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Sunrise at Sunset (1st Edition) by Jaz Primo
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May 16, 11

Recommended for: People who don't think like me
Read in May, 2011

** spoiler alert ** When the I Am A Vampire And I am Going To Suck Your Blood thing gets creepy.

Okay, so first off, I get it. I get the whole let's turn the tables around and make the male physically weaker, the female possessive and strong. But it's just sooo creepy in this book.

I like strong willed females, but I don't like females who walk all over their men. I'm surprised the lead male (Caleb) didn't have indents of Katrina's boot heels stamped into his forehead.

I'm as Independent (yes a Capital I) as a female can get, and if a wet blanket of a man like Caleb was to ever cross my path I would crush him. And I am not a Vampire nor a mean person.

He is weak. Not in a physical way, and it's not that he's sensitive (sensitive men are hot in their own way), I mean weak willed. Like ... you look at him the wrong way and he folds in on himself. I don't like weak men who look like they might cry when I've got something to say (my personal opinion here, guys).

Okay, so she (Kat) murders his dad (albeit an abusive drunk dad ... but still his dad), stalks him from early childhood to manhood (uber creepy, she watches