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A Hugely Promising New Series Beginning – Four Stars

To get this out of the way, I was asked to read and review this book. However, just because I am asked to review a book,that doesn’t always mean my review will be fawning, sometimes far from it. So, how did “Glacial Eyes” do in this reviewers eyes?

In a word, there is true potential here for an exceptional series. Jazz, the main character, hasn’t had it easy in the last few years. Her parents were killed and she is trying hard to pay her own way through college. She hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to study yet, but she has time, so it’s all good. Then, one horrible night during a rave in the woods, everything about Jazz’s life changes.

Waking up naked in the woods is no laughing matter. Neither is finding out that everything you thought you knew about reality suddenly needs to be swept out the door with the dust bunnies. Suddenly witches and warlocks and were (oh, my!) are no longer the creatures of fantasy. Waking up to discover you are the newest member of the furry set is a bit more than Jazz can handle at first. Well, that and the fact that she now has boobs. Nice boobs. Way bigger boobs. And what is this thing with the six-pack abs all of a sudden? Yep, things are changing for Jazz.

What follows is one of the better new urban fantasies I have had the pleasure of reading. The characters are well written, and the paranormal community that she enters is realistic. They want to stay hidden in a world where DNA analysis and medical tests are ubiquitous. In order to stay hidden, their rules are tough and not always fair.

The story itself is as much a serial killer mystery as it is an urban fantasy. Being two of my favorite genres, I was thrilled to find that the author does an exceptional job in carrying the story through both styles. The weres are believable as they try to live their lives in a world that would lock them away and dissect and murder them should they be found out. The serial killer storyline itself was believable and kept me guessing. Oh, and Loki the cat? The real hero of the book!

Jazz herself is my kind of girl. She took auto shop while in high school and this girl knows her cars. She drives an old 510 (five-and-dime in “Jazz speak”) but throw in a 180SX engine and my girl has turbo power! As Jazz says “There may be no replacement for displacement, but a turbo sure is fun!” Jazz is no Mercedes Thompson, Volkswagen Mechanic Extraordinaire, but there is enough ‘car-talk’ going on through the book that I got a huge kick out of it. Jazz is tough enough to handle what is going on in this new life without too much freaking out, but she doesn’t fall into the UF trap of being suddenly Superwoman with more tricks in her toolbox than The Tomb Raider. Grand Theft Auto? Well, she can do a bit of that when needed . . . She also doesn’t fall into the UF stupidity of falling into bed within the first five minutes with the love interest. Come on, do real people really do that? Instead, the relationship grows through the book. Oh, and she totally saves his ass instead of the other way around, which ROCKS . . . hey, all you women writers out there?

Why is it only the guy writers like Mark Henwick Sleight of Hand (Bite Back 1) and my newly discovered favorite here doing the “girl kicks ass and saves the guy” scenario? Hello? Anyone listening? Girl saving guy is totally HOT. Speaking of Hot – Jazz’s love interest, Logan, is totally Cajun. Walker even gets the speech patterns right, making me wonder if he, like me, spent time in the bayou country. The rest of the cast of characters are very well written and believable and make you love (or hate) them in a way that makes them believable. You could see these people as your friends. There is death in the book (I lost one of my favorite characters and nearly cried) but nothing is overdone.

All in all? A solid four and a half – simply because I want to hang onto that extra half point to see how well Mr. Walker continues the story from here. There were some glitches in the writing, but for a first book I found Mr. Walker to be quite mature in his style. Amazingly so compared to many published authors. I am going to download Mr. Walker’s next book in the series, “Hollow Eyes” and start reading that one soon. Even with the mountain of books I have on my TBR list, I quite look forward to moving “Hollow Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark)” to the top of the pile. I am sure I won’t be sorry I did so! Some violence but not uber-bloody, a bedroom scene later in the book, a kick-butt heroine, some naughty and nice weres, witches and vampires and probably the best depiction of a dhampyr I have read. Overall, pick it up and read it. You won’t be sorry!

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Get Excited —– Jazz is on her way BACK!

Just did my first beta read of Fallen Eyes by J. K. Walker. I can’t tell you how excited I am. It is always such a thrill when I can follow the career of new writers and watch them grow. Especially when they grow into wonderful storytellers!

