I've read a lot of fantasy / paranormal romance books and must admit I've found a lot of them to be too formulaic, too predictable or to be full of "stormy emotions" that don't grip the reader at all.
The Night Huntress series, on the other hand, does EVERYTHING right.
The story is fast paced, original, fun and sexy. The chemistry between Cat and Bones is sizzling. The side characters all have their own personalities - which add a lot of spice to the story. Despite the fantasy backdrop, it's hard not to get emotionally involved in the story. The book had me both in tears and grinning from ear to ear.
It's hard to compare the books to anything else, but imagine Trinity from the Matrix movies, put into a True Blood-ish setting. Add Spike from Buffy as the male lead and make Quentin Tarantino the director - and you might get an idea what kind of ride you're in for.
The story of this book is thin - and is dragged out with tales of the heroine cooking food type A and B for the team. Baking cookies for the team. Shopping clothes. Writing thank-you cards. People stating obvious things to eachother.
The characters have no personality - including the "heroine". There's a lot of moping and frowning - without that ever leading to conversations or plot depth. There's zero chemistry between the main characters (probably due to their interaction mainly consisting of moping or frowning at eachother).
I bought this book solely based on the rave reviews. Don't make the same mistake.
The best feature of this book is that it's far less predictable than you'd think. The story is good, but I found it to be slightly too teenage angsty/ fairy tale-like for an old fart like me.
I found the characters of this book to be oddly soulless. Even at the end of the book, I still felt like I hardly knew both main characters. I didn't feel any chemistry between them - their interactions seem to consist mostly of being annoyed at each other or Jack asking Pete to run away and leave him to his fate - while Pete is whining "Jaaaaack!" and insisting on staying.
Which brings me to the second biggest issue; the narrator is portraying Pete in a whispery, high-pitched, whiny voice that totally makes her sound like that faint-ready damsel in distress that she proclaims she's not. The whiny "Jaaaack!"s get old pretty fast, and there are MANY of them. I haven't minded any of audibles narrators before, but this one certainly did the book no favors.
The story isn't too captivating. Although the classic story of bogeymen stealing the poor children DOES have a few interesting sidetracks, it's a bit too predictable and never really gains speed.
The book ends with a lot of potential for the sequel, but unfortunately I find I'm not really interested in finding out what happens next.
If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series you're very likely to love this one. Plucky, tough heroine, lots of humoristic twists and plenty of fangy drool-material. Quite bloodthirsty, dead sexy and completely addictive. Also great narrator - I love her Bones-accent.
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