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Monday, January 16, 2012

Review of Barely Human and Giveaway of Signed PB Copy

Barely Human
Barely Human
Trace Riles
Eirelander Publishing October 2011
ISBN 9781468033151
   Jessie has been newly promoted and is having a difficult time with her new partner. Her partner is much more experienced and finds fault with Jessie at every turn. Not only does Jessie have to deal with her partner, she is is finding it increasingly difficult to hide her ability to "flicker" as her mother  always called it. Jessie knows she is different; but she does not know exactly what she is.
   Jessie and her partner, Ray, get involved in a murder investigation of a local teen. In the process, Jessie discovers who and what she really is. To her complete surprise, she learns that those creatures she only heard about in fantasy tales, vampires, werewolves, demons and necromancers, really do exist. As the investigation progresses, she finds that the murderer may be closer to her then she realizes. She bands together with a crew of unusual characters in an attempt to solve the murder and discovers a lot about herself in the process.
   This story is a fantastic read. I was hooked from the very beginning and could not put it down. The storyline is well written and despite the back and forth of of Jessie's "flickering" and her going inside the demon world, the story flows nicely. Jessie is an extremely likable character because despite her overall insecurities, she always holds up her end and plunges forward no matter how scared she may be. There is quite the cast in this book and definitely leaves it open for further stories from these characters. I for one would love to see more about any of them. If you are into fantasy reads, I am certain you will like this one. Who can go wrong with vampires, demons, werewolves and necromancers? I highly recommend it.
   I wish to thank the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.
I give Barely Human 4.5 out of 5 stars
The author has kindly offered a signed paperback copy of Barely Human to be given away to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment with your email address so I can notify you and get your snail mail address. I will leave the contest open until Wednesday, Jan 18 at midnight EST. I will notify the winner on Thursday. You will have 48 hours to respond with your address or I will chose another winner. Have fun and enjoy! Sorry, this contest is only open to the US because of postage.


  1. Sounds like a great read for fantasy/crime lovers! Count me in!

    email is on my blogger profile!



  2. You got it Carrie. Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. The book sounds awesome, but the title's a might confusing since there are 2 shows with that name.

  4. All humans have so many facets, some for good, some for pain. Fantasy allows us to, from a "safe place", explore our own and others frailties, successes, failures, desires, urges, and sometimes even nightmares. Fantasy allows us to ask ourselves how we would respond to the unexpected, to the supranormal, to terror and trial; to aspects of ourselves of which we were previously unaware.
    Best luck with your book
    Ms. Remy Benoit remybenoit@gmail.com

  5. The book sounds like a must read!!! Right up my alley. Can't wait to check it out.
    Janet Quinn glassendocinc@gmail.com

  6. Janet, thank you for stopping by my blog. Good luck to all.