Wang Arvid Arvid de Bayramyazı/Elazığ, Turkey
Nice fluff read with some really funny insights on life in a soulless office, at a corporation that literally does nothing. My favorite (and too close to home) jab at management comes when IT gets their entire budget cut, and suddenly a system causes all the exit doors in the building to lock. IT tries to say, "This project [the automatically locking doors] was put on the back burner because of lack of funding" while management screams, "What do mean? There are no higher priorities to this company than not having all of our doors lock at the same time!" Anyone who has ever worked on a software project will want to laugh and cry at the same time.
I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I knew how to add the extra half. I absolutely LOVED the first half of this book and was completely let down by the second half. There are a lot of similarities between this book and the 'Twilight' saga - both the good and the bad parts. The question I have to ask, of both heroines however, is why these women think they can be bullheaded and impulsive when they are dealing with vampires! Maybe they need to pick up an old copy of Salem's Lot. THE GOOD: The historical aspects covered in this book (Harkness is a history professor) really add a certain depth to the story and to the vampire character. Harkenss also has a wine blog, and I loved that she made her vampire a wine connoiseur. The beginning of the story is very believable and I liked toying with the idea that vampires, witches and daemons exist among us. THE BAD: Rather than escalate the love story with more conflict, Harkness's heroine makes rash and stupid decisions that not only jeopardizes her relationship, but her life, as well. At times the narrative read more like a text book than a great piece of fiction and I felt teased with a lack of descriptions on certain things and overdone descriptions on others. I felt that there was a lot of narrative that was unnecessary. It did not advance the plot and became almost tedious at times; I did not need to know every time the heroine took a nap or indulged in a cup of tea. THE UGLY: Some of the scientific explanation made me feel like I was back in a biology lecture (yawn!). The second half of the story just collapsed into cliches and easy explanations. I don't know if I'll be along for book two of the trilogy.
This is a very good book. Especially for a debut. The writing is tight and efficient, packing more into these 160 pages than you'll find in a lot of books twice that size. I'm excited to see what Ms. Amore will do in the future. Highly recommended!