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Crimson City (Crimson City #1)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,426 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Once, this was the City of Angels. The angels are no longer in charge. From the extravagant vampire world above to the gritty defiance of the werewolves below, the specter of darkness lives around every corner, the hope of paradise in every heart. The city knows a tentative peace, but to live in Los Angeles is to balance on the edge of a knife. One woman knows better than ...more
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2005)
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Jennifer
Sep 21, 2010 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Decent idea, terrible execution. The worldbuilding feels a bit like a comic book, in a good way, with vampires living in incredible wealth atop shiny skyscrapers, humans on the ground, and werewolves underground. Unfortunately, I knew all about it in the first chaper via boring exposition.
It begins promising with a fight scene involving the heroine Fleur. I was expecting a fast paced, action heavy read. Instead, the story came to a screeching halt. Unfortunately the entire rest of the first Chap
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Mara
May 17, 2013 Mara rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr, dnf
I got to Crimson City via Carolyn Jewels. But as much as I liked CJ's book, I found this lacking.

Both have the set-up of a UF romance, but Crimson City smashes this idea in the first few pages. First we are introduced to Fleur, this warrior class chick who is good enough to train with three other male warriors. A few days later her brothers are killed in front of her and she crawls away...A few days later, this same chick is easily manhandled and put to the wall by a human male...wtf?
Hero: he h
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Argantel
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Cindy
I'm surprised by all of the negative and not-so-great reviews of this book. I'm also happy that I didn't notice or therefore read them before I listened to Crimson City! I loved this audiobook. I was surprised that I'd never heard of this series and then realized that it's eight years old already. That could be the reasoning. I found the audio version to be entertaining and actually quite quick.

I really enjoyed the grittiness of this novel. Another reader reviewed it as seemingly coming from a c
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Gina
Pretty good start to a sci-fi/fantasy series, I think!

And that’s saying much, as I’m not big on Sci-Fi. Sure, I like it, but it isn’t a main like. I thought the novel was pretty good!

The author puts an alternate reality spin on a paranormal. Feels a little more in the future as well, something to look forward to. The world has evolved, and while all ’species’ should live HEA, they don’t. While it looks like all’s well on the surface, tension is still high. There is no harmony, period. Whithin th
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Julia
Mar 14, 2009 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, romance
I've read 3 books from this series (the other two were Crimson Rogue and A Darker Crimson), and while I found all the books terrible, this one is the LEAST terrible. First of all, I find the general writing throughout the series subpar and frequently cheesy. Secondly, I never much care about the characters, and they're all so stereotyped. Thirdly, the world is poorly constructed and plots (and character 'development') are unrealistic. If you read these books out of order as I have, it's particul ...more
April
Dec 23, 2011 April rated it it was ok
Free Kindle download. As I read, I was reminded of the Underworld movie series, not just in the world-building but also in how the characters were presented and even how the cover was done (to match that movie poster!). That can be both good and bad.

On the good side of things, it helped me visualize the city —I merely adopted the very dark and gritty production design of the Underworld movies, the slightly desaturated and cold bluish tones of the film, and used that same paintbrush to paint Liz
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Heather
Sep 06, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected a more adultish version of "Twilight" but got something much more deep. The depth of thought that went into the production of this story is amazing; the characters, plot, detail...it was all superb. I'm not a fan of romance novels and generally just read them for comedy's sake, but this book was impressive--there was only a little smut, but a TON of action, which was nice. The only thing that bothered me was some of the loose ends that the book leaves you with (why did he remember the ...more
Gina Briganti
Fleur is a royal vampire. Dain is human and a member of B-Ops, a paranormal adjunct to the police department in Crimson City. These are two species that are not supposed to mix. Add in rising tensions between humans, vampires, and werewolves and you have the basis of the first of an eight book series, written by several different authors. The love story between Fleur and Dain is a good one. They seem to have what it takes to make a go of it together. There is mystery, action, and adventure. All ...more
Jennifer
I am into this series I have not read them in order but was very excited when I found them at a bargain book store. I liked the plot and characters here. Yeah the main character is not perfect and in fact she really screws up several times but I like that part about her, she is learning what her responsibilities mean and that her actions have an impact. I think both Fleur and Dain are both flawed characters that are struggling. It was well written and their growth as characters was believable.
Rhianon
Had to give this one 2 stars due to excessive and repetitive info-dumping. Of the emo-wangst-dwelling-on-the-past sort. It almost made me want to scream, so halfway through I stopped reading.
Damn shame, but I knew going in that this might happen. Series has a great deal of potential but with a different author executing each volume there's going to be fluctuation in the quality of execution.

Jolene
I read about 3/4 of this book then I just got bored with the characters. A story about a high-class royalty vampire who falls for a ruggad detective. Plus theres a bunch of werewolves in the underground subway. The main characters just seemed two dimensional and stereotypical. I might read the other books since the series is written by different authors.
Mindy
Predictions about half-way through (I promise I haven't read anyone's review - though that may be obvious): (view spoiler) ...more
Janie
Aug 19, 2012 Janie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I have read this book, but it has been a while and a new one came out. I finished the whole series in about two weeks. I liked them the first time I read them and when I read them again. There are books I like better but these are a nice easy read and I will read them again
Kim
Jan 23, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Product Description

