Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Finished Date: July 7th, 2014
Publishers: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: For Review
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: For Review
The Review: Dirty Little Misery is the second book in the Miss Misery series and just as awesome as book one.
We pick things up pretty much straight away following book one and Jess is dealing with the aftermath of her clash with Victor and the Sylphs. The Gryphons are all in Jess’s business as they try to get answers about why she was at the centre of the war, what her powers are, what she can do and also about her side business… making her very uncomfortable but they have a proposition for her, one that she won’t be able to turn down because it’s either work for them or go to jail. In choosing to toe the line and not go to jail, Jess is brought into an investigation involving 9 victims, an orgy and an aphrodisiac drug known as F – and also known to made by Satyrs – which puts Jess in a quandary straight away, does she help the Gryphons find a ‘supposed’ Satyr culprit when they are the very Preds that helped her when the Gryphons were convinced she was a murderer? A double edged sword for Jess, especially when she herself is involved with a Satyr. She knows nothing is as it appears to be but when all leads point to Satyr involvement, her relationship, her friendships and her loyalties are tested to the max, leaving Jess feeling even more alone but yet again, when Jess gets close to the culprit, she ends up becoming the next target.
Dirty Little Misery was an awesome book, UF at its best and again, reminds me why this is my favourite genre. I really enjoy the world the author has created and all of the species it brings into the story, by setting the world up the way it has been, you have set boundaries and areas for different Preds & humans so you can tell that conflict & prejudice will be rife- and it is- which gives us a strong feeling of what type of issues that will be dealt with. Jess is a great character that you can easily connect to, I like her use of humour and how she handles herself but she seemed a bit unsure of herself in this. The can of worms was opened about whom she is and what her magic could possibly be, it was just enough to hook her into a need to find out more but who does she turn to when the only other person like her is the enemy? Also her relationship with Lucen is on eggshells, what with her having to investigate the Satyrs and then there’s Lucen’s needs & addicts that begin to bother her more and make her question why she is there. I’m still not sure about this element of the relationship, the fact that Lucen needs to have sex with other people doesn’t sit well with me and I can’t see it boding good things for their long term relationship which makes me not want to be invested in it – which is a shame because I do like them together – and is my only gripe about this book although it is personal preference.
The storyline was awesome, filled with lust, death, drugs, danger, betrayal, misdirection, secrets and revelations. It was a natural progression that Jess become involved with the Gryphons on a professional basis and I always like a good investigation and whodunit, so with her being a part of the policing of the Preds, it opens up a lot of avenues and trouble that Jess can get into. The investigation she is brought into might sound hilarious in the synopsis but it soon becomes something else as the ramifications from what can happen if it’s used without consent are explored as well; think date rape drug times by 100 and it’s made by the lust experts themselves –Satyrs. All of Jess’s relationships are put to the test in this and none more so than her alliance (of sorts) with the Satyrs due to the issues of the investigation. We get to know the Satyrs a lot more in this book and their dynamic and I was grateful for that, one in particular has popped on my radar that I will be keeping an eye on. It’s not all about the Gryphon’s investigation either; because Jess is also investigating herself and you will not believe what she uncovers! Things look set to change for Jess following these revelations but I don’t think she will stop digging either because she also uncovers a secret society & prophecy too making me extremely excited for book.
Thank you to Book Nerd Tours & Tracey Martin for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.