To be frank, I’m just not interested in getting too bogged down in reviewing and rating books on my own blog, especially the ones that may have been so-so. I know myself well enough to realise I could easily slide down the path of other well known review sites I refuse to visit by becoming insulting, obnoxious and pretentious under the veneer of so-called humour.
That being said, I also want to be honest (to others and to myself) and talk about why some books hit or missed with me. It’s not something I intend to do very often, but I think my ‘tasting’ format will let me do this and still give you all enough information to make a decision about whether or not you want to try the story for yourselves.
After all, we all have different tastes and something that didn’t hit my reader’s buttons could easily intrigue yours. 🙂
So, here goes and please let me know what you think…
Wages of Sin by Jenna MacLaine
Dulcinea Craven descends from a long line of witches, and she has just inherited wild, untrained magical powers that she has no idea how to control. Now a ruthless vampire and an age-old demon are determined to enslave Cin and steal her power for their own. Her only hope is The Righteous, a band of warrior vampires who slay the rogue undead. Among them is Michael, a fierce swordsman who inflames Cin’s most primal hungers. Showing her a sensual pleasure beyond anything in the mortal realm, she must choose between the human existence she has always known, and immortality as a vampire—a new life filled with forbidden urges, dark yearning, and unearthly passions…
Why I bought it:
I’m always on the lookout for new authors to read and this looked interesting.
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ I read the blurb and expected urban fantasy. As soon as I started reading the story I realised it was historical. Those of you who’ve become familiar with my tastes realise I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction. I have to be seriously in the mood for it and even then I have my authors who I prefer to read. I felt blindsided and unfortunately because of this couldn’t get into the story.
Like~ The author’s writing style is very readable/ accessible/ whatever… you get the point!
Dislike~ I kept reading and thinking to myself when are they going to start calling her ‘Cin’?? I know; it’s such an utterly ridiculous thing to get stuck on! I also vaguely wondered why they would call her that because she seemed pretty righteous to me. *shrugs* No doubt I would have found out later in the book.
Like~ I liked the secondary characters. In fact, I liked them even more than I did the main characters, who I couldn’t really connect with. I particularly enjoyed the housekeeper (mother) and companion (daughter) to the female protag and their relationship with her.
So, what I think:
Although this was a DNF for me, I think it will appeal to those interested in an historic spin on the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.