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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Review of "First Drop of Crimson" by Jeaniene Frost


Yay! Finally another review. I would say I've been busy, but really, I think I've just been lazy. Or in a reading slump. And it's not like I don't want to read, because I do, I just have so much to read, so many good books to dive into, that I can't pick which one to move onto next. But I think I have finally moved past this, or at least I've managed to read something and do a review. So here we are! Reviewing "First Drop of Crimson" by Jeaniene Frost.

Quick Disclaimer: I, the reviewer, bought this book myself. I was not given this book, nor any money, in exchange for a review. Though I wouldn't complain if it happened. Just saying.

From the back of the book:
" The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows - her best friend and half-vampire Cat Crawfield - an she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family's past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness - and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortals who lusts for a taste of her. He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human - even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together... "

Alrighty! Sounds good, huh? It was. Jeaniene Frost is one of my favorite authors, and I'll admit to not even reading the back of the book until now. I knew she had a new book coming out, and I dived on it the second I saw it. I absolutely love the Cat and Bones books, even when I want to strangle Cat for being stubborn, I also want to hug Jeaniene Frost for keeping Cat in character. And I believe the same goes for Spade and Denise in this, their own book.

Denise appears several times in the Night Huntress series, those that feature Cat as the main character, so you already have some sense of what she's like. Same with Spade, since he appears several times to help Bones out when necessary. But it was good to finally see these characters in their own spotlight. Normally I would complain about the occasional mopey-ness of Denise, but considering her background, both what the reader knows from the Night Huntress books, as well as what we find out about her life since then in this book, she has every right to be. And I like that Jeaniene Frost keeps these horrors in mind when writing this book, because Denise won't be happy-go-lucky all the time, she's going to get depressed, or upset, or fear she's failed people.

A few weeks ago, Jeaniene Frost put some quotes from "First Drop of Crimson" up on her livejournal, and reading them, I honestly thought this book was going to be a little more... funny than it turned out to be. Which I thought would put it at odds with the supposedly dire straits that Denise, and therefore Spade, are in. But it turns out, this book is the perfect mix of the darkness and drama needed to make it a good story, and the lighthearted funny moments that make you sit back and smile, maybe even chuckle a little, because you need to break the tension. For example, I won't say who, but someone starts singing "Pirates of Penzance" because he or she is drunk. And it's definitely one of my favorite scenes from the book, even if it is a short bit.

The only thing I could find to complain about was that I would have loved another good fight scene. Don't get me wrong, there are enough in the book to make it nail-bitingly awesome, but I just love a good fight scene, I can't help myself. I love getting the chance to see the heroes and heroines in action. And part of me wanted to see Ian, Bones, and Spade bicker a bit more, just for the fun of it. I can't help myself, I think their friendship is just adorable.

All that said, I'm giving "First Drop of Crimson" by Jeaniene Frost a FIVE out of FIVE. I loved it, I'm so reading this again and again, and trust me, I've already recommended the Night Huntress series to everyone I know that would be interested, and quite a few that aren't. Good thing I have a huge pile (and by pile, I mean three shelves) of To Be Read books, otherwise I would go crazy waiting for the next book in the series.

Hope you all get a chance to check out "First Drop of Crimson," or any of the Night Huntress novels by Jeaniene Frost. And as always, Happy Reading!
~!~Morning Glow

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