Publication Date: December 2007
Publisher: Orbit Books
Reviewer: Amber R.
Jaz Parks has enough trouble in her personal life. What she doesn't need is more trouble with her vampire boss and another mission. This time she has to retrieve a vital piece of biotechnology by killing the maniac who stole it: an ancient Chinese vamp. Their cover in this mission: professional entertainers at the Corpus Christi's Winter Festival.
The crew's all here: a psychic, a techno-wizard, a singing vampire, a juggling PI, and Jaz. Holy crap in a bottomless well, Jaz is going to bellydance. It's definitely, probably, quite possibly going to be the end of the world as we know it.
This book is a continuation of the first in the series. Jaz and Vayl and their band of misfits are still on the hunt for Samos. The hunt leads them right to a festival where they are disguising themselves as performers. While there they are getting closer to the head honcho but they are working on getting close to a group of Chinese vamps. They have to kill a vampire who stole some truly advanced armor from Miles. Which isn't as easy for this group as you would think.
Jaz is still grieving over her fiance dying. She has thrown herself into her work and hasn't really faced what happened to Matt. Which really comes to a front in this book. She ends up having these crazy nightmares where she is sleepwalking and doing crazy things like trying to jump out of windows. Vayl has made his intentions with Jaz pretty clear but the ball is pretty much in her court. All that's happened between them is a few chaste kisses and not much else. Jaz seems to go back and forth between wanting him and not wanting for him to be anything other than her "boss". I honestly don't like it. Like, just decide if you want to be with him or not. But at this point she's basically stringing him along. At one point she actually said, I like when you kiss me but I need to sort it out. Man up already, Jaz!
The story is excellent though, very fast paced and action packed. I really like reading these books so far. Once you get into them, they go really fast. The one thing that I didn't like is that they randomly went into these dream sequence, out of body experiences with Jaz really quick. There was no warning or transition and it kind of takes a few pages to figure out what is going on.
Anyhow these books are great and I can't wait to see what happens next!