Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Review: Better Off Undead by D.D. Barant

Better Off Undead (Bloodhound Files #4)
by: D.D. Barant
$7.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: October 2011

Jace may have bitten off more than she can chew.  A favor for a friend leads her to the don of the local thrope mafia.  Too bad he's insane, and after trying to cook a shoe escapes into the night.  Now the mafia is holding Jace responsible, demanding she track him down before he hurts anyone. 

But that may have to wait, because she's got more pressing concerns.  After getting used to being surrounded by pires and thropes, she's at least had her humanity to keep her balanced.  Not anymore.  A bite from a thrope leaves her staring at her own mortality until her boss offers her an alternative--fight the thrope virus with vampire dna. 

She'd rather be human, but when the choice comes down to thrope or pire, which one will she ultimately be able to live with?

This book took an unexpected but fun twist.  Jace has been bitten, and must now face coming to terms with being a werewolf, if she doesn't turn into a vampire first.  The side effects of both affect her life and her job, and we watch as she tries to come to terms with everything that's happened to her.  She's went from being human with a chance of going home to possibly becoming furry once a month and never going home again.  Add in an insane mafia leader running around killing people and you have the makings of a great book.  There were twists and turns I didn't expect in here, and I was guessing right until the end because with this author, I have been unable to guess which way she's going to go and I love it.  I love not knowing what's going to happen next.  I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Carla gives this book a

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