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Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,847 Ratings  ·  486 Reviews

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government
Paperback, 359 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2011)
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The Holy Terror
I really enjoyed this book. It was a darker action-packed urban fantasy, and I'm glad that I stumbled upon it. I had never read Cherie Priest before, but I found this at the library and decided to give it a chance.

At times I would describe the plot as being Vampire Mission: Impossible. I even said that Raylene reminded me of a morally ambiguous Kate Beckinsale from Underworld. These two things made for a fantastically different novel from what I've been forcing myself to read lately. It was such
Feb 06, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who don't like their UF hawt
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kelly
Let's just cut to the chase here - this book could have been much better with some humor, some steam, and told by a more charismatic narrator.

Cherie Priest is a competent writer, the concept of this book is a good one - hence 2 stars instead of 1, even though I didn't finish reading it. I actually opened this book thinking it would be a great addition to the genre of vampire UF. But what started as a 4-star read for me - OMG, such a great premise - Raylene is a vampire and a professional thief w
Apr 10, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it
Sooo I've been bored with this genre lately, but this one actually had me turning pages! I would say the best thing about it is that it starts with all the cliches, the wisecracking and tough vampire paranormal chick quipping up a storm, precocious kids, mysterious hunky guy etc et, but sufficiently turns things on their heads enough to keep it fresh and interesting. The characters were definitely the strongest part of this book. I really enjoyed reading their dialogue and the first person view ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
Bloodshot is Cherie Priest’s first foray into urban fantasy, a genre that in my opinion has become more and more difficult to be taken seriously. The biggest problem along these lines is the fact that romance writers of the bodice ripper strain discovered not too long ago that if they simply turned their male love interest into a vampire, or a werewolf, or a chupacabra they would be able foist their crimes against interpersonal relationships under the guise of a independent heroine who just happ ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Cherie Priest has created a very human vampire. Raylene may be stronger and faster than a normal human, but she isn't smarter or sexier. Becoming undead cures your health problems -- including, in this case, allergies -- but it doesn't change your personality or give you super powers. Raylene lies to herself as much as the average gal and her judgement and foresight aren't always great. In fact, she does some fairly dumb things, especially for someone who is supposed to make a living as a thief ...more
Ranting Dragon
Oct 17, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it
Shelves: garrett

The first in a new urban fantasy series by Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and Dreadnought, Bloodshot introduces us to Raylene Pendle, Seattle-based vampire and world-renowned thief under the alias “Cheshire Red”. Raylene is a loner who doesn’t play well with others, but when a fellow vampire comes to her with a case, she takes it—and then finds that she’s in deeper than she thought. For Uncle Sam doesn’t play well with others, either, and Raylene’s cl
Jan 24, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I was pretty excited to read Bloodshot. I first encountered Cherie Priest by way of her Southern Gothic novel Four and Twenty Blackbirds several years ago. Since then, her name keeps popping back up in my consciousness, both as a writer of several acclaimed steampunk novels I haven’t had the chance to read yet, and as a Person Who Says Interesting Things on the Internet. So when I heard she was dipping her authorial toes into one of my favorite subgenres, urban fantasy, I knew this was a book I ...more
Tons of fun and tons of funny

Sometimes you really need a fun Urban Fantasy series that checks all of the usual drama and headaches at the door. When you're in the mood for that then you should check out the Cheshire Red Reports by Cherie Priest. Bloodshot (Book 1) introduces us to vampire Raylene, a very independent, efficient, and hilariously neurotic professional thief.

Her skills catch the attention of Ian Stott, a fellow vampire who needs her help. He hires Raylene to locate top secret file
Dec 23, 2010 Melindeeloo rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - Being careful is a necessary survival skill for an immortal vampire thief living under the radar, but Raylene -aka Cheshire Red - is going to discover that she's let herself become just a little too comfortable over the years when she breaks her own rule of avoiding her own kind and agrees to take a job from vampire client, Ian. Even though the blind Ian stirs her sympathy, as well as her desire, Raylene is going to wish that she'd gave his job a pass, because suddenly Raylene has go ...more
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It had sort of a "vampire noir" feel to it. The detective in this new series by Cherie Priest is Raylene Pendle. Raylene has spent years finding things for people, the lost family jewels, the missing heirlooms, the incriminating pictures, the pornographic videos, etc. She is known among the international thieving community as "Cheshire Red" and she has a reputation for getting the job done.

