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- Print Length: 440 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (September 25, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 25, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00992YGVY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I only give 4 stars because the main character is...tough to put into words. Lets just say you don't constantly refer to yourself as `the guy who hits things really hard' when you get your butt kicked in *every* fight. Seriously, three books, lotsa fights, no wins. I don't count it a win when other vampires, Faeries, weres, and dragons pile in on your side. Greg the sidekick vampire is actually a far more interesting character; Jimmy is more like the drunk annoying friend always trying to start something and needing someone else to finish it.
Similar to Dresden, in that it is a good guy supernatural that wrestles with his own nature of good and bad...
But that's where it makes some changes. It has a much more fun natured streak, a master's in snark and a group of three that grew up together, two getting changed to vamps, one becoming a priest. And that friendship makes all three very, very human.
I loved it. Don't miss out!
The characters in this are awesome. Well done from hero to villain and all between. Plots are tightly knit with no holes I could poke in a first read. My only real grumble is that endings are of the "to be continued" variety. I hate that in books but recognize that sitcom style story structure has made it's way into literature.
Here's my breakdown:
Eye Rolling - 1
Adventure - 10
Fluffy - N/A
Re-read Potential - Extremely High
I loved the style of humor. The snark and puns were right in my comfort zone. Not too mean, not too much, just right. And the author hit a lot of my geek culture buttons with his references.
This author has a great flair for the dramatic stereotype references. They're done in a funny sarcastic way while also leveraging a readers cultural expectations for said stereotype. The following example is from the perspective of a gangly geek squad dude who is not mushy and happens to be good with weapons.
"So you didn't--" M asked, stepping closer.
"I could never," T replied.
He held out his arms, and the two of them collided like clichéd movie lovers running through the surf. He actually picker her up and swung her around in a circle before putting down and laying a kiss on the Faerie Queen that curled ~my~ toes.
The adventures got better and better with each book. Some high adventure books leave you rolling your eyes the further you go and saying, "Really? ANOTHER knife fight with that same 'clever' move narrowly clinching your victory?" Not this. I found the balance of action and other story elements to be pretty well done and didn't get bored with any "insert action scene here" page fillers.
Another favorable point is that these vampires are not stereotypical. They're geek dudes frozen into their awkward 22 year old physiques. One is pudgy the other is gangly. Their vampiric skills gain is kinda like a Magic character. One has greater speed and hearing but only a so so sense of smell. The other is super strong with an excellent sniffer but has zero agility and moderate speed. I so appreciated that they're not super studly, angst ridden supermen who can read minds.
There were no sex or cuss words, so while I would not put the book in the YA genre, I think it'd be fine for your average high schooler to read.
Thanks again John,
Still waiting on book 4,
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