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    To get this out of the way I was asked to read and review this book However just because I am asked to review a bookthat doesn't always mean my review will be fawning sometimes far from itSo how did Glacial Eyes do in this reviewers eyes? In a word there is true potential here for an exceptional series Jazz the main character hasn't had it easy in the last few years Her parents were killed and she is trying hard to pay her own way through college She hasn't uite figured out what she wants to study yet but she has time so it's all good Then one horrible night during a rave in the woods everything about Jazz's life changesWaking up naked in the woods is no laughing matter Neither is finding out that everything you thought you knew about reality suddenly needs to be swept out the door with the dust bunnies Suddenly witches and warlocks and were oh my are no longer the creatures of fantasy Waking up to discover you are the newest member of the furry set is a bit than Jazz can handle at first Well that and the fact that she now has boobs Nice boobs Way bigger boobs And what is this thing with the six pack abs all of a sudden? Yep things are changing for JazzWhat follows is one of the better new urban fantasies I have had the pleasure of reading The characters are well written and the paranormal community that she enters is realistic They want to stay hidden in a world where DNA analysis and medical tests are ubiuitous In order to stay hidden their rules are tough and not always fairThe story itself is as much a serial killer mystery as it is an urban fantasy Being two of my favorite genres I was thrilled to find that the author does an exceptional job in carrying the story through both styles The weres are believable as they try to live their lives in a world that would lock them away and dissect and murder them should they be found out The serial killer storyline itself was believable and kept me guessing Oh and Loki the cat? The real hero of the bookJazz herself is my kind of girl She took auto shop while in high school and this girl knows her cars She drives an old 510 five and dime in Jazz speak but throw in a 180SX engine and my girl has turbo power As Jazz says There may be no replacement for displacement but a turbo sure is funJazz is no Mercedes Thompson Volkswagen Mechanic Extraordinaire but there is enough 'car talk' going on through the book that I got a huge kick out of it Jazz is tough enough to handle what is going on in this new life without too much freaking out but she doesn't fall into the UF trap of being suddenly Superwoman with tricks in her toolbox than The Tomb Raider Grand Theft Auto? Well she can do a bit of that when needed She also doesn't fall into the UF stupidity of falling into bed within the first five minutes with the love interest Come on do real people really do that? Instead the relationship grows through the book Oh and she totally saves his ass instead of the other way around which ROCKS hey all you women writers out there? Why is it only the guy writers like Mark HenwickSleight of Hand Bite Back 1 and my newly discovered favorite here doing the girl kicks ass and saves the guy scenario? Hello? Anyone listening? Girl saving guy is totally HOTSpeaking of Hot Jazz's love interest Logan is totally Cajun Walker even gets the speech patterns right making me wonder if he like me spent time in the bayou country The rest of the cast of characters are very well written and believable and make you love or hate them in a way that makes them believable You could see these people as your friends There is death in the book I lost one of my favorite characters and nearly cried but nothing is overdoneAll in all? A solid four and a half simply because I want to hang onto that extra half point to see how well Mr Walker continues the story from here There were some glitches in the writing but for a first book I found Mr Walker to be uite mature in his style Amazingly so compared to many published authorsI am going to download Mr Walker's next book in the series Hollow Eyes and start reading that one soon Even with the mountain of books I have on my TBR list I uite look forward to moving Hollow Eyes Salt Lake After Dark to the top of the pile I am sure I won't be sorry I did soSome violence but not uber bloody a bedroom scene later in the book a kick butt heroine some naughty and nice weres witches and vampires and probably the best depiction of a dhampyr I have read Overall pick it up and read it You won't be sorry

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    Written by a local writer and I try to support up and coming writers when I can I was somewhat hesitant because I am over the vampirewerewolf trend in YA novels However this was a uniue and creative version with an Asian twist rather than the stereotypical european version of vampires and werewolves It also had a strong female character who was independent and intelligent unlike the famed Bella SwanI struggled a little bit with the constant mention of local sites At times it felt like it was overdone However I haven't read many books that take place in my hometown and wonder if others feel the same way when their local landmarks are mentioned in books The one challenge to this book is that it is about a young woman who is in college The writing style and subject matter is perfect for and geared towards the YA genre The pace moved along and wasn't weighed down with too much detail However YA covers a vast age group roughly ages 12 17 and I wouldn't want my 12 year old reading this book Some of the themes were on the adult side and would be appropriate for 1718 and up

