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She evens ends up with a new "shocking" ability to thwart the villain of this story. It's highly unusual to see an actual family dynamic in a UF setting but for Melina, it's part of who she is. Melina's parents are still in her life and supportive of her even though they don't have a clue that she's not normal. They are also clueless of what she does for a living, other than run a Dojo, and work at the hospital third shift. This also appears to be the last novel in the series, which is a shame to see it end like this.

Sep 15, Joshua Burns rated it really liked it. As seen on Rabidreads. Dead on Delivery hews close to its protagonist's humanity. Melissa is just barely gifted in the supernatural department. Her talent consists in delivering packages that other supernatural beings want delivered and aside from some unexplained boosted strength and sensory powers that is it. This experiment, in creating a whole other subclass of supernatural - deemed a Messenger but it could just as well be named after Jason Statham's premiere role, the Transporter - und As seen on Rabidreads. This experiment, in creating a whole other subclass of supernatural - deemed a Messenger but it could just as well be named after Jason Statham's premiere role, the Transporter - underneath and circulating between witches, werewolves, and vampires, works in that sure it makes sense but then you ask yourself why bother?

Can't witches have their supernatural packages delivered by ordinary mail methods or just an owl? Beyond her soon-to-be liquidated role as Messenger just as soon as the rest of the supernaturals wisen up to how easy it is to dispatch packages with the USPS , Melissa utilizes sarcasm for every social interaction. This can get old fast. Her roommate, Norah, a New-Age yoga student who is so good it hurts, should be the grating one in this series but through some complex characterization and trauma she steals the show.

Her subplot feels more original than the suburban small town investigation Melissa manages to bungle further with each arrival in town. For certain, Melissa is one of those protagonists who actually makes everything worse before she makes it better and the making better part can be sufficiently argued against to make it fun.

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Dead on Delivery (Messenger , book 2) by Eileen Rendahl

I am a bit of a sucker, as always, for completely non-supernatural events and a nice dinner party about three quarters of the way through effectively sated my fix. The love interest, Ted Goodnight Someone I'm not saying the author, Eileen Rendahl, gave up six names into the brainstorming session.

As a detective's name perhaps it can be excused. Noir names are often embarrassingly implausible. Ted, beyond his odd last name, provides much of the reasonable support just to reinforce gender stereotypes in this relationship. I guess you can be edgy enough to develop another subclass of supernaturals but you can't throw a wrench in just who is the reasonable one in the relationship. Of course, this may just add further to the humor, the type where we just keep laughing at Melissa for her sad handling of every situation.

It's like she never learned how to live on Earth before but then again one could say that about most of us and that just confirms how human she really is and we are. Oct 02, Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it. This is the second book in the Messenger series, and I'm hoping it's not the last. The series is fun, set in a world where every sort of supernatural being in literature and myth has the potential to pop up Too many different types would make it more difficult for readers to suspend their disbelief long enough to immerse themselves in the plot and characters' lives. After all, this is urban fiction set in Sacrame This is the second book in the Messenger series, and I'm hoping it's not the last.

After all, this is urban fiction set in Sacramento, not in Fairlyland, so it would be hard to believe that ordinary humans could be unaware of the magical creatures around them if there were one on every corner and under every bed. In this novel, Melina Markowitz is trying to figure out if she unwittingly played a part in the apparent suicide deaths of two young men.

After all, days before they died, Melina delivered a package to each. She doesn't believe in coincidence and hates the idea of her special abilities and responsibilities being used to kill. What girl likes to be used, after all? In her search for answers, she encounters dark magic based on fear and hatred. Can she find a way to stop it before more people die? As if that weren't enough, Melina is also grappling with her new role. The death of her mentor and dear friend Mae in book one has left Melina the sole owner and manager of a dojo.

Bereft at the loss of her advisor and overwhelmed to have the responsibility of running a business, with all the paperwork and decisions on her shoulders, she also finds herself in the unexpected role of mentor to Sophie, who is a budding Messenger Can she handle her new life and her changing relationships with the people in her life? Rendahl intertwines the personal and the professional plotlines seamlessly and makes us care about the outcome for Melina and her friends.

I hope book 3 comes out soon. The publication date should be early , if Rendahl keeps the same time gap this time as between books 1 and 2. It'll be a blast to find out what mystery Melina's world and life will deliver next. This is the second in the Messenger series. As I said in my reviews for books 1 and 3, I read this out of order. This screw-uped my appreciation for the books somewhat.

A big part of the series is that Melina does not know much about her powers or even what it truly means to be a messenger. She is learning as she goes. In a lot of books in this genre, the main character starts off weak but knowing their powers and can only progress by getting stronger and stronger so their enemies also have This is the second in the Messenger series. In a lot of books in this genre, the main character starts off weak but knowing their powers and can only progress by getting stronger and stronger so their enemies also have to get stronger.

