In her debut novel Jeannie Holmes takes the reader in the world of the FBPI (Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations) and a small town that is having some serious vampire trouble:
Now when you think of vampires causing a stir in a small town, normally you think they are chasing after the virgin daughter of the farmer, however, in this small town something different is happening. Some of the human have waged war on the vampire population living in their town and are willing to stop at nothing to see it happen. Enforcer Alex Sabin is with the FBPI and is responsible for Jacksonville, however, most of the local sheriff and police department do not respect or even like her because she is a vampire. However, Alex is the local paranormal expert and when Vampires are involved Alex is front and center. But these murders have a link to Alex's past and it is one that she is not sure that she wants to uncover the truth.
I've had this book on my shelf for almost a year now, and I kept passing it by as I was not into vampire based paranormal books for awhile. They were all sounding the same and having the same characters in them, that I was really looking for something different. This book took me a bit to get into this book and once I got halfway through I find that Holmes found her stride and the story became one that I did not want to put down.
I do not think that Holmes brought anything new to the paranormal genre, but Holmes did a good job of using what is already out there. I liked Holmes use of the FBPI and the integration into the American government and I also liked the anti-vampire sentiment of the people of the town were used. I think that Holmes was able to portray very real emotion and reason as to book. however, the story was well written and entertaining especially the second half of the book. This is one of the better books for combining supernatural creatures and law enforcement.
I did not mind Alex a s female lead, yes she was head strong but I think that Holmes did a good job in making her vulnerable but strong at the same time. However, there were times when I wanted to smack her for thinking that she always knows best and not taking others into consideration. I think my favorite part is when Alex interacts with her mother, nice to know that even vampires can be stopped by their mother's just saying their names. I wasn't the biggest fan of the relationship between Alex and Varik, I'm not too sure why, I just didn't feel the spark. I personally want know more about Stephen,
I think that Holmes did a good job with her first book I am interested to see how Alex's powers develop. So I will be picking up the next book in the series.
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