Title: No Humans Involved
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #7
Publication date: 04 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback | 352 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
It's the most anticipated reality television event of the season: three spiritualists gathered in one house to raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. For renowned medium Jaime Vegas there's just one problem. Unlike her colleagues, Jaime is the real deal - and she knows the house is truly haunted. Not by dead film stars, but by something even stranger and much more disturbing.
A tragic mystery lurks in the gardens behind the house: trapped spirits that only Jaime can hear. As their whispers grow more frantic, Jaime - along with Alpha werewolf Jeremy Danvers - is forced to embark on an investigation into a shocking underworld of black magic and ritual sacrifice.
As always, reading a sequel to books in a series always leaves me feeling some level of apprehension. Will it measure up to how I felt about the past six books? Yes. Yes, it really did.
The first worry I had was after I read the blurb of the book and found it's narrated by necromancer Jaime. I love her character but I hadn't gone so far as to think she would be the main focus of one of the books in the series. I found myself really enjoying finding out a lot more about her. Not just her but Jeremy too. Jeremy was definitely shown in a different light than he has been in the past. Jeremy you dog! No pun intended.
I definitely found Jaime to be a brilliant character. She was so flawed and well rounded that she became incredibly relatable even though she can raise the dead and all that jazz. I really enjoyed her interactions with Jeremy - the way she tested his intentions really made me laugh. She was also really loveable with the way she chastised herself for acting like a crushing schoolgirl. Jaime brought something different to the series as a whole.
The plot was fantastic. I really loved the way it played out the opposite to what I was expecting. It was actually surprisingly creepy. Most of the books in this series have some element of horror, even to just a tiny extent, but this one was taken a little bit further with its talk of ghosts and its descriptions of raising the dead. It managed to make me shudder which was brilliant.
Armstrong's writing brought everything I expected to the table. There was bucket loads of suspense and excitement up until the very end - truly never a dull moment.
My rating: 10/10
Women of the Otherworld:
- Dime Store Magic
- Industrial Magic
- No Humans Involved
- Personal Demon
- Living with the Dead
- Waking the Witch
- Spell Bound