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    cross posted to com and bannedsorcerycomI met the author when we were selling our respective books at CONduit in Salt Lake JK is a heckuva nice guy But I suppose you're not looking for a review of him On to the bookGlacial Eyes is an urban fantasy tale about Jasmine a young womansnow leopard who attends the University of Utah Okay Salt Lake only loosely ualifies as urban and a lot of the action takes place in Ivins Utah Stop being so picky The supernaturals hide themselves well enough that Jasmine who is herself a wereleopard is unaware of their existence until shortly after her own powers manifest and she accidentally kills a fellow student who slipped her a roofie and tried to assault her The other supernaturals vampires werewolves were leopards kitsune and witches put her on trial but let her off with a very strict warning learn to control your powers or we have to kill you Nothing personal mind youThe trial isn't all bad She meets a few new people there who will eventually become her friends David a werewolf and Rachel a techno geek witch Logan a gorgeous half vampire who drives a motorcycle and has a band which uite honestly beats the reader should think he's sexy message half to death gives her a ride home from the trial They stop to forage at Denny's to be clear they forage in the order a Grand Slam sense; waitresses are off the menu and they find themselves datingShe begins taking lessons with the local werewolf pack which leads to the gruesome death of a fluffy bunny The supernatural government also assigns her jobs the first of which takes her on a road trip to Southern Utah Unbeknownst to her a killer is targeting supernaturals in the area and the killer follows her back to Salt Lake As if studying for midterms wasn't enough to keep Jazz busy She spends the rest of the book alternately hunting and being hunted by the killerJazz has been described as the anti Bella and I wholeheartedly agree She's tough she makes decisions and takes action she often protects others and rarely needs protection herself She drives the plot instead of letting circumstances control her If anything she's a bit too eager to take action and often needs a friend to remind her to slow down and come up with a plan instead of going in guns blazingThe writing is straightforward with the occasional spark of humor but no lyrical flourishes The book is written in the first person leaving us stuck with whatever Jazz happens to be thinking about at the moment interesting or not For example Jazz has a turbocharged metabolism and spends a lot of time thinking about her empty stomach where she will acuire food how she'll afford all this food etc But I found it easy to forgive Glacial Eyes isn't trying to be than it is a fast paced romp through a supernatural world following a tough but adorable protagonist and her good friends

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    Well I have to say this book was pretty dang good Although I feel the whole vampirewerewolf thing is overplayed this book was still very entertaining I really enjoyed the characters and I look forward to a seuel however this book is able to stand alone without a seuelI also really enjoyed that the book was set in SLC With my in laws from there I was able to really grasp where everything was happening and it seemed entertaining that way The author is clearly very talented

