Jaz Parks here.
My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I’m here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust.
Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward “The Raptor” Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA’s number one assassin, who also happens to be my boss.
The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl’s former Trust. Unfortunately, the Trust’s new leader has her own plans.
This job is going to be the death of me.
“So,” I said, turning to the group at large. “Where were we? Oh yeah, I believe someone was discussing the merits of beating me to death with my own severed limbs.”
Man, Bitten to Death is so good and funny. I love how everyone in this series, but especially Jaz and Vayl, are really starting to come together as a unit. They make the story as funny as it is serious. Holy hell, this is so goddamn creepy though. Jesus Christ, the things that go on are just…shudder. Nooo thank you, I’d rather not have their jobs if it is all the same to you!
Jasmine is getting better every single book. She is much more stable, less angry. She is healing. I love who she is becoming as a person. That is the best compliment that I can pay this series. The main character starts off in a really bad place, and over the course of the series she grows and heals and becomes an amazing, stable person. Which is saying something because man was Jaz not stable. I love series where the character actually grows, and isn’t just static until the end where “oh look, and now everything is better”. Bring on the changes, yo!
Jaz is also healing enough that she is becoming someone who can bare to be with another person again. That is another great thing about this series. Jaz and Vayl didn’t just hop into a relationship and damn what they’re going through because romance. No, Vayl knows Jaz needs to heal, Jaz knows she cannot possibly be with another person after her fiance was murdered in front of her. Their relationship grows just as much as Jaz does. They start off as partners, they grow to be friends, and now they’re making plans to be more than friends. Even this amount of healing isn’t enough.
There is a reason for that, though. We see a lot more of Vayl’s past, and we learn he isn’t exactly the most stable person as well. This whole book is centered on Vayl, and how not stable he is. He is still grieving his sons. He still believes they’ll return to him as they left him. Now that Jaz is on her way to healing, Vayl has to be the one to catch up to Jaz and start his process of healing, too, before he can start a relationship with her. I love this series so much!
Bitten to Death is different than the previous books in the series that most of the crew isn’t with them. It is Jaz and Vayl and Jaz’s brother, David this time around. And he is a mess. The events of the pervious book have dumped him on his ass, and have thrown him where Jaz was in the beginning of the series. It is up to Jaz to figure out how to patch him together again. Not an easy task for someone who just started the process, herself! It is a great dynamic, though, and I love seeing them together.
I just love this story, too. It is so rich and detailed. And the events inside are uncovered so well. And so creepily. Seriously, what the hell?
Also the dog.
Read it for the dog, if nothing else.
I’ll say that the end feels a bit too easy. Everything wraps up nice and neat. Or does it? The dog knows, and he isn’t telling.
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