A Job from Hell by Jayde Scott: Review

A Job From Hell

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11267847-a-job-from-hell

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4507090.Jayde_Scott

Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world of love bonds, rituals, dark magic, ancient enemies and immortals, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.
Seventeen-year-old Amber enters the paranormal world by chance when her brother, Dallas, sets her up with a summer job in Scotland. Dallas has spied something in the woods he thinks could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But instead of finding riches, Amber unknowingly enters a paranormal race—and promptly wins the first prize—a prize for which many would kill. Soon, she discovers her new boss, Aidan, didn’t employ her for her astounding housekeeping skills and he isn’t who he claims to be either.
As the dark forces slowly conspire against Amber, her naivety and love for Aidan catapults her into a calamitous series of otherworldly events. With every immortal creature hunting for her, whom can she trust with her life?

Source: Author for a fair and honest review

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: What could be better than a summer in Scotland house-keeping in an old yet incredibly beautiful mansion that is owned by a boss you rarely ever see?  Although cooking and cleaning are not really strengths (or even skills) she possesses, seventeen-year-old Amber sees the job as the perfect escape from her off-again relationship with her boyfriend and a way to build her college fund.  Surely she can fake her way through a little cooking and cleaning, right?

Within a few days of her arrival, Amber gets a call from her brother Dallas who convinces Amber to accompany him on a smash and grab mission in the woods near the mansion.  This is one of the few instances in A Job From Hell that I couldn’t really buy into for two reasons: 1) I couldn’t accept that being siblings was reason enough for the otherwise smart and responsible Amber to go along with theft and; 2) Scott goes to great lengths to establish the remote location of the mansion so how likely is it, really for Dallas to have found out about the jewels and their location in such a remote place?  I got over myself and kept reading J

The ill-fated trip into the woods establishes Amber as the winner of a paranormal contest that was meant to be won, this time around, by none other than her boss, the totally lickable vampire, Aidan.  For Amber, being a mortal and the winner of a paranormal contest is a dangerous combination.  What Amber begins to discover is that winning the contest imbued her with certain powers that are held in high regard by most of the paranormal world.  In other words, the pretty little mortal now has a huge target on her back – it so sucks to be her!  As Aidan begins to unravel Amber’s role in the contest he also discovers an undeniable attraction to his housekeeper that he just can’t shake.  Aidan’s attraction to Amber causes him to take more and more risks in order to ensure her safety and protect her life.

One of the things I like most about this book is Amber’s attitude and toughness.  Rather than freaking out over the fact that her boss is a vampire and most of his friends are either vampire or some other breed of weird, she takes it all in and rolls with it.  Additionally, as Amber comes to know Aidan and his reasons for so desperately wanting to retrieve the jewels himself, she sees no alternative but to suck it up and help him if she has any hope of returning to her “normal” life.  Amber is resilient, snarky, and vulnerable all at once while Aidan is protective, stubborn, and vulnerable all at once.  Aidan and Amber’s journey is fraught with drama, dilemmas, near-death (which is kind of huge for immortals) experiences, and ultimate victory.  What the reader doesn’t see coming is the ultimate victory and what that victory actually is.  Thank you, Jayde Scott for this particular ending – I find it tiring and completely unsatisfying knowing how a book is going to end before it actually ends.

Bottom line: this book was very good and perfectly directed at a young adult audience.  For me, this book has it all: strong lead and secondary characters; a plot that is both strong and interesting; an appropriate level of fighting and action; and just a little bit of romance.  In all, I found A Job From Hell quite entertaining and would certainly recommend it to those who enjoy a little paranormal in their lives.

 

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