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    I want more Others

    I adore the Others series, so I knew this would be fantastic, and I was not disappointed! Anne Bishop has the most amazing way of making this world and it's citizens feel so real. She makes you care about the characters, even the minor ones. The story around the main character is entertaining even without the added bonus of the supernatural. Something I've loved about all the books in the Others world is that there are usually just as many, if not more, good people of many species who are trying so hard to live peacefully together as there are the speciesist, bigoted cruel ones. These books are pure entertainment, and my only complaint is that Ms. Bishop can't magically write a book a month! I hope we have more stories from Sproing as well as from Lakeside!
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    I love this world!

    Another awesome book set in the world of ‘the others’.
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    Phenomenal spin-off. I couldn't get enough!

    "...they might have learned to mimic human behavior better than any other form of terra indigene, but they were, and always would be, predators. And human would always be their prey..." The Urban Fantasy genre has a very special place in my heart, and it's very difficult for me to find new ones that keep me interested. I started The Others series immediately after the first book Written in Red released in March 2013. I completely fell in love with the world Anne Bishop created. Everything fit perfectly together and I just couldn't get enough of it. It had multiple POVs, but it didn't matter because it was the only way the series could be told. It gave a perfect view into how all the different beings thought and (re)acted. It immediately became one of my favorite UF series. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next books. So when the author announced that book five: Etched in Bone, would conclude Meg and Simon's story arc I was very sad but all good things must come to an end. When I saw that there would be a spin-off set in the same world I was over the moon. However, I did hope it would meet the epicness of the previous books. I shouldn't have doubted the author because it did meet every expectation I had for this book. I was sucked in right from the start and the new characters were all very intriguing and original. I felt a connection to them, and the mix between mystery and suspense was perfect. The main character, Vicki DeVine, is not someone you would usually find in the UF books, at least not as a main character. She has deep wounds that haven't healed yet, and it shows when she finds herself in very uncomfortable and horrible situations. She was a very refreshing and intriguing character. And all the side characters played a very important role as well. I especially LOVED Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others. The minds of the Others work in a completely different way, however they protect their own and have your back if they accept you into their circle. The Others were amazing and I loved how they handled things in this book. There was mystery, suspense, action, humor and so much more. I did not go into the plot because the blurb gives more than enough information. This book can be read as a stand-alone, however I would definitely recommend you read the previous books just to get an idea of the world Anne Bishop has created. Trust me, it is one of the most original and amazing worlds in the UF genre. So I really hope everyone (even readers who usually don't read Fantasy) give this series a chance.
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    Ridiculous but fun

    Trigger warning: domestic violence (verbal), anxiety/panic attacks Ms. Bishop's the Others series is, well, interesting. The world building is both very good and somewhat lackadaisical (computers and email exist even though most of America is covered in forest). Sometimes the characters do things for completely incomprehensible reasons, and there are frequently clunkily worded sentences. Also, the bad guys are very, very evil, and the good guys tend to be, well, Mary Sues. The plot lines are pretty simple. The main character, usually female, is hurt by a Very Bad Man, main character somehow ends up befriending the Others, Very Bad Man and friends do dumb stuff and then get eaten by the Others. It's basically justice porn. But, I mean, this book starts out with the main character walking in on her lodger microwaving an eyeball for lunch, so, I'm not going to really complain. They're fun, humorous, and completely over the top, and they're simply great fun to read. This is the first in a new storyline with The Others universe, so I suppose someone could pick this up without prior knowledge of the Others, though I think they'd be a tad confused. Lakeside Courtyard, and cassandra sangue, are mentioned only in passing, so if you go into this looking for more Meg and Simon, you'll be disappointed. Instead, we have the town of Sproing (I know, I know, this is one of those things you just have to overlook with this series), which is controlled by the terra indigene, otherwise known as the Others, mostly wild creatures who can, if they wish, assume human shape, and Vicki, the new protagonist. Vicki received The Jumble - a village-size cluster of cottages with private beach access to Lake Silence - as part of a divorce settlement from her ex-husband. She's new to the village, but has spent the past few months repairing the cottages, and even has her first lodger - who just so happens to be a Crow terra indigene. Of course, things happen, and Vicki ends up the victim of a sinister plot, and somehow her ex is involved, of course. Luckily, she's got a highway patrol police officer, a "yummy" vampire lawyer, the former-police-now-bookstore-owner love interest, the boarding-house-owner-with-scary-tattoos, and a bunch of what I think are supposed to be kangaroos on her side. “I looked at the screen door and wondered about something else. 'Do the Sanguinati have trouble with mosquitoes?' 'You mean, do the big bloodsuckers get pestered by the little bloodsuckers?' Judging by my attorney’s laughter, if I failed to turn The Jumble into a viable business, I could always get a job as a standup comedian in a vampire bar.” I sympathized with Vicki DeVine (and that's the last time I'll type out her last name, because good night that's awful). She's self-conscious of her looks (she's short and plump) and has deep emotional scars from her verbally abusive marriage. Raised voices, and men in general, can send her spiraling into a bad panic attack. Despite all that, she's worked hard to make a go of it with The Jumble, and has started to settle in with the rest of Sproing's inhabitants. Wayne Grimshaw is the highway patrol police officer from the nearest city who's sent to investigate Vicki's call about an eyeball, and he seemed generally nice, if a bit two-dimensional. Unlike the main cop from the previous set of books, there doesn't seem much else to him other than that he likes Vicki and wants to make sure she's treated fairly. Julian Farrow is the owner of the village bookstore, and also someone Grimshaw was friends with at the police academy, though he dropped out of police work after being attacked and nearly killed one night on patrol. It seems like Julian's being set up as Vicki's love interest (another bookseller, really?), which, well, whatever, but note that there's pretty much no romantic content in this book. As for the terra indigene contingent, we have "yummy" Ilya, the head of the Sanguinati lodge in Sproing, who own pretty much the entire town and Aggie, the crow guard lodger whose unconventional lunch starts the whole plot. “'And while you and Grimshaw and Julian get this straightened out for silly, incompetent me, I’ll just sit in a corner somewhere and do nothing, because that’s all I’m good at.' I’d meant it to sound humorous—don’t ask me how it could—but even to my ears it sounded bitter. Defeated. 'Can you kill a human, Victoria?' Ilya asked. 'No.' 'Then let those who can deal with these predators.' 'That’s your plan? Kill Yorick and those other men?' 'Not if I can find a better way to solve the problem.' As for the plot, well, it's predictable. I really wish Vicki had more agency in this book. I understand that that's probably unrealistic after being set up as son emotionally broken, and she does man up for the climatic bit of the book, but at a lot of times it felt like the Others were basically treating her like a pet and taking care of all her problems for her.
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    Highly recommended reading

    I love her books and her writing. Exciting, fun reading and highly addictive. I could not put it down. Waiting in anticipation for the next one of the series.
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