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    Jazz wakes up in the hospital woozy confused possibly victim of a terrible attack – and extremely hungry She’s uickly dragged away from the hospital to face a trial for the death of a humanA human killed by a big catOn probation and ordered to learn Jazz has to adapt uickly to being a wereleopard and learning about the larger world she is part of and extricating herself from the various political machinations she gets herself enmeshed in – or enmeshing herself further when it comes to a sexy Cajun dhampireLet’s hit on a lot of the good in this book – and there was a lot of goodFirstly the protagonist – Jazz She’s definitely a confident intelligent fast thinking and generally fun woman She’s not perfect she’s not flawless but she’s not silly or foolish – her mistakes are human She has a personality she has good friends female friends actual female friends she doesn’t hate or look down on who accept her and care for her And she has a cat who is awesome She also has hobbies and opinions beyond the supernatural She has her own sense of style her own tastes and she’s pretty secure about all of them she was a rounded character And a fun character Of course she’s also an orphan but there are some tropes we just can’t escape and despite being an orphan she isn’t a character defined by tragedy and angstI also liked the world what we’ve seen is uite broad but also with a good foundation Even at this stage where there isn’t enough time to go into great depth there’s a lot of detail that reassures me that the different creatures are than just names The magic has an actual concrete system and process to it the Kitsune are than just “werefoxes from Japan” and even the Snow Leopard has a distinctive history that sets it apart from just being various were animals that were bitten There’s politics and rules and co operation and a general sense that there’s a lot to explore here and it’s all pretty solidThe book also had some pretty excellent pacing The action kept happening but it wasn’t so break neck that I couldn’t keep up or felt lost – which can easily be done in the first book of a new series – and nor did it derail into too many long info dumps as also often happens – a number of first books that read like lecture notes There were perhaps some side uests that didn’t belong and just confused and overwhelmed things a little much I think the vampire politics angle could have been saved for later in exchange for of Jazz just adapting to this new worldI am definitely on board with following this seriesThat all being said some criticisms This is a full world and it was a bit front loaded – we had a variety of weres and magic and vampires and dhampires and kitsune and magic lessons all there front and centre in the first book It was all really well done it was all realistically well done and none of it was boring but that’s a lot for a first book and takes some of the focus off maybe developing a few side characters a little I also think Jazz jumped into this world far too uickly I don’t think she was a bad character as I said above – but she ends up neck deep in this world really really uickly A scant few days after learning she may have been raped she is a wereleopard and with hardly any 101 training she’s breaking and entering stealing fighting to the death facing murders deep in supernatural politics her body is changing she has all new conseuences to losing her temper is living under a death threat and she’s in a new relationship – ALL AT ONCE And she deals – but she deals too well It’s not that she doesn’t occasionally take a moment to reflect or that she isn’t shocked appalled and stunned by what happens – she is in fact she reacts emotionally to a lot of what happens; whether that’s her rage at the rapist and affirmed lack of guilt over his death to heart rending grief over her friends being hurt But she recovers and moves on she has a moment and then gets going and it’s not just “I have to deal with this crisis now” even in non crisis mode she seems remarkably recovered from what happened to herRead More

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    What a great start to a new urban fantasy series with so much to recommend it characters that jump off the page the chance to find out all about this world right along with the protagonist Jazz who has no idea it exists until she shifts for the first time complex relationships between the different varieties of paranormals and a hot and sexy Cajun love interest Oh not to forget the serial killer stalking the paranormal communityThe usual suspects are all here weres of all varieties vampires and witches but also a Japanese kitsune and characters of a variety of origins not least Jazz Jasmine who is half Chinese The opening grabs you and doesn't let go Jazz wakes to find herself naked alone and disoriented in the forest She's a third year university student but the latest party didn't go uite how she expected she was slipped a date rape drug and led off into the forest Only now her attacker is dead apparently of an animal attack and Jazz is struggling to remember what happenedOnto the scene comes the local police officer also the local werewolf pack leader and suddenly Jazz finds herself hauled up before the paranormal council under threat of death for killing a human and threatening the secrecy they all strive to maintainJazz is a seriously sassy character and I say that in a good way although 'sassy' is an overused word in relation to urban fantasy heroines The dialogue is smart funny and written so realistically I could hear it The supporting cast are all well developed individuals with their own uirks and speech patterns and the story flows forward at a good pace with just a small slow patch while Jazz's everyday life is establishedI envy Jazz her metabolism As a were she's always hungry and many scenes take place in eating houses lucky girlDespite being emotionally damaged by her past Jazz is strong mentally and physically yet she's not a super woman so it is easy to believe she's at risk going up against the serial killer I totally loved the way that at the end she is the one to rescue her lover even though she's a small woman and he's a half vampire And we mustn't forget Loki Jazz's cat who steals the show in many of his scenesMy small uibbles? Her ability to kill a number of grown men paid goons no less even when in human form seemed a little far fetched and to my mind she wasn't always as disturbed by this as I'd have expected and there are a number of small editing issues although nothing too distractingFour and a half stars from me definitely recommended and I'm already half way through number 2