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The first book in the Series.
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I first found J. K. Walker when he asked for a review of his first book in his Salt Lake After Dark series, Glacial Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark, #1). Anyone who knows me and my reading style knows that I love a strong, thoughtfully designed female character, and Jazz most certainly met that requirement. An orphan, Jazz is putting herself through school, sharing an apartment with her best friend and her gray tomcat Loki. An attempted rape at an outdoor party leads to Jazz discovering she is much more than what she thought – in more ways than one.

Unlike a lot of female ‘heroines’ Jazz was neither whiny nor an unbelievable super-heroine. Instead, her strength is tempered by a knowledge of how much she doesn’t know, and how much she still has to learn about who, and what, she is. Yep, I was absolutely HOOKED on the characters and storyline of what goes on in Salt Lake After Dark!

The second book, Hollow Eyes continued the series, as Jazz became more knowledgeable about her new condition and about the strange new world she now inhabits. Now a supernatural problem solver, Jazz has a new and difficult life, a new boyfriend who is far from being a “real boy” and a cannibal running the streets of Salt Lake City that she is expected to find and destroy. Wow. A bit of a change, from simple college student to supernatural enforcer!

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The second book in the series.
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I have to admit, as much as I loved the first two books, I held out a star, giving them four-stars in my reviews. Bad Leiah – I was holding out to see where the series went, and by this time I was talking with J. K. Walker about his series and characters and truly beginning to love the stories he was writing.

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The third book in the series.
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Then came the third book, Sanguine Eyes. Now, finally, that final star comes out, a five-star read. Up until now, Jazz has faced a serial killer, a berserker, a wendigo, and even a zombie invasion. Damn, girl! That is a LOT to ask from a college girl, wouldn’t you say? And yet, now things get even stranger, as a mystical drug called Sanguine drives human addicts to have the horrifying strength and speed of vampires – and even less control.

Now, J. K. Walker is well on his way to delivering Fallen Eyes, the fourth in the series – and this one is all set to blow even the excellence of the last three out of the water. Jazz has grown, mentally, emotionally, and physically through the last three books, and this installment is pulling her character development together, bringing her knowledge, her strength, and her pain, into sharp focus. Currently loosely scheduled for a January release, you have to put this on your “must purchase” list if you are at all interested in a brilliant urban fantasy world. You will not be disappointed. Walker is fast approaching the strength of some of my favorite authors, such as Charles deLint and the team of Ilona Andrews.

Check out the two short-stories by Walker set in the Salt Lake After Dark world. In My Time of Dying, an Amazon Freebie the heartbreaking and hopeful story of David and Angel, and Frat House of the Dead, which gives you more background on one of my favorite secondary characters, Rachel the Technowitch.

This series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

J. K. Walker is a Utah native that has been telling stories since he was first able to talk. Author of the “Salt Lake After Dark” series that follows Jasmine Bedeau and her friends, both normal and supernatural, through their adventures in a paranormal world hidden within our own.

Final Proof of Sanguine Eyes by J.K. Walker Complete

Just finished the final proof of J. K. Walker’s “Sanguine Eyes” and I can hardly wait for it to come out. Mr. Walker has done another amazing job with his story line, characters and world building. It is highly recommended that you put it on your “must buy” list!

Mr. Walker’s ‘Salt Lake After Dark” series has become one of my favorites. His main character, Jasmine “Jazz” Bedeau is one of the more well realized UF characters out there today. She is strong without being overbearing and knows when to fight alone and when to rely on her friends. All of the characters in the novels are extremely well-written, acting in ways that are realistic within their situations.

Jazz has a lot of heartbreak in this edition of the series, but she stands up to it, protecting her friends under situations that would either break another character, or the author would turn them into a caricature Superwoman. Jazz isn’t Superwoman – but her very reality makes her so in my eyes.

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Interview with J. K. Walker at Conduit 2012 – Click!

If you aren’t familiar with the series, I have completed a couple of posts on my blog. You can also go to J K’s video interview at Conduit 2012 (click logo to the right) and learn about Mr. Walker and the series.

Here are links to each of the previous “Salt Lake After Dark” books.I I highly recommend you purchase and read the first two before reading “Sanguine Eyes”. You will be very glad you did! Enjoy!

