Thursday, February 7, 2013

Greywalker - Kat Richardson


What happens when your head is bashed in and you come back from the dead? What do you become?



“When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit ...strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring. But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift (or curse) is about to drag her into that world of vampires and ghosts, magic and witches, necromancers and sinister artifacts. Whether she likes it or not.”

So this is one of those books where the characters are relatable and you do care about them, and  the idea of the story and plot are good, but felt the execution was a little lacking. Harper Blaine, who is a private investigator, is a likable character and she does seem to have her stuff together. This book had a really great start where Harper is discussing getting her head caved in by a person she is investigating. Then there was her weird and strange bad trip in the hospital as she was recovering. That is when we are introduced to the Gray: the mystical in between that is a border for life and death, with different depths and layers. It’s a good start for the introduction of a new character in what could be an interesting world.

But then, well, a lot of things happen. Way too many things in my opinion: protecting her vampire client and taking down the big boss man over the vampires, dealing with her new found ability, meeting new friends, and then dealing with an icky necromancer artifact. All of it was a little too much and it was hard to process everything. Though most books do have the plot A and plot B story lines, this one felt a little all over the place and was a little hard to follow…kind of like Spider Man 3. Just saying.

Is this one book enough for me to continue the entire series? Probably not. Not because I didn’t like the book, I just finished this story feeling slightly “Meh,” like a sad little hipster. I just wasn't impressed at all. I was unfortunately not captivated by the character or the story. Haper Blaine was not the bad ass chick I hoped for.  But I wouldn’t rule out reading the second book. I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading this tale, which is always a good thing. Because there is nothing worse than feeling like wasting your time on a book (Which is kind of how I’m feeling now with the book I’m currently reading…but that’s another for another blog…)

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