If you like the Parnormal Fantasy Genre (which I do), then you will like this book.
This is the first book in a series. And I am planning on buying the next book as soon as I am done with this review.
I really liked this book and look forward to reading the next in the series. I liked that certain elements were PG, when in most books like Anna Strong they arent. I recommend adding this book to the top of your wishlist. ;)
This was a waste of time & money. I'd suggest you pass on this. I myself am requesting a refund. Horrid really.
I'm new to this. But I think I'm gonna love it.
I enjoyed this book tons more than I thought I would! In fact I've now listened to it twice! I've told several people about the book & all have enjoyed it so far!
Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D
Given that the book starts out with a "was it rape?" scenario of how Anna was turned, followed by condescending "lessons" about what vampires are in this world, I'm not even going to bother continuing with this book. Someone named Anna Strong shouldn't put up with patronizing bullshit. The story may get better later on (I doubt it), but I just can't stomach getting through the first quarter of the book to get there. The narrator is doing a decent job but I just can't stand the character/situation.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
This is a pretty boring book. It's an urban fantasy title, with vampires. It's not particularly good, nor is it bad. It just is. Anna is a bounty hunter who works bringing in people trying to skip out on bail with her partner David. Things go bad one night and then she wakes up a vampire. The way she becomes a vampire is similar to how other stories convert their character. Bitten and drink vampire blood and now you're a vampire. However one note that can definitely turn people off is the rape scene. Rape is a serious subject no matter how you try to swing it, and Ms. Stein uses it as a plot coupon/rape fantasy for Anna. She gets turned on and kind of likes it. I'm not commenting socially on this because this isn't the place, but if that turns you off, don't read the book.
Sex is used for feeding purposes to make the mate enjoy being bitten and fed upon. There's nothing graphic in the story with sex, or violence. Not a bad thing, but it doesn't do anything to make the story better. Her "serious boyfriend" Max has maybe 100 words with him in it, most of which Anna talks about cheating on him.
The story is self-contained. Anna saves the day and solves the mystery. Nothing bad really happens to any of the protagonists. The mystery is pretty cut and dry. The story is short, and Dina Pearlman does an OK job of narrating, using subtle differences for the character voices, but again it's a little lifeless and boring. I don't know if it was the subject matter or her style, but my wife and I decided we'll probably skip the rest of the series and listen to some other urban fantasy with better hooks.
This book made me mad from the beginning. And let me preface this by saying I do not write reviews in the first place but this had to be said. Rape is rape no matter what. A person does not become a "participant" if the rapist makes their body react physically without their own free will (whether through magic or whatever). That just makes it even worse that a person not only forced themselves on you and violated you, they also made your body have a physical chemical response to it that was beyond their control. Disgusting.
The book did not get very much better after that. For example, the main character does not make any sense. First she is supposedly a bounty hunter and playing back up for her partner but she is in heels and a mini skirt?? And she isn't the bait to lure the mark out. How can vampires read other vampire minds but not human minds? It just is weird. I don't know about anyone else but I figured out how this book was going to end around half way through. Not worth the listen.
Yes! i feel you get more information from audio books.
When she found her partner.
Surprising story line
I purchased this as it was on sale. Was not sure I would like it. I was very pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it so much that I stayed up all night to find out more. I was intriguing. Had me interested. Completely held my attention and kept me wanting more. I have now purchased the next book in the series. Really enjoyed the book and audio. Thank you.