Friday, January 4, 2013

Last Week's Reviews

January 1, 2013

The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife, #1)The Nightlife: New York by Travis Luedke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aaron is in the wrong place at the wrong time and Michelle, an exotic vampire, has to choose to turn him or let him die. Good thing for us that she decides to turn him, so that we can read about their slightly warped love story.

I love when an author builds the characters and fills them out. It is something I look for in every book I read or write, and Luedke does this very well. His characters aren’t flat and one dimensional (maybe a tad bit stereotyped here and there) but still interesting.

From the blurb on Amazon, I expected the relationship between Michelle and Aaron to be a little darker and more twisted. As it turned out, I think their relationship, despite a couple of rough patches, was pretty sweet, loving and supportive. I like how, by the end of the story, Aaron had become a strong man and I like him as an alpha male.

The sex was mostly erotic (with the obvious exceptions of the scenes that weren’t meant to be) but felt a little rushed sometimes.

Overall, an easy read that can be finished in one afternoon. I love the main characters and feel like this was a good introduction to them. I hope for just a little more plot in Las Vegas, which is on my list to read.

December 31, 2012

The Merzetti EffectThe Merzetti Effect by Norah Wilson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ainsley is an unemployed nurse with secrets. Delano Bowen is vampire doctor researching a cure for the disease of vampirism. He has searched for Ainsley and manipulates her into his life to use her in his research because of properties in her blood that she is not even aware of. Predictably, they fall in love, battle an evil enemy, learn each other's secrets, and complete the research.

I love this author's voice and down to earth writing style, so it actually pains me to have to say that I had a couple of problems with this particular book. I did find it to be a little too predictable, a point that I will not harp on because it makes the book an easy read, and I know that a lot of people like that. I don't mind that as much as I minded not having the characters more fleshed out. I wanted to care about them more than I did.

Without getting into spoilers let me just say that I really wanted to hate the bad guy, but I didn't really know much of anything about him, so that was difficult. I also wanted to be scared for his victims (readers will know who I'm talking about) but I hadn't met them in person and so I had a hard time caring about them on a deep personal level. Even the main three characters that we spent all of our time with could have used a little background.

The plot moved very fast, which was great for the pace of the book, but as a consequence, it glossed over major plot points that would have helped me get into the story more or relate to the characters better.

Overall, this book was a pleasant read, but with the interesting twist on vampires, it could have been so much more.

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