Midnight's Daughter

Midnight's Daughter What an excellent first introduction to a UF seriesWhatever control I may have acquired through long centuries of practice, I m still a monster And like the one who sired me, I ll always love death and destruction a little bitthan anything, or anyone, else. UF heroines are usually some of my favorite female characters ever written And Dorina Basarab has definitely been added to this list Dorina is a dhampir, half vampire and half human Because of what she is, she s been an outcast all her life as vampires hate dhampirs and humans fear her kind Most dhampirs don t have long life spans mostly because of their uncontrollable fits of rages, but Dorina has managed to build a life for herself, using her skills and her anger to kill vampires and demons who need killing I loved Dorina She s got a ton of attitude, she s snarky and kick assShe s also the bastard daughter of Mircea, who is a very powerful vampire, which also makes her the niece of Dracula aka Vlad Dorina and Mircea has quite a stormy relationship, he s definitely not the best father, and Dorina kind of hates him When Dorina s best friend and roommate Claire goes missing and she s unable to find any clues about who had taken her, she gets a little desperate Which is why when Mircea asks her for her help in finding Dracula, who has escaped from his prison, and promises to help her find Claire, she s unable to refuse But she s definitely not happy with the partner her father insist she works with, an arrogant and condescending vampire, Louis Cesare However, having fought against Uncle Dracula before, she knows she needs all the help she s going to get Everything about you is provoking, he breathed Your voice saying outrageous things, your body striding up and down, giving me orders, and your tasteSparks flew between Dorina and Louis Cesare, and I loved their banter and how both tried to be the one in charge of their mission At first I didn t like Louis Cesare because of the way he looked down on Dorina, but after finding out about his horrible past I understood him better It also helped that he changed towards Dorina thehe got to know her and her equally painful past I loved the intense attraction between them, and I really hope there will be a romance for them in this seriesThe author created a wonderful and very interesting world with the fey, mages, demons, vampires, trolls and nulls Claire is a null, which is a witch or wizard who can t do magic but they can block out magical energy I also really enjoyed the relationships between Dorina and her father, which is definitely very strained, but after how the book ended, I hope that things can change between them The plot was also fast paced and full of action, which I enjoyed very muchI have not read her other series, Cassie Palmer, which I believe somehow ties in with this one, but I never felt lost while reading this bookThis was a fantastic first installment and I loved it I cannot wait to read the next book Highly recommended to all UF fans. My socks have been rocked I ran out of stock around midnight and dropped by a place, got some Chinese I hoped he meant takeout Mu shu pork he told me indignantly I held off from immediately jumping into the Dorina Basarb series, a spin off of the Cassie Palmer novels by Karen Chance, for a couple of reasons 1 I have some quirks with the Cassie Palmer books that I feared could spill over into this seriesand2 I wasn t sure if I wanted to invest in a series with such a long wait between novels In my perfect world, I d get two books per year when it comes to my fave series, not one every TWO years.So it took quite a while to get around to this, but I am so glad I finally did.This spin off series centers around Dorina Basarab, a dhampir vampire human hybrid assassin Not quite enough of either species, Dorina s kind is rare and doesn t fit anywhere in either society It doesn t help that she is subject to rages that cause her to black out and endanger not only those around her, but herself as well.It turns out she is the daughter of the great and powerful Mircea Basarab, and he needs her skills to help capture her uncle and his brother, Dracula, who has escaped from prison Crazy and dangerous, this is a tall order, so Mircea also adds another master vampire to the mix, Louis Cesare The goal is for Dorina and Louis Cesare to work together, but we all know the results when you try to mix oil and vinegar.This book was a lot of fun This series has beaten the odds and has become an instant favorite, regardless of the lag time It s missing my biggest annoyances with the Cassie books an irritating love triangle and Cassie herself I m not just a fan, sorry Dorina is muchlikeable heroine for me I laughed, I cried okay, not really , I QUOTED Chance really knows how to write compelling and downright delicious male characters Louis Cesare has shot up on my list of book crushes He s an amazing fighter, and the chemistry with Dorina is crazy good It doesn t feel like your run of the mill relationship like with so many other novels It s dynamic, it s got room to evolve, he isn t invisible, and Dorina actually can take care of herself quite well It feels really natural, or about as natural as you can expect for supernaturals.Another pleasant surprise was Mircea After reading the Cassie books we re only used to Mircea the lover and powerful Senate member In these books we get to see Mircea the father While we see the Senate member too, I really appreciate this perspective of him because it addsdepth to the character for me I like himandbecause we seeof his vulnerability here as opposed to the Cassie books When it comes to Dorina, you can tell that he doesn t have all of the answers, even when he tries to save face It s a subtle chink in his armor and I love it This is about as great of a start as one could hope for I finished this book and couldn t wait to dive in to the next one I