Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow

Title: Werewolf Sings the Blues {A Midnight Magic Mystery #2}

Author: Jennifer Harlow

Published: Midnight Ink March 2014

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Status: Read from March 06 to 07, 2014 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Werewolf Sings the Blues is the second book in Jennifer Harlow’s Midnight Magic Mystery series but not at all what I expected after reading the first, What’s a Witch to Do?

“Vivian Frances Dahl, daughter to Frank and Michelle, I am here to protect you and deliver you to safety. No harm will come to you, I swear on my life, but we must leave now. Please get in the car. Now.”

When a pair of US Marshall’s turn up at a gig to ask singer Vivian Dahl questions about her father, she is surprised, given she hasn’t seen or heard from the man in nearly thirty years, but it’s not until one draws a gun and the other forcefully grips her arm and starts dragging her through the underground car park that she realizes something isn’t quite right. Moments later, her captors are trading gunfire with the hot, built, blonde Adonis -with a paw?! -she suspected of stalking her and she is forced to make a quick decision. What follows is a wild cross country road trip as Vivian learns her estranged father is a the Alpha of the North American werewolf pack, her saviour, Blondie aka Jason, his second in command, and adopted son, and she is in grave danger from a rogue wolf making a bid for power.

Luckily Vivian is no princess, her rebellious teen years and party hard life style as a wannabe singing star means she can hold her own when things get difficult. Vivian is not your typical heroine, self absorbed, not averse to (more than) a few drinks, a hit of cocaine or a casual shag, I didn’t warm to her initially. She carries a lot of anger due to her father’s desertion, her mother’s disinterest, the failure of her career to launch and the breakdown of two marriages. Viv freely admits she is selfish and bitter but spending time first with Jason and then the Pack in her father’s Virginian compound her attitude begins to change.

I was surprised by the increase in action and violence in this story, particularly during the final scenes, when contrasted with the first book. What’s a Witch to Do? had a paranormal romance/ cosy mystery feel, this is much darker in content, more like urban fantasy, though with more focus on the romance than is usual for the genre. I felt there wasn’t a lot of mystery in the story either, the identity of the mole is obvious from the moment of his introduction. It does still have the snark and biting humour familiar to readers of the author’s backlist though.

I also found it odd that this installment takes place eight years earlier than What’s a Witch To Do? Though Adam and Mona, amongst other characters from the F.R.E.A.K.S. series, make an appearance, the link between the two books in the series isn’t clear and I’m wondering in which direction the author plans to take the series next.

Despite the unexpected direction in which Harlow chose to take this series, and the unconventional characterisation of the protagonist, I did enjoy Werewolf Sings The Blues. It’s a fast paced, action packed easy read with plenty of humour to balance the darker moments.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Danielle Binks
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 21:45:07

    I was conflicted about this one. It didn’t feel like a second book after ‘What’s a Witch to Do?’ – because of the time leap, and the fact that there was a lot more violence in this book and it was much darker. There doesn’t seem to be any balance in the series thus far. I thought it was okay, and I’m intrigued about a third book … but this second one felt disjointed.

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  2. Kailana
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:42:28

    hmm… I am kind of getting bored of paranormal because it is everywhere, but I might check book 1 out just to see.

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