[Review] NO HUMANS INVOLVED by Kelley Armstrong

[This is the seventh in a series of posts counting down to the last in Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series, THIRTEEN, set for release July 24, 2012. ~~ 1.BITTEN; 2. STOLEN; 3. DIME STORE MAGIC; 4. INDUSTRIAL MAGIC; 5. HAUNTED; 6. BROKEN]

Cover Copy: Jaime is more than just the party girl she pretends to be. Now well into her forties, the lucious, lovelorn, and haunted necromancer is aware that her days of trading on her looks are numbered. So signing on to a reality TV special is supposed to be her swan song . . . until weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high, but for the first time in her life– as invisible hands brush her skin and unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears– she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted. With the help of her longtime crush, Alpha werewolf Jeremy Danvers, Jaime finds her strength and courage tested to the limit as she uncovers a ring of perverted would-be magicians, who will stop at nothing in their quest for power.

My Thoughts: NO HUMANS INVOLVED brings us the point of view of Jaime Vegas, necromancer. Jaime has the ability to see and hear the spirits of the dead. Normally she uses this talent to earn a living as a television psychic, not so much telling people what the dead are saying as telling them what they want to hear.

Jaime is hired to star on a reality television show about celebrity spiritualists raising the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. Jaime is the only true supernatural among them; the others are frauds. She invites Jeremy, leader of the werewolf pack, to join her at the  taping, though she’s hoping for a little more than just an escort.

Jaime is well used to seeing and hearing ghosts, but during the show taping, she *feels* a ghost brush her skin– but she can’t see it. She worries she might be going crazy like the true necromancers before her. She calls on the aide of the group of supernaturals that Paige and Lucas have put together (in previous books).

I didn’t like NO HUMANS INVOLVED as much as the others in the series. The location was kind of static with the story revolving mainly around the house where the filming was taking place. The relationship between Jaime and Jeremy, although nice to see, wasn’t as hot. But that’s to be expected with a more reserved character like Jeremy.

The supernatural elements were great, and it was nice to see involvement from other characters from the Otherworld series.

Rating: A
Series: Women of the Otherworld
Publisher: Vintage Canada/Random House, 2010
Acquired: Purchase

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