This mind-blowing new series introduces Sloan Skye, an ambitious intern at the FBI’s paranormal unit, where the usual rules of crime fighting don’t apply…
Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more…diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case—a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck—she can’t silence her inner para-skeptic.
To catch the killer she’ll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that’s more personal than she ever would have guessed.
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Quirky, fun, intriguing!
(Saturday, January 14, 2012)
Reviewer: I'm A Voracious Reader
Sloan Skye is super intelligent and has just started an internship at her dream job, the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) at the FBI when, before she can even get a cup of coffee for her boss, she’s told there’s been a mistake and her spot has been filled. Not just filled, but filled by a nemesis from her school days. Before she leaves though she is told she can intern for a brand-new unit, the PBAU. She doesn’t know what PBAU stands for, but she wants the job and agrees to take the spot. Then the weirdness begins.
After sitting through her first case briefing she discovers that PBAU stands for Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She also finds out that other FBI units think the PBAU is a joke, but Sloan is determined to do her best at her job, so she puts aside the fact her team thinks the killer is a vampire of some kind and tries to work up a profile on him/her before they strike again.
Women are dying with bite marks on their neck, but that’s not what’s killing them. They each have contracted a deadly disease that they shouldn’t have been able to get. It’s a race to find the killer before they kill again while Sloan deals with an annoying high school nemesis, her roommate acting weird (unusual), her mom acting weird (not unusual), perplexing DNA results, startling information about her dead dad, no leads to the killer, strange nightmares and her hormones going crazy over her new co-worker Special Agent Jordan Thomas, JT for short.
Well-written, smooth-flowing and well-fleshed characters. The middle of the book lagged a bit for me. I could’ve used some more action or some more clues, but it picked back up and raced to the end. I hope there are more cases for Sloan to solve. I want to know more about her, her background and see where her life is heading.
*The publisher provided a copy of this book for me to review. Disclaimer on my blog.
New series and potentially a great one!!
(Saturday, December 31, 2011)
Reviewer: Toni S
Today is the beginning of Sloan Skye’s dreams coming true. She is starting her first day as an intern for the FBI. Well that is what she thought when she left the chaos of her apartment this morning. Now she is shattered, there has been a mistake and her position has just been stolen by her old high school crush turned frenemy, Gabe Wagner.
Total desperation and the desire to not have a repeat performance of last summer’s job, she jumps at the change to work for the FBI in any way shape or form. Well she probably should have done a bit of research first. She just got hired as an intern for the PBAU, Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. Yes, paranormals like vampires and other creatures of the unknown. Who knew they existed…Sloan sure doesn’t believe it…yet.
Sloan tries to delve into her job with an open mind, but being the daughter of two brilliant people, this is a tough one to swallow. Believing isn’t her only problem. She is now having realistic dreams and frightening memories that are unsettling to her and may be related to the unusual case they are working. Sloan has just entered a whole new world. A world she never knew existed, but a world that already knew about her.
Blood of Eden is a good story, but I wasn’t totally absorbed by the storyline. The set up of the series was well thought out and detailed. Ms. Dane has developed a fantastic universe and I am still intrigued by the plot, though I felt bogged down at times. She definitely has a new take on the paranormal, even delving into not well known creatures of lore and history. I found it very fascinating and I am looking forward to the next installment. I like to think that now that the ground work has been laid the next book will blow me away with the creatures, characters and storytelling.
Blood of Eden is a detailed oriented foundation to a potentially refreshing paranormal series. Mystery and intrigue, new exciting paranormal creatures, and the possibility of a love triangle thrown in; what more can a reader ask for?
This New Urban Fantasy Will Rock Your World
(Tuesday, December 20, 2011)
Reviewer: Nora-Adrienne Deret
Blood of Eden
By: Tami Dane
Copyright: December 2011
Sloan applied for a summer internship with the FBI, and was accepted. Imagine her surprise when she arrives and is told “whoops, we made a mistake”, we’ve hired someone else for the position we promised you. Then to find out that the new intern was her high school nemesis was almost too much for her. She virtually got down on her knees and begged for any kind of work at the bureau and surprisingly (yeah right) they found a job for her in the new PBAU. Sloan is of course more than a little leery of this gift but is willing to give it a try.
Normally when someone interns with any company, be it gov’t or commercial, they usually end up being the office gofers. Go for this, go for that. When the unit is called in to handle a series of strange murders Sloan is a bit surprised to find that she is going to be working as part of the team doing the behavioral work up.
A little about Sloan. Her dad left when she was young, her mom is a nutcase, and her roommate has turned their kitchen into a mad scientist’s laboratory. So I’m guessing that this new job is going to really stretch her credibility meter to its limit.
I totally enjoyed the storyline, the characters and Sloan’s family history. I think this series could give some of the NYT top authors a run for their money. I’m looking forward to the next book and all the others to follow.
FTC Full Disclosure: I was sent this book by the publishers who asked only a fair and impartial review.