Flight From Mayhem by Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Fly By Night #2
Published by Berkley on August 2, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn presents the second Fly by Night novel, set in the realm of the Otherworld.
I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting...
A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim's deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she's about to face her worst nightmare.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Like the first book in the Fly by Night series, Flight From Mayhem has several things going for it but once again I’m missing the blown away feeling I got when I read the first few books in Ms. Galenorn’s Sisters of the Moon series. Although not completely necessary, I would recommend reading the first book, Flight From Death, before this one. Flight From Mayhem does give you some background, but it also references things that happened in the first one several times.
Alex and Shimmer are going through the growing pains of a new relationship as they figure out how to navigate their world as a couple. With Alex basically being Shimmer’s parole officer and also her boss, things are getting tricky. I did like that even though Alex wants the relationship to move a lot faster than Shimmer, he is quick to reassure her that he’ll wait for her to catch up, and if things don’t work out with them as a couple, it won’t affect everything else, like her “parolee” status and her job. What I didn’t like was the way Alex handled his ex and her shenanigans. The minute Glenda got physical with Shimmer, he should have taken care of business. Instead, he was wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt and wasn’t seeing she was a psycho. This ticked me off.
Shimmer was starting to find her way in the human realm which went a long way in making her seem more mature. As more of her backstory was given, I grew to appreciate how strong a character she actually was to have survived what she did. It also made me extremely angry with dragons in general.
The side characters continue to fascinate me and make me smile. We’ve got the Melusine (she turns into a water snake) receptionist, Bette, who reminds me of the inappropriate grandma version of Flo from the old sitcom Alice. With her constant cigarette smoking, leopard print pants, bouffant hairdo, and her constant boy toys, she cracked me up. Ralph, another detective with FBN is a werewolf who faints at the sight of blood. The most interesting of all is Chai the Djinn who despite his species need to screw with anyone who asks for a wish or a favor, is so sweet and caring especially towards Shimmer.
The same things I had issues with in the first book gave me pause with Flight From Mayhem. The Fly by Night team continues to just bungle around on the cases they are on. They head out to take on dangerous beings like a fire salamander without researching, therefore with no idea how to defeat it. Huge clues are just ignored, and opportunities wasted leaving me once again feeling like I’m in a sexed up fantasy version of a Scooby Doo episode. When things do get resolved, it’s in a too fast and too convenient manner leaving me feeling slightly disappointed. I found myself wondering if it was that easy, why didn’t they do that on the front end?
Overall it ended up being a decent read, but again without the book buzz I was expecting.
Things that I Struggled With:
- Glenda – how Alex handled her and that the issue was never really resolved.
- How dragons treat their orphans.
- Alex and his agency coming off as amateur detectives. I keep waiting for someone to call them “Those meddling kids”.
Things I Liked:
- How Alex and Shimmer’s relationship is progressing.
- Spending some time with Chase from the Sisters of the Moon series.
Spice’s Rating: 3 I Want A Djinn of My Very Own Stars
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