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Crooked Fang (Volume 1) Paperback – July 31, 2012
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With Xan, Carrie has done something so many vampire authors seem unwilling or unable to do... instead of creating a vampire, she's created a PERSON who happens to be a vampire. A small, but distinct difference, and it breathes fresh life into a concept that's been beaten to death with whiny teenagers and sparkly nonsense over the past few years.
While Xan isn't necessarily the most likable guy at times, he's someone you can relate to at times and understand why he does what he does. He has friends -- REAL friends -- and instead of moping about and getting all moody about his vampiric existence, he long ago accepted what he is and moved on. But that doesn't mean he's forgotten who he used to be or that he doesn't wonder "what if," especially when he's hanging out with an old friend from before he became a vampire... those scenes really help to further ground Xan and make him an even better character.
As for the book itself, it hits hard and hits fast, and is full of sex, blood, and rock 'n roll... not to mention fast cars and motorcycles and guns, too. Well-written and with a sense of fun, it's not afraid to get dark and deadly, but Carrie skillfully keeps Crooked Fang from getting too moody 'n broody. One of the things I love best about Crooked Fang is that while it's very much a vampire novel, it's not about the whole experience BEING a vampire and getting fixated on all the little details so many other books have pounded into the ground -- it's about the kinds of dark and nutty things that vampires get tangled up in, even when they're trying to mind their own business.
Simply put, this is a fine vampire novel, and the perfect tonic to wash away the overdone excesses of the genre. It's fun and refreshing, and well worth your time. Pick this book up and tell all your friends... Carrie should be further encouraged to write more!
I've waited a long time for this. Been creeping the blog and falling head over heels for this tormented, complex character with a sarcastic wit faster than a speeding guitar riff. Clevenger has hit one out of the proverbial park with Crooked Fang, the story of Xan Marcelles "bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full time ***hole." I was hooked on the first page - Clevenger's style of writing is so evocative, I had no problems visualizing everything from the sweeping overhead sky of the night desert to the smell of the old wood, stale cigarettes and beer that makes up the Pale Rider Tavern background.
The characters are well thought out and painstakingly constructed. In fact, it is Clevenger's attention to the incidental details that sets this novel apart from the competition. She weaves a story that is compelling yet believable - yes, even the vampire parts. I love Xan's attitude about being what he is, one of my favorite quotes being "I wasn't made a vampire to lie around fancy mansions and wear ruffly shirts while bitching about the meaningless of my existence." (take THAT, Louis de Pointe du Lac) He smokes, he drinks, he cusses...my kind of vampire. His sometimes love interest, on again/off again Tabby is a wonderful study, arcing from a vulnerable abused girl into a stronger woman.
Even the supporting cast - the fledging vampire/lead singer Serv, Charlie, the owner of Pale Rider, even the mysterious Nin and many more - are crafted with the same care given the main characters. The story itself is sneaky. It begins with something mundane (in this case decorating the bar for Halloween) and quickly snowballs into a fast paced ride that kept me guessing from page to page.
The only complaint I have is that it ended too soon, but I'm delighted to see Crooked Fang is Vol. 1 in what I'm hoping will be a very prolific series. I'm crossing my fingers that Xan will be keeping me up nights again real soon.
Go buy this book. RIGHT NOW.
Carrie Clevenger channels Xan perfectly, making this a character driven story that sucks (heh) the reader into Xan's mind and heart. The story takes us from Pale Rider, a bar in Pinecliffe, to New Mexico as Xan tries to unravel several mysteries at once while dealing with his vampiric needs and limitations, his early vampire days, and the life he had before joining the ranks of the undead. There are several twists and turns in the story, leaving plenty of room for more adventures in the future. There are also a few surprises about Xan's past, vampires, and humans that make you realize that even the 'monsters' have monsters. Carrie's writing is lyrical, visual, and at times, spell binding. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and anything else Carrie writes.
This story was a great ride and Xan can hide out a day at my place anytime. Read it, you won't be disappointed.
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I'll start here: Xan Marcelles
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