think it s needless to say that I highly recommend this one Review also posted to . I am sure there is a perfectly good reason why my niece is naked and tied to her bed I am also equally certain that I do not wish to hear it I ve been reading the Cassie Palmer series for years but never had an urge to pick this side series up I ve finally succumbed to temptation, probably because I had it on my shelf forever and it popped up as a group read with Girls, Guns and Grimoires While I liked the tone of Cassie s stories , this one was also good in its own way.It follows the standard fare with UF Girl with powers who is tough and has a stick up the butt about certain issues In this case Dory hates daddy dearest, the vampire Mircea from the Cassie series, vampires in general, most other supes, andwell, almost just people in general She clearly doesn t have friends other than contacts she s willing to kill if things annoy her, with the exception of one who is currently missing At first her attitude was abrasive and irritating, but she grows on me as her personality thaws when faced with other people she starts warming up to.Besides Mircea, Louis Cesare is around from the Cassie series, but we see completely different sides of his personality here At first he s an ass, then he s rather whiny, but then he s likable again There is a disconnect with the vampire Mircea, a lack of warmth that shows some emotion at the end, and if it weren t for knowing his feelings in the Cassie series, I d hate him along with Dory For now I think there s a lot of emotion left to reveal and stuff he s holding back from his daughter.The world building is unique enough as it stays in the Cassie series but has Dory be a halfbreed between half vampire and half human, sometimes consumed with berserker rages that block her memory and bring out her violence There s fae here too and for once I dig them usually I find them irritating or too cruel, but I m intrigued by the king and hope he comes up in the second book a few times Yummy stuff.The story isn t too rich as it s mainly a hunt and fight kind of gig Dory and Louis must work together and they don t actually solve much Who they re looking for ends up on their doorstep in one way or another anyway and the fights mainly come to them Dory isn t so badass that she doesn t get knocked around, and it didn t irritate me because this put in a touch of realism Overall it was a decent Urban Fantasy opening Characters are likable enough but I m not hooked on any of them The story was semi strong but nothing that stands out in memory Karen Chance writes well with dialogue and description and while her Cassie series is overdone with too much action and not enough pause here she calms down and dishes out normal sized servings of action between breaks.If you re a fan of the Cassie series, then definitely pick this one up for a try You ll recognize some characters and style If you re new to Karen Chance, I recommend picking up Cassie first, since it sunusual and has a richer source of conflict for its first book. I can always rely on a good urban fantasy to make me excited to read again This book was no exception The only words I would really use to describe it are fun and fast paced The reason the book really shined though, were the characters The story is centered around Dorina, our resident dhampir half human half vampire with a whole slew of issues Dhampirs in this world are a mostly hated and given their rarity, Dorina is quite the outcast I ve found that I really love stories where our main character feels like an outsider because it creates a nice internal struggle that goes along nicely with the external ones But that isn t to say that she spent the whole book wallowing in self pity In fact, she did the exact opposite She takes no bullshit from anyone, and her i give no fucks attitude was so fun to read about She was physically and mentally able, which was a nice to surprise given that a lot of authors tend to forget about the mental strength Her dedication to her best friend, Claire, was so great because I love seeing strong friendships in books Her character was one of the best parts of this story and I definitely did not mind being stuck in her head.Louis Cesare, on the other hand, might have seemed like an ass in the beginning of the book, but his development was amazing His prejudice against dhampirs was understandable and I like that he wasn t immeadiatly sold on Dorina because it allowed for aorganic and natural progression of their relationship Speaking of their relationship, I had no complaints whatsoever It was a slow progression, with Dory and Louis Cesare first hating and mistrusting eachother, which made for some amazing banter between the two of them It developed into a grudging trust, and finally left of a note of will they or won t they Their constant arguaments and stubborn personalities created the perfect amount of chemistry, and I couldn t be happier They are definitely on my OTP list.Another relationship that I loved was the one between Dory and her estranged father, Mircea I loved the layers of complexity that were found there, and I really hope that the author decides to delve even deeper into this subject Mircea was such a complex character and not without his faults, but Chance still managed to make him one of my favorite characters I m excited to see how Dory s and Mircea s realtionship will develop in future books There s a mine of opportunity there, and I hope that Chance will take advantage of it.Another honorable mention should also go out to Radu, the weird but lovable uncle, whose antics really served to lighten the mood The only complaint that I have for this book is the fact that, sometimes, the action scenes seemed a bit overfilled, in such a way that I found it hard to follow what was going on at times Now, this might just have been me and my abilities of concentration or lack thereof but I found that I