Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Awakening by LA Banks

Vampire Huntress, Book 2

This book was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster for me. I still have my problems with it but overall, it was better than the first.

For one, I feel like there isn't enough action. There's also so much dialogue that you really get sick of it all and want to skip through a lot of it. Not to mention, some of it is repeated and you're ready to beat your face in. Two, I said the book was an emotional roller coaster and it was. There was a point in the book where Damali found out the Carlos was turned and it broke my heart. Shattered it. I even put the book down and decided to turn in early, but got back up and finished reading the entire thing.

I've loved a lot of heroes in books before, but this book makes Carlos my favorite by far. Even though he made so many bad choices, he was still a man ... A real man ... A smart man .... A man in love. And him being in love is the only reason things turned out the way they did. The ending, also, broke my heart because now I feel like I'm so invested in Carlos to a point where I don't care about Damali. I actually don't even care about the members of her team ... Except Dan. I kind of dig Dan and don't yet know why.

The amount of flat talking (borderline ghetto) vampires and demons annoyed me. The song lyrics were horrible and I'm actually ready for Marlene to bite it. When on stage, I don't believe it. She has to perform in a stadium and you've got one guy on a guitar and someone on a cowbell and someone on conga and I just don't believe it, at all. I cannot picture them playing instruments, at all. Then again ... I have a hard time picturing the characters as, for me, the descriptions were not clear.

Overall, better than the first, but I really hope the third one picks up.

3 1/2 Stars
IR: Carlos Rivera (Latin)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Minion by LA Banks

Vampire Huntress Legend, Book 1

I hadn't really been too interested in reading anything by LA Banks until I came across the Neteru Academy book 1 so since this came up in my good reads group, I was more apt to give it a shot. Damali Richards is a Neteru-to-be and has a group of guardians around her who protect her like the baby sister. At 20 years old, and turning 21 in a few days, she has powers filling her body that she can't control and her 'mother' Marlene won't tell her about until nearly the end of the book. Carlos Rivera is a latino drug dealer who ends up being the vampire assigned to bring her in for a ritual ... To get her pregnant and create vampires that can walk during the day.

I think my only gripe, not only about this book, but I had the same gripe about the first Dark Swan book ... Why must the strong females always need to be impregnated? Whatever ... The book was actually pretty good although I felt like a lot of the conversations were so long and drawn out. They could have been cut down and simply told as part of the story instead of dialogue that I had no interest in reading, but had to in order to understand things.

This is the first book in the series so they tell you many things that you need to know in order to progress and usually that makes it not very fun to read. Yet and still, I finished it in about 2 days and am looking forward to book 2 which I will probably start tomorrow.

3 Stars
IR: Carlos Rivera (latin)