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Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks Series #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

My Favorite Vampire

OK, to date, and I'm including the infamous Edward (both text and film), Vayl is my FAVORITE vampire. If you're into the genre, you've probably come to expect a certain personality stereotype from vampire kind, no matter who's telling the tale: Superior, Infallible, Ar...
OK, to date, and I'm including the infamous Edward (both text and film), Vayl is my FAVORITE vampire. If you're into the genre, you've probably come to expect a certain personality stereotype from vampire kind, no matter who's telling the tale: Superior, Infallible, Arrogant, you get the picture. Vayl is gentler, quiet, unsure, almost vulnerable as far as Jaz is concerned. It warms the heart to see a three hundred year old man reduced to a school boy in pursuit of a woman who is, excuse the pun, clueless when it comes to boys.

And, if that weren't enough, Jaz's mind wanders throughout the book in such spectacular detail that I imagine I could read it a hundred times and still pick out little details I missed. I like characters with active imaginations and Rardin does not disappoint.

posted by Xedra77 on June 30, 2009

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Sanitized Anita Blake

This is a light, fluffy, sanitized clone of Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Vampires in contemporary society: Check. Cute girl always underestimated despite being super-tough: Check. Girl has ambiguous unexplained supernatural powers: Check. Mysterious, powerful, and han...
This is a light, fluffy, sanitized clone of Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Vampires in contemporary society: Check. Cute girl always underestimated despite being super-tough: Check. Girl has ambiguous unexplained supernatural powers: Check. Mysterious, powerful, and handsome vampire partner: Check. Working for/assisting government agency to keep baddies under control: Check.

The only real differences seem to be related to target audience and style - it seems to be almost teen-targeted. While Hamilton never shies from explicit sex and violence, Rardin (at least in this first book) rarely ventures beyond a quick smooch and the baddies go poof rather than leaving inconvenient bodies laying around. Throw in a relatively short lengith, a dose of pop-culture references, some snarky commentary, and a huge dues-ex machina and you end up with a Hamilton-esque book suitable for quick reading on the beach without either having to engage your brain or getting dirty looks from passers-by.

posted by Gougeman on September 15, 2009

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    I thought this book dragged along at a boring rate. The most interesting parts were when Jaz began to remember her black-outs. I like my books to have a strong female lead and a strong male as a love interest, and while Jaz is a strong character, I thought Vayl to be annoying an emotionally weak...and old! I kept picturing a Liam Neeson when I really wanted a David Boreanaz. All in all this book goes on the shelf as a last resort.

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