Praise for Hannah Jayne's Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles
"Jayne continues to delight with the third Underworld Detection Agency novel." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) on "Under Suspicion"
"Hannah Jayne has created an imaginative world that I look forward to visiting again and again." --Alexandra Ivy, "New York Times "bestselling author on "Under Wraps"
The main character, Sophie, is half human and half demon with a dead mother and an absent father who truthfully, she is much better off without. In spite of who or what her father is, Sophie has no mad bad powers or anything. She can see through magic and now works as the only human, or " breather" as the supes refer to her, at the UDA. It's not an easy life but she has good friends and a very complicated love life. The real problem is Sophie has many enemies and as she is the keeper of the Vessel of Souls, her life is constantly in danger. If the devil can get his hands on the Vessel, then Armageddon could become a reality. Unfortunately things start happening that seem to signify the gates of hell opening and that is bad, very bad. Sophie needs answers and she needs them quick, but just who can she trust?
I'm undecided if I like this series or not! Sophie is not the usual kick ass type of heroine and if I'm honest, in this book she was constantly falling apart and in tears. She has no choice but to keep going. Then there's the love triangle (mentally rolling my eyes) with on the one hand sexy fallen angel, Alex, and on the other we have guardian of the Vessel, Will. I'm sorry but I didn't really feel any chemistry going on and I just wanted Sophie to make up her mind. In truth, it just didn't feel as if Alex had any feelings for her and I found him quite wooden and distant. Will had much more charm but in terms of heat? Their relationship left me cold!
I do think there's an interesting array of supporting characters with the quirky vampire, Nina, adding quite a lot of humour to the proceedings. Yes, Sophie is written as a woman with brains and attitude, but it still felt a little juvenile at times to me. There's lots going on and Sophie faces numerous trials and yet I can't quite bring myself to describe it as action packed as I felt some of the scenes could have been fleshed out more. I found the ending a little abrupt and I'm not sure if this is the last in this series or not.
I would recommend Under the Final Moon to those readers who enjoy urban fantasy that is lighter in tone. It's ideal for those who don't wish to be bogged down by too much sexual tension. As this is book six, I think it would be a good idea to start with Under Wraps and follow the characters journey. An interesting idea but for me, not a keeper.