Finally the character becomes so powerful, they no longer even resemble themselves from the earlier books. Melina on the other hand is going through an arc of learning her powers and more about herself as well. Hopefully this will mean she can continue to grow while staying true to the character she started as in the first books.

Melina is still dealing with the death of her mentor and its reprecussions. So when people start dying after she makes a delivery to them, she isn't sure to whom she should turn to for help. Never having been someone to rely to much on others, Melina reluctantly turns to her friends for help. The deeper Melina becomes enmeshed into the mystery, the more she has to get help.

Can a loner really turn over that much control though? While I am coming to appreciate the arc that melina seems to be following throughout the series, it still seems to be random at times. The development of the secondary characters is coming along quite nicely. This is going to be one of those series where the meta-story that carries over from book to book is almost more interesting than the individual story.

Just like a favorite TV show, this series will keep drawing you back each volume. Jul 31, Darcy rated it liked it Shelves: I really thought the last book started out slow, this one however didn't. Of course that could be because things were established in the world the book is set in. Melina pretends to be such a hard ass, but she isn't really.

When she realizes that people she delivered packages to died she feels the need to find out why. She also knows something is up with her roommate Norah and gets to the bottom of that, along with helping out her apprentice and lots of other things. She just has a tough exterior I really thought the last book started out slow, this one however didn't. She just has a tough exterior, once you breech it, there isn't nothing she won't do for you.

While investigating why people with her packages are dying she falls head first into a bigger issue and she finds a new area she hasn't dealt in much, witches. Of course she has a friend who is a witch she calls on to help, which in turn pulls more of her friends into things. For some reason Melina has always kept people at arms length, I don't know if she even knows why, but in order to come out ahead this time around she has to let down those barriers. By doing this the final battle was an interesting one, one that was fought without weapons but with feelings. The results change Melina in ways that are going to be interesting to see, as prefaced by the last scene in the book.

I wish we would have been able to see the talk in detail. Oct 02, Melody rated it it was ok. There were soo many problems with this book. It was such a disappointment. I had the plot figured out on page Melina couldn't ever put the big red clues together. She couldn't figure out who the villains were even when they outright attacked her face to face. She snuck into a witches house to collect a hair sample for a spell but left her own behind without a second thought.

There were problems with pacing. Monologues interrupted tense moments. There were soo many inconsistencies. Melin There were soo many problems with this book. Melina and the gang kept driving to a small town hours away. No matter how many cars they took they all came back in one but everyone still had their own vehicles. Melina kept having to park blocks or even miles away so the cops wouldn't see her car and detain her again after she was told to stay out of town.

One time she walked 10 extra miles to avoid her car being spotted. Why didn't she borrow a car from either of the two women with her?

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Or any other friend? The few little plot "twists" were just unpleasant. The side plots were unsatisfying. There was also a random attack from a half cadejo which was never tied in. I had to skim the cheesey thing. Then the disposal of the villain was just soo convenient.

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The book just left me completely underwhelmed. Feb 17, Stacy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a series a came across by accident and dont see very many people who know about it. Hopefully people will see this and get on the Eileen Rendahl Messenger series band wagon. Melina is still delivering packages and is now running the Dojo left to her by her late friend and mentor Mae, enjoying her relationship with her cop boyfriend Ted, her roommate Norah is freaking out af http: Melina is still delivering packages and is now running the Dojo left to her by her late friend and mentor Mae, enjoying her relationship with her cop boyfriend Ted, her roommate Norah is freaking out after book 1 events and will hardly leave the apartment and her ER vampire Dr friend Alex is acting super weird and creepy.

The story is full of mystery, action, twists and turns. Eileen's characters are well developed and easy to like. They all grow a ton throughout the book. There is a revelation at the end that I can not wait to find out the reaction of. This series is unique with great plots and Inventive situations that will suck you right in.

Jun 09, Karyogini rated it liked it Shelves: Good story but the character building went awry. It still is a good read but it got quite frustrating. It feels like our girl is stretched too thin. I need to read the next book In this book our girl deals with her new situation. No more mentor, new mentee, new business, new boyfriend, weird roomie, nutso vamp, and mysterious town.

It's a good story but it just felt like too many things are happening leaving things shallow I thought he had the hots for our girl That part really mad me sad I wanted him more than Ted. I still think it's weird to have friends whose guys sort of had the hots for you Then have them chummy chummy with your BF Weirdness hide spoiler ] I like Eileen Rendahl's writing. There were a couple of lines in the book that made me laugh out loud and they didn't have anything to do with the story.


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Jul 31, Melinda rated it really liked it Shelves: Another series to add to my favorites even though it didn't have the 5 star rating. I love Melina's spunk. She is quick to defend her friends, but doesn't take betrayal well. I also like how her friends stick with her, even the more otherworldly ones. Definitely a strong one to handle Melina, which she needs. I found that Melina did a lot of growing in this book and by then end comes to realize just how lucky she is to have made the friends she has Another series to add to my favorites even though it didn't have the 5 star rating.

