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Book Review: Thirst by Claire Farrell (A Vampire Tale Set in Ireland)

Another Irish writer – always good to find  one of those 


Book One in the Ava Delaney Series.
Thirst is a nice change of pace from the typical vampire universe – the vamps in this book are not the usual heartthrobs of modern YA stories. In fact, they’re quite unattractive and smell of rot. Lovely! Their bodies begin to decompose if they don’t have fresh blood, and they’re not exactly great in the bedroom department. No fresh blood means no particular body parts getting what they need to perform…

Ava isn’t your usual kick-ass heroine either. She gets pinned down a lot, is as physically strong as about the average woman, until she learns to embrace who she is.

thirstAva is a twenty-five year old hybrid (human-vampire) living in an unnamed city in Ireland. She keeps to herself, too afraid to get close to humans in case she attacks them. Her mother was bitten while she was in the womb, and as a result, Ava ingested poison. She’s a daywalker and thirsts for human blood, but she lacks  vampire strength, or so she believes.

When she saves a human from becoming a vampire’s meal, she unintentionally binds that human, Carl, to her. He becomes her slave, and Ava sets about trying to undo this accident. She meets a vampire hunter, Peter, and some kind of magical being, Eddie. Suddenly, Ava is the hunted one. In a world where vampires haven’t been able to turn humans in over a century, Ava represents hope to their dying race.

This is a quick, enjoyable read, just right if you want to spend a few lazy hours curled up on the couch. There’s no real romance here, unless you count Carl’s minion-like adoration for Ava, or the tentative attraction between Ava and Peter. It’s actually refreshing for a vampire novel not to have any love triangles or angsty romantic undertones.

Peter was probably the most interesting character for me. We know his family was killed by supernaturals, but how? He’s not your typical six foot plus hunk of a hero either. Peter’s an average attractive guy who can handle himself. I liked Peter and hope he plays a bigger role in the second novella in this series, Taunt.

One thing I felt the story lacked was setting. There wasn’t much description in this book, so I found I had to simply imagine my own landscape. Also, there was a lot of dialogue. That being said, it piqued my interest enough to go and buy the second in the series. Thirst is free from Amazon, so why not give it a go, and see if this series is for you. ****

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Has anyone read or heard of the Ava Delaney series?


Book Review: Duplicity (Spellbound #2) by Nikki Jefford – Witchy Delight

Shame on me for not getting to this book sooner. I read and was highly entertained by the first in the trilogy, Entangled, last year. Why the follow up slipped through my net, I don’t know. I woke in the middle of the night recently with back pain and knew there was no getting back to sleep, so I grabbed my Kindle and got reading. I read this in a few hours, finishing about 4am. Totally distracted me from the pain – nice one!

If you haven’t read the first book, beware of SPOILERS and stuff that may not make much sense.

duplicitySince the last book, Graylee is getting along fine in Stacey’s body. She goes by Lee now. Lee’s mom is dating Stacey’s dad, so Lee gets to spend a lot of time with her mother. Her relationship with Raj is stronger than ever. All in all, life is pretty good these days. That is until her twin sister, Charlene, walks through the door claiming to be Gray. But Lee (in Stacey’s body) is Gray; she’s just in a different body. How can there be two of the same people? Are you still with me? I think I lost myself there, actually. Anyway, something magical and potentially dangerous is going on, and they figure it’s down to the dirty rotten scoundrel of a sorcerer, Adrian.

I felt for Gray. She comes back from oblivion only to find Raj happily going out with Lee. Where does she fit in? Her mother already has a version of Gray in Lee. It seems like the only one really happy to have Gray around is Adrian. The separation of Gray and Lee was very well done. Despite these two starting out as the same person, it’s made clear they’re different “entities” now. In the past year, Lee’s personality has changed a little. She’s in the body of someone else, living with Stacey’s father as Stacey, so of course she’s going to grow up and develop. Gray, however, is the same. She doesn’t have the recent life experience of Lee. She’s raw Gray – if that makes any sort of sense.

I’d love to know more about oblivion. The concept of souls isn’t explored in these books. How can there be one soul in two different bodies, and where was Gray before she suddenly puffed into existence in her sister’s body, and what are they going to do about Charlene’s soul just hovering around in France without a body? These are questions I’d like to see come into focus in the final book in the trilogy. From the sneak peek at the back of the book, we get to follow Gray in her new life in Barcelona. I visited that beautiful city last summer, so I’m looking forward to immersing myself in all things Catalan in Enchantment.

Entertaining and fast-paced, I sped through Duplicity just as I did Entangled. I liked all the characters in this book, something that rarely happens. Nikki Jefford is a talented author. Bring on book 3, Enchantment, out soon. ****

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Do you like stories about magic and witches? Have you read any of Nikki’s books?