ARC Vampire’s Hunger by Cynthia Garner – 3 Stars

Vampire's Hunger (Awakening, #1)

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley

Find the book’s description on Goodreads

Book one of Awakening Series

Release date 4/1/14

This is my first time reading a book by this author.  I liked it, but didn’t love it.  The writing was well done, plenty of drama and action to keep the story moving.  Lots of steamy scenes too for those looking for that kind of thrill.  The story started off really strong, but kind of fell flat for me in the last third of the book.  Not sure what happen, maybe the sex should have been spaced out more for me, but after a while it just seemed that was all that was happening up until the last two chapters.

The story was an interesting premise and reminded me of the work of several other popular paranormal series; for example the Anita Blake Series, Sookie Stackhouse, Alexandra Ivy’s series, even the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.  The twist on this world is there are Vampires, Humans, Fay and Zombies.  The lead female is a Necromancer and has a problem with vampires, hence the Anita Blake comparison.  The lead male is then of course a Vampire.  I liked them both and enjoyed reading about them coming together.  Duncan was a little edgier in the beginning of the book and I must confess I liked him a bit more that way.  He softened up a bit towards the end and we see more of his humanity, although he can still kick ass.  The supporting characters were well written and helped move the story along,  I would have liked the opportunity to get to know them better, perhaps in future books.  The bad guy or girl came off a little crazy and worked well for the story.  The zombie story line is left hanging at the end of the book, but all evidence points to that being a reacquiring thread to be dealt with and resolved through later additions to this interesting new series.

I did like the book, haven’t decided yet if I will pick up the story with book two.  Not a huge fan of Zombies.  I am however going to check out the other series out by this author, Warriors of the Rift, book one is called Kiss the Vampire and see if that is a little more to my taste.  It is a fast read that will entertain most paranormal readers and I recommend it to my friends and followers.


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