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I really love this series. A few months back I read four of them back to back plus a novella and it didn’t bore me for even one minute. It takes a really good series for me to read books back to back without having to put other books in between. You can actually get the first four bundled on Amazon.
The main character is Samantha Moon, a former federal investigator, now private detective and soccer mom. And to make matters really interesting, she has been a vampire for seven years after being attacked by a vampire. Over the course of the books, she has developed all kinds of supernatural powers, flying as a large creature(bat like? or bird?)being the most interesting for both the reader and Sam. Her psychic abilities come in handy while solving crimes and for reading the minds of people close to her. This time around her police detective friend, Sherbet, has enlisted her help to solve the mystery of a serial killer that is draining bodies of blood. He is one of the few people that know her secret. She is also realizing that her eight year old son is changing and becoming stronger as in vampire strong. In a previous book, Samantha had to save his life with her blood. Of course she is freaking!
The premise of a soccer mom vampire pulled me into the series and they are so well written that I keep coming back to them even with a Kindle full of other books to read. Mr. Rain can definitely write a female character, make her believable, funny and yes tragic in a way. The entire cast of characters are fully drawn and realistic.My one problem with the book is the length. I realize it is a series but the actual book starts at 4 percent in and ends at 83 percent. And with only 168 pages in its entirety, that makes for a really short read. The rest of the book is advertising his other books. The book ends very abruptly at a point where the reader really wants to know more-not necessarily a cliffhanger but I really wanted more of the scene and it wasn’t there. I am sure I am not alone in this. Because the book is so well written, and I totally love the characters, I am not going to lower my rating due to the length even though I was disappointed. I rate it 4 stars.
Rain tells a good story and has likable characters. He needs to shape up his plot better. There are many scenes that don't feel like they have an apparent scene goal or direct tie in to the main story plot or a sub plot. He also needs to ratchet up reader expectation and tension with some foreshadowing and set his character up to fail more. Without external struggle there isn't much conflict. Without sufficient conflict, a story dies. Much of his conflict comes internally. The other aspect is like to see improvement in is his climax. There needs to be a steady buildup of tension and risk all the way up to the climax. In the climax the MC needs to have everything look like it's failing. She needs to be risking it all for that one sort goal in direct opposition to the villain. Then, just as things look impossible, there's a dramatic reversal and she sacrifices something in order to achieve success. That leads the reader to catharsis. Rain offers weak climaxes and NO catharsis. None.
Jim Butcher is a master at story mechanics...and Rain could be too...if he just started using the ageold story telling techniques properly.
Sam is following leads on the case Detective Sherbet officially pulled her in on in Christmas Moon. There seems to be a serial killer draining people of blood and dumping the bodies in OC. She also has to deal with some shocking repercussions of her actions from Moon Child. Her abilities continue to improve in sometimes hilarious ways and in astounding ways.
Information Fang shares with Sam, pertaining to Sherbet's case, makes me think the bodies were dumped in order to bring Sam in on this case. This is never officially recognized though actions of the villains also suggest she was a target. The big question is, did they catch the real movers and shakers or just some lackeys? She's been kind of naive in her view of the vampire world. She receives a painful shock while solving this gruesome case. Sam follows real leads and tracks down clues using her supernatural abilities and plain old investigative skills. Again, Rain's experience as a PI gives a more realistic feel to the mystery, and how it is solved.
Anthony is becoming an issue that needs to be dealt with. Sam really needs to have a heart to heart with her son about what she is and what he has become. Lucky for him his mother is raising him to have a good heart, like her. His character has some real independent story potential, separate from the VfH series. It would be interesting to see where Rain could take him, but the man has so many other important stories to tell. Maybe one day he'll have room to add Anthony to the list.
Sams growing telepathic abilities are really becoming an issue. Her connection to those closest to her causes some hilarious and awkward moments. Reaching out and touching “others” in the cosmos is interesting and I wonder if these others are the ones who have been guiding her along the way. Maybe they're the ones responsible for helping little Maddie call Sam for help. It isn't addressed, but it seems safe to assume.
Rain's storytelling is great In this one. He manages to weave a solid, in book, mystery while managing to give us something to come back to for the next. The ending was spectacular. I just wish she'd have made that move sooner. The next book will certainly be interesting. The world is opening back up to Sam.
With such a long awaited arrival for Vampire Dawn, I snatched it up as soon as it was available. After waiting so long for it to come out and paying the full $3.99 for it, boy was I disappointed to see how short it was. I read it in just a couple of hours. Although it was nice of the author to include Christmas Moon, most of us dedicated fans have already paid for that and read it months ago, so I feel kinda shorted there too. So instead of 5 stars, I have to give 4 for this one. But I do love Samantha Moon and I do love JR's writing style, which probably makes the disappointment hurt more than it normally would. We need more!!