Series: Nightsiders Book #1
Author: Susan Krinard
Genre: Romance/Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Blurb: Human/vampire relations are in turmoil in a stunning new series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Krinard
Tensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. And like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She’s a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He’s a vampire and represents everything she loathes-and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate…and could explode like the fragile truce they’ve both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world’s last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world.
Thoughts: First off, let me say that paranormal romances are my favorite genre. I love how authors can take us into a completely new world, and make it so very believable. I especially love when they can spin it in a totally new way and make it sound so plausible. It’s a real credit to the author when they can come up with a new world, or a new planet, and really suck readers into a story. With that said, I really liked the idea behind this novel. Reading the blurb, I was really excited about it. And while I enjoyed it, I did have a big critique on it.
There is just so much going on in this story. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, when it comes to a book with the length of a Harlequin Nocturne novel it can detract from the story – and the characters. For me, it felt like I spent so much time trying to sort out the world, the different types of vampires/creatures, the subdivisions of vampires/creatures, the factions, etc. that it was difficult to become fully engaged with the characters and their story. I felt like the world would have been better served with a much lengthier book. All this information just felt crammed into this novel.
The story is well-written, but too jam-packed – enough so that the story itself suffers for it. However, on a more positive note, with all the groundwork laid out in this book hopefully it won’t be an issue for the next one in the series!