Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011 - Book Reviews

Nightshade by Michelle Rowen  (Book 1)
SciFi/Paranormal Romance
4 stars

Jillian Conrad is working as a temp in an investment firm in San Diego.  On this particular day she makes a coffee run for herself and some co-workers.  Unfortunately, when she returns she gets caught in between a mad scientist and a gunman, Declan, who sent to retrieve a secret formula.

The scientist uses Jillian as a human shield and just before Declan kills him, the scientist, the scientist injects Jillian with the only remaining sample of the serum.  Jillian quickly finds herself the unwilling companion of Declan who is bringing her to his father in an attempt to salvage the serum.

Jillian quickly finds herself a fight for her life.  If the serum, or Declan don’t kill her, then the vampires who want to destroy it will.


This is the first book in what appears to be a two part series.  The two main characters are Jillian and Declan but there are also a number of interesting supporting characters and frankly it’s difficult at times to tell the good guys from the bad guys.  After reading this one I had to pick up the second in the series and read that as well. 

Bloodlust by Michelle Rowen (Book 2)

SciFi/Paranormal Romance
4 stars

This is the follow up to Nightshade and picks up where the last one left off.  The author continues to develop the relationship between Jillian and Declan. Jillian continues to try and survive another day trying to fight off the effects of the Nightshade poison and avoid being killed by the Vampires who find her scent irresistible because of the Nightshade.

What I found intriguing about the continued story was my complete inability to get a handle on the motives of Declan or Matthias (the Vampire King).  It’s been my experience that even with well written, complex characters the author let’s you see their intent when they are acting in a particular manner that is somewhat unexpected. What I found with these characters is that they would do things that were unexpected and often I was unable to identify if the unexpected behavior was a glimpse of their true character or if it was an act.  This was especially true when trying to figure out either Declan or Matthias’ motives for certain actions.

Again this was a very good book, I’m hoping that the author comes out with another in this series.

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  1. This may not be your genre, but I recently finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and I LOVED it. Maybe L would like it.

  2. Sometimes with paranormal, you have to realize that motives that make sense to you and I just don't make sense to non-humans. I'm reading the the third book in the Song of Fire and Ice series, the first one being Game of Thrones. I'm on Song of Swords. It's all medieval and bloody and violent and I keep asking myself why the people just can't be a little nicer.