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You're So Vein (The Others, Book 14) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2009
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“Warren piles on the humor as two people used to getting their own way go head to head. The sparks do fly!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on You're So Vein
“Warren writes paranormal thrillers elaborately laced with scorching passion.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“[A] sexy, engaging world…will leave you begging for more!” ―New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray
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New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren invites you to sink your teeth into the electrifying and erotic world of the Others.
Ava Markham is beautiful, savvy, chic, and more at home with Kate Spade than with the idea of fangs and fur. She can't get quite used to the fact that some of closest friends have crossed over to the Other side. Then one night she is attacked by a rogue vampire, and her deepest fears are realized when her body begins a dangerous transformation from human to immortal―a change she cannot survive without the help of an alluring stranger who comes to her rescue…
YOU'RE SO VEIN
Vladimir Rurikovich, an elite member of the European Council of Vampires, is on the prowl for a murderous vampire fugitive on the night he saves Ava from the clutches of death. It takes just one look for Dima to know he cannot live another eight centuries without the stunning and seductive Ava―until he discovers a secret about her bloodline that could change everything…
"[A] sexy, engaging world…will leave you begging for more!"―New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray
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Now, I actually did enjoy this book. Dima was a great character. I thought he was well written- and well suited to Ava. Ava, on the other hand, was not so well written. It was helpful to have her background. I didn't like her from previous stories and I actually came to love her in this one... but for some reason, I think Christine Warren struggles with giving her heroines their identity.
It seems as though there seems to be a bit of a problem identifying when a character is being unfairly selfish and intolerably arrogant versus when she is being appropriately defensive and strong. Ava was developing quite well until we were suddenly faced with a case of self doubt. She was supposed to come to the realization that she was being unjustly selfish when she refused to submit to some strange man after knowing him only a handful of hours and tried to stand on her own two feet. She herself admitted to being CHILDISH. I wanted to stand up and scream at her at the top of my lungs:
"NO, AVA! STAY STRONG! THEY ARE FULL OF BULL HOOKEY! YOU WERE RIGHT! You may have made a mistake, but only BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO TELL YOU THE WHOLE DAMN TRUTH AND DIDN'T GIVE YOU THE RESPECT YOU DESERVE!!! If this was important, they could have ACTED like it and made an effort to support you instead of just shaking their finger at you after you have had you whole life turned upside down!"
Please. If I wake up after being attacked and kidnapped and refuse to allow other people to lock me away in some strange apartment- you'll have to break my arms and legs to keep me from trying to get away. I dare you to tell me I'm being childish to my face. I just dare you. Consequences or no, Ava was right to take the steps she did. Maybe the 700 year old vampire and her purported friends who were supposed to be understanding could have made more of an effort to both educate and support her. They should have known better. How did it make sense to just leave her alone and tell her she wasn't allowed to go home as if she was 5 years old? Her life, responsibilities and desires alike, was dismissed as irrelevent! He couldn't have brought her somewhere or brought someone to stay with her or... better yet... stepped up to his own responsibility to deal with her and gotten more help with the other stuff??
Her "friends" also seemed to take more of a "ha-ha! Na-na-na-boo-boo" approach to the tradegy that Ava faced rather than even making an attempt to empathize. She hated vampires, justly or unjustly is irrelevent if they were truly her friends. There was little to no attempt to console or support her before they shook their heads and fingers at her. I'm sorry, but it seemed to me that in the end Ava had no true friends at all.
If Ava made any more than minor miscalculations in this story, based on the information she was given, then I'll eat my own tongue. And I like my tongue where it is. Too much of this story was based on the characters making stupid decisions and then trying to make me, as the reader, and Ava believe her response was somehow the result of her arrogant, selfish nature. Bullsh!*.
In the end, I'm giving this story 3 stars because I like Dima's character. I liked the ending and the way things wrapped up. The end was a great scene! Though once again, the men managed to be intolerably overbearing and get away with it, while the woman was forced to fight tooth and nail just to SEE what was going on. I felt that Ava COULD be a decent character if we stop trying to convince her that she is being selfish and childish.
Ms. Warren, if you read this- I LOVE your writing. I LOVE many of the books in this series. Please, please, please give your female characters a better chance of being well balanced, strong, independant women. I think a few of your plot devices have resulted in painting them as backwards modern woman.