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Click here to purchase Glacial Eyes
Hollow Eyes
Click here to order Hollow Eyes

Glacial Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark, #1)

glacial eyes   A Hugely Promising New Series Beginning – Four Stars

To get this out of the way, I was asked to read and review this book. However, just because I am asked to review a book,that doesn’t always mean my review will be fawning, sometimes far from it. So, how did “Glacial Eyes” do in this reviewers eyes?

In a word, there is true potential here for an exceptional series. Jazz, the main character, hasn’t had it easy in the last few years. Her parents were killed and she is trying hard to pay her own way through college. She hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to study yet, but she has time, so it’s all good. Then, one horrible night during a rave in the woods, everything about Jazz’s life changes.

Waking up naked in the woods is no laughing matter. Neither is finding out that everything you thought you knew about reality suddenly needs to be swept out the door with the dust bunnies. Suddenly witches and warlocks and were (oh, my!) are no longer the creatures of fantasy. Waking up to discover you are the newest member of the furry set is a bit more than Jazz can handle at first. Well, that and the fact that she now has boobs. Nice boobs. Way bigger boobs. And what is this thing with the six-pack abs all of a sudden? Yep, things are changing for Jazz.

What follows is one of the better new urban fantasies I have had the pleasure of reading. The characters are well written, and the paranormal community that she enters is realistic. They want to stay hidden in a world where DNA analysis and medical tests are ubiquitous. In order to stay hidden, their rules are tough and not always fair.

The story itself is as much a serial killer mystery as it is an urban fantasy. Being two of my favorite genres, I was thrilled to find that the author does an exceptional job in carrying the story through both styles. The weres are believable as they try to live their lives in a world that would lock them away and dissect and murder them should they be found out. The serial killer storyline itself was believable and kept me guessing. Oh, and Loki the cat? The real hero of the book!

Jazz herself is my kind of girl. She took auto shop while in high school and this girl knows her cars. She drives an old 510 (five-and-dime in “Jazz speak”) but throw in a 180SX engine and my girl has turbo power! As Jazz says “There may be no replacement for displacement, but a turbo sure is fun!” Jazz is no Mercedes Thompson, Volkswagen Mechanic Extraordinaire, but there is enough ‘car-talk’ going on through the book that I got a huge kick out of it. Jazz is tough enough to handle what is going on in this new life without too much freaking out, but she doesn’t fall into the UF trap of being suddenly Superwoman with more tricks in her toolbox than The Tomb Raider. Grand Theft Auto? Well, she can do a bit of that when needed . . . She also doesn’t fall into the UF stupidity of falling into bed within the first five minutes with the love interest. Come on, do real people really do that? Instead, the relationship grows through the book. Oh, and she totally saves his ass instead of the other way around, which ROCKS . . . hey, all you women writers out there?

Why is it only the guy writers like Mark Henwick Sleight of Hand (Bite Back 1) and my newly discovered favorite here doing the “girl kicks ass and saves the guy” scenario? Hello? Anyone listening? Girl saving guy is totally HOT. Speaking of Hot – Jazz’s love interest, Logan, is totally Cajun. Walker even gets the speech patterns right, making me wonder if he, like me, spent time in the bayou country. The rest of the cast of characters are very well written and believable and make you love (or hate) them in a way that makes them believable. You could see these people as your friends. There is death in the book (I lost one of my favorite characters and nearly cried) but nothing is overdone.

All in all? A solid four and a half – simply because I want to hang onto that extra half point to see how well Mr. Walker continues the story from here. There were some glitches in the writing, but for a first book I found Mr. Walker to be quite mature in his style. Amazingly so compared to many published authors. I am going to download Mr. Walker’s next book in the series, “Hollow Eyes” and start reading that one soon. Even with the mountain of books I have on my TBR list, I quite look forward to moving “Hollow Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark)” to the top of the pile. I am sure I won’t be sorry I did so! Some violence but not uber-bloody, a bedroom scene later in the book, a kick-butt heroine, some naughty and nice weres, witches and vampires and probably the best depiction of a dhampyr I have read. Overall, pick it up and read it. You won’t be sorry!

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