Young librarian Samantha Watkins has always been perfectly content with her humdrum existence. Never easily fitting in with anyone anywhere, she feels most at ease in silence, among stacks of books. Sam believes in leaving fantasy and drama to the characters in her beloved novels. But one night when she leaves work late, she finds herself center stage in a tale of vengeance and terror.
Samantha is rescued from a gang of vampires by Phoenix, a mysterious and otherworldly man. Suddenly her paranormal adventures take a far more extraordinary turn than any story she's ever read. Phoenix, her savior, is actually a vampire as well, tasked with stopping his peers from killing. With no possibility of returning to her former life, Sam becomes his assistant. Together they investigate a series of mysterious disappearances and attempt to save the human race from a horrible fate. Battling vampires thrills and empowers Sam, but where does she stand with supernatural Phoenix? Could Phoenix, through their work together, become a different man?
©2014 Aurélie Venem (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 S. E. Battis.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I very much like how this story unfolds. This book is written in French, then translated into English. The follow-on books are written, but have not yet been translated. The story opens with a misfit librarian, Samantha Watkins, gets mixed up with a vampire. This story is about two people getting to know each other. The plot line has to do with a group of rouge vampires causing serious trouble. Samantha (Human Heroine) and Phoenix (the male Vampire Hero) have to not only navigate their relationship, but his acquaintances and his bosses, yet has to take down their enemies or be faced with their own execution.
This is a THRILLER-romance. You will like this if you like supernatural characters and want a more cerebral story. Amy McFadden does a fabulous job narrating. I salute Stacey Battis for translating this. You cannot tell it was originally written in French.
I recommend this novel, you won't be able to stop listening. I can't wait till the next installment is released. Give it read.
Translated from the French, this is only the first volume available in English. There appears to be 4 books in the series but none of the rest have been translated.
I found the story line pretty compelling even though the language was a little stilted. Part of it had to do with the fact that it's narrated by a naive, lonely librarian. But I think part of it was the translation. That being said, I was drawn into the story of Samantha and Phoenix.
One note: the narrator actually screams when Samantha screams in the story. It's pretty disturbing to hear.
The novel ends with a cliff hanger and without the English version of the 2nd book in the series, we're all left hanging! If given the choice, I think I might've waited for the 2nd book to be available before I listened to this one.
This book was outstanding I laughed one minute and was on the edge of my seat the next. And having the amazingly talented Amy Mcfadden as the narrator, just made the book that much more amazing!
Really enjoyed this book. Great story and naration. The only problem is that this is a series and only the first book (which ends in a cliffhanger) has been translated into english! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE translate the other books for us!
From a novice to a kick- ass protagonist I enjoyed getting to know Samantha. The narrator was really good and the different character voices easy to follow. The personal development of Samantha as a woman for me was frustratingly slow but overall I enjoyed the story.
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