Red Headed Stepchild is the first book in the Sabina Kane series. I pretty bored with this book for at least the first half of it. I’m not sure if it’..Show More »s due to the narrator (since it was an audiobook) or due to it being the first book in the series and all the world building or just because I didn’t like it.
Sabina Kane is half vampire, half Mage. She was the product of a forbidden love and the daughter of vampire royalty and mage royalty. Sabina has been raised by her vampire family and was an assassin. Although she is an assassin, the book wasn’t written or shown her to be a badass. Yes, there were parts where she fought and killed but she didn’t exude a fierce fighter or warrior to me. There were some other traits that I love that being funny and sarcastic, but her funniness was really cheesy at times. It was as if she was trying too hard to be funny.
Her “family” and I say that loosely kept her hidden away and she didn’t know a lot of the other races. As the book goes on we begin to learn about them. There are vampires, mages, fairies, demons and nymphs just to name a few as well as half breeds. The world doesn’t know that all of these races exist but they are all on the verge of war. Domina and Hecate council especially (not sure if I’m spelling those right since it was an audiobook).
A demon comes after Sabina and becomes an unlikely ally, his name is Giguhl. He is a demon that can shape shift into a cat. Weird, yes! Adam Lazarus is a Mage that is seeking to find Sabina and teach her about her magic and Mage/Hecate side. He’s a hottie of course. Clovis is the “enemy” that is her new assignment from the Domina. Clovis is causing problems and must be dealt with.
The book moved a little faster and got more interesting about the halfway point. There were more twists, turns and revelations. Sabina learns her true history, not just her vampire side. She stands up to her evil grandmother, THANK GOD, and seems to be moving in the right direction now. I’m willing to give the next book a try and see if it gets a little better.
This series is read by Cynthia Holloway, who has a very feminine, young-soundin..Show More »g voice with a teenage cadence to it. Cynthia Holloway also narrated the Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series and Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series. She has a light sound to her voice that adds to my perception that this book would appeal to the young adult listener. Personally, I was much more impressed with her reading in the Morganville Vampires series. Her voice as Claire, Eve, Myrnin, and even the vampires, was spot-on. For some reason, the voices in this novel seemed too similar at times, even between male and female voices.
Is it wrong to recommend a novel with so much sex and violence to young adults? I hope not, because I highly recommend this one to the late high school, early college listener. This is one audiobook I would have absolutely loved at 18. Why? It’s fast. The pace is not even a gallop, it’s a full throttle. You just hold on and go for the ride. Sabina arrives in New York, someone tries to kill her. She goes to the park, someone shoots her, and then she gets attacked by wolves. She goes to a nightclub, meets an old flame, and punches him in the face. There are ebbs in tension, but the flow changes every ten to fifteen minutes, which is too fast to become bored with any one scenario.
Another reason why I would recommend this novel to the younger audience of the urban fantasy/paranormal reader is the tone of the book. Sabina Kane and her twin are 53 years old, but they are consistently referred to as “child,” “girl,” “brat,” and other terms that make them sound like they are 16. And Sabina lives up to it. She is brimming with good old-fashioned teenage angst and related abandonment/acceptance issues. Her internal dialogue is pretty advanced, but everything in quotations comes right out of high school.
This is a big improvement on the first novel in the series stylistically.
This installment in the series is very good. It continues the story from the first two books. I was impressed that Sabina's character continued to g..Show More »row and change throughout the series. Sabina starts out as a loner who has to do things her way. She also blindly follows the authority of her grandmother. By the end of the book Sabina learns to share responsibilty and accepts help from friends. All three books are filled with action. The one thing I did not like about Sabina's character is that she always excepted the responsibilty for everything. Luckily her self esteem issues do not stop her from solving her problems and growing as a person. I strongly recommend that you read all three books in order. I passed on this series for a while before I decided to read it. If you are on the fence about buying it, get off the fence and buy the first book. You won't regret it.
I think this is the best book in the series so far. It is full of "edge of your seat action" and leaves you wanting more.I am looking forward to the n..Show More »ext book in this series. Cynthia Holloway has done another great job of bringing the characters alive and making them believable. Overall a very good read/listen.
This was a great book and a very good series. Everything gets wrapped up nice and tight. While it is a happy ending, it is also bittersweet. Sabina..Show More » Kane has come full circle and come out on top. The entire series is worth reading. I would warn against starting with this boo. You must read the entire series.