I had a message on Goodreads waiting for me this morning. It was from an author offering me an incentive to basically hurry up and read and review her book. The incentive? $50 or books from my wish list on Amazon. Awesome, right? Not exactly. There’s a catch … She wants a 4-5 star rating and glowing review of her book. I would happily take the offer and give her that rating, and that review she so wants, IF I genuinely thought the book was that amazing but it’s not and I am not in the business of giving dishonest reviews just to earn a bit of cash. So, thank you, but no thank you.
I know we would all love to get paid for something we love doing but not like this! I would be potentially misleading someone into thinking it’s a great read only for them to be really disappointed and I’m not willing to do that. I have morals and I’ll stick by them, thank you very much! Now, if I’d been offered money to give an honest review then I would have happily obliged.
Title: Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 1
Author: Adina West
Published: 3rd July 2014
Kat Chanter isn’t your ordinary girl. And she isn’t your ordinary vampire, either. The ruthless Directorate would go to any lengths to have her power – including murder. And when that leads to a war between races, Kat’s fate becomes the ultimate prize …
Kat is done with being on the run, or so she hopes. A new pathology job in Paris is her big chance to start afresh, far from the Tabérin Directorate who want her dead. Sure, adjusting to life as a half-vampire, half-human hybrid in transition poses its own challenges, but it’s nothing Kat can’t handle … until the past starts to catch up with her.
When she’s approached by one Tabérin male from her past, she can explain it away. But add in another territorial Tabérin with a newfound conscience and it’s starting to get crowded on Kat’s Montmartre window ledge. Past experience tells Kat to be cautious, especially in her vulnerable state. But how can she tell friend from foe?
I have really mixed feelings about this book and in the beginning I had a few problems with it; I found it hard to connect with a couple of the characters and it lacked detail in a general sense and also when describing the main characters. It was all just very….vague. For quite a way into the story I had no idea what the main character, Kat, was or what she was transitioning into, and only by the blurb did I know that she was half vampire, half human hybrid. This was not explained in detail in the story. A few times I found myself feeling a little clueless about what was going on. I wanted to know more of the backstory, something that explained what the characters were part of, why Kat was running away from some kind of group called the Tabérin Directorate (again, this was explained in the blurb but not in detail in the book), and what had happened to Kat for it to be described as “….her life went to hell in a hand basket a couple of weeks ago”? I really would have liked that to have been elaborated on. Instead, it was just a brief recalling.
This is actually a sequel to the series “Dark child: Awakening” so if you haven’t read that then I definitely don’t recommend reading this first.
I really liked that it was written from four characters PoVs: Kat, Ben, Dominic and Imara’s and I wondered if their paths would cross. Paranormal is my favourite sub-genre so I love that vampires, shifters and witches were in it. There was an air of intrigue and mystery about the story that had you wanting to know more. Although I initially thought the story was lacking in detail and was quite vague, as the story goes on, it does unravel some more and you’re told more about what happened in the past and a little more about the characters. I found that I was drawn more to Ben and Imara’s story than Kat and Dominic’s. Although Dominic and Kat did begin to grow on me. Despite my negative feelings, by the time I’d got to the end of the book, I’d found that I had enjoyed it and really wanted to find out what happened next. Especially with Yara who was Ben’s love interest. Why was she drinking the blood? Was she born that way or made? And what was she exactly? A witch, vampire, or shifter? Why was she being held captive in her own home? I was also interested to know where Falcon goes off to as he seems really secretive. I’m hoping there’ll be answers in the next episode of the Covens Rising series.
