Jul 28, 2011

{Review} Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay

Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee, #1)Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Fae/Magic
AUTHOR SITE: Stacey Jay's Site


Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dre-ams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a sixyear- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

Can I just say that I did a little happy dance when I won Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay. I was immediately draw to the over, is made me curious on what kind of fae story this was going to be.  Even more so the idea of fairies biting people, who not only make people crazy but can kill people as well was a twist in that category that I was eager to get my hands on this book.

Annabelle lives in a dangerous world where her own town is surrounded by iron to prevent fairies from tasting human blood. Annabelle has the unique job of either picking up fairy eggs or their dropping, or when she’s needed for helping the FBI with a murder. You see she’s has an interesting immunity and fairy venom doesn’t get her sick or kill her, the little pest are even afraid to get near her.  With a murder of a young girl that turns her town upside down, along with bringing her ex-lover that works for the FBI onto the case, she has a lot to deal with. Including being randomly attacked by a drugged out woman and an invisible man, Annabelle is about to get more involved that she would like.

Annabelle use to be a hopeful med student whose life fell apart and she just had to get away. I absolutely loved her sarcastic in your face attitude with a bit of laziness, she did care for her friends but otherwise she didn’t really care about herself. It was interesting to read about a female lead that is on the run from her past and struggling with getting her life together.

Annabelle has a bumpy relationship with Cane, a cop for her city who is as sweet as they come. He really cares for her and would do anything just to be with her. I really enjoyed their relationship even if Annabelle sometimes frustrated me with figuring out what she wanted from him.  She also has to face her past relationship with Hitch an FBI agent whom she loved and still might love. Their interaction were entertaining and I really cant wait to see what happens with these two. What I’m really eager to know is what happened in the past, Jay gives only a tidbit.

Overall fantastic side characters and hilarious moments with Annabelle and her friends, along with lots of crime solving, mystery, scary little fairies and a bit of romance. This was a perfect start to a fantastic Urban Fantasy book that will leave you burning for more.

This is an adult book with minor violence and a bit of adult language that gives a kick of humor with spice.  Fan of Jennifer Estep and Jerry Smith Ready will love Dead on the Delta and add Stacey Jay to their new favorite author list.

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