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    Glacial Eyes Well Written and EntertainingRating 4 of 5Author JK WalkerFormat Kindle PaperbackWaking up naked lying covered in leaves in the middle of the forest Jamine Jazz Bedeau struggles with foggy memories from the night before How had she gotten here? Local law enforcement wonder the same thing as she uickly learns that the boy she was with is found dead supposedly slain by some type of large predator But soon Jazz learns the awful truth she had killed him but not as herself Something was a part of her she had not know of before and didn't want to admit Without any parents or family to turn to Jazz is lost until she is contacted by others like her Unfortunately they are not all friendly and Jazz finds her friends and herself in mortal dangerIn a young adult market full of vampire novels JK Walker's Glacial Eyes is a nice change of pace in the paranormal teenage category Told in first person from Jazz's perspective I enjoyed her as a protagonist She is thoughtful humble powerful but emotionally damaged given her difficult past While not nearly as dark as the Hunger Games Jazz has traits reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen which is high praise in my book Walker's writing style is crisp and engaging and his characters pop off the page If I have any compliant at all it is Jazz's main love interest Logan I liked his character but I found his accent distracted me from the story instead of pulling me into itOverall I found myself stealing moments throughout the day in order to finish another chapter and very much enjoyed this guilty pleasure read Glacial Eyes is part of the Salt Lake After Dark series which follows the main characters through each of their respective first person narratives highlighting each of their powers I look forward to the next book in the seriesNote 1 While I make it a rule not to comment on other people's reviews I will make an exception in this case as one reviewer has noted that this is a kids book Likely not everyone has the same definition of what age a kid is but for me it would include children under twelve and if others are considering Glacial Eyes for kids in this age range I would caution that there are explicit scenes that could be inappropriate for this age groupNote 2 A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review

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    Glacial Eyes by JK WalkerJasmine Bedeau awoke in the forest the night after a rave She was nude with a massive “hangover” Since she barely drank the night before she couldn’t understand why her hangover was so bad The Sheriff’s Department had come looking for her; apparently she had been reported missing from the party As the EMT loaded her into the ambulance she noticed that her senses toward him as a male were particularly acute For some odd reason she actually “sniffed” him for his desirability as a mate Even odder she actually thought in that term mateWhen she slept she dreamed of blood and claws When next she looked at herself it’s to realize that her breasts have grown and her eyes have changed color She soon received even astonishing news Lt Mitchell is the werewolf alpha of the local pack and instead of taking her home from the hospital as he said he was going to do he took her before the supernatural Council and charged her with the murder of the man who had drugged her and then tried to rape her He did this even though she doesn’t remember attacking the man and has no idea what she is accused of being– only that her eyes are a light blue with striations of other blues and her breasts are larger Since her parents are dead she has no one to ask what type of creature she could beAt the meeting she found herself inexplicably drawn to Logan Bucher a Dampyr and the Council representative for vampires She also found herself thrust in the midst of a murder investigation in order to avoid death for a murder she doesn’t remember committingJK Walker’s writing is tight lively filled with action and plot twists The characters are interesting and easy to love or to hate The dialogue is often amusing sometimes frightening but always compelling Walker has created a series that begs to be followed

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    Loved this book I'm a big fan of the neo gothic genre and Glarial Eyes really fed my obsession From the moment Jazz woke up naked in the woods after a wild party I was hooked Turns out she's not your usual college girl interrupted she has a darker nature than mostThis story is wickedly fun full of surprises and characters you'll love or hate The plot grabs you by the throat and pulls you through the book I found myself up late at night turning page after page to get to the thrilling end Highly recommend

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Glacial Eyes Salt Lake After Dark #1 [PDF / EPUB] Glacial Eyes Salt Lake After Dark #1 After a weekend party gone very very wrong third year university student Jasmine Bedeau finds herself a person of interest to far too many interested parties Now she has to bring a family inherited cu Salt Lake Kindle Ó After a weekend party gone very very wrong third year university student Jasmine Bedeau finds herself a person of interest to far too many interested parties Now she has to bring a family inherited curse—and powerful new abilities—under control or risk the conseuences of the supernatural community to which she suddenly belongs But between the police Eyes Salt Lake After Dark Epub / and the paranormal the campus and the council Glacial Eyes PDF \ how's a girl to rise to the challenge of just holding onto a normal life Werewolves vampires and witches—and now a serial killer targeting the supernatural setting his sights on Jasmine and her new found friends It's a good thing she's a werecat because she's not rolling over.