Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Forbidden by LA Banks

Vampire Huntress, Book 5

Where do I begin with the disappointment? I'm not quite sure. Then again, I read this book in about a day and a half so it couldn't be that disappointing, right? Yes ... I skipped through a lot. This book was chucked full of historical facts, Bible facts and Banks' way of skewing the truth to make it into fact for The Forbidden. What she did was clever, I give her that, but a history lesson was not something I was looking forward to.

The end of days is coming and Armageddon is approaching. Carlos is a male Neteru and has virtually no time to come into his full range of powers, or as many as he can, while Damali has to come into more as well. This book litters our brains with more people to keep track of than you can imagine. Tara makes an appearance in this book (Rider's woman turned vamp) and is partnered with Yonnie so they can figure out why their are no more vampires left except them. Carlos is slowly gripping the fact that he works for The Light and has to learn not to miss what the dark side had once given him. Damali is still just as stubborn as ever, but the female Neteru council whips her ass down so good that I laughed a bit. More variables come into play such as Berkfield's family, Inez, a coven of witches, a cranky old man and a team member being killed at the end during the last battle of the book.

I thought the last battle was beautiful, it was basically the only good thing about the entire book. Sure, if you're a history buff and enjoy fact mixed with fiction, then by all means, enjoy ... But while weaving your way through it all, there is important information mixed in there that you may miss if too much is skipped. Again, the sex scenes are done beautifully (as opposed to vulgar rudeness that I've thrown away books because of) and don't make you cringe in the least. Although the book bored me to pieces, I kept pushing through it just because of the last battle and hint of 'WHAT WAS THAT?' thrown in with Carlos at the end of it.

BTW, Damali was a bad bitch again when she flew solo to go through the levels to get to the chairman. Proud of her again in that respect and is the only reason why this book gets 3 stars instead of 2 1/2.

3 Stars

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