Half Past Hell, Book 1 of The Hell Series, Jaye Roycraft


Half Past Hell, Book 1 of The Hell Series, Jaye Roycraft
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy

I love vampire stories, especially those with a romantic slant so this was one that caught my eye. The romance though is barely existing, very thin and really only a suggestion, but the action and the drama is perfect. Its a good story, a different slant, mixing traditional vampire politics and abilities with modern constraints and prejudices. If this were real I could see it happening very much as written, and that level of practicality and realism made it a great book for me, one I’d happily re read.
Vampire cop Duvall – I love the way he calls his new human cop partner Meatball – well, its only fair when the cops term vampires Squids ( not sure why but ) Though its well recognized that Duvall is a good cop, that he does an excellent job, he’s still stuck with prejudice, from the general public to the top brass at work. It made me feel for him, and wonder why people are so generalised in prejudices – but sadly that happens all the while and it felt very genuine here.

Slowly he’s working on his partner Kilpatrick and chancing his perceptions, getting him to recognise that not all vampires are the same, that they work hard and deserve the same recognition for it – and ultimately the same equalities all round. When Vall has to face a hostage situation alone against four BOS members who are armed, and due to policies he as a vampire isn’t allowed a gun – well, that made me think about the unfairness of it. Most of the problems here seem to be fear driven, scared that vampires may take over from humans. That is the kind of read I enjoy, one that I could imagine is real, would happen, and that finishes neatly. I had a few people in mind who I thought might be pushing the scene but I was wrong – and I love that, that the story kept me guessing. Its one I’d re read and will happily read more from Jaye Roycraft.
Stars: Four and a half, I’d really have liked a little more romance for a five but its a really fun read, and a great start to a series.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.


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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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