Her latest job is a little more unusual in that her client is blind and h
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Cherie Priest should rewrite the first 20% of her book. It wasn’t boring exactly, but the MC was incredibly annoying and unlikeable. I was just about ready to give up on Bloodshot and go read something else when I said to myself: “Hey, this is UF, and you’ve been playing hide and seek with good UF novels for far too long. It deserves a second chance.” So I decided to read another chapter, and in that chapter, the weirdest thing happened: Raylene and the story did a 180. It all suddenly became ve ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Got this as an ARC though giveaway.

Before I say anything really meaningful, let me simply say:

Kick-Ass Drag Queen in Silver Spangly Bikini Underwear!

What other reason do you need to read it?

Let's face it, the urban fantasy market is glutted in terms of books told from a first person point of view, especially when that person is a kick-ass chick. So why, you ask rightly, should I read this book?

Because it is a several cuts above all those other fantasy books.

It's true that Priest does draw heavil
Feb 05, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, uf-pnr
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

Cherie Priest has a knack for defying genre. For blurring lines. And for gritty and visceral novels. Bloodshot is no exception and — best of all — it takes badass to a whole new level mostly through main character Raylene.

You’ll often see Bloodshot pegged as a “vampire noir” — yeah, new genre. I may have it labeled under Urban Fantasy for Vampire Book Club purposes, but really the novel is part heist book part vampire drama with a touch of u
Jennifer Estep
Jan 31, 2011 Jennifer Estep rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Bloodshot by Cherie Priest is the first book in her urban fantasy series about vampire and world-renowned thief Raylene Pendle.

Raylene is a loner, a vampire who keeps to herself and spends her time stealing objects -- for the right price. But when a blind vampire named Ian Stott comes to her, Raylene can't help but get involved in his messy situation. Ian asks Raylene to find and steal some documents relating to vicious experiments that were performed on Ian by the U.S. government. Ian hopes tha
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
2.5 stars

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The first half was so-so, the second half quite good. Much of it wasn’t predictable. There were elements that pushed the first half up and the second half down. And one overarching problem: The main character is basically a sociopath. For example, in the beginning she kills someone just because he breaks into her warehouse even though he was unarmed. She never regrets this or thinks it was unjustified.

Yes there are changes later but I w
Jeaniene Frost
Sep 10, 2010 Jeaniene Frost rated it it was amazing
Got an Arc of this and it's fabulous!
The Flooze
Bloodshot is a fast-paced, engaging tale that wends its way through secret government organizations, clandestine bioresearch groups, and the odd drag club or two.

It's told from the viewpoint of a vampire catburglar named Raylene. She's a likeable smartass who prefers a clean getaway to a physical confrontation - or so she says, despite the trail of bodies she's defensively leaving in her wake. She's a paranoid loner when we first meet her, so despite her undead status this isn't a tale focusing
Dana S
Apr 15, 2011 Dana S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I am sooo tried of emo/angsty heroines (and heroes) in urban fantasy, so this was a refreshing change of pace. The heroine of the book is so not emo, she's smart, practical, ruthless, and awesome. There are also some great secondary characters, including a kick-ass, cross-dressing, hot ex-navy SEAL. I really appreciated that Priest included Adrian/Sister Rose, and had him be an actual fully-fleshed character instead of merely comic relief.

The plot is fast paced and the author manages to keep the
Aug 18, 2011 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
Cherie Priest rarely does wrong, which is even more impressive when you consider that she switches genres every time she switches series. Bloodshot is straight up paranormal fantasy, but it's also better written and far more fun that most of the paranormal fantasy I've read thus far. Bloodshot actually reminded me a bit of a television show from the USA network - between the colorful characters and the overall plot punctuated by in-between cases (the synopsis of book #2, Hellbent is confirming m ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it
Goodreads, you're making it hard to write this review with an ad running across part of my writing space. I understand the necessity for ads, but right here?

Anyway, it's interesting that much of the negative criticism listed by
other readers is some of what I loved about the book. For example, the
first-person narrative helped endear me to Raylene and learn more about
her. And the fact that this book really is urban fantasy and not simply a
romance novel barely disguised by fangs pleased me very muc
Brian MacPherson
Feb 14, 2011 Brian MacPherson rated it it was ok
I grabbed this book as a followup to having read Boneshaker and Dreadnought (after which I was decidedly a fan of the author). I was a little disappointed by it however... The writing style is very different from her other works: her protagonist is annoyingly boastful and having to read through page after page of it from a first person perspective just increased my irritation with it.

