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To Catch a Vampire (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation) Paperback – September 8, 2012
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Jennifer Harlow (Atlanta) earned a BA from the University of Virginia in psychology. Her eclectic work experience ranges from government investigator to radio DJ to lab assistant. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime. Visit her online at JenniferHarlow.com.
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Our telekinetic heroine, Special Agent (FBI) Beatrice Alexander is still torn between her romantic emotions for two of her co-workers. The thing is crime will not wait for her to have her life in order.
The F.R.E.A.K.S. squad is activated when humans go missing and a vampire cabal is likely the transgressors. Will, the resident werewolf is off camping, so Beatrice joins Vampire Oliver undercover. The assignment quickly escalates into a terrorizing situation which not only endangers Beatrice but may mean the loss of one of her team mates.
This story was exciting, sad, emotional, and so well written that I can barely wait for the next releases coming out this year. This is not an usual horror themed novel.
Give this series a chance. I'm very glad I did!
When I read Harlow's debut, Mind Over Monsters, I was completely blown away. Suffice it to say, it was a no brainer that I'd be back for round #2. I read To Catch A Vampire almost immediately after I finished the first and devoured it just as quickly. Harlow's definitely found her niche and set herself apart in the urban fantasy genre with a pairing of clever humour and devilish antics. I feel like she's really nailed Bea's voice this time around and grown more confident in her storytelling. These books sort of remind me of the Sookie Stackhouse series only with a more likeable protagonist and a stronger story. Now we don't see much of the other F.R.E.A.K. Squad members in this installment but it doesn't detract from the story because Harlow amps up the tension to beyond electric.
Though Harlow initially hinted at a love connection between Will and Bea in book #1 she quickly throws us off by pairing our protagonist with the vamp in this installment. And yes, while initially I was a huge WillBea fan, I'm all about OliBea now. You guys, this story sizzles which is to say the chemistry between Bea and Oliver is beyond hot. The tension that drives both Bea and Oliver's relationship is stimulating and catapulted Oliver from abhorrent status to god-like in my book. Will's a nice guy but he's also overprotective and always underestimating our Bea. Gere we're given a deeper introspective into Oliver and his past and we quickly learn that below the suave exterior lies someone who is sweet and totally supportive. By the end, he becomes her dark angel (and mine).
I can't say enough how much I love these characters, especially Bea. She struggles with the burdens of her gift and her job along with her weight and all the other things that a normal woman does. She feels so real, only much more funny--like the BFF you've always wanted! To Catch A Vampire is mostly about the dynamic relationship with Bea and Oliver but there's no shortage of twists and turns especially when concerning the ending. Seriously, this series just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to see what new ride Harlow has in store for us for book #3!
Food for Thought: To Catch A Vampire is a more-than-worthy sequel to the F.R.E.A.K. Squad series and kept my heart pumping for more. As usual, the story is witty and funny and climactic. If you loved the first book, I have no doubt you'll enjoy this one even more!
In this book, she's a walking advertisement for birth control. Perhaps she's emotionally stunted, but she reads worse than the most insipid barely-pubescent teen heroine in any YA novel. "I may llluuuurrrrrvvvv Will! Oh, Oliver is so yummy! Will actually values me! Oliver isn't wearing a shirt, oh, my!" Seriously, do reasonable adult women think like this? I seriously doubt it.
And we're told how powerful Oliver is compared to the average vamp...he's an Elder. But somehow two junior vamps manage to capture him and Bea to drag them off to the Master. Yeah, and all Bea does is whimper. Seriously...she WHIMPERS! No fighting, no using her psychokinesis, nada. She's a heroine in a gothic romance, "Oh, no, whatever shall I do as I'm just a GGGUUUURRLLL!!!"
Pathetic. The first book convinced me the entire series might be worth reading, but I'm not certain I'll even make it through the second book. Especially as, given the genre and the fact there's two more books, I'm pretty sure she'll miraculously morph into UberChick and somehow save the day.
If you like your heroines competent, reasonably confident, somewhat mature...you may want to skip this one. Bea reads like an early teen girl rather than a mid-twenties former school teacher...except even an early teen with power might...you know, think about using it when attacked, especially if she's been on life-or-death missions before.
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Jennifer Harlow does not disappoint in To Catch A Vampire, the second installment in the F.R.E.A.K.S. series.Read more
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