Tag Archive: vampires

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been wondering how Richelle Mead continues to put out book after book with such intriguing plot lines and non-stop action; The Fiery Heart is more what I expected to see this far into a spin-off series. It was still an excellent read, but with less of the action and fascinating plot lines than in earlier books from the series.

Adrian is one of my favorite fictional characters – he has so many layers and he’s the kind of guy you can fall in love with even though he’s not real, ha ha. I think he and Sydney make a great couple and I like the way their relationship is continuing to evolve. I would definitely have planned on continuing with the series, even without that non-conclusive ending!

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Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst, #5)Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil by Christopher Pike

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I really like this author’s writing style, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Thirst series. I love the characters and there are some really unique elements I haven’t seen in the vampire genre anywhere else, like the Telar – where else do you see aliens mixed with vampire mythology?

It feels like the potential of this series has been exhausted by this point however, and I’m finding it hard to remember many details of the story even though I just finished reading it a month ago. If you loved the rest of the series, sure, I’d recommend reading this one too. It just didn’t captivate me quite like the rest of the series, particularly the first couple of books, which I thought were absolutely amazing.

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The Prey (The Hunt, #2)The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those rare times I liked the second book in a series better than the first. I didn’t just like this book either, I loved it!

In book #1 (The Hunt) I couldn’t get past the implausibility of the main character living amongst vampires without being discovered. There were too many things people do on a daily basis that would have revealed his humanity; there’s no way he would have survived seventeen years. However, this problem becomes a non-issue in book #2 because now the vampires already know he’s human.

The Prey is packed full of action with a heavy dose of mystery and intrigue. On the run, Gene and his small group of fellow humans discover a refuge, which could be their salvation. The village’s leader and cult-like society seem rather fishy right from the beginning though. While following the sparse set of clues left by his father, Gene and his friends realize they may be in more danger than ever.

This book was definitely a page-turner, all the way to the exciting conclusion, which wasn’t very conclusive! I can’t wait to dig into book #3.

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The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book; I loved pretty much everything about it except for one thing, but that one problem was a big one.

Starting with the parts I liked, a dystopian version of our world with vampires is my favorite kind of book these days. Also, this book was stuffed to the brim with action and suspense! I felt for the main character, Gene, and admired his adaptability and tenacity.

The part I had a problem with was the extreme lack of plausibility of Gene surviving as a human amongst vampires for seventeen years. Every day, he pops in his pair of fake fangs, shaves off his arm and leg hair (not sure why they’re able to have hair on their heads though, or I assume, eyelashes and eyebrows??) and marches off to school. If the vampires figure out he’s human, they will instantly devour him. Things that will give Gene away include: sweat, body hair, coughing, throat clearing, sneezing, goosebumps, a single drop of blood, and any evidence of emotion. There is no possible way anyone would last a single day under those circumstances, never mind seventeen YEARS. He’s never had so much as a paper cut or scraped knee in all that time? He’s never had goosebumps despite taking swimming classes with the vampires? Yeah, right.

The end of the book absolutely makes you want to continue though, and I have high hopes this major weakness becomes a non-issue in book 2. I would easily give everything about The Hunt 5 stars, except for the fault with the premise.

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The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake, #14)The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’ve read this series in order, you already know what to expect from the first thirteen books in the series: a fun and easy read with romance and a host of supernatural hotties. No, these books are not literary masterpieces, but they’re funny and entertaining.

This installment focuses on Dougal, a vampire (with a cute Scottish accent) who has been feeling guilty over losing his true love a couple hundred years earlier. Feeling particularly down in the dumps after losing his hand in battle four years ago, it’s time for him to find love again.

There’s enough of a plot in these novels to keep you interested, but the main draw for me is the witty banter and humour which somehow manages to feel fresh and original throughout the series. If you liked the other books in this series, I definitely recommend continuing with this one.

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Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I think if I were 16 years old I would have loved this book, but I’m one of those adult fans of YA fiction. This YA novel seems to be geared only toward teens.

The main character spends 50% of her time obsessing about three different guys, so if you’re not a fan of love triangles, beware of this love square. The other half of the time she spends wondering what kind of supernatural creature she is, and I was hoping for more development on this front by the end of the book.

If you’re a teen fan of paranormal fiction, by all means, check this book out. Otherwise, it might not be your thing. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series purely as a matter of personal preference.

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CommunionCommunion by B. Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Communion is a highly entertaining tale with a fresh take on vampire mythology. It captivated me from the first page to the last!

I loved everything about this book and I barely know where to start listing the things I liked. Let’s start with the amazing cover art: it’s sharp, it’s sexy, and there’s no question the story involves vampire lore. As for the main character, Lester (love the name Lester Fuller BTW), it’s refreshing to see a non-white MC; as someone of mixed ethnic background myself, hell yeah it’s nice to see some variety out there! It’s also great to see a male MC because that seems to be more and more rare in YA fiction these days. Lester is a great character you can connect with because he’s not perfect; he has a solid moral sense and strives to do the right thing, but he also has a vulnerable side and makes mistakes.

Patterson does an incredible job with characterization, drawing the perfect image of each character’s personality piece by piece. The relationships between the teens and their parents, teachers, friends and foes feels genuine and believable. The story line kept me engaged from beginning to end with the ideal mix of mystery and plot twists.

The action sequences were stellar! Man, can this author write an action scene or what? I felt almost out of breath by the end, I got so caught up in it. Speaking of the end, I thought everything wrapped up nicely while leaving room for a sequel. I’ll definitely be watching for more from B. Patterson in the future. Communion was awesome and I highly recommend it!

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What Kills Me (What Kills Me, #1)What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I loved this book so much! Truly a self-published gem – it read every bit as well-polished as a traditionally published book.

An original take on vampire mythology (the MC falls into a well full of ancient vampire blood and turns into a vampire; how is that not original?) full of action, mystery, suspense, and a dash of romance. For anyone who dislikes insta-love, the relationship between Axelia and Lucas is more like insta-hate, so no worries there. Their evolving relationship captivated me from the start.

I thought the story started off perfectly, and continued at just the right pace throughout. The author did an excellent job keeping me interested in Axelia’s predicament, both the up-front action and her backstory.

I’m so excited to see there’s a sequel coming out soon! What Kills Me was a steal at the price I bought it for. I think Wynne Channing has a VERY promising future as an author. I highly recommend!

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