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Vampire's Shade 1 (Vampire's Shade Collection) Kindle Edition
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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For some reason, Adele's personality, speech, and sayings reminded me of other young, vampire-slayer characters-- all attitude and self-reflection. I'll admit, I enjoyed the plot, and secondary characters, even if I found the protagonists unremarkable. The story was well-paced, and thoughtful. I think my dislike is the cookie-cutter heroine-- a compilation of other, similar vampire-slayers. I can't say I was too impressed with Connor, either. Nor did I ever really get a sense of the attraction between the two. Their relationship seemed contrived, rather than a natural progression of events.
There's a lot of potential here, and I'm willing to bet this is a series that will improve as the writer hits her stride with the characters.
This story is riddled with errors, more than I've seen in a long time, which is a real shame. I found myself constantly backtracking to try to deduce the author's meaning because of odd phrasing (ex: "It hadn't been a hell of a job, and there'd always been a little torn."), missing words and punctuation, and misused words. Clearly, this book wasn't edited before publication and it shows. Errors show up on every other page. Some people don't care about this stuff, and don't even notice it. It was a real problem for me. 2 stars as is.
For content only, Vampire's Shade deserves 3.5 stars, perhaps 4 stars. The story is involving and the characters were interesting. Parts of the plot could have been fleshed out more. We got only bare details about Connor's illegal business or why the master vampires wanted it. Since that was pivotal, more about that would have been helpful.
Neas may not be Jeaniene Frost or Laurell K. Hamilton, but her writing is very promising. I really hope she finds a good editor. I'd love to revise my review after editing.
p.s. I just looked at the listing, and amazingly, this book lists an editor. Unbelievable. They should be fired. And she should demand a refund.
ETA 6-8-16: I was just notified that this was re-edited, so I downloaded it again to take another look. What a difference a good editor makes! In the first chapter, I only noticed one misspelled word, one or two missing words, and one slightly awkward turn of phrase. Trust me, that's nothing compared to the original release. The story now has the polish it deserves, and it flows like it should. If you have the original, download the new one and compare. It's impressive.
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4, because hey, the author responded and acted. Thanks on behalf of all of us.