The story is rather a little weak too... There is a lot of potential to the ideas that show how modern and innova
Feb 23, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, 2011
I thouroughly enjoyed reading Bloodshot. Even though Cherie Priest does not invent the vampire new ability-wise, it is Raylenes personality and charater that make her stand out that much.Her neurotic and obesssiv compulsive behavior is hilarious. Still, she more than capable of taking care for herself, her, well, unique charactersaves her from more than one precarious situation. Thats why she has become something like a legend in her line of work and has allowed her to horde tons of cash and oth ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Pete rated it liked it
This is my first read of Cherie Priest and I didn’t know what to expect. Vampires and PNR have been dominating my reading for about 3 years, and I am addicted by this genre. This book bothered me from the beginning, and I immediately hated the heroine. I love strong kick-ass feminine protagonists’ stories, but like them to have some bit of conscience. Raylene is a neurotic vampire thief with OCD. She’s ruthless man killer, who is full of snark right from the beginning, made it difficult to get t ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Liv rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was my first Cherie Priest book. It started off a bit shaky, because for the first two chapters, I found myself wondering what the heck the main character, Raylene, was meant to be doing. In fact, nothing that she “said” (since she narrated and explained her own story in present tense) caught my attention for long. The prose was supposed to be humorous but instead I found Raylene extremely annoying with her self-humour.

I almost decided to put the book down after two chapters.

Then suddenly,
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. I will preface this review by saying that so far I have liked every book that I have read by Priest; I have read all of her Clockwork Century novels and enjoyed them. Although I loved the Steampunk theme to those books, I love urban fantasy even more. So I was very excited to see that she had decided to release an urban fantasy novel. This novel was wonderful, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and can't wait to re ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Bloodshot is brilliant fun. Granted it won't be for everyone. But if you are in the mood for a book that's part urban fantasy (vampire gal who entertains herself by stealing expensive tidbits) and part mystery (who's kidnapping vamps and tracking down the mortals who care about them)... told with a narrative that sounds like it could have been taken from Sam Spade's lips, then this is the book for you.

VERY ADULT book. No sex, no graphic violence, but adult situations and language. A
Apr 04, 2015 Brandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but it was pretty hard to get through. I liked the snark, but there was too much, I got sick of her trying to decide which pronoun was appropriate, I didn't like the transitions very much, I didn't feel connected (or attached) to any character at any time, and thought that Raylene made an awful lot of mistakes (and generally acted like an idiot) for someone who was supposed to be such a pro. I think this could have benefited from a little less snark (an ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Actual rating 3.5

I shan't be writing a review but I will sum up the book as best as I can with my awesome skills

1. A kick ass main character who may or may not have OCD, is slightly neurotic, is definitely paranoid, is a thief and is well, PRETTY DAMN HILARIOUS

2. A drag queen who goes by the name Sister Rose who is ACTUALLY an ex- Navy Seal in hiding.

3. A non-love interest who happens to be blind and although he has to depend on people quite a bit, he is pretty strong character.

4. A plot that st
Dec 31, 2013 Shamela rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
LOVE this. Love it. Love it love it.

Reading this after Richelle Mead's succubus series was a breath of fresh air. Well. Probably polluted city air, but nonetheless. Raylene is a bad-ass vampire and thief, but you know what? She's pretty BAD. She does illegal and immoral things, and there is a refreshing lack of hand-wringing, or attempts to whitewash the badness or ignore it or pass it off with cuteness. We are in thriller territory here, folks, and the body count is high, the plotting is tight,
Jan 30, 2011 LadyTechie rated it it was amazing
Bloodshot is freaking good! I keep re-reading parts toward the end because it is just getting better. Who knew that one liners and old-school noir/detective could be so exciting? I have a new must-read author. I really enjoyed one of Four and Twenty Blackbirds, but, Bloodshot has me hoping that this is a series and not a stand alone novel. Raylene is funny and we have not learned enough about her other than the approximate time she was made. I would love to know her history and more about the va ...more
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more
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