Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett

June 5th, 2014 Kimberly Review 82 Comments

5th Jun
Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett
Grim Shadows
by Jenn Bennett
Series: Roaring Twenties #2
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

It’s the Roaring Twenties in foggy San Francisco. Prohibition is on, inhibitions are low, and dark magic is rolling into town… Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco’s wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron’s uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes maddeningly complicated… Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he’s transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet’s power, she can’t fathom the destruction—or the desire—it’s about to stir up.

I am in love with the naughty, charismatic Magnusson brothers. After I finished reading this Carmel @ Rapid Reads tweeted me and asked, “Who was your favorite brother? Winter or Lowe?” I was stumped because I loved them both for different reasons. Lowe has a boy like quality to him that appealed to me, where as Winter is more controlled. If you have not yet read a Jenn Bennett novel….commit her name to memory  because she is now an auto-buy for me. Grim Shadows is the second novel in her Roaring Twenties series and it blends several genres to create a tale that will keep you spellbound and a romance that will make you swoon.

Five reasons to grab a cup of coffee and curl up with Grim Shadows

1. The Roaring Twenties and Egyptian artifacts wrapped in paranormal woo-woo. Bennett weaves a wicked tale around an ancient curse, specters and a quest to find missing pieces to an artifact. All of this in hopes of stopping  a lunatic. It was a gripping tale from beginning to end and had me captivated.

2. The Magnusson brothers. Yum. Lowe is Winter’s younger brother. He is an archaeologist and like his brother he skirts around the law. He is a charismatic swindler who happens to be very intelligent. I loved that there is really a good guy hiding beneath his latest scheme.

3. Hadley Becall is a curator and scholar who longs to run the museum and go on excavation digs. She is strong, intelligent and secretly bold. She is cursed by dangerous specters who roar their ugly heads and wreak havoc whenever she is upset. Beneath her carefully built facade lies a wanton woman with a passion for lingerie.

4. You love fleshed out, complicated characters that wrap themselves around your heart. Not only does Bennett deliver an anti-hero and heroine to root for she gives us secondary characters that steal our heart. Her villains will induce fantasies that include running them over with a taxi. The romance itself is quite heated at times, but also had tender moments, and indecisiveness. It made me both swoon and giggle.

5. While I never doubted I would get my HEA, the ride Bennett took me on was filled with twists, danger, and heated moments. She allowed me to experience a range of emotions from laughter to tears. I completely immersed myself in Grim Shadows losing track of time and slipping into the streets of San Francisco.

Grim Shadows was a fantastic edition to the Roaring Twenties series. Bennett’s characters, setting and talent for spinning an exciting tale have me eager for more. If you have not done so, check out book one, Bitter Spirits and watch for the release of Grave Phantoms in the spring/summer of 2015.

About Jenn Bennett

JENN BENNETT is an artist and author who writes books for adults and teens, including the RITA-nominated Roaring Twenties series (Bitter Spirits, Berkley Sensation) and the Arcadia Bell UF series (Kindling the Moon, Pocket Books). Her first YA contemporary romance, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (aka Night Owls in the UK) will be released in fall 2015. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.

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82 Responses to “Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was and it is. I hope you try this series Linda 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmm, and I think you would like this. It blends so many genres perfectly.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I completely agree Vilia and I am delighted to hear you are a fan too.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am delighted to hear you enjoyed Bitter Spirits and hope your library has it soon 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, and the ride was a good one! Thanks Stephanie 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      :snort: I think we experience a little bit of both. He is a charmer 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, even though they work as standalone I think you would be mistaken to only read one Katherine. Enjoy!

  1. Amir

    I actually just read Bitter Spirits a few days ago and although I had a few issues with both characters, I enjoyed it overall and would definitely continue on with the series! I love the fact that it’s set in prohibitions too, so many stories to discover around that time! Reading your review makes me even more excited to get my hands on this book, I do want more Magnusson brothers and anti-heroes and heroines have a special place in my heart <3 Lovely review Kimba!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad you enjoyed it despite the issues you had and I hope you find Grim Shadows engaging Amir.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She was new to me too with this series, but it is wonderfully done and she knows her craft. I hope you get to read them 🙂

