Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Reviewed by Jo
All it takes is one freak to turn everything into a demonic ritual. Sierra Fox, Book 3Sierra Fox’s relationship with sexy werewolf Jason Papan is going great, but it doesn’t take a psychic to tell her someone’s out to get her. As usual, though, there’s too much else going on to worry about just another assassination attempt. In addition to the demon-possessed freaks that still want her, a whole new bucket of trouble has been dumped in her path. The half-sister Sierra never knew she had isn’t a typical teenager. Willow comes with supernatural baggage that grows heavier every time someone close to her dies. And the load gets bigger every time the police find the body of another young girl. Now Sierra’s not only dealing with the target on her own back, but the one that a power-hungry woman has painted on her poltergeist-magnet sister. As she finds herself drawn into the thick of a murder investigation, Sierra must face her deepest fears and embrace the darkest of her powers to overcome the looming threat. Or the prediction of her death might just come true. Warning: Spook catching: never gets any easier, neither does trying to avoid being killed by a shadowy organization. Always expect the unexpected—dangerous vampires, poltergeists and demon-obsessed freaks. At least the werewolf is pleasurably safe.
Sierra Fox has had trouble since her last huge battle that involved the Council over spook catchers in getting back in to the swing of thing. Her assistant won’t acknowledge her existence and there are still creeps out there who are possessed by demons who want Sierra for some reason. Heck, even the thought of walking into her office makes Sierra uneasy as she would have to pass the office where a friend was killed before Sierra won the last battle. The only good thing is that her romance with Jason Papan, a werewolf PI, is still hotter than heck. Sierra just seems to be waiting for the next shoe to drop and when it does, Sierra is in deeper than ever.
Sierra learns that she has a half-sister named Willow when Willow calls and makes an appointment. Only after their meeting does Sierra learn that Willow has her own abilities as a poltergeist magnet and is on the run from those that want to use her. Sierra isn’t about to let that happen and with Jason and her grandfather’s help, she begins to sort out the threats to her and to Willow and is a bit amazed to discover that the same people are involved in both. Suddenly, Sierra and Willow learn they have several power hungry people after them to complete a ritual that must never be completed. The fighting is turning down and dirty with Sierra trying to keep the targets on her and Willow’s backs from harming them any further all while trying to solve a murder. When the final battle happens, can Sierra save the ones she loves and end the threats to her and Willow once and for all?
Can a spook catcher/witch and her werewolf lover figure out a way to defeat the otherworldly creatures that threaten them and her friends and family? On Pins and Needles has Sierra and Jason teaming up again to defeat the truly evil, all while Sierra meets a half-sister she never knew of. I knew that there would have been some fallout from the last battle, and in this book Sierra begins that chapter just a short time after her last one. I was amazed when Willow suddenly showed up and proved to actually be not only Sierra’s half-sister, but also in almost as much trouble as Sierra. I loved how Jason constantly backed Sierra up no matter how difficult the task. Watching as Sierra battled not only for herself and Jason, but also for Sierra and her assistant, showed me that not even demons or vampires would stop Sierra from doing what she needed to do to protect those she cared for. While two battles ended well and Sierra was able to give some peace to Willow and others, I could tell that this peace is probably only going to last for small while because other threads are still unraveling around them. I can’t wait to see the next installment of Sierra and Jason against the world. On Pins and Needles is action packed with suspense, danger constantly lurking and a passion that is just growing with each day between Sierra and Jason. What a way to spend a few hours of escape.