraid of the Others, I think that was interesting and different, what I did not like was the constant whinnying ("Why do I have to do this?", "Why do I have to do that?"), just not how I wanted to the main character to be like. I would have been okay if she was just afraid but this went beyond that. Shairra was the one that took the job for the Others (by one of the top Mages in the Circle nonetheless) and when everything blows up and you are fighting for your own and your friend's lives, there is no doubt that a little complaining would have been okay, but it was a constant aspect with her. She should have been doing something about it, trying to figure a way out of the mess. I think that Shairra was the weakest aspect in this book for me. This is not to say I wanted her to be the Kickass, know it all heroine that are very popular these day, just a touch more confident and less whiny would have been nice, like when she had the belt on (I really like the hunter behind the belt). However, I will say that Shairra was able to eventually muster up the courage to do something but I wonder if it was her acting or the belt ( I loved the belt, I think I just really want one for myself) Additionally, I could have done without the Werewolf - Vampire - Human love triangle that seems to be appearing, and left me wondering have I read this before, oh wait I have, in Hamilton’s series. There was just a lack of overall originality within this series and when a subject like the paranormal genre becomes over saturated your need to do something different in order to stand out, and I felt like Haines was not able to achieve this. I think my favorite part of the book was the vampire hunter belt, which was really the only new aspect in the book. The belt was very cool, and interesting and I look forward knowing more about the hunter who owned it previously. However, when my favorite part of a book is a belt/weapon it says something about the rest of the novel, I don’t know if the belt is enough to bring me back. I think that those who are looking to get into the paranormal genre may want to start here, however, for me who has been reading in this genre for years now there was nothing really new within this novel that makes me want to stand up and shout out about it. It is a pretty light easy read, that I may visit again when I need a break from something that is dark and gritty but even then I'm not sure if I will remember to pick up the next book in this series. Cheers!!!!
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great New Series! In Hunted By The Others , Jess Haines weaves a thrilling tale of mystery, danger and intrigue that will keep readers at the edge of their seats, gripping and flipping the pages in anticipation of where the story will take them next! Talk about a gutsy gal! Shiarra Waynest had no clue what she was getting into when she accepted the assignment to help The Circle recover an “artifact” from a local Vampire…Not just any Vampire, one of the most wealthy, powerful and oldest Vampires in all of the United States. Not normally into investigating the Others, Shiarra had many reservations but simply couldn’t pass up the generous compensation offered for her services. Shiarra soon learns that while this job may get H&W Investigations back in the black, she may not live long enough to enjoy it! One of my biggest pet peeves when reading is finding my imagination suddenly “flung” in another, unexpected direction as the author tries to create back-story or, to further develop character personalities and relationships using a little something I like to call… “TMFI”. Not so with Hunted By The Others ! Haines writing style is smooth and casual in that the flow of the story line moves quickly and easily without a lot of added fluff blurring the lines. With a good balance of quirky comedy and spine tingling fear, Haines has created an adventure sure to keep readers on their toes! With a unique writing style and creative new concepts, Hunted By The Others is a “cool” start to a great new series! On a side note, while I don’t want to give away anything, I’d like to just add that… Sweet Doggy! Alec Royce sounds like my kind of Vamp! Lol! Now, he’s not the traditional paranormal hottie, but dang! For some reason, that bad boy gets my motor running!...Hmm, time for me to read more of the series and maybe I’ll figure out just what his “it” is!
