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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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I have really enjoyed getting to know Bea and the rest of the FREAKS. They each have there very own personality to add to the book and they all make it that much more interesting. Bea is still adjusting to her new life but she fits in perfectly with everyone else and is really kicking some ass. It was awesome to see Beatrice and Oliver connect and work so well together. They didn't get along as good in the beginning but as the book progressed you could tell they were growing closer and connecting more. I also liked digging into some of Oliver's past. He is so mysterious and it was nice to get a better picture of him. Bea's brother, wow that is about all I can say about that. I couldn't even imagine being that bitter towards someone, especially that I'm related to. Like book 1 there is plenty of action and suspense throughout TO CATCH A VAMPIRE.
This has been a rather enjoyable series.The characters are likable the plot is engaging and the world is easy to fall into.
Sound familiar? Don't worry- it's a testament to the talent of the writer that this book manages to re-invigorate a well known (and, yeah, still beloved by many) narrative.
It helps that the book is funny by design, and that the character of Bea is so wonderfully flawed that you can't help but want to see what she chooses to do next. But what makes this book (and the other one in the series) stand out is that, throughout the paranormal funtimes, there is always an undercurrent of real emotion and fear of the unknown- be it a gang of vampires or the possibility of love.
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.
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!
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I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book got off to a rather slow start. Read more
Beatrice has been working for F.R.E.A.K.S. for a few months and she’s enjoying learning investigation from her fellow agents…ok, she likes spending time with hot, sexy Team... Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by EbookObsessed
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I had the great pleasure of reviewing Jennifer’s debut... Read more
Amazon actually recommended this author for me and I'm so glad it did! This is one of those books that you start reading at bedtime, intending to only read a few pages, and you... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Dennis Raines
This is another book by Jen Harlow I loved. Kinda wished I hadnt read it so fast. Ill re-read again soon!Published on September 19, 2013 by Katherine
The moment I started reading this book, I had finished it the very next day! It was great! I love the characters and their interaction with one another. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
My daughter and I read this book together after reading the first in the series (Mind Over Monsters) - Fantastic story, fast paced, easy read, realistic dialogue & lots of... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Carlie Ashford