Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get…. Back home in Brooklyn, after the demise of her insane uncle Dracula, Dory is hoping her life is about to calm down.
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But then she gets some visitors. A friend wants Dory's help in finding a magical Fey relic, and the gorgeous vampire, Louis-Cesare, is desperate to find his former mistress Christine. Dory and Louis-Cesare quickly discover that the same master vampire Christine is bound to is also rumored to be in possession of the relic Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off.
Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he's not an easy kill. It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab.
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The story was semi-strong but nothing that stands out in memory. Karen Chance writes well with dialogue and description and - while her Cassie series is overdone with too much action and not enough pause - here she calms down and dishes out normal sized servings of action between breaks. If you're a fan of the Cassie series, then definitely pick this one up for a try. You'll recognize some characters and style. If you're new to Karen Chance, I recommend picking up Cassie first, since it's more unusual and has a richer source of conflict for its first book.
Nov 27, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: gr , mine , books-i-love , stars , heroines-i-love. What an excellent first introduction to a UF series! View all 6 comments. Dec 13, Cassandra rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , reviews. It's a purplish black that easily blends into the shadows. Her stories are sinfully over-the-top. Dorina Basabarb is a Dhampir, which comes with black out rages, family issues, and never feeling like she belongs. After endless years of existence, she has found a way to survive. Focus her fits on those preternatural beings that deserve death, and protect a magic null and Dory's best friend Claire.
If there is one thing you should know about a Karen Chance novel, it is that the plot interlocks at least five different revolving forces at a time, creating a larger than life, fast pace, survivalist adventure staring a bad-ass anti-hero. Claire is missing and Dorina is going crazy trying to hunt her down. The job is to contain their deranged Uncle Dracula — yes, that Dracula. The payment for the job is simple; she will have the full force of the Vampire Senate hunting for Claire.
Sinfully beautiful men? Gory fight scenes? Snark and banter and sass? Um, double-check. Characters which have real trauma, PTSD and emotional conflict from years of existence? Check and Check. The story could do with some editing because Karen Chance is lavish as hell.
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I can always rely on a good urban fantasy to make me excited to read again. This book was no exception. The only words I would really use to describe it are fun and fast paced. The reason the book really shined though, were the characters. Dhampirs in this world are a mostly hated and given their rarity, Dorina is quite the outcast.
I've found that I really love stories where our main I can always rely on a good urban fantasy to make me excited to read again. I've found that I really love stories where our main character feels like an outsider because it creates a nice internal struggle that goes along nicely with the external ones.
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But that isn't to say that she spent the whole book wallowing in self-pity. In fact, she did the exact opposite. She takes no bullshit from anyone, and her i-give-no-fucks attitude was so fun to read about. She was physically and mentally able, which was a nice to surprise given that a lot of authors tend to forget about the mental strength.
Her dedication to her best friend, Claire, was so great because I love seeing strong friendships in books. Her character was one of the best parts of this story and I definitely did not mind being stuck in her head. Louis-Cesare, on the other hand, might have seemed like an ass in the beginning of the book, but his development was amazing. His prejudice against dhampirs was understandable and I like that he wasn't immeadiatly sold on Dorina because it allowed for a more organic and natural progression of their relationship.
Speaking of their relationship, I had no complaints whatsoever. It was a slow progression, with Dory and Louis-Cesare first hating and mistrusting eachother, which made for some amazing banter between the two of them. It developed into a grudging trust, and finally left of a note of will they or won't they. Their constant arguaments and stubborn personalities created the perfect amount of chemistry, and I couldn't be happier.
They are definitely on my OTP list. Another relationship that I loved was the one between Dory and her estranged father, Mircea. I loved the layers of complexity that were found there, and I really hope that the author decides to delve even deeper into this subject. Mircea was such a complex character and not without his faults, but Chance still managed to make him one of my favorite characters.
I'm excited to see how Dory's and Mircea's realtionship will develop in future books. There's a mine of opportunity there, and I hope that Chance will take advantage of it. Another honorable mention should also go out to Radu, the weird but lovable uncle, whose antics really served to lighten the mood.
The only complaint that I have for this book is the fact that, sometimes, the action scenes seemed a bit overfilled, in such a way that I found it hard to follow what was going on at times. Now, this might just have been me and my abilities of concentration or lack thereof but I found that I would have to reread certain parts in order to completely understand what had happened.
It got distracting at one point, because everytime the name Dory was mentioned, I would picture this: Again, this might just have annoyed me, so this wasn't such a big deal. To end on a positive note, I also would like to point out the humour in this book. I love when authors sneak in bits of humour in an otherwise dire situation.
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This is one of the best urban fantasy series and one of my most favorites. I love Dorina and Louis-Cesare. I always have a blast revisiting this world. I highly recommend this book for urban fantasy lovers who love kick-ass chicks, sexy and dangerous vampires, a touch of romance, and action packed from beginning to end. Karen Chance is one of the most talented writers of urban fantasy right up there with Ilona Andrews and Jim Butcher I can explain-," Louis-Cesare began, looking less than certain that he could do anything of the kind.
Radu held up a hand. I sat frozen, awash in a sea of power. I was beginning to understand why Mircea had wanted him along, only Daddy had failed to mention anything about the hair-trigger temper. I guess he assumed the red hair would clue me in. Did you think one little mage was going to do me in? Jun 26, LooLoo rated it really liked it.