The Paranormal PI Files is an urban fantasy series by Jenna Wolfhart following the character of Clark - a half fae, half shifter - as she is pulled into life within a fae court by the Prince of the Crimson Court - Balor - despite her best intentions.
The story is based in the UK and neither book is particularly long so they are nice quick reads.
Despite being two books into the series, I have no idea why the series is called the Paranormal PI series. Clark may have been a PI - and not a very good one - before getting sucked into the Crimson Court but there is no 'PI-ing' going on in the books... Just court investigative work so she's essentially Balor's personal investigator and court security guard from around chapter two of book one.
It's a minor niggle but it still bugs me so it needed to be stated! 😆
The series is scheduled to be six books in length.
First of all, I'd like to state that the blurb, while wholely accurate, makes this book sound a lot more exciting than it is. That's not because the book is boring, it's not, it's just clumsy and clunky when compared to the smooth and slick blurb.
In this book, you get a brief intro to Clark. You learn she's a complete loner, barely managing to fend for herself and constantly paranoid that she's going to get swooped up by one of the Fae courts and some deep dark secret from her past is going to get her killed when that finally happens.
Of course, she is swooped up by the Prince of the Crimson Court within the first couple of chapters and the sky doesn't fall in on her head.
I was disappointed at how meekly she submitted to it all considering her life or death worries despite her having her own reasons for temporarily acquiescing.
Clark is assigned to the Court's security squad because of her rare mind-reading abilities and settles in fairly quickly with the other team members as she helps them detangle the mystery of some missing fae women.
She also gets dragged into Court politics and has to deal with the fact that Balor gives her the tinglies despite the fact she doesn't know if she can trust him and the fact if he finds out what her deep dark secrets are she's dead.
The twists and turns kept me guessing and I didn't have a clue who the baddie was as the story progressed so got a nice surprise.
I found it annoying that we got to know very little about Clark's background and nothing but surface information on Balor but I guess that's to come in later books.
Clark and Balor's apparent connection felt forced and I really hope if it's to be explored that it's built up slowly in subsequent books so that I don't have to deal with the jarring vibes of this one.
All in all, Live Fae or Die Trying was interesting enough for me to want to continue reading but was a poor offering when compared to other books of its ilk on the market.
It felt like a really good draft of a novel, not a completed article, but there is definitely potential!
As a new investigator and guard of the Crimson Court, I've got a lot to prove. Like, I need to show that my mind-reading powers are actually useful.
So, when Balor, my alluring fae prince, wants to team up on a case, I jump at the chance. Only problem is, he's still digging into my past. If he finds out the truth, he'll banish me into the darkness. And away from his side.
Worse, a sorcerer is transforming humans into bloodthirsty members of the walking dead. The culprit is hell-bent on destroying London, no matter what the cost. If we don't stop him--and fast--the dead will kill us all.
If Balor doesn't discover the truth about me first.
Clark is a member of the Crimson Court having decided to stay despite the risks to her person if her deep dark secrets are revealed and we are still left wondering what the hell those deep dark secrets are for we don't even get crumbs!
We do however get a little bit more info on what Balor's problem is and why he runs away from his connection (I refuse to call the forced chemistry feelings) for Clark. They run hot and cold throughout the book and the childish back and forth is irritating, not sexy, so I really hope that this gets sorted quickly.
Trickery and betrayal are afoot and Clark and the gang must stop an evil sorcerer from creating an army of undead creatures (called the Slough) but one who uses supernaturals for his corpses instead of plain old humans - which was the norm until this book.
Tensions are rising between supernaturals and humans so it is imperative that Clark and co not only put a stop to the sorcerer but they do it without revealing the slough's existence to humans thus further straining human tolerances.
Clark's powers are developing and she's starting to come into some of her shifter abilities. I'm curious as to how this side of her will develop and I really want to know what the big secret is!
I'm also curious to see what the political fallout from this book is for Balor and the Crimson Court. A powerful enemy within Balor's own court now knows his closest held secret and his court is fracturing, under assault from both the outside and from within.
I have a feeling things are going to get much worse before they get any better.
Despite the fact the writing of this series is not improving - this book also felt like an unedited draft! - I'm definitely going to read book three. In fact, I'm probably going to keep going until I know Clark's secret (as a minimum) because my brain is annoying like that.