19 April 2010

My push-pull with the Dark-Hunter series - review Bad Moon Rising

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Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (August 4, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312369492
ISBN-13: 978-0312369491

Genre: Paranormal
Book 18 in Dark-Hunter series
Main Characters: Fang Kattalakis and Aimee Peltier
Book Origin: Personal Library
!!WARNING!! Can contain spoilers for those not familiar with the series or hasn't read the book yet!

Cover Summary:
Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.

My Review: Ever since NIGHT PLAY I wanted to find out what was up with Fang but it wasn’t until this weekend that he finally yanked my chains in demand to be read. BAD MOON RISING begins with a brief history lesson how the animal Katagaria and the human Arcadians came to see the light of day. After this prologue Bad Moon Rising overlaps the time frame from NIGHT PLAY to recent events in the series arc. I received Fang and Aimee’s POV on various events like the death of Fang, Vane and Fury’s sister, Anya, the comatose state of Fang and Nicolette Peltiers accusation of Wren’s inferiority in front of the Omigrion.

While these events weren’t knew to me the reason for Fang’s comatose state was, add a revenge scheme going on against the Peltiers and I was kept pleasantly intrigued throughout this story. What Fang’s reason was for his physical state I won’t reveal but what caught me off guard was the fact that now Archangels and Lucifer’s son were present on the New Orleans playground. How far have I come from the time where I thought Dark-Hunters and Daimons ruled this playground. Of course this new angle and accompanying characters piqued my curiosity but it also furthers to dilute the strength in the cast of characters. There are very few characters who really stick out for me these days in this series as each and every character is interesting, bears secrets to be revealed, and has a large chip on his or her shoulder.

The first hundred pages or so went in to the back story of how Vane and Fang got to a point where they were attacked by the Daimons in the swamp and the budding attraction between Fang and Aimee. I instantly liked the feel of Fang and Aimee together and since much information of the events were already known I could really focus on them both together. Fang is all wolf, has a big mouth, an ego and a macho attitude but will do anything for his pack, his family and will protect females from any harm. With Aimee I got a good dose of Peltier family loyalty, their sibling interaction and she has secrets to hide from her family that were very interesting yet not fully explored what impact it had on her. Since Aimee has so many brothers Fang doesn’t scare her one bit and when he opens his mouth she has comeback’s full of attitude of her own. Still most of all Aimee has a big heart, she has a capacity to love though she knows pain and fear too.

The romance in Bad Moon Rising is sweet, endearing, charming and it speaks of coveting each other while knowing it is impossible. Fang and Aimee have a chemistry that is warm and sizzles at the right times though the outright passionate scenes are not all that frequent. It is the situation they find themselves in that press certain decisions which speaks loud and clear of their feelings for each other. There was no doubt in my mind they wanted and needed each other but the Fates are fickle creatures and will deem them mates or not in the end. Of course when all odds are against a pair I’m the kind of reader who wants it all the more and keeps reading, not for the when, but for how they will overcome all the odds and get to be together.

The romance and plot worked in an even pace that made the story very easy to read. While I missed the acerbic humor at times to counter the suffering with various characters and Fang suddenly figured out all Aimee’s carefully guarded secrets I had a very enjoyable time reading Bad Moon Rising. The story really revolved around Fang, Aimee, Sanctuary and the Peltier family and they pulled me in with quick-witted dialogues, in the moment action and far stretching consequences. It was good to be back in New Orleans with the old and new that headed towards an ending that made me say goodbye to a few characters I did not expect. 

BAD MOON RISING is a story that gave me a pleasant buzz, nothing over the top but a story that had me clamoring for more nonetheless.

*I was shocked I didn't have any quotes :(*

3,5 stars

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  1. What no quotes! But you always makes me drop my food ;)

  2. I haven't read any of Kenyon's books.. 18 books in a series is intimidating when thinking about starting a series!

  3. Night Play is one of my favorite DH books, I was disappointed we had to wait so long for Fang's story. My only ho-hum was the fact that Bad Moon basically rehashed a lot of events from Nigh Play and previous books.

    P.S. I'm still miffed Nick is going YA for a bit.

