Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Review In Memoriam: Jennifer Rardin 1965 - 2010

      Today the literary world lost one of its stars—Author Jennifer Rardin  passed away at the young age of 45.  Jennifer is best known for writing the Urban Fantasy series revolving around a brave and totally kick-ass heroine, Jaz Parks.  Jaz is an assassin who works in a black ops division of the CIA tasked to keep the supernatural world under control. 

The series follows Jaz and her sexy, vampire boss all over the globe on missions to protect mankind.  Along the way, they accumulate an odd gang of sorts comprised of an interpreter, a psychic and a weapons specialist.  Together they work to take on villains such as dirty Senators, terrorists, power hungry Weres, and the evil vampire Edward “The Raptor” Samos.  The series is an action-packed ride filled with supernatural fun.  Think “Alias” with fangs!

Underneath the action, lies the dark, mysterious past buried in Jaz’s subconscious.  As her character develops, more and more gets revealed, leading to one of the most heartbreaking scenes I’ve ever read.  There is also a slow building love story that grows between her and Vayl. 

I wouldn’t normally review a whole series at a time.  Especially one that I read over a year ago, but with Jennifer’s passing, I felt it important to remember her legacy somehow.  I hope my readers will seek out these books.  They are everything that Urban Fantasy is meant to be—dark, suspenseful, exciting, romantic and most of all fun. 

Lastly, my thoughts are with Jennifer’s family, especially her children.  I never met Jennifer, but I’ve heard she was a kind woman and a class act.  She will be missed.

Overall, I give the Jaz Parks Series…

Plot – 5 bookmarks
Character Development – 4 ½ bookmarks
Love Story – 3 bookmarks (Starts slow, but great when it happens.)
Interpretation of Vampire Lore – 4 bookmarks
Fight Scenes – 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Jennifer Gardner (Jaz), Goran Visnjic (Vayl), Bradley Cooper (Cole Belmont), David Krunholtz (Bergman), Aunjanue Ellis (Cassandra)

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