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In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin - the only profession fit for an outcast - doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now.

Sabina's latest mission is uncomfortably complex and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As she scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family, and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life changing, but together they could be lethal.

©2009 Jaye Wells (P)2010 Tantor

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All I can say is WOW!

I thought I would take a chance on this book since it was in one of my favorite genres. I didn't necessarily have high expectations, but thought it was worth checking out. I am so glad I did!!!! Within the first few minutes, I was completely hooked and didn't want to stop listening. I love kick-butt female characters and Sabina Kane fits that description perfectly. The author did a great job of giving the character depth and keeping me emotionally invested in what Sabina was going through. There are lots of other characters you love to hate and can't wait till they get what they deserve. There is a little brewing romance, but it is not the main focus.

If you are a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, then I think you would really like this book. It has a lot of the elements I love from that series, minus the pervasive and overly long sex scenes. It totally sticks to a real plot.

The performance was great and I bought the second book before I even finished the first because I knew I would want to continue the story. If the subsequent books are even half as good as this one, this series has a bright future!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good potential

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’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.

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Bitchy female Lead! Love it!

If you could sum up Red-Headed Stepchild in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Insane, Wow.

What other book might you compare Red-Headed Stepchild to and why?

None, at the top of my head.

What about Cynthia Holloway’s performance did you like?

Yes. I really like her voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Vampire Bitch, come on!

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One of the Worst Books I've "Read"

Would you try another book from Jaye Wells and/or Cynthia Holloway?

Not Jaye Wells.

Has Red-Headed Stepchild turned you off from other books in this genre?

Don't let this book put you off of Urban Fantasy if you did not like it. I have read a lot of books in the genre and I can tell you this one is exceptionally bad.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This narrator also does the Chicagoland Vampire series, which I have also bought through Audible in the past. The worst thing about her performance is that she mispronounces a lot of words, which is incredibly annoying to me. She also has an overly melodramatic style of reading, which is off-putting to me.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red-Headed Stepchild?

Throughout the book there are countless inconsistencies in character and plot. Neither are well thought out or developed, making it impossible to understand the characters motivations, stay interested in the plot, or suspend disbelief. It seemed as if the author was just making things up as she went along, heedless of previous events in the book.

Any additional comments?

I struggle to understand how this book gets such good reviews from so many people. I was extremely disappointed since the premise of the characters and story has such potential. I pride myself on finishing the books I start reading even if they are not favorites. Finishing this book definitely put me to the test.

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Definitely Worth A Bite

Where does Red-Headed Stepchild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I actually liked this one quite a bit. It kept my attention and had me listening straight through. It ranks up there in my library.

What did you like best about this story?

I have to be honest... Giguhl just made it for me. He was just the right amount of comedy.

What does Cynthia Holloway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really like Cynthia Holloway. I liked her in Chicagoland Vampires as well so she was a comfort to hear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A big lie is often more plausible than the truth.

Any additional comments?

All around good listen.

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  • Maria
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 04-30-12

I loved it

Sabina is a flawed heroine, seeking approval and love from the only relative that she knows, her cold, powerful grandmother.
Never questioning her grandmother she carried out her job as assassin unquestionably, until.....she was ordered to kill her friend. Fed lies, (after all a child believes a parent) that her friend had betrayed her grandmother she does the deed. However, the killing never set well with her, showing a crack in her fake, cold facade, sets up what happens in the story. By story's end she is physically battling with her grandmother, and learns that she has other relatives. Her growth, (she actually has friends that she never had before) show that she is redeemable. All in all a good read/listen, and sets the story for the continuation in the next book, where she goes to meet her mage relatives.

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Loved the story, but...

I didn't love the narrator. Her voice was almost too sexy, and I expect Sabina to be more California with a hard edge. She sounded like she came from an upper-crust, blue blooded east coast family instead of being an outcast assassin from the west coast.

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Great story

Story was well written and characters were likable and fully developed. Tension, deceit and vampires. Nothing better. I found another series worth following. Can't wait to jump to next book!

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Good book

love this story.
have to get the next one in the series, to know what she will do.

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Slow to start but a great read!

I almost gave up on this book because it was so slow in the beginning. I'm so glad I stuck with it. It turned out to be a great read! I've already downloaded book 2!