I found that Melina did a lot of growing in this book and by then end comes to realize just how lucky she is to have made the friends she has. I think they will serve her well in future books. I did struggle with Melina's inability to talk to her friends only relying on herself even when things get bad for her. I'm hoping that with the ending, Melina now understands that her friends are her support and deserve her trust and honesty. It will be fun to see where the story goes from here. I'm looking forward to beginning the next book in the series. Nov 14, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: Melina is disturbed when she discovers that the recipients of two of her deliveries have committed suicide.

Even more upsetting is that both these men are from the same town and about the same age. She is sure that the little packages she delivered have somehow contributed to their deaths. So, she can't help it, Melina just has to investigate. With the help of her friends she will get to the bottom of this mystery. This is the second book in the Messenger series. It is just a delightful as the fi Melina is disturbed when she discovers that the recipients of two of her deliveries have committed suicide. It is just a delightful as the first. Melina is a tough lady with plenty of snark to go around.

Her boyfriend, Ted the cop, is just adorable. The fact that he can put up with Melina's stubborness and issues makes him irresistable.

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In this book, Melina needs to face some hard facts about herself in order to defeat the bad guys. But don't get too soft, Melina. I like that crazy edge you have. Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: Hope in future books the writer expands to include the werewolf packs and more arcane politics and maybe exploits one or two developments mainly the attack, I can't say who.

Lots of character developments and an enjoyable read, bring on BK 3, enjoyed the escapism Oct 14, Cami rated it it was amazing Shelves: This series has definitely grown on me. I liked the first book enough to immediately search out the second, but it wasn't really my favorite kind of story. This book drew my interest from the beginning and kept me captivated all the way through.

I'm really enjoying the characters and how they interact with each other, though Melina's boyfriend's name does annoy me every time I see it. The one thing that disappointed me was the very last chapter. I wanted to actually see what happened at that poi This series has definitely grown on me. I wanted to actually see what happened at that point rather than having it left up to the imagination.

I truly hope that the next book expands on that final interaction. Enjoyed this book very much and can't wait for the next. Dead on Delivery is an unusual tale full of twists, turns, and interesting characters. I love how Ms. The many different characters that are intertwined within this novel helps it become richer and more vibrant as everyone fights for justice for the men who were murdered. Add in the magic, danger, and tainted evil and this is one story you will be happy to Dead on Delivery is an unusual tale full of twists, turns, and interesting characters.

Add in the magic, danger, and tainted evil and this is one story you will be happy to pick up and read. Sep 21, Erin Penn rated it really liked it. Been reading lots of urban fantasy recently and I am so happy to find one with a real boyfriend. Normally there is a trio, with the heroine debating whom to chose.

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The guys themselves have to be emasculated so the woman is the strong one. Or they are useless support, or they are there to save the day. At the end of the day you just ignore the romance and love the kick-ass woman. In this case, Ted, though mundane, is not emasculated, a fool, or a brute. I really enjoyed the romantic relationship a Been reading lots of urban fantasy recently and I am so happy to find one with a real boyfriend. I really enjoyed the romantic relationship as well as the driving story of what happens to a Messenger when she doesn't like the note she is delivering.

Aug 03, Anita rated it liked it Shelves: This was good enough paranormal mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. In this book, the author went deeper with all the relationships, whether lover, friend, or family. It was a good decision. I'm still not die-hard about this series, but I liked it more than book one, and I'm interested enough to read book three.

In This one Melina, the paranormal messenger twenty-something, realizes that someone has used her to deliver two death curses, and that drives up the wall! She's determined to figure This was good enough paranormal mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. She's determined to figure out what's up, even though it puts her in a murderous witch's crosshairs.

Jun 27, Clarke rated it liked it. This book ends in a mini cliffhanger but nothing major. It had an interesting storyline and characters but was basically SSDD from the first book. I was hoping that some character development was going to take place but Melina was too busy lying and sneaking around. If you were completely happy with the first one and didn't want more then you should enjoy this book. While I liked the story and characters I won't be reading more in the series.

I needed more development instead I got a r 3. I needed more development instead I got a rerun. Jul 19, Runningrabbit rated it liked it Shelves: I didn't end up enjoying this book as much as the first one. It seemed to start lagging a little just after mid-way, would come up for a while, and then lag again.

Messenger Melina Markowitz delivers the goods for the otherworldly beings in our midst—no questions asked. As she tries to put together the pieces of this puzzle, she discovers that the two victims share common friends, common unexplained absences, and a common crime. Now, dark forces from the local community have been unleashed, drawing Melina into the web of a powerful woman, her voodoo, and her vengeance…. Messenger Melina Markowitz, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures, must find an envelope stolen from her—or watch out-of-control Chinese vampires take down rival gang members in an all-out street war.

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