19 June 2011

*This title will be released on June 28, 2011*

Green Eyed Envy (Shades of Fury, #2)

Title: Green-Eyed Envy
Author: Kasey Mackenzie
Series: Shades of Fury #2
Cover Art: Judy York 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0441020496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020492
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Sexual Content:

Kissing. References to sex


Rating:

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.


Description

Jealousy can be a killer...

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator, it's her duty to solve any crimes committed by or against supernaturals.

Months have gone by since Riss discovered some unwelcome truths about her past--and managed to stop a supernatural war. Since then things have been quiet. Too quiet. But that all changes when the bodies of Bastai, shapeshifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston's magical underbelly--even though the legendary shifters are supposed to have ninety-nine lives.
One common thread ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and Riss's lover Scott Murphy enjoyed a one-night stand before he and Riss reunited, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open, before the killer's green-eyed gaze turns in Scott's direction…

Review

We can try hard not to judge a book by its cover, but even the most noble among us will fail to be completely impartial when they crack a book for the first time.  That’s because however much we might try and deny it, the cover of a book makes certain promises even before we know what the book is about, and broken promises tend to disappoint readers, or at least that’s how I feel after finishing GREEN-EYED ENVY.

Based on the cover alone, I was expecting a sexy, gritty urban fantasy with a tough as nails protagonist.  The actual book turned out to be something quite different.  It read more like Miss Congeniality takes on urban fantasy than anything else.  Nothing against Sandra Bullock movies, and given the right mood I can enjoy a lighter, chick-lit paranormal romp every now and then, but that isn’t what I was hoping for here and that is unfortunately what I got.

Riss is a Fury, a mythological creature who punishes supernatural lawbreakers and works as Boston’s chief magical investigator.  In GREEN-EYED ENVY, she goes undercover as a wedding planning to catch a supernatural serial killer.  Riss herself isn’t the ‘furious’ character I hoped for.  I would describe her as spunky and maybe a bit sassy. She does get to show off some paranormal fighting skills in the book, but she didn’t ever strike me as fierce.  The scenes with her boyfriend Scott were pretty innocuous too.  No romantic tension, and barely any chemistry that I could detect either.

Overall, GREEN-EYED ENVY just isn’t the book I was expecting it to be based on the cover and description.  This book is urban fantasy lite with a feisty rather than fierce protagonist in a story worthy of the next Miss Congeniality movie.  If you’re in the mood for a less gritty book, this may be for you, but I needed more.

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5 comments:

  1. Bummer that you didn't like it. I read the first one last year and liked it okay. Still going to get this one too. She's a local author for me so I was trying to give her books a shot. And I could use a less intense UF book every once in awhile before going back to the nit and gritty!

    Hope you have better reads headed your way!

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  2. This cover cracks me UP! Hellooooo boobies!

    I had thought it would be more gritty, too, but I like the lighthearted UF as well, so maybe I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the review - I'll have to keep my eyes open for it.

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  3. I have the first book waiting to be read on my shelf, sorry that this one didn't do it for you. The cover model does kind of look like she belongs in an ad for Wonderbra. I'll probably still read this at some point but I'm glad I got a heads up. Thanks!

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  4. It's a pity this book didn't live up to your expectations because the premise sounds exciting and that cover is gorgeous. But I must agree that a character who is a Fury needs to have a lot more than just spunk or sass going for her. She needs to be "righteously violent" when it is necessary.

    Great review.

    Shelagh
    The Word Fiend

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  5. Jessica - I just wish the cover and description had been more in keeping with the tone of the book. I had similar issues with UNDER WRAPS by Hannah Jayne.

    Rebecca - It is lighter, so maybe you will like it :)

    Emily - I probably would have had a different experience if I'd had a heads up before reading it. Hopefully you'll enjoy it more than I did.

    Shelagh - I really was let down by how unfury-like she was. Big miss for me in that regard.

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