Thursday, August 3, 2017

[Throwback Review]: "A Hunger Like No Other"

Today's Throwback Review is for one that Jen first read years ago, but it's been so long that rereading it now was almost like starting from scratch.

Verdict: It was just as fantastic the second time around! 

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A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books (April 1, 2006)
Series: Immortals After Dark, 2*
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy...

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire...

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

*This is now listed as book 2 because the prequel novella has been changed to book 1

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Jen's Review:

Is there somewhere on the internet where we’ve clearly delineated the process by which some pieces of pop culture seem dated, while others become vintage? And how old does something have to be before we start deciding what’s going to make that cut? It seems to me that a decade is about the right amount of time...and it’s hard to believe that Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other is in the zone. It was published in 2006, and the series is still going strong---and I think this book will be a classic.

A Hunger Like No Other is a paranormal romance, exploring the world of the Lore, the name for the multiple races of supernatural creatures. Lachlain is the King of the Lykae, or werewolves. He’s been taken captive by vampires and tortured for 15 decades in catacombs under Paris. One day, though, he catches the scent of his mate, and desperate to find the woman he’s been hoping to find for centuries, he escapes (it’s gruesome) only to discover that she’s a vampire. Emmaline Troy is a baby as immortals go, only seventy years old. She’s sweet, untested, and completely unprepared to be claimed by a sworn enemy of her coven.

If you are not a fan of the “mated by destiny” trope, then this book is not for you. However, I really love these stories. It's basically the equivalent of firing Cupid’s arrows at two people and then trapping them in an elevator together. I don’t know what it says about me, but I just love seeing characters tortured by fate. What do people learn about who they really are when they are backed against a wall? In this case, it’s fun to watch Emma learn she’s stronger than she thinks. She’s always thought of herself as meek and mild, but surprises herself by refusing to be pushed around by Lachlain. And although Lachlain has a powerful urge to claim his mate, he’s determined to woo her and win her rather than bend her to his will. Eventually, they learn to accept each other and to accept themselves.

The book is also successful at marrying the romance and action plots in a balanced, satisfying way. A war is brewing between the different classes of creatures, and Lachlain and Emma are torn between their new relationship, their rival clans, and outside threats.  Emma knows that she can vanquish her own enemies, but she is determined to fight her own battles instead of relying on her mate to save her. I love Kresley Cole for writing a book where the relationship makes Emma stronger and more confident. I especially love a book where the female character is the star of the action sequences, and not just an afterthought shrieking in a corner until it’s all over.

A Hunger Like No Other has so much going on, but it was easier to follow with the summary of the various races and their abilities at the beginning of the book. Obviously, this first installment was laying the groundwork for a series, although I doubt Kresley Cole suspected it would still be going strong ten years and 15+ books later. Even though I enjoyed this book a lot, I don’t know if I will keep reading about Kresley Cole’s immortals. It’s funny how a series of 3 or 4 books seems manageable, but once I know I’m on the hook for 15 more books, I’m hesitant to continue. My library only has a few of them digitally, and with each book being $7, buying the entire series would cost almost $150! However, the supporting characters are so compelling and interesting, I’m sure I’ll want to read at least a few more. 


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Jen bought this book.

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Thanks for the review, Jen!

I adored this series! I really should do a reread of the series -- and then finally catch up on the last . . . 4, I think? Such a fantastic world, and I love the humor and snark, as well as everything else you point out.

By the way, dear readers: I highly, HIGHLY rec this series in audio, too. Robert Petkoff has an amazing voice and does a fantastic job with the performance. His Scottish accents for his heroes in particular are totally swoon-worthy. I mean, total eargasm listening to these audiobooks, trust me! :)

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on August 31st for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!


Until Next Time,

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