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Venomoid, The Night Code Saga: Book One, J.A. Kossler

Venomoid, Book One in the Night Code Saga

 

Venomoid, The Night Code Saga: Book One, J.A. Kossler
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I thought this sounded interesting, have a weakness for vampires… but sadly it wasn’t one for me. The premise is good but the execution is very Young Adult, both the language and the plots. I’ve read and loved some YA, Twilight of course, Richelle Meads fabulous Vampire Academy and Bloodlines and some Kellie Armstrong novels etc… so that wouldn’t necessarily put me off, but this was just too far in the YA model for me. I’m sure early teens will enjoy it but I just couldn’t take the characters seriously. There’s little to no world building to explain what was going on, and what the agency did, and then we soon meet Lex – a flesh eating zombie –who falls for Lorin, a vampire working for the protection agency to kill law breaking paranormals. Lex tells him that, yes zombies do eat humans alive, and he does that but he’s not like that other awful group of zombies? What?? He eats people alive but we’re supposed to see him as a good guy? Maybe that explanation came later as I got to just over a third of the way through and just couldn’t read more….it simply didn’t appeal and didn’t make sense to me Sad smile but maybe a younger audience would be more accepting. It really needs to be made clear its a YA novel though.
Stars: sadly just two, didn’t work for me.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

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Crave the Night, A Midnight Breed Novel, Lara Adrian

Crave The Night (Midnight Breed 12)

 

Crave the Night, A Midnight Breed Novel, Lara Adrian
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

Way back when I got my first kindle I discovered Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed novels, beginning with Kiss of Midnight and was hooked. I was so pleased to find there were several out already and have been an avid reader since those first ones. Each book is part of an overall story arc and yet focusses on a specific couple. There’s hot, erotic sex, and a real sense of danger in the drama that accompanies the romance. Books with a real story to tell, that are not just sex with a bit of story thrown in. Paranormal seems prolific in that type of read, but that’s not for me, I need ones with a proper story attached that will engage and engross me for hours.
I get all that once again with this book. Looking back to earlier ones I recall Nathan’s rescue. He was born in horrific circumstances, bred to be a killer to the mad vampire Dragos, who was building his own personal army. By age seven Nathan was already a trained killer, undergone unimaginable cruelty and brutality in his training, and taught to control and give up any emotions as a weakness, and some of that darkness shadows him now, even though its twenty years since his rescue. He’s devoted his life to The Order, has few friends and keeps himself very contained. He feels that’s going to be his life, solo and controlled, as its the only way to contain the monster he thinks he is. Then he sees Jordana and something connects them…
As usual there’s a great backing story, lots of erotic and sensual sex, dangers from known and unknown sources, puzzles and problems to solve and a real surprise towards the end. Even after so many books Lara still produces something fresh. Some long running series get tired after a while – I loved the early Anita Blake/Laurell Hamilton book,s but after ten or so the story gradually went more and more downhill – but with these as there’s an overall connecting theme of the Order, but each one being about different people there’s the potential for lots more to come – and I hope Lara does continue for a while more. You could read this as a stand alone, there’s enough explained about the past for reader to keep up, but I feel reading earlier ones, at least some of them, will enhance the enjoyment.
Stars: cracking read, five stars and a keeper.
Arc supplied via Netgalley.

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