Jan 142015
Review: MarkedMarked (Mindspace Investigation #3) by Alex Hughes
Narrated by: Daniel May
Published by Roc on Apr 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars


Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…

This is a series book for sure, and there is so much series development it’s hard to talk about anything without spoilers. Just SQUEE! and YAY! should be enough to cover my review.

No? You need more? Of course you do. I know I do.

The characters in this book continue to develop, with lots of page time for Adam and Cherabino, and the Guild too. Yes, the Guild is finally playing a huge part in a book, and the more I learn, the less I like them. As a whole, the Guild is very inclusive and exclusive and frowns on “normals” so bad. Almost everyone in the Guild acts like they’re better than people without abilities, and better than Adam too. It’s quite annoying.

And Kara? Don’t get me started on her. I didn’t really like the glimpses we got of her in previous books, and in this one she is such a bitch. The contrast between her and Cherabino is so vast. Yes, Cherabino is pretty uptight and has a hell of a temper (I giggle every time she hits Adam, and it happens a lot more than it should), but she’s very loyal and strong. Kara may be strong, but her only loyalty seems to be to herself, and it’s disgusting.

The plot of the book had a lot of twists and turns, with lots of action and excitement. It was a fun story, although for me, the book was more about series development with Adam’s job situation and relationship with Cherabino.

I listened to the audiobook, and as always, greatly enjoyed it. The narration is flawless and almost effortless. The voice is Adam, and I am convinced that the audio versions are the way to go. It just adds that extra element that makes the series that much better.

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