No Humans Involved (Review)

December 16, 2014

Book cover for "No Humans Involved" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: No Humans Involved

Author: Kelly Armstrong

Publication Year: 2007

Pages: 544

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Jaime, who knows a thing or two about showbiz, is on a television shoot in Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high: she’s used to not only seeing dead people but hearing them speak to her in very emphatic terms. But for the first time in her life – as invisible hands brush her skin, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears, and beings move just at the corner of her eye – she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted.

She is determined to get to the bottom of these manifestations, but as she sets out to solve the mystery she has no idea how scary her investigation will get, or to what depths ordinary humans will sink in their attempts to gain supernatural powers. As she digs into the dark underside of Los Angeles, she’ll need as much Otherworld help as she can get in order to survive, calling on her personal angel, Eve, and Hope, the well-meaning chaos demon. Jeremy, the alpha werewolf, is also by her side offering protection. And, Jaime hopes, maybe a little more than that.

(This is the seventh book in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Chaotic (novella), and Broken.)

The first time that Jaime appeared in an earlier book, I wasn’t sure how I felt about her. She was a bit ditzy, and seemed to use her supernatural powers mostly to make money. But by the time I got to this book, I’d started to sort of like her.

No Humans Involved was probably the book in the series that I found the creepiest so far. Being able to see what the group of humans is doing in order to get magical powers for themselves, and watching Jaime feel helpless trying to figure out what’s wrong with the unintelligible ghosts, was an altogether different reading experience than anything that happened before this.

I also really enjoyed the opportunity in this book to get to know some of the less major characters better, like Hope and Jeremy. For that reason alone, even, I felt like this was a really great choice for a book in the series, and it was executed perfectly.

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