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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

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    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 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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Good read; well written; not completely formulaic paranormal gen

    Good read; well written; not completely formulaic paranormal genre and somewhat more plausible in the characters and worldbuilding. I did enjoy; but, I think, like another reviewer, this will have trouble standing out from everything flooding the shelves in this genre just from the book cover and blurb on the back cover because while not completely formulaic does not wow me with the originality of the worldbuilding. Having read it, I can recommend even if you are sick to death of vampire tales.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    I haven't had this book as long as some of the others languishin

    I haven't had this book as long as some of the others languishing on my TBR pile. I've been very hesitant to start a new series as it seems to be getting more difficult finding Nook copies of some series at the library and I've just gotten so stingy with my book dollars, that I am very reluctant to just purchase the book (again) without thought or care like I used to.

    Though I consider myself a seasoned veteran of vampire fiction (having sunk my fangs into several of them over the years), Jennifer Rardin is a new to me author. This series is a little different than I've encountered before as well. For one thing, there wasn't a lot of focus on romance. Jaz works for Vayl, who is a CIA assassin and a vampire. Her job is assistant / bodyguard, though does a 200+ year old vampire really need a bodyguard? When you find out what the bad guys have in store for all of humanity and what Jaz and Vayl find themselves going up against, you may want a bodyguard for yourself.

    I wasn't completely ecstatic with the book after I finished and can't say it's the best vampire fiction series I have read, hands down. I can say this book isn't bad if you like feisty characters who can hold their own with all sorts of evil and creepy characters. I will say this book holds a lot of potential that has left me just curious enough to find out what Jaz and Vayl get into next and see if their relationship is just business.

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