Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

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Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

Rhiannon's Law, #1

There's a lot to like about this novel.  The characters are all, without any reservation, unique and interesting people.  I had my doubts about a couple of them, the words 'too good to be true' flashed through my head, but all in all I can happily report I enjoyed the interactions and developments.

I also appreciated the fact that despite the fact that Rhiannon mentioned, more than once, that Disco was smoking hot, she didn't jump on the vampire love train.  She has some deep-rooted issues that would probably give a therapist nightmares, but more than that she had a confidence in herself.  Perhaps an overconfidence, bordering on suicidal at times, but she could take care of herself.

Character development wasn't rushed or choppy, I felt the flow was very smooth and made sense as the characters progressed.  Many of the choices Rhiannon made were basic survival choices, especially any of the ones involving Disco or her latent abilities, but that didn't stop them from feeling right for her character.

I honestly had only one huge problem with the novel; Rhiannon curses like they are the only words she knows.  She cursed more often in the first three chapters of the book then I've seen in the last dozen novels I've read.  Its not a good sign if most of the secondary cast has to ask her to tone down her crudeness twice every chapter or so.  At first I chalked it up to Saare wanting to give Rhiannon a 'street girl' sort of toughness, but as it continued it began to rob me of the enjoyment I was getting from the story.  By the fourth chapter every time she cursed I was pulled out of the story and ended up switching to a different novel.

The ending is a cliffhanger for the overall arc of the series, but not for the main storyline's arc.  If you don't mind an overabundance of f-bombs, I recommend you give this a read.  Rhiannon is, when she's being civil, the sort of urban fantasy star that could teach a few of the current crop a thing or two.

Book Blurb for Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

Rhiannon's Law, Book 1

After leaving the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York, Rhiannon Murphy is eager for a clean slate and fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance, she's managed to keep her nasty habit of seeing dead people hidden from those around her--until now.

The dangerous and deliciously sexy vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her club to ask for help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind, she quickly gets the vibe that he's not exactly the kind of guy you tell no.

Yet in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it's only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone is killing vampires to steal their hearts and, unlike Rhiannon, this isn't their first stroll around the undead block.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Includes violence, strong language, and references to sexual abuse that may disturb some readers. Oblique references to '80s films are hidden here and there, which could result in tickling your geek-like fancy.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 3.50