Once,this was the City of Angels. The angels are no longer in charge. From the extravagant appetites of the vampire world above,to the gritty defiance of the werewolves below,the specter of darkness lives around every corner,the hope of paradise in every heart. All walk freely with humans in a tentative peace,but to live in Los Angeles is to balance on the edge of a knife. One woman knows better than most that death lurks here in nights of bliss or hails of UV bullets. She's a
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Nicholas Mastrodicasa
I don't usually read or like Romance book but this is by far my favorite. Strong characters and some great scenes. I still think about this book from time to time, it was memorable.
EJ MACK
Jul 31, 2011 EJ MACK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting considering the time period this story was made. I will read the other book and see where it goes.
Ester
Nov 15, 2009 Ester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago. Very edgy and intense. I couldn't put the book down. My introduction to Crimson City!
Paranormal Romance
With little to no memory of life before but haunted with the knowledge that he lost a wife and should be mourning her lost yet unable to remember whatever feelings he may have had for her, the hero is quite content with his job as a police officer. Crimson city is a town on the edge of chaos. Werewolves running the tunnel below the city, vampires towering over in there high rise building and the humans stuck trying to regulate things in between. Tensions run high and everything hangs of the end ...more
Jami Zehr
Review originally posted on Absurdly Nerdly

This fall I borrowed Crimson City by Liz Maverick read by Rebecca Rogers from the library. Crimson City is the new name for Los Angeles after a bloody war between vampires and werewolves. A tentative truce has come into existence, and it is threatened by assassinations of high level members of the vampires.

The story is told from two points of view. Fleur is vampire royalty, but has less ranking than she should in her community because of a youthful indi
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Carolyn F.
Feb 23, 2016 Carolyn F. marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
A prissy high class vampire meets a doofus basketcase cop. Oh, I mean "Fleur Dumont is about to meet the one man who may understand her: a tormented protector who’s lost his way and all he loved" at least according to the blurb. I just could not finish this book. I have noticed the sound quality and the beginning narration of the "Books in Motion" books are not very good, "I will be reading Crimson City. And now let us begin." The narrator was better than some there but not great or maybe her pr ...more
Amanda
Sep 29, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
OK, first things first; as the first book in a series Crimson City is invaluable for the world building, and for setting the overall tone of the alternate world.


Here's the big but... I really dislike the heroine. Fleur IS exactly how I'd expect a vampire to be - elitist and she just seems rather cold. Whilst I admire the realism, it means that I don't like - or root - for her or her cause in the book.

She spends the first part of the book moaning about how it's not fair that the family's role of
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K
Sep 30, 2010 K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. This book felt very disjointed, perhaps like it was written in separate parts and put together. I never felt like Maverick's world was fully put together. Where had the vampires and werewolves come from? Were they always there? It seemed that vampires could be born and made but it took until half way through the book before I realized they were immortal more or less. Are they just in crimson city or everywhere?

The story was actually pretty good and it is what kept me reading. I liked
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Holly Booms Walsh
I'm torn on this one. It's definitely a paranormal fiction novel heavy on the romance. It is a decent setting (Los Angeles re-dubbed The Crimson City after a huge war between the vampires and the humans and the werewolves), but it pulls from all the most basic cliches about the different species. The weres, called dogs, live underground in relative squalor. The humans live either in a huge military base that is protected by UV weapons from the vamps, or a few live in the middle ground. The vampi ...more
Daniela
Mar 02, 2014 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Para haber tratado acerca de vampiros fue bastante entretenido y no me dieron ganas de volarme la cabeza, so... No me esperaba el smut a mitad del libro. Bastante ligero, yada yada yada, fácil de leer, yada yada yada, los personajes no estuvieron tan mal pero definitivamente no estuvieron tan bien. Eeeeeeeeen fin, si me gustó pero ciertamente hay cosas que necesitan ser mejoradas en los próximos libros.
azerjaban
3.5 Stars. I'm not sure how much of my rating is nostalgia and how much is present. But the fact that I've read this book twice now (even if I didn't remember the first time) and enjoyed it twice should speak for itself.

It started off slowly with lots of open ends and missing details. But by the end I was very satisfied. I was worried about instalove but Dain and Fleur made thier doomed relationship progress steadily, and full of tension. The second half is much better than the first, so my sug
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Chantelle Larson
Maybe 2.5 stars if was being generous. I enjoyed the element of mystery and the world building had some great dynamics to begin with. I feel like this book could've done more though. I know the plotline was meant to be action packed and fast paced but the writing style made it feel like it was movng at a snails pace. The fight scenes lacked the right flair and the heroine was overly dramatic. The passion...I'm sorry, was there passion? I must've missed it between all the lame advances and droll ...more
Katrina
Jan 10, 2012 Katrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Crimson City was a good idea, but could have been done better. Lots of information to absorb within the first chapter which kind of makes you wonder if the whole book is going to be that way.
Liked the outlook the author had for the vampires, making them high class, which was a pretty fun idea. I personally thought the author put too much emphasis on events rather than the characters themselves. Never really felt like i knew where the characters were coming from, though you get bombarded by back
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Robin
Mar 19, 2011 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vamps, were's and humans at it again.
I'm only a couple of chapters in. So far I like the male lead Dain well enough - lost his wife to vampires, threw himself into his work as an inter species cop. The female lead strikes me as rather young in character if not in years, a bit scattered.

Update - an unsatisfying read. The male lead was fairly well fleshed out, although the 'twist' towards the end was never explored and didn't seem to effect him 1/2 as much as I thought it should. The female lead,
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Amy  M. Brobst
Sep 06, 2008 Amy M. Brobst rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: no one
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Bestselling, award-winning author Liz Maverick is a novelist, adventurer and odd jobs specialist whose contract assignments have taken her from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality TV shows in Hollywood. She holds a BS from UC Berkeley, a CPA, and an MBA from UCLA.
Liz is known for writing out-of-the-box romance novels with fast-paced, unique plots and lots of kick-
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