would have to reread certain parts in order to completely understand what had happened Also, please, whenever a character has the same name as another popular character cough Dory from Finding Nemo cough , try not to use it It got distracting at one point, because everytime the name Dory was mentioned, I would picture this Again, this might just have annoyed me, so this wasn t such a big deal To end on a positive note, I also would like to point out the humour in this book I love when authors sneak in bits of humour in an otherwise dire situationI m not dead, I told her as distinctly as possible with the inside of my throat coated in dirt Water, she gasped You need water I needed a two month vacation on a beach, but water would do.Radu held up a hand I am sure there is a perfectly good reason why my niece is naked and tied to her bed I am also equally certain that I do not wish to hear it All in all, this was a fantastic start to a new UF series, and I can t wait to dive into the other books WOW DAMN A NEW FAVORITE URBAN FANTASY SERIES RTC. Fresh blood at midnight isn t red It s a purplish black that easily blends into the shadows Karen Chance is my all time most favorite guilty pleasure Her stories are sinfully over the top I live for it Dorina Basabarb is a Dhampir, which comes with black out rages, family issues, and never feeling like she belongs After endless years of existence, she has found a way to survive Focus her fits on those preternatural beings that deserve death, and protect a magic null and Dory s best friend Claire If there is one thing you should know about a Karen Chance novel, it is that the plot interlocks at least five different revolving forces at a time, creating a larger than life, fast pace, survivalist adventure staring a bad ass anti hero Claire is missing and Dorina is going crazy trying to hunt her down Dory s father comes back into her life to recruit her for a job The job is to contain their deranged Uncle Dracula yes, that Dracula The payment for the job is simple she will have the full force of the Vampire Senate hunting for Claire Sinfully beautiful men Check Gory fight scenes Check Snark and banter and sass Um, double check Characters which have real trauma, PTSD and emotional conflict from years of existence Check and Check The story could do with some editing because Karen Chance is lavish as hell It s sinfully decadent. This is one of the best urban fantasy series and one of my most favorites I love Dorina and Louis Cesare I always have a blast revisiting this world I highly recommend this book for urban fantasy lovers who love kick ass chicks, sexy and dangerous vampires, a touch of romance, and action packed from beginning to end Karen Chance is one of the most talented writers of urban fantasy right up there with Ilona Andrews and Jim Butcher Obviously, I love this book series DAwesome quotesMy lordI can explain , Louis Cesare began, looking less than certain that he could do anything of the kind.Radu held up a hand I am sure there is a perfectly good reason why my niece is naked and tied to her bed I am also equally certain that I do not wish to hear it Louis Cesare s anger suddenly filled the small room like water, and in a heartbeat his eyes went from silver tinged to as solid as two antique coins.I sat frozen, awash in a sea of power I was beginning to understand why Mircea had wanted him along, only Daddy had failed to mention anything about the hair trigger temper I guess he assumed the red hair would clue me in Louis Cesare slowly pulled himself into a half standing position against the side of the winery What Did you think one little mage was going to do me in He swallowed hard Hell, that was just a warm up More like a 3.5 star rating I m giving this 4 stars only because we can t give half a star ratings and 3 is too low There is something about this and the Cassie Palmer series that just wears me out I think it s too fast paced and too busy for me Maybe if I were a slower reader and gave ittime to sink in but instead it just kind of wears on me. I love love love this book This is a great story for people who love urban fantasy It s action packed, fast paced and the plot is well thought out Plus it has a lot of wit and sarcasm, which makes it a typical Karen Chance book She has the wonderful ability of getting you soaked up in a fantasy world with a variety of creatures and serious problems, but still she keeps a funny edge, never taking herself too seriously The inclusion of characters like Olga hilarious , Radu you can t help but love the guy and Stinky no comment needed make sure of that too I also loved the tension between Louis Cesare and Dory It is present throughout the whole book and ranging from hate to attraction but it doens t take over the story line I can t wait to see where Karen Chance plans to take their relationship I read Midnight s Daughter before the Cassie Palmer series so I ve always loved Mircea cause he isfleshed out in this book However manipulative he has a strange affection for his family members and refuses to be pushed away by Dory I ve read and reread this book with much pleasure and I can t wait for the next installment Death s Mistress out January 2010. Dorina Basarab Is A Dhampir Half Human, Half Vampire Unlike Most Dhampirs, Though, Dory Has Managed To Maintain Her Sanity Now Dory S Vampire Father Has Come To Her For Help Again Her Uncle Dracula Yes, The Dracula , Cruelest Among Vampires, Has Escaped His Prison And Her Father Wants Dory To Work With Gorgeous Master Vampire Louis Cesare To Put Him Back There Although Dory Prefers To Work Alone, Dracula Is The Only Thing That Truly Scares Her And When She Has To Face Him, She Ll Take All The Help She Can Get

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  • 384 pages
  • Midnight's Daughter
  • Karen Chance
  • English
  • 05 November 2017
  • 9781440633447

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