I have a mini review for you today! A mini review is my short and sweet analysis of a book. You'll know in 350 words or less if this is a book I recommend.
Release Date: April 3, 2007 (Original)
Format: Audio MP3 (Tantor Audio, Released August 7, 2009)
Pages: 248(Paperback) / Audio Length: 9 hours
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Source: Overdrive via Download Destination
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Review Date: May 21, 2014
Rating: 2 bookmarks
Synopsis: Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.
Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood.
It was a mistake to listen to this book on audio. Maybe it's better when read, but I'll never know. The narrators voice is so child like that she can't stretch her voice to encompass other characters, only Claire. Sadly it was my own fault that I tried this again on audio, I guess I was being hopeful.
I know this review seems like a downer, but it wasn't all bad. I liked that the characters personalities seemed a tad older and wiser. There was still a lot of teenage angst, but not so much that it was over the top. Except for the handful of times when our heroine was acting like a complete idiot. I was glad to see some progression in the plot. Even though I didn't love the story, the plot progression kept things from getting too boring.
The adults in the story are scary. None of them looked out for the kids, not really. The queen vamp was the least cruel of them all. I almost wonder why there were any parental figures present at all.
I understand that I'm in the minority here because a lot of people seem to love this series, but I have no problem with that. Would I recommend this book? Not likely. On audio? Even less likely. Honestly it surprised me that I didn't like it more. I've read a few of Rachel Caine's adult books and I enjoyed them. If you want to check her out, I recommend her adult stuff. If you're interested, you can read those reviews here: Devil's Bargain | Devil's Due
Happy Reading and Listening,