My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Haunted, Hunted…and harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

As the body count racks up, there’s an imbalance of power, particularly among the vampire population, and Kit must yet again deal with ugly memories as one of the monsters who tried to break her is set free to deal with the imbalance of power. Yet while a power struggle rages in East Orlando, there’s another, more subtle battle taking place and Kit feels like the center of it all.

Arrogant? Maybe. But the dead bodies don’t bear the mark of her grandmother’s pet killer by sheer coincidence…and she doubts her nemesis being released is either. (Amazon, Haunted Blade Kindle Edition)

This book is: … #%*!?! I am so mad! This book could have been so good!

The plot is: great, but it is hidden behind poor, poor, terrible editing. There are so many spelling mistakes, sentence fragments, word-order mistakes etc. I lost count. English is not my native language and I found about 10 mistakes/page. I should not be able to do so, but what’s more, this book is not an author’s first published book. No, it is one book in a line of many, many, many other books. It is also the sixth book in a series (not to mention all the novellas here and there…). This book should not have been (allowed to be) published in this condition. This book needs an editor; a qualified, good editor). If an editor has worked on this book already, that editor should not be working as one and should let a more competent editor take over. In addition to poor editing, this book also lacks structure. The storyline is choppy and the reader is having to jump from one scene to another without a cohesive flow. Most scenes also feel rushed and as though the author couldn’t decide on what she wanted the book to be about. With lots of idéas that led nowhere (yet), rushed scenes, choppy storyline, and poor editing, this book is a disaster. The only reason that I’m giving this book two stars is because there is a good story behind all the bad editing and what not. Also, because you finally got to learn a bit more about Kit’s past.

The beginning is: ok. A bit slow and boring, but like the other books in this series.
The middle is: promising.
The crescendo is: rushed, but exciting. If it hadn’t been rushed, I think the story and the action-packed scenes could have been amazing.
The finish/ending is: promising, but alas, It ended with a cliff-hanger. I hate cliff-hangers! If an author can’t keep her readers interested in the following book/books when a series is six books along, without a cliff-hanger, they are doing something wrong. If one book in a series ends with a cliff-hanger, fine, but more than one in a series, that is annoying as #%*@!

The characters are: alright, but the secondary characters need more depth this far along in the series. The main cast is sort of good, but Kit need’s more “umpf” and backbone at this point. I know she has seen and been subjected to many horrors, but she needs to stop hiding, throwing up, and be a quivering mess. Especially since she keeps proclaiming to be a strong independent woman who doesn’t need a babysitter/bodyguard because she can take care of herself. Well then, she better start acting like it!

The language is: … well… see my rant above.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? I’m torn, this series is good, but this book is awful. I’m looking forward to reading the next book because I want to know how it will end (however many books there might be left), but I’m not sure the writing/editing will be any better which would only make me mad again… I would recommend reading the first three books in this series, but the following three are a bit of a disappointment for me (this book, the sixth, being the worst, but with the best plot of the three, if that makes any sense what so ever).

– Sofia Sundfors

3 thoughts on “ Haunted Blade (Colbana Files #6) by J.C. Daniels ”

  1. I feel your rage and disappointment. I just finished the book myself and I do not know what to think about this series anymore!
    //Frustrated

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