  2. Carmel

    Thanks for the shout out Kimberly! I still don’t know who my fav Magnusson brother is, and I finished this book weeks ago. You’d think I would have made up my mind by now. LOL We were spoiled this year with two Roaring Twenties installments back-to-back, and now the wait for Grave Phantoms begins… *sigh* Great review! I’m glad that you loved this one too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You are welcome and yep the waiting stinks! I think we can agree we love them both for different reasons 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Jenea, I love how she blends these genres together.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have no doubts you will enjoy this series Debbie 🙂

  3. Ginny

    Okay…I just went and checked and Bitter Spirits is on my read list for this month. WooHoo…I can’t wait! I bought it when you reviewed it and then it became buried in my stack. So, I’m finally getting around to reading book 1 and I have a feeling that this one will quickly follow. Now I will be paying attention to which brother I like best. 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, I cannot wait to see what you think Ginny. Hopefully my recommendation will stand up 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      While they work as standalone, I do recommend reading them in order and cannot wait for your take on them Ali 🙂

  4. Celine

    My favourite brother is Winter! I think he was more of a gentleman, while Lowe sometimes was a bit too controlling for my taste. Hadley was a great character, and I loved all the Egyptian mythology in the background.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I can agree with that assessment Celine although I saw Lowe as the naughty younger brother who just needed to grow up. Beneath it all he was a sweetie.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh if the narrator is good this will be excellent on audio Loupe 🙂

  5. Sophia

    1. Doing the awesome favor by commenting again. Hai Kimba! *waves*
    2. Complicated characters are a joy. I hate predictable ones. It’s so boringggg. And I live to predict things. Points are happily taken off for predictable characters. I feel like a fortune teller by then, and if I’m ever guessing correctly in real life, it’s always a coincidence >_<

  6. kim { Book Swoon }

    Between you and Carmel’s awesome reviews, I’m dying to crack open my copy of Grim Shadows! No, I’m serious. From the sound of it, I think that I’m going to be a serious author-stalker of Jenn Bennett if she keeps this amazing writing up. I can’t wait to meet Lowe and Hadley! 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I went and bought book one of her other series I liked it so much, so I totally get your excitement. Enjoy Kim 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is different but oh so good. I look forward to hearing your thoughts Heidi..enjoy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay, I think you will really like these Lauren!

  7. Kris

    I’ve heard so many awesome reasons to read this series, and you’re making me die of wanting to have this book in my hands RIGHT THIS SECOND. (Unfortunately, I’m abroad and don’t have access to a bookstore with books in English! D:) I’m so getting a copy as soon as I get back to the States!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is two brothers and next is the sister. She is kinda snarky Giselle and I think you would like her too I know you aren’t a huge fan of historical settings but this is really well done.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was Diana. I hope you get a chance to read it 🙂

  8. Lorna

    i have heard so much about this author lately but have never read anything by her yet. I think I need to get on that! Thanks 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Era aside this is a really good read Melissa 🙂

  9. Melliane

    Oh I’m glad you had a great time with this one as well! I love the mix there and it’s always a pleasure to read each book. Plus Lowe and Hadley were so great to discover. So curious to read more now! Great review!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Melliane, I picked up her other series since I have been loving this series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you try this series it has so many elements I love 🙂

  10. Michelle

    I saw a review of this one on another blog and it was the first time I saw anything about the roaring twenties novels, and I was so excited about it. Now seeing that you enjoyed it as well, I am even more excited.

    The brothers sound awesome. I can’t wait to see which one I will like more. Plus, I am fascinated by Egyptian culture and stories. I can’t wait to see how all of this comes together.

    Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you pick them up Michelle both Bitter Spirits and Grim Shadow were fantastic!

  11. Berls

    Oh gosh! Is book 2 really out already?! I bought book 1 as soon as it came out because I knew I wanted to read it. And it’s on my reading calendar, but it keeps getting pushed back 🙁 I’m really glad you enjoyed this one too – I think I need to stop letting it get pushed back already!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have done that my friend but you need to bump it back up. COYER *winks*

  12. Red Iza

    This looks very good and makes me think of Agatha Christie with Egypt, paranormal and early XXth century ! I’ll add the first installment to my list, thanks for the great review (plus, I love unpredictable 😉

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo yes that is a good comparison with the setting and info.