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Night Rising (Vampire Babylon, Book 1) Paperback – February 6, 2007
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Green makes an obvious comment on Hollywood's cult of youth and celebrity in her florid debut, in which superstars become vampires to preserve their beauty and prolong their fame. Dawn Madison, a 24-year-old stuntwoman, is drawn into battle with supernatural forces from La-La Land's "Underground" when her PI father, Frank, disappears. She teams up with his associates: psychic "little person" Kiko Daniels; Breisi, a gorgeous Latina techo-geek; and their boss, a seductive, disembodied voice with whom Dawn enjoys some powerful disembodied sex. They search for Frank and answers to the mystery of child star Robby Pennybaker, who hoped to mature into an adult career, but whose dad pimped him out to the vamps, freezing him as a monstrous 12-year-old. Though the plot doesn't quite hang together, Dawn makes a spunky vampire slayer. (Feb.)
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About the Author
Chris Marie Green, former school teacher turned full-time writer, gets out of the office by taking long trips to places such as Japan, Italy, and New Orleans. When she’s not causing international incidents, she enjoys practicing yoga, taking part in fangirl movie and TV program analysis, and writing romance novels under the name Crystal Green.
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Top Customer Reviews
I will recommend it as I look forward to the next book.
I'm feeling somewhat `meh' about this book, and I think it's because I'm having a hard time getting past the heroine's in-your-face slut factor. I hate to call any woman a slut, much less the heroine of a novel, but there's no other word for it. Dawn craves anonymous sexual hook ups like an addict jonesing for a fix, and she's unrepentant in her quest for a wham, bam, thank you Sam time. I don't condemn her for it, but I'm not draw to it either. I want to see relationships develop on some kind of deeper level than the frat-boy mentality that Dawn displays.
Dawn is an insecure bundle of nerves trying to act like she's seen and done it all. I find her cynical, world-weary view a bit strange on a 24-year-old woman, and I'm not buying it. She acts tough, but she's just a young thing who lies to herself constantly, and I was hoping to see more personal growth during this introduction. Considering how many books there are in this series, there's still plenty of time to watch her mature.
The writing was fine but the plot had a few bumps. I thought that too much remained in the dark until the very end, and the two key mysteries were not solved. In fact, nothing was resolved, so that didn't thrill me either. I prefer series to gracefully provide some kind of closure from book to book, even if a bigger story is being told over a series. To get any kind of answers the reader HAS to read the second book, and I'm not so keen on that strong arm tactic. If I spot book two at the library I'll give it a try, but at this point I'm not willing to pay to keep reading this one.
First off, the writing, the worst part of the book. Most of the characters sound like stereotypical valley girls, constantly say words like "Like," and "Um," and "Wow." I could have lived with that. Unfortunately, the author seemed to have trouble conveying what she was imagining onto the page, leaving me utterly confused as to what was going on. For example, Dawn walks into a house, then into a random room, starts feeling horny, and then is conflicted over whether to be upset or enjoy the feelings. Huh? And then she blindly accepts that another character is psychic, without any real proof or a struggle to accept the paranormal. Dawn is supposed to be a tough stunt woman, but to me she sounds like an weak minded valley girl accepting that the world is flat just because someone else said so.
Pacing was another big problem in this book. Within 30 pages Dawn goes to find her father, gets "interrogated" by a paranormal guy who makes her feel horny, then goes on a completely random mission to discover why a dead guy is in a movie. To repeat- huh? If Dawn was trying to find her father, it would make more sense that she would be focusing on that. Instead she accepts a job offer and is whisked off on a ridiculous mission with no training or information as to what to expect. A great author would make this scenario believable; most decent authors would take at least 60 to 100 pages fleshing out the situation, building on a foundation to make the paranormal seem realistic, the characters relatable, the story engaging. Green did none of that, leaving me confused, annoyed, and ultimately so disgusted I refused to finish the book.
The "erotic" aspect to the book was completely ridiculous. To me it seemed like the author of "Moon Rising" tried to introduce the erotic to make the book seem more interesting, but it was so poorly written what should have been erotic came off to me as creepy and disgusting.
The problem with this book isn't the story itself- other authors have pulled off similar material. The problem for me is that the characters have no depth, the writing is confusing and rushed, and the characters sounded so juvenile I couldn't possibly imagine them being heroes. This book was overall a complete disappointment. I know some will question my review, since I didn't finish the book. But I have read enough great literature, good literature, and downright bad literature to tell them apart. So if you're looking for an erotic paranormal series, look elsewhere (like Laurell K. Hamilton). This book was a giant waste of my money.
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First, the writing was terrible. I don't know how it got past an editor.Read more