This is the best adult vampire book I've ever run across after Dracula. In fact, it works supremely well as a sequel to Dracula. I love the tension and...moreThis is the best adult vampire book I've ever run across after Dracula. In fact, it works supremely well as a sequel to Dracula. I love the tension and suspense in the book and the plot complexities. I marvel at how much research Kostova did in order to write this book. It is truly a fine selection of the vampire genre.(less)
This book is a mix of "Fantastic!" and "What?????"
The setting of this book was so very well done. The city of New Orleans almost becomes a character i...more This book is a mix of "Fantastic!" and "What?????"
The setting of this book was so very well done. The city of New Orleans almost becomes a character in the story. And most of the actual characters were really well developed -- Ren was particularly good, I thought. And the plot and pacing were pretty good. However, there were just too many unfinished things about this for me to rate it more than 3 stars. 1) It needs a serious proofreading: words run together, occasional words/phrases just plain missing, confusion of "than" vs. "then." Ugh. 2) There are just too many loose ends left hanging at the end. (Don't worry; I can say this without spoilers.) Things the reader never learns include: a) Where's the fourth element person? We get several hints as to someone who MIGHT be it, but then it's just dropped flat and we have the climax without that person. b) What is the big deal with Adeline's dad? Did he ever return? What do the "bad guys" want from him? Why doesn't Adele care? c) How much does Adele's father really know about why her mom left or about Isaac or about Adele? d) How did Adeline end up in the house? What about all her stuff? e) Why does Adele feel attracted to Nicco? Is he super-sexy or something? This is never made clear anywhere, yet the attraction goes on and on. f) What caused the supernatural storm that brought all this out in the first place? g) And, of course, the big one: is the author planning a sequel? Is that why all this stuff is left hanging? It doesn't feel that way. She leaves no hints at the end that there's more to come. She merely finishes off the main conflict (quite nicely, actually), but leaves all this other stuff unresolved. There are no remaining bad guys to hunt down, no hint that "this is only the beginning of the story." It just ends there with lots and lots of loose ends. It's very untidy. So. overall, this had a potential to be a 5-star book, but the lack of attention to detail pulled it down for me. I still think it was well-worth the price I paid, and I'm glad I read it. I just think it needed a good clean up before publishing.(less)