Friday, March 9, 2012

[Blog Tour Review]: "The Half-Breed Vampire"

The Half-Breed Vampire by Theresa Meyers
Publisher: Harlequin (February 21, 2012)
Series: Sons of Midnight, 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Summary (
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have….

As a game warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to hunt down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can't afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion…even as the unfolding truth of Slade's identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred.

Where to Buy*:
More Info:
Where to Find Theresa:
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Other Books in the Series:
Click on the covers to buy from; the title links to the book's excerpt on the author's website.
Book 1: The Truth About Vampires
Book 2: The Vampire Who Loved Me

My Review:

Vampires have recently came out of the closet (er, grave), and so far have a pretty decent relationship with the mortals. But the mortals don't know that there are other things that go bump in the night. So when problems arise with the local Weres, the clan must try to take care of things—without the humans finding out.

One of their own, a fairly new vampire, Slade Donovan, is put on the case. But he's not doing so alone, oh no. He'll be working with a local Game Warden, Raina Ravenwing, a normal human (or so they think). When the skeletons in his closet come out, no one's more surprised then Slade—and he might just have more in common with those mangy fur-balls than he ever dreamed of...

The Half-Breed Vampire was a quick read, and one that managed to capture most of my attention. However, while the storyline by itself would have been interesting, the way it was told left me a bit disappointed and wanting more.

The story seemed too rushed, with about a dozen twists and secrets thrown in within only a handful of pages. It was simply too much for me to take in—just when I'd start to come to terms with one sudden plot twist, another one was thrown in my face .And all these twists lead to a story that seemed bogged down by them rather than a fast-paced adventure, like it could have been.

Raina and Slade were not the deepest of characters. They could have used more development, more substance. And the chemistry between them seemed more like a joke. I just couldn't see it, though I dearly wanted to. Slade's declaration of love (if you can call it that) came out of the blue and had nothing to back it up. I was simply left wanting after reading their supposed love story.

I think one of the things that annoyed me the most was the fact that Slade kept information from Raina. At the beginning of the book, he comes across her while fighting some Weres (he doesn't know who she is yet) and does something he knows she won't like. So he uses his vampire abilities to erase her memory of the night. But even after everything they went through together, he never tells her what he did. It's as if he simply forgot the incidence (or the author did). But I didn't. The last page came and went and I was still waiting for him to explain how they actually first met! But it never came. And that bugged me, as I know if I was Raina, I would kill him for not telling me, especially after we're supposed to be in love.

3 STARS! An okay read, but nothing spectacular in my opinion. The story simply had too many ideas thrown in, and none of them were fully developed. Everything—from the story to the vampires abilities and ways—seemed like one big magic trick: glitzy and well-practiced...and entirely too fake for my tastes. While it had potential, by the end I was simply looking forward to moving on to a new book. The Half-Breed Vampire is full of paranormal twists (and even a goddess thrown in for fun) but for me it ended up being only “average”. Maybe one day I'll go back and read the rest of this series, but only when I have some spare time and nothing pressing to read.

I received a PDF of this book from Bewitching Blog Tours, as part of their virtual blog tour for Theresa Meyers.

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Until Next Time,
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DBookWhore said...

The cover is steamy!!! To bad it is only an okay read the cover alone makes me want to jump in. I think you should use crowns to rate books, because you are The Book Queen!!

The_Book_Queen said...

Hi DBookWhore! :) Thanks for stopping by!

I do love the cover--and while I won't be pushing recommendations on this one, I do still think that if it sounds/looks interesting to you, go for it! Plus, I'm sure that if you have an e-reader, the books might be fairly cheap on some of the retailers, if not now then perhaps in the future. :)

Thanks for the suggestion--I've seriously considered it! In fact, I may just do it one of these days when I have a few spare hours to work on graphics and updating pages, etc. :)


Julianne said...

I thought the combination of Vampire and were would be an interesting story. The cover is awesome. Thanks for sharing your review. I'm following the book tour, is there a giveaway on this stop?
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Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I had to come check out your review! Well done... you know I didn't love this one either. Not terrible, just meh.

The_Book_Queen said...

Hi Jen!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

It's hard to review a 'meh' book. I mean, it's still worth reading (for those that have yet to do so), but it's not one of those "go out and buy NOW" books, and I think sometimes people just see the average rating and write the book off completely, which is not what I want them to do at all! *SIGH*