Saturday, January 23, 2010

Review: Midnight's Daughter

Title: Midnight's Daughter (Book 1 in the Dorina Basarab series)
Author: Karen Chance
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.

Now Dory’s vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula) infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.

Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, and when Dory has to go up against him, she’ll take all the help she can get…

I was hesitant to get this mainly because of the dhamphir storyline, but I picked it up because it's Karen Chance and I've always enjoyed her work. I found myself very glad to have bought it.

Per Ms. Chance's norm, this was a fast paced book, filled with action, humor, and loads of sexual tension. I love that she managed to work in flashbacks of Dory's past but she did it in a way that you barely noticed the transition from first to third person--which is usually a pet peeve of mine.

Karen Chance has a real talent for first person point of view and bringing a fresh tone to it for different characters. A lot of the time, I'll read an author whose Voice stays the same regardless of the character, but I never see that with Karen Chance.

I was a little disappointed that Dory and Louis-Cesare didn't get together, and it got where I couldn't figure out who I wanted to cheer for--Louis-Cesare or Caedmon! But I have high hopes for the second book.

The fight scenes were amazing, the plot well thought out. I loved Claire, Dory's Roommate, and her little note-writing quirk was cute and funny.

Overall, this book was really good. Action packed, fast paced, humorous, sexy as hell, and I can't wait to read the second book!

Rating: 4 Stars

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