The Ravenous Dead by Natasha Hoar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having not read the first book in this series I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't feel at all left behind. The Ravenous dead was a quick moving and intense supernatural ride that will leave you waiting less than patiently looking for the next installment.
This time the dead are hungry…
Rachel Miller doesn't just see dead people, she rescues them. As a member of The Order of Rescue Mediums, she spends most of her time helping stubborn spirits move on from the world. But after she learns the details of three brutal murders, she knows the culprit can only be a reaper, an undead monster that relentlessly stalks its victims to feed on their souls.
A reaper once consumed the soul of Rachel's mentor as she watched frozen in fear. Now, Rachel is in the role of teacher to Kit Elkeles, a rodach just learning to control his wraithlike powers. After Kit and Rachel rescue a half-vampire, they work to protect him while searching for a way to stop the reaper. But when Rachel realizes who the monster is really after—and just what kind of dark magic she'll need to stop it—will she be able to do what is necessary before it devours one of her friends…or even herself?
Natasha Hoar has sculpted an interesting character in Rachel. Rachel is both powerful, headstrong and somehow still vulnerable. Unsure where she came from or the capacity of her powers Rachel seems to throw herself into danger any chance she gets. To complicate things there seems to be a budding romance between her an Kit that the author will hopefully explore in the future.
I think its also important to note that although Rachel's powers are specific and in-depth they were never confusing. Sometimes authors try too hard and leave the reader behind. Not so with Natasha Hoar, she has the ability to hold the reader till the end.
My only complaint is that the story is to short. I think this series has a lot of promise and would love to see the author work it into a full length novel.