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drawn Right In Shiarra is the co-owner of a Private Investigation office with her friend Sara, usually they deal with cheating lovers and missing persons. All that changes when Veronica a member of The Circle (Mages) asks Shiarra to recover an item from vampire Alec Royce. Shiarra has her misgivings, she doesn’t want to deal with the Others but her current financial state and the high bonuses offered by Veronica make her say yes. Little does Shiarra know, the item she is to find, is an ancient artifact that every Other wants and they’re willing to kill her and everyone around her to get to it. Hunted By Others is the first book in Jess Haines H & W Investigation Series and while I expected to enjoy it, I didn’t think it would turn into a five hour cover to cover marathon! I love when I get so involved in a book that time seems to fly by and it totally did while I was reading. Right from the start I was drawn in, especially since Shiarra has all sorts of issues with Others. The Others came out of the “closet” right after 9/11 and while most of the population is okay with them, some are still pretty nervous around them, Shiarra included. The timing of the Others coming out made a lot of sense, they came out just after 9/11..the Weres to help find victims of the WTC attacks and vamps/mages to help with the financial impact 9/11 had. That alone made it a little bit more realistic to me as not many books deal with what people think of all these paranormal creatures coming out into the open. Shiarra has a hefty dose of fear that most of us would have, especially when she finds out her ex-boyfriend is a Were. Of course he chose the worst possible time to come out to her and she was scared to death. Speaking of that ex, Chaz is a great character but I could feel all sorts of sexual tension between Alec Royce (vampire) right from Shiarra and his first meeting. I can’t wait to read more about how their relationship or lack there of turns out. There are a bunch of great characters in the book, even a magical belt…where can I get me one of those? My only issue with Hunted by Others is that there was a lot of world set up and not enough action. I understand this is the first book in the series and it makes sense to set up the world, but at some points it was a little bit too much talk and not enough action. Regardless, it was still entertaining and a great foundation was laid. I can’t wait to see what happens next, I have a feeling its only going to get better.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising Start to a New Series Hunted by the Others is a promising first book and start to a new series by Haines. Although it was in some ways familiar (shades of Kim Harrison and LK Hamilton), it was still different enough to be an entertaining read. Set in a modern-day world like our own - except for the mages, vamps and weres - the story provided a good mystery with lots of action and a protagonist who was easy enough to like. Shiarra (Shia) Waynest is a human P.I. who has turned, or rather been forced, into a reluctant 'Others' investigator. 'Others' are what the human folks in this world call vamps, weres and mages, at least when they are being politically correct. More colourfully, they are also referred to as leeches, furballs and sparks, respectively. When Shia takes a job for the local coven of mages, she steps out of her comfort zone by agreeing to try and investigate Alec Royce, a powerful vampire and businessman. She's quickly in over her head when a magical focus used to control 'Others' surfaces. The focus is being used to visciously murder local mages and with the holder of the focus able to control the actions of both weres and vamps, things could get ugly fast. With her life, and the lives of her friends and family, on the line, Shia has to track down the holder of the focus before an all out supernatural war occurs. Along the way, she gets a little help from her friends, including fellow human and business partner Sara, Arnold, th geeky mage, and Chaz, her ex-boyfriend who happens to be a werewolf. Haines does a great job of worldbuilding, providing just the right amount of background information to keep the story moving along at a good pace. This light touch allows Haines to avoid the common trap of dumping too much worldbuilding information on the reader at once, instead explaining Shia's world little-by-little so that we gain more understanding even as Shia does. The story is told in first person by Shia, who makes an interesting narrator. We get to experience her immersion in the supernatural world first hand, and see how her experiences change her in fundamental ways. Interspersed with a bit of humour, Shia speaks with revealing honesty. Although I found Shia to be rather clueless for a P.I. at first, her character develops throughout the book making her transformation from inept P.I. to vampire hunter feel more believable. While the story lacks the darker, grittier edges found in the Anita Blake books, there are definitely some parallels. Hunted by the Others isn't lightweight by any means. It's a good all-round urban fantasy. I look forward to seeing where this series goes. Next book, Taken by the Others, is due out January 2011. 2010-142
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, what a book! Fantastic! I had a fantastic time reading this book. I was fortunate enough to get a pre-release copy and you should be very jealous! I can't wait for the next installment to come out! This book has everything - romance, humor, adventure, fun, vampires, mages, werewolves, and more. Don't miss it!
Date published: 2010-03-03