walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

_Siren's Call_, Jayne Castle

The latest JAK series in her paranormal/futuristic world Harmony series, specifically on Rainshadow Island which is a thinly disguised San Juan Islands ("Thursday Harbor") location. And I do love that so.

JAK has this sprawling shared universe going with historical paranormals written under the name Amanda Quick, contemporary paranormals written under her JAK name and futuristic/sf paranormals set on another planet named Harmony under the name Jayne Castle. Just to make things even more interesting, some of the characters are related to each other (so genealogy becomes part of the investigation process in solving some mysteries). I've been (re)reading just about everything JAK has written that is available in kindle format throughout the year, because I'm engaged in two projects that are sort of exhausting physically (increasing my baseline level of fitness) and mentally (I've got a 63 day streak going on Duolingo Dutch, which I'm trying now to maintain all golden since I've finished it, and started on Babbel Dutch again -- that's on top of the ongoing once a week conversational session with A.). I need some kind of reading and it cannot be very demanding.

I was working on the first Vanza book when _Siren's Call_ landed on my reader (I'd ordered it back in January). Don't let that horrible cover art mislead you. It's not that kind of book at all. In this outing, Ella is a Siren, with the ability to "sing" paranormally in a way that affects people paranormally. And those effects include everything from healing through inducing sleep/coma to death. She's a little freaked out about it, because people don't usually believe in this particular Talent, but the ones who do don't want to spend time near it. She was supposed to go on a coffee date with Rafe after they ran into each other in the Underworld in pursuit of ... stuff, but Rafe never called because he ran into another spot of trouble and took a few months off to try to recover.

It's like a lot of JAK books, thank goddess. A couple of misfits who are capable in their own way have a string of intense luck, both good and bad: they interact with bad guys, she acquires a dustbunny, he discovers a new section of the Underworld, her talent helps him accomplish an important goal for his family's company. Along the way, they banter, help each other make sense of their individual histories and build a new life together. If you like JAK, this is a really good one. If you don't like JAK, or you have no idea what I'm talking about, this may not be the best place to start.

Part of the appeal for me is because I miss my home town sometimes, and whatever the nominal setting JAK uses in her books, past, present or future, Victorian England, Phoenix, coastal Northern California, Seattle, the PacNW, the terrain feels very familiar to me. It's definitely a specific flavor.
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