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Monday, October 3, 2011

*Book Review* HUNGER by: Karen E. Taylor

In honor of the release of CRAVE this month, October 2011, I have reviewed Karen E. Taylor's book HUNGER, the first book of The Vampire Legacy.

 Author: Karen E. Taylor

A Little About The Book

HUNGER is a re-release of the first two books in the Vampire Legacy series, BLOOD SECRETS and BITTER BLOOD, which was released in July 2011.

"Deirdre Griffin didn't choose to be a vampire. But she is. And she's determined to make the most of her fate. For Deirdre that means surrendering to the raging hunger ignited by even the slightest whiff of blood - a hunger that pulses through her body like a fever, demanding release. It means making friends in dark places - and savoring every hot, salty, bitter, revitalizing drop of life force the night has to offer..."

(Here are the two books which make HUNGER!!)
Blood Secrets:

Deirdre Griffin is intelligent, independent and beautiful.  She is also possessed of an insatiable hunger.
Hunger for blood.  Hunger for revenge against the man who created her. And hunger for the love of a man who can accept her for what she is...

Bitter Blood:

Deirdre is drawn back into the dark and dangerous streets of Manhattan by a plea out of her past.

Once there, she discovers that she has been marked for death.  She must fight against the international Cadre of Vampires to save her life and the life of the man she loves...
This book does contain SOME adult content and SOME adult language, so parents you have been warned.

My rating for this book:


My Review

I initially wanted to review this book because of it's exquisite cover. I'm a sucker for book covers!! They say you can't judge a book by it's cover but when dealing with actual books that's how it ends up in your hand. I thought if the cover of this book had me at first glance then I can only imagine how the inside can be. So I got in touch with the author and to my surprise she agreed to let me review it. I was so excited!! It's taken me a long while to get in the mood of reading again but finally I did. So this past Friday I started reading HUNGER and, to be honest, when I first started to read it I was a little unsure if I would like it. After the second chapter I found that I just couldn't put it down!!! I was sucked in with every page I turned like it beckoned to me. I grew to know the characters as if they were a real part of my own life. If I absolutely love a book I get lost in the world that lives between the covers, and let me tell you, I was completely lost. the twists and turns in this book are breathe taking! You can try to figure it out but will never know for sure until you turn the last page and even then you're still left wondering. Karen did a fabulous job in making this book worth reading. If I could give this book a higher rating I so would!! This book just isn't a "MUST READ" it's a "MUST HAVE" so you can read it over and over again!!  I highly recommend that you buy it if you are at all into paranormal romance or vampires. The love between the two characters is like the love every woman wants but not every woman is lucky enough to get. 

I want to Thank Karen for letting me review this AMAZING book!! I can't wait to read the next and so on!!! THANK YOU!!

The next book after HUNGER is called CRAVE  which also includes her 2 books Blood Ties and Blood Of My Blood. CRAVE comes out this month, October 2011. 
To find out more about these books go to Karen E. Taylor's page.

 (WARNING: If you choose to read ahead you should know that it may be a bit of a spoiler so read at your own will)

In this book you are introduced to Deirdre Griffin, Max Hunter, Mitch Greer, Gwen, Larry, and many more. Deirdre being a rogue vampire had no one to teach her how to survive after she was turned. She's never met one of her kind, but little does she know someone of her kind is closer than she could ever imagine.

Deirdre, a Manhattan vampire, owns and runs her fashion design company, Griffin Designs. The only other person who knows what and who Deirdre really is, is a wealthy nightclub owner named Max Hunter.  Max is her closest friend and one time lover. His nightclub, Ballroom of Romance, is were he helps Deirdre find what she needs to survive.......blood. Max hand picks her victims and takes them to her, the men involved think they're in for a good time but little do they know they are her next meal. Deirdre's different from the vampires that she's read about, she never kills her victim and only takes what she needs to survive. After taking the blood she needs she glamors them into believing that nothings happened and they have never met. The workers at the nightclub seem to think that Deirdre is Max's whore. One of his workers, a doorman named Larry, is indeed smitten with Deirdre maybe a little too smitten.
When the men that she's been feeding off of turn up dead Deirdre is the prime suspect, being the last person seen with them. In comes Detective Mitch Greer to question her about the victims. How uncanny is it that the victims are all drained of blood and have fang marks. This makes Deirdre believe that there is someone just like her and this someone may be the one who turned her. Seeking revenge on the one who caused her loss and a life that she didn't want, she lets herself get close to Mitch. Telling herself that playing the part and acting like something could happen between them could get her information about the murders and the other vampire who she seeks. She finds herself having deeper feelings for Mitch than she expected.
Falling in love was not an option for Deirdre. How could she live a normal life with a human man when she is neither normal or human. In the end her love for Mitch wins.
While searching for her answers someone is stalking her and wanting something from her that she has no intention on fulfilling. Finding out that a human knows about who and what she is, is more than she can handle. If her secret gets out then she'll have to flee.
When her personal secretary and friend, Gwen, is murdered in Deirdre's apartment she has to find the killer. Finding Gwen's killer almost got Deirdre killed herself until Mitch came in and saved her life.
Knowing some of the answers that have been haunting Deirdre for years is not enough. She finds herself needing more, needing to know why.
As usual Deirdre runs from the life that she was living only to be interrupted by Mitch on her way to a different life. She doesn't think their love can work and Mitch doesn't want to listen. She leaves with an agreement with Mitch that they'll see what happens in six months and if he still feels the same then she would return. 
Off to England she finds herself working in a pub and living off the tourists and costumers. Being haunted by the one who made her what she is, living his life and hers, and struggling to keep the darkness at bay she starts to believe that she's going crazy.  What she discovers in her dreams is more than real.
Receiving a letter from Mitch, caused her to go back to her old ways in hunting and living.
With an unexpected visitor she finds herself back in New York on a mission to help Mitch. Coming back here may not have been the best idea for Deirdre but she had to come for Mitch. Being back she finds that she has a decision to make involving Max and his nightclub. She also learns that she has to face the consequences of her actions.
With her trial behind her and her ghost gone she and Mitch can now live their lives just the two of them. Even though she suspects that she may have done something that she never wished to do she finds herself with Mitch going on the trip they were supposed to take before her actions caught up with her.


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