Night Child (OSI Series #1)

Night Child (OSI Series #1)

by Jes Battis
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Night Child (OSI Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Tess is a forensic cop (kinda) in a world populated by demons, vampires (who are demons) and mages (who are part demons). Her most recent case is a dead vampire with no signs of trauma and the address of a 13 yr old girl in his pocket. And the girl, Mia, reminds Tess very much of her childhood friend who died traumatically in a fire, giving Tess plenty of fuel to protect Mia and make sure she doesn't end up like the dead vampire. Close to the end of the book the bad guy says to Tess, "You couldn't do your job right if your life depended on it...You screwed up paperwork, botched evidence, showed up late, clocked out early, got hopelessly confused on your way to the bathroom, and you couldn't even work the photocopier." I don't remember Tess trying to use a photocopier, but sadly the rest is true. Tess is a extremely weak character. She blatantly ignores protocol (despite other people warning her constantly), irritatingly complains about being too old and not powerful enough (she's 24), leaves crime scenes when she's supposed to be in charge, takes an underage suspect to her house after she's been banned from contact with the girl and almost gets her killed. Everyone, including Tess, gets wrapped up in science tech talk, which would be fine for a forensic novel, but the voice is exactly the same every time, which makes characters sound like parrots of each other. And instead of sciencing up the magic Battis mucks up the science, saying that magic (or materia) is really just dark matter and mages can manipulate it..magically. While there are good ideas here, like Derrick, and the demons, and the very concept of the night children, it's lodged like a great meal between some very awkward, and at times down right annoying teeth. As a reader one can see why Tess hasn't advanced anywhere in life, and I had to wonder if Battis wasn't just writing the wrong thing, trying to hammer a more classic fantasy or horror novel into an urban fantasy shape. In short, there are better urban fantasy and paranormal procedurals out there for public and private collections. Contains: violence, language, sexual content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts were well thought out, and gripping, while others read like a child throwing a tantrum at the story? Was very difficult for me to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously lacking. I was determined to read the book since I paid for it. The author seemed to be aiming for something he couldn't quite reach. He made comments about characters being sarcastic a few times and it just did not work. I know sarcasm and these characters were not sarcastic. At all. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never a dull moment! Plot twists and turns that leave the reader guessing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a waste of time. I've been reading a lot of urban fantasy novels recently and some are riveting and exciting and some are not. This book is definitely the latter, it contradicts itself on several occasions. Its very choppy and confusing with plot elements that just don't make any logical sense at all and the protagonist comes off as if she suffers from multiple personality disorder, with the sheer number of times her personality changes throughout the book. I forced myself to finish the book but I will not be reading the other books in the series nor do I recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice read. Too short though. It was also a little confusing when she spent a lot of time admiring women, only to almost have sex with a latin necro.
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Melia4 More than 1 year ago
It started out a little slow, but once it picked up I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see the other stories this author spins.
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OCreader More than 1 year ago
For those who like forensics with a twist, this is your book. Tess is an investigator for the supernatural unit. This book really rocks along, with well-fleshed out characters and interesting plot. There is some romantic involvement, but not as the primary story, just a side plot. It does get a little steamy at one point, though! I can recommend this book whole-heartedly! I hope the author is planning another book!
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