Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review--Ocean Kills by Jade Hart

I know it's not Friday, but I have a blog tour post scheduled for that day. A little flip-a-roo is in order.

From Goodreads:
Around the world, murderers and rapists pick off the innocent. Killing loved ones, separating families, and ruining lives.

As an eight-year-old girl, Ocean witnessed her family’s massacre and something altered inside her. Twisting her genetic code… unlocking an ability to teleport.

Ocean Breeze was never destined to be normal, especially having been named after air-freshener. She’s a shadow, a ghost—a dark saviour of the innocent. Armed with a switchblade in her bra, and a box-cutter in her pocket, she hunts the filth of the world.

Callan Bliss is a Sydney police officer whose skill-set is far above that of a normal cop. All his fellow officers see is a hard worker who loves to catch perpetrators and surf, but that’s because they don’t know about his past. When Callan arrests a suspicious-looking prostitute, he comes face-to-face with a self-confessed vigilante, and suddenly, his secrets aren’t so easy to keep silent.

Ocean hates the police with a passion, and has no intention of being held captive by a cop, even if he is sexy as hell. Teleporting from under his nose, Ocean hunts her next target—a man responsible for the largest sex ring in South Africa—and now he’s about to die. But she doesn’t count on Callan giving chase, nor the body-quaking lust that consumes them. However, Ocean's dark hobbies take precedence over what her heart wants—her thirst for murdering is killing her too, and not even Callan can save her.

My take:
Where to start with this one? It was a hard hitting, fast paced ride with lots of mystery and heartache. I loved that Ocean was such a kick butt kind of woman, but every once in a while that scared little girl showed through. It made her real and believable. By the end of this story I really hurt for her I liked her so much. She also frustrated me with her stubbornness and one-track mind.

Callan is a dream. He seems too good to be true. He's tough, but he's also surprisingly sensitive, caring and hot to boot. Without giving any spoilers I just want to say I hate the way/where Ocean leaves him at the end. It's actually making me nervous to pick up the next book. How will their relationship survive that??

The paranormal element to the story is fascinating and I can't wait to see where it goes and how it even happened in the first place.

The only problem I had with this series was a question of some of Ocean's reactions to certain situations.

I give Ocean Kills by Jade Hart a 4.

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3:  I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


  1. She is working on the next one! The cover is just killer - amazing artwork.

  2. That cover made me really hope she was some kind of sea nymph. Alas!

  3. Sounds like fun and that cover sure is pretty :)

  4. She seriously named her protagonist "Ocean Breeze?" *rolls eyes

  5. cool! i thought it was a tale in the sea too...great review and looking forward to reading it!


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