Shawn Keenan kindly put his book up for review with us! Here is a a snip-it
“Being hardheaded is a common character flaw, but most teenagers can’t crack a concrete curb with their skull. And while a skilled skateboarder appears to defy gravity, he can’t keep water from pouring out of an upturned cup. Unintentionally tapping into latent powers has brought Jayke Wolff to the attention of the Aduro, an ancient society plotting an apocalyptic new world order. He’s now their number one draft pick, and they’ve dispatched their most seductive member to close the deal. It shouldn’t take much convincing a hormonal teenage boy to turn his back on a cryptic covenant for a future of self-indulgence and unchecked power. But if Jayke can’t be tempted by pleasures of the flesh, the flesh can be influenced in less pleasant ways as well. Armageddon can’t wait forever. Killing Jayke will also work. Not remembering your past and not believing in your future can make it hard to choose who you’re going to be. Jayke has to decide how much of his teenage life he’s willing to sacrifice for a greater good. After all, you’re only young once.”
I was drawn to read this book because it sounded slightly different to what I have previously read. It took a while to get going – about 40% of the way through was when the questions began to ring in my head. However something was still grabbing me and making me read on. I loved how Keenan managed to bring a sort of ancient-ness ( is that even a word?) to an up-to-date story. I really liked how Jayke had no idea who he was, he had an incline but no diea then bam his whole life changed!
I thought the characters were well thought through, everyone had a part to play – there was not one person in this book that could have been missed. I kind of got a Charmed feel for this book – remember that show? I love it!!! I couldn’t pin point another book to say if you liked this….. then you would would love this because I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. However I would put it in the same genre of MR Merrick Protector Series.
My favorite part of this book was the moral of the story – the same moral I live my life by “My life was mine to mess up, mine to get right, but unquestionably mine to experience. Freewill. For better or for worse. I was wired to make my own decision in life. And I’d make the right one tonight” I just love that quote – seems to be serving my life quite well!
So do you fancy winning a copy? Shawn has kindly given us 5 copies to giveaway! All you need to do is follow both @SLFictionLovers and @ShawnPKeenan and tweet:
“ @SLFictionLovers I want to win a copy of The Buried Covenant by @ShawnPKeenan “
Giveaway closes on Wednesday at 8pm GMT and the 5 winners will be announced at 10pm.
The great thing about arriving late to the Morganville party is that you have eleven phenomenal and gripping books to sink your teeth into (pun completely intended), before you run out and have to wait four excruciating months for the next book to be released.
I managed to read all eleven of The Morganville Vampires books in just eight days, only stopping for meals and sleep (begrudgingly). Of course, as with any book series, it did seem to slow down and drag a little in the middle, most likely due to the fact that I wasn’t going to stop reading until there was nothing left for me to read. Whether anyone else would have this same problem or not, I don’t know, perhaps it was my fault for reading too much of it all at once, sometimes, a gap between books is a good thing.
Let’s just say that any issues with the series dulling down, is a completely moot point by the time you get to the last instalment, currently available, Last Breath, which had me absolutely hooked, shouting at my family to be quiet so I could focus, and holing myself up in my room so that I could get some much needed peace to immerse myself fully into the world of Morganville.
If you like your vampires a little less sparkly and a lot more mythical, then this is definitely the series for you.
Meet Claire Danvers, a sixteen (almost seventeen) year old girl who is incredibly advanced in years and has already graduated onto college. She wants to attend Harvard but her parents want her to stay nearer to home to begin with and transfer onto another school in a few years’ time. So that’s how she finds herself as a student at the Texas Prairie University. But all is not as it seems and it soon becomes apparent to Claire that there are more important people living in the town, people who offer their “protection” to those who are beneath them.
After a run in with her arch nemesis, Monica, Claire decides she can no longer live in the dorms and so she sets about finding herself somewhere to live and this is how she meets her new friends, gothic Eve, hot headed Shane and secret hiding Michael Glass.
I won’t say much more because I really don’t want to spoil the stories for anyone who hasn’t read them yet but I honestly think that anyone who enjoys young adult, vampires, a fearless heroine, or a mix of all three, will definitely want to add this series to their “Must Read” list.
Bravo to Rachel Caine for creating a world so gripping and realistic. This is a town I would definitely like to live in.
Books in the series:
The Dead Girls’ Dance
Feast of Fools
Lord of Misrule
Kiss of Death
Black Dawn (due for release May 2012)