Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee #1) by Stacey Jay

Published: May 31, 2011
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Paperback, 389 pages
Genre: Adult Paranormal Fiction
Series: Annabelle Lee
Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year-old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

The description of this book lured me in with promises of deadly fairies, a murder mystery, rocky romance and a sassy heroine--and it sure did deliver, and then some! This book has an endless supply of excitement and the plot is intense, witty and entertaining. There's also a cast of unique characters that bring the whole story together so nicely.

I'm a big fan of Annabelle Lee! She doesn't hide the person that she is and she makes no apologies. She's also such a mess, which makes her that much more relatable. Right away you can tell that she is very multi-layered, and peeling back some of those layers explains why she has so many hang-ups and why she's the uncensored, sarcastic, commitment-phobic person she is today. Her past and childhood are filled with pure heartache. Even though there were times when I wanted to slap her a little, I knew why she behaved the way she did.

Annabelle's story sucks you in and it's very easy to get caught up in her world. Her job is kind of gross, yet interesting at the same time; she collects fairy waste samples because she is one of the few humans around who is impervious to a fairy's bite. She also assists the local police department in collecting evidence from crime scenes outside of the fairy-proof barrier. After collecting samples from a murdered child, she accidentally becomes an integral part in the murder investigation. Annabelle also stumbles into some unreal situations that end up having a profound effect on her, leading her to associate with some mysterious people. There is a lot going on in this book and fairies aren't the only supernatural element to be weary of.

In addition to everything Annabelle already has on her plate, she's got some serious romantic drama unfolding. She's dating (sort of) a handsome detective by the name of Cane, but then her ex, Hitch, rolls into town and he awakens some emotions in her that have been dormant a long time. These two men are so different but I like them both. One thing's for sure, both of their relationships with Annabelle are extremely complicated and I can't wait to see what happens with them.

Dead on the Delta ended with a bang, and it more than hints at the beginning of something huge for Annabelle. I'm excited to read the next book in this series and I look forward to learning more about this fiery and dysfunctional protagonist.


  1. I'll take your word for it Shanon. I have a confession to make, I have books 1 & 2 but I haven't gotten round to reading it!!!! I suck!

    1. Yes, please believe me when I say that this book is awesome! I'm sure you'll find that out for yourself, though. =)

      Oh, and don't feel bad, because I am also guilty of keeping series on my shelf for a while before I read them!


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