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.
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.
TSTL: Too Stupid to Live - Times Three
There are three choices for TSTL here: Samantha, the mundane heroine, Phoenix, the vampire hero, or me, for reading / listening to the whole thing. Or, you could make it simple: all three of us are TSTL.
Samantha gets mad over the same faults in her vampire and herself over and over, she gives up and then lets him back (with apologies) over and over, and she doesn't know why she is attracted to him, and thinks so out loud, over and over. To her, everything is a "volcano of mad." She expects him to trust her with his deepest, darkest, most dangerous-to-himself secrets after just a few weeks and then gets pissed [big time] when he doesn't. Grow some big girl ... flowered underwear, Sam.
Phoenix, despite having lived 500+ years, has no clue why anything he says offends the girl he's kidnapped and then made his sleuthing assistant. He expects her to never be scared when he reveals a new talent or does something unusual. He flees the scene of [spoiler omitted] without any thought to his mission or duties to his boss. She does the same, and throws a hissy fit.
Oh, and did I mention that the plot has holes to drive a large starship through? Many opportunities to nab the bad guys come and go in the course of the novel with no action by the MC's except to bicker. Or, no thought of using [spoiler omitted] when the suspects return to the same district over and over.
And, why oh why did I keep listening? I'm not sure. Yes, I was out of credits and new books. Yes, I wanted to know if they have a HEA, but so what? Perhaps it was the voice of a reasonably good narrator.
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!
I chose this book while I was looking for a new author. I have returned a number of story--so disappointed. Then I tried Samantha Watkins: Bk 1. The book progressives well, it's entertaining with characters you want to hear more about. This is what I've been looking for. It is excellently written. A vampire story from a new point of view--that's great and hard to do. Thumbs up--you will not be disappointed.
Report Inappropriate Content