Immortal (Clare Point Vampire Novels) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2011
"The Fifth Doll" by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical world where strange magic threatens a quiet village. | Learn more
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- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0821781014
- ISBN-13 : 978-0821781012
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 4.35 x 0.96 x 6.71 inches
- Publisher : Zebra; Reprint Edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,383,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a new family vacationing in Clare Point from Italy. Fin is attracted to the alluring, attractive Elena and he doesn't realize that she is not human (eye roll).
The reader is trapped listening to recently reborn vampires be teenagers because they don't recall their memories of their previous lives immediately.
The author I guess found it amusing that many of the Kahill sept have similar names. There are multiple woman named Mary. It's just confusing. In fact, the author mixes up names which adds to the confusion of the read. Joe Hillman is subsequently Joe Kahill.
Furthermore, the author does not transition her different scenes with a change in chapter or paragraph. One minute you are reading about two characters and in the next sentence they are gone and you are reading about other characters in a completely unrelated scene.
Regan (Fin's twin) is a recovering drug addict who is treated like an irresponsible young adult by his sister (Fia) who is two years older as well as Fin. It lends itself to immature, juvenile dialogue.
Regan has the gift of being able to transport himself short distances. He dematerializes on a bookshelf then he says that he is a little rusty. Regan has lived for almost 1600 years and he can't use his gift with more proficiency. Well for me it was not funny but served as another example of the author's inconsistency and / or no consideration for the intellect of her readers.
This read is just nonsense. It is an insult to the vampire genre. I definitely recommend that this book is skipped.
I saw a review mention there was too much sex for their liking... I found this surprising because I didn't think it had an overabundance of sex scenes, especially compared to similar books in the same genre. It definitely is not overwhelming like some of the vampire erotica books I have accidentally downloaded thinking they were romance instead of erotica. I think the picture of the cover of this book gives away that there are going to be some steamy scenes. And don't let the cheesy cover photo scare you away from this book. One of the best things about the Kindle is that no one has to see the half naked guys on the cover of your books! I guess if you are completely uncomfortable with any sex scenes, then yes this is not a good recommendation for you. However, if you enjoy the sex scenes often found in most modern romance novels (paranormal or not) then it shouldn't be anything too shocking.
Another review I read mentioned that this book was also good for young adult. I would have to disagree with that statement.... unless qualifying an OLDER young adult. I would not recommend this book for kids in the 12-16 age range. While several of the main characters are "teens", they are really adult vampires who have been reborn, and therefore are not as innocent as young adult books are. I actually enjoy a lot of young adult fiction, in addition to adult fiction, and "young adult" is not what came to mind when I read this book.
Overall, I recommend this book to fans of adult paranormal romance books, those who enjoy reading mysteries with a few steamy scenes thrown in!
An excellent X-Files episode is Bad Blood (season 5), where the whole town is vampires, but they act normal -- but one of the vampires has killed somebody. There is an investigation. That could describe the plot of this book, as well.
After the murder, the first half is a police procedural, of sorts. It's pretty good. The dialog is good. In fact, it was so good that I found the Romance sub-par by comparison. I wanted to get back to the policework.
Suspense is done well, too. There is a long scene involving emptying trash and cleaning bathrooms where it is blatantly obvious something is about to happen.
As a subtle backdrop to all this normalcy, there is a new twist on vampires. Several different types of vampires. The town is part of the September clan, but the backstory comes late in the book. Other supernatural creatures are also mentioned.
I liked the story. I did not solve the mystery, but I thought it was fair. The main character is old, but he doesn't dwell on it. He acts like it is Today, and focuses on his job.