Don't be put off by the cover art- there is a good story inside.
She doesn't have any family. That is until the grandfather she thought was dead contacts her out of the blue to help with a big problem he is having- a huge animal is loose on his property and he needs Jenny's help in bringing it down. Except this is no ordinary animal, of course, because it is a paranormal book. The second book goes on from there and involves a coven of witches and their efforts to create a mass suicide in retaliation for Jenny's grandfather killing one of the coven's witches a long time ago- something Jenny had nothing to do with or even knowledge about.
Jenny and her friend Marshal are the quintessential duo- Jenny is the tough, take-no- prisoners, purple-mohawk-sporting, ROPG playing, computer repairing, gun nut with little emotional availability (thanks to everyone in her family being dead but her). Adversely, Marshal is the optimistic, homosexual, let's-go-jogging-in-short shorts, completely emotionally sound, keeps-her-in-line best friend. They work well together, with jabs back and forth and protecting each other from all the paranormal activity.
I liked the story line a lot, too. I like that it is Paranormal/Urban Fantasy but with a throwback to Native American culture, too. That, plus the dynamic of Jenny and Marshall, give these books a distinctive quality.
Now, since I loved these things, why only three stars? There was a little too much telling instead of showing in Book 2, as well as repetitiveness a couple of times. For example, the moon is described as "crimson-tinted" and then as the description moves forward "like a crimson-tinted eye" is used.
It would have been nice, also, to have more breaks in the prose somewhere- a new chapter, a line of asterisks, something. If the Kindle hit it just right, you could tell a few extra lines were in between but ultimately it just seemed like a run-on sentence, if you will. It was just paragraphs jumping from one thing to the next without any indication for the reader that there was now a new setting or time had jumped forward.
One thing to note is that these books are part of the "New Adult" genre because Jenny is college-age. There are a couple of instances of language, but I don't see the violence being any worse than any other paranormal YA book I've read.
Overall, I enjoyed reading these two books and look to see where the author takes Jenny Moonsong in the future.
I received these e-books from Candice @ Candice's Book Blog and CBB Promotions.