Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey

(Agent of Hel, #2)

Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel.

Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it’s a big one.

He’s descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn’t return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they’ll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It’s Daisy’s job to stop it, and she’s going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything…...

“Vampire in real life aren't like the ones in the movies. They weren't going to be playing baseball in a thunderstorm.”
I loved the first book - fell head over heels - and while this second wasn't QUITE as good as the first, it was still a worthy continuation.

Daisy is likable - she has the potential in her to be an apocalyptic timebomb (literally), but she stays loyal and fights the dark side to do what's right. As a main character, she works since she's different enough to stay intriguing and relate-able enough to follow. Stefan still fascinates me - the dangerous chemistry makes me felt - and the love interest in the wolf Cody makes sense even if I don't see as much chemistry sizzle as she does.

I'm not a love triangle fan, and this one is growing more heady, but still the plot works enough with the characters to make it bearable. Add in laugh-out-loud humor to redeem any shortcomings.

Besides the characters working so well for the good guys, the bad guys and questionables rock too. Hel is well done as the Norse Goddess, the underworld is creatively woven, and now we get a strange voodooish Obeah angle that brings forth devastation to their paranormally rich city.

It's fast-packed and action-rich, good pacing that kept me glued, and the battle at the end was epic enough to make this another winner. I'm happy I found this series and discovered this author - will have to hunt down more of her works.

   Book Quotes:

“An awkward silence descended between us. Where did that phrase come from? I wonder. Silence descended. Descended from where exactly? Was it hovering over us like the alien spaceship in Independence Day? Maybe it wasn't really silence so much as it was the smothering weight of something unsaid, words we'd kept at bay, kept in the air, by talking about other things.”

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