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Posted January 3, 2014
Bad-ass heroine + hot male hero + unpredictable plot twists = AWESOME NOVEL.
I really loved this novel. It’s not the first time I read urban fantasy books. Also not the first time I read about a world wherein vampires, werewolves and leprechauns exist but this is unquestionably one of my favorites!
The idea of Nina and the team, the Blood Ops, working for the Department of Defense is exceptional. Having an Aunt who is a witch, a vampire for a best friend and another best friend who is a banshee clearly states that Nina’s life is anything but boring.
First, let’s talk about the Bad-ass Heroine. The funny lines and her attempts at being normal at the beginning connected me right away with Nina. She was bad-ass at times and clumsy on the other, which is pretty hilarious. All throughout the book, Nina was discovering more of herself and her parents. She was evolving into an even more kick-ass character.
Let’s get to the hot male hero. A vampire named Marcello(not the hot one I’m talking about) attacked Nina at Babe’s, which our hot male character, Max, saves our heroine. And what do you know, Max is an FBI agent! They’re growing relationship with each other is sweet and gradual.
For the plot twists, well you read that she’s half vampire right? I recommend you read this to know what the other half is.
So for Urban Fantasy fans out there, this book is for you. (If you’re a fan of Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Banshee, Leprechauns or just looking for a great read about bad-ass characters) Hell’s Belle is absolutely one of the series you should watch out for. I need the sequel like tomorrow! And no, I’m not kidding.
Posted December 25, 2013
A PARANORMAL with a KICK-ASS, ACCIDENT-PRONE Heroine!
Nina Martinez is part vampire and a member of Blood Ops, an elite, top-secret Department of Defense team. Blood Ops cleans up crimes related to supernaturals.
This is a paranormal read with a few twists. Nina's parents were violently murdered when she was young and her fellow Blood Ops' associates are the closest thing to family she has known. Nina possesses some special “gifts” that make her a target for the same killer that targeted her parents over 30 years ago - but Nina isn't aware of the threat to her or of her "gifts". Blood Ops has successfully kept her hidden until recently when Nina needed some space and returned to the area of her childhood home.
When a string of murders results in the team partnering with an FBI agent named Max, secrets from her past are revealed and the action intensifies. Nina must protect herself and others from the killer(s) while also discovering who and what she is.
The theme in this book follows the path other authors have taken with a few original twists. As a heroine, Nina was somewhat of an anomaly to me as she's a kickass heroine who is also terribly accident-prone. There are quite a few paranormal elements represented: vampires, demons, and witches, banshees, ghosts, haunted hotels, a supernatural mafia and politics. There is a bit of romance but this is not a romantic story; Max is not a typical tortured hero so I'm curious to see where her relationship with Max will proceed in the next book.
The story held my interest and I would like to see where Karen Greco will take this series with her next book.
Posted December 15, 2013
Nina Martinez is part of an elite, top-secret Department of Defense team knows as Blood Ops. They are the clean-up crew for crimes of the supernatural variety. (Yes, I know, supernatural investigation teams seem to be pretty popular these days.) Nina has some special “gifts” of her own that make her a useful member of this team. Unfortunately, they also make her a target for the same people that killed her parents over 30 years ago. When a string of murders results in the team partnering (in Nina’s case, in more ways than one!) with an FBI agent named Max, things get even more interesting, especially when secrets from her past are revealed. Can Nina stop the killing and survive her own internal struggle?
There were some interesting elements to this story, but I’m not sure that it was anything new, anything that hasn’t already been done by others. You’ve got vampires, demons, and witches. (Oh, my!) There’s also a banshee, so maybe that’s new, but you don’t meet her until the end and she doesn’t play a role in the story. Mayor Cory Booker has a bit part in the Prologue, which was interesting. It was reminiscent of Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series in a way, although I don’t think it is as well-written (and I’m not a huge fan of Harrison’s series). If you like kick-ass (but strangely accident prone—I lost count of how many times Nina fell, tripped, dropped things, spilled things, etc.) heroines and supernatural shenanigans, you’ll probably want to give this one a read. I’d read a second installment if there is one, just to see where this team is going to go.
Posted October 14, 2013
A lighthearted paranormal UB with vampires, witches, ghosts and banshees.
A hybrid half-breed vamp who fights to rid the city of rogue supernaturals.
Only skims the surface on each aspect of the story, both the characters and the world building.
So eventhough I can't fault the author on enthusiasm the story lacked depth. The framework, ideas and creativity are evident, but the author needs to give the reader something they can connect with. It also suffered from too many ingredients in the stew.
If you cram everything in one book then there are less surprises to look forward to in the next one.
The author does seem to have a good sense of humour, so I think this cliché filled Urban Fantasy could be much better.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Posted March 18, 2014
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