Type: Urban Fantasy
My Copy: Sent
When you’re staring evil in the eye, don’t forget to watch your back . . .
For the first time in forever, Jayné Heller’s life is making sense. Even if she routinely risks her life to destroy demonic parasites that prey on mortals, she now has friends, colleagues, a trusted lover, and newfound confidence in the mission she inherited from her wealthy, mysterious uncle. Her next job might just rob her of all of them. At Grace Memorial Hospital in Chicago, something is stirring. Patients are going AWOL and research subjects share the same sinister dreams. Half a century ago, something was buried under Grace in a terrible ritual, and it’s straining to be free. Jayné is primed to take on whatever’s about to be let loose. Yet the greatest danger now may not be the huge, unseen force lurking below, but the evil that has been hiding in plain sight all along—taking her ever closer to losing her body, her mind, and her soul.
Jayné has been through a lot in the past year and she still knows nothing about her dead uncle Eric or why he had chosen her to take over his job as demon hunter. This time its an old friend calling for help. Kim knows something is going on at the hospital she works at in Chicago. Strange emotions seem to take over the patients and the hospital actually seems alive. Calling in the calvary seems like the best thing to do.
Secrets seems to be what Eric was best at n life and Chicago proves to be no different. Except this time, long buried secrets are finding their way to light. Secrets no one wants to face because some secrets were never meant to be revealed.
I have been steadily making my way through this series and I am finding that I can call it one of my favorite urban fantasy series I have ever read! Jayné is such a great heroine because she is tough (without knowing why) and she’s entirely human. Her strength is going to be for the next book I am sure. I doubt her uncle put any magic on her making her able to take anyone in a fight. I tend to think there is more going on then that. She second guesses herself constantly. She self medicates by shopping or buying something extravagant in order to save a few minutes. She has tons of conflicting emotions in regards to her boyfriend Aubrey and her friend Ex the ex priest. She comes with a lot of baggage from her past and her upbringing. Woven all through that is a snarky personality that doesn’t know when to keep it’s mouth shut. I adore her!
The consistent world building of M.L.N. Hanover has become something I look forward to when I pick up one of his books (pen name for Daniel Abraham). He has a knack for making it complex without being overwhelming. For making me care, laugh and cry with these characters without seemingly meaning too. He does it with ease like someone draws their next breath. It may be that I connect with Jayné and her conflicting emotions and attitudes. Or it could just be that MLN Hanover is a genius. LOL.
I really enjoyed the relationship building in Vicious Grace. We get to see how much of a family this unit has become and how each family has their problems. Ex is harboring some huge feelings for Jayné which I’m not sure how she feels about. Sure she says she doesn’t have feeling towards him in that way, but I dunno. Sometimes I think she’s just trying to feel normal and she gets that the most with Aubrey. Doesn’t mean she doesn’t love Aubrey but in this book things between them get especially strained and so…..well….you’ll see when you read it. Choygi Jake is his usual self. Standing beside Jayné no matter what. He’s such a rock though at times he seems so tired of being that. I often wonder what is really going on in his head. It would be nice to be able to see things from his point of view.
I loved the location of Grace Hospital! It was entirely creepy and made me instantly think of the Winchester house before the book itself brought up the similarities:
That house has stairs leading right into walls and rooms that don’t need to be there. Seriously, it’s creeptastic and if I ever get out near it I am definitely going to go see it. Grace Memorial is exactly like that. It makes you wonder…why? What is the hospital trying to confuse and what doesn’t it want to find its way out?
The only thing I can say about Vicious Grace that I didn’t like is that there seemed to be more lag then the previous two books. The story line is definitely pertinent to the world building so it wasn’t that. I just felt there was more filler, less happening and more conversation. Because of that the book faltered at spots and I had the urge to skim a bit. I tend to like a bit more action.
Vicious Grace is a must read for urban fantasy junkies! Jayné is a breath of fresh air in the UF genre. She is completely human while being totally kick ass! This series is fantastic!
I give Vicious Grace by M.L.N. Hanover 4 stars!