  4. @Blodeuedd - I know! I always have quotes, especially with SK writing but nothing, nada, zilch this time *quivering lip*

    @heather - It is incredibly daunting to start such a series, I had the same reaction at the Carpathian series. And I think bk 19 No Mercy is released in August and the complete series, including novella's and such are 28-29 books already *eek* It is almost like me trying to concur the In Death series by JD Robb o-0

    @Smokinghotbooks - I hear ya girl, that's what made BMR such an easy read and Night Play, the dressing room scene *thud* so good!! It is one of my favorites too :) With Nick going YA, I will give it a shot though I've only read one YA book as an adult which wasn't all woohoo exciting for me :(

  5. Gawd, I'm so freakin' behind on this series! I read most of them back-to-back, like, a zillion years ago. Sigh...it's been so long now that I'm afraid to pick up a new release b/c I remember hardly anything.

    However, Vane and Wren were two of my faves in the series, so maybe my memory would jolt back up with this one.

    Thanks for the great review as always, girl! ((HUGS))

    :) VFG

  6. Leontine,

    Glad to know you enjoyed it well enough. :) I love this series.

    Dottie just posted the cover to Nick's first book - he is getting a trilogy - and I am so looking forward to that.


    Have a great day.


  7. Hi Leontine! Thanks for this review. I stopped reading SK a while ago, but your review made me decide to check this one out. I can't believe it's taken SK this long to get to Fang's story! I'm off to order the book! Thanks!--Penny

  8. I love both this series and all of Christine Feehan's series. I got lucky with both of them a very nice sells lady at the bookstore suggested them to me when there was only one or two in both series. Unfortunately that bookstore closed last year so I don't have Sandy to help steer me to good books. Okay back on the subject I had to have this book as soon as it came out. I read it and thought it was good but not one of her best but it is still one that I will reread sometimes. I'm not to sure about Nick's book being YA I've not read anything it that genre in a long time. But I'm willing to give it a try.


  9. I'm so behind on this series! And Night Play was the first Dark Hunter novel I ever read, so the details from that one are more entrenched in my memory with some of the other books. LOL I wonder if I can skip ahead and just read this one?

  10. I'm just like Heather intimidated by the amount of books in this series! But I have the first three waiting on my ereader to make a good start :)... one of these days...
    Great review, hon! :D

  11. @VFG - For some reason my mind itches towards a re-read of the first seven books, like I've got my mind on re-reading the Mayfair Witches trilogy by Anne Rice too. Since Jan 2010 it is a funky mood that dictates my choice of books LOL

    @Michele - Nick, a trilogy? Isn't it going to be a YA series?? Will check out the link, thanks Michelle :)

    @Penelope - SK got sidetracked by Dream-Hunters :( I'm really introgued where she is going to take certain storylines. I hope you at least enjoy yourself with Fang and Aimee :)

    @Sherry - My all time favorites definitely lie withing her first seven/eight books, after that it somehow lost me a bit. Still I love her writingstyle, her humor and characters enough to keep coming back. She was after all my first you know, who gave me vampires with attitude.

    @~ames~ Hhhmmm I do not advice reading out of order but if you've read all books up till Wren's story you wouldn't be all that lost in BMR.

    @Janna - I understand the hesitation, but if you only read the first 8 books then you know why many of us keep hanging in with this series LOL Okay that was my evil tongue, SK does have a certain unique quality, like JR Ward, that has me coming back each novel for more. Probably because they bring unfogettable characters to life :)

  12. I'm so glad you reviewed this! I haven't seen a lot of review for it. I have it sitting on my tbr shelf..why? I love this series. I don't know. (I feel like I am arguing with myself) Anyway - maybe this has lost me a bit too...

  13. I've been wanting to read Kenyon but haven't had the chance yet. Nice place you have here! Thanks for stopping by Let Them Read Books today!

  14. I love your blog, very tantalizing!!! I am a new follower!! Looking forward to reading more from you!

  15. This is my favorite series, but I have to say this one is my least favorite book. I hope the next one will pick up again.

  16. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading.
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