In Death anthologies (In Death 31.5, 33.5, Mirror Mirror)

Hello Everyone! I hope everything is well, this blog post is going to be a bit confusing, so I am going to explain myself right now. I have just finished the short stories from the In Death series. I don’t think they should each get a post alone, that would be a bit too many so I am going to three different posts. This First post will have Possession in Death (31.5) and Taken In Death(Mirror, Mirror) and Chaos in Death (33.5). I will bold each title but I will only include one picture of the first novel.(Sorry, I’m a little tired). So here we go…

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Taken In Death (Mirror, Mirror): Once upon a time… in a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly.

I thought this was an interesting twist on the Hansel and Gretel story. The children are kidnapped by an evil “witch” and Eve has to find a way to save them. I liked the fact that the elements that are present in the original folk tale are present in this novel. You have the “breadcrumbs”, “giving children candy to fatten them up”, and wanting to cook the children”(Gross!), but that is really something the evil witch did. The storyline was simple but carefully thought out. There was never a moment where I thought “God, this is boring” or “This is just like the fairy tale, lame.” I actually enjoyed, not that I thought I wouldn’t, I just wasn’t sure what to expect. There was only one intimate scene and it was filled with erotic passion that helped the character process a difficult time. Great story overall. I give it 4.5 out of 5.

Possession in Death (31.5):The devil killed my body. I cannot fight, I cannot find. I cannot free her. You must. You are the one. We speak to the dead. Immediately after hearing these words, uttered to her by an old Romanian woman bleeding to death in the street, detective Eve Dallas begins to notice that her latest case has come with a number of interesting side-effects: visions of the deceased, instant familiarity with rooms she’s never seen before, and fluency in Russian. Likewise, there appears to be a force inside of her, a spirit other than her own, that won’t let her rest until she?s found Beata, the old woman’s great-granddaughter, whose disappearance two months prior remains a mystery. Desperate to be free of her new gifts, Eve pursues the facts until she discovers a link between Beata’s disappearance and the disappearance of eight other young women, all of whom attended the same dance classes, none of whom were ever heard from again.

I really loved this novel when I thought I wasn’t going to. Eve gets possessed by a Romanian woman, who can see and talk to the dead. (A little bit of Ghostwhisperer there.) I actually loved the fact that Eve was adamant about possession but speaking in Russian really gives it away. The storyline was good and I did not see that ending coming. I really thought it was someone else. Great twist. It captivated my attention from start to finish. I love the sex scene. Steamy! I especially loved the banter between them afterwards. They have the best conversations. I also love the love that is poured through with every touch, kiss, and breath. A great story overall. I give this one 5 out 5.

Now for the last one Chaos in Death(33.5): Eve Dallas is the tough lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case she’s ever been assigned—or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister? Dallas faces off against multiple suspects—all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims. But who had the motive? More importantly, what kind of rogue science are these healers practicing?

This short story was interesting because it was very much Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation. I thought it was interesting to have a story that revolved around that sort of science. I thought it was great and very confusing in the beginning(I mean the good kind). I don’t want to give away too much, so I will just say that it was great. As for the sex, great of course! Did you think I would write anything differently? Well… I won’t. I love their sex scenes simple because they show the passion and emotion with every touch and every word to each other. Overall, I give this novel 4.5 out of 5.

Overall, I simply enjoyed reading these short stories. I recommend that you read them as well. I read them out-of-order and it worked out just fine. Also, The newest novel by J.D. Robb was just released. Let the mysteries of Eve Dallas continue! I’m still reading although I am slower at the moment. Have faith, I will still be posting. I have a few books I need to get through, but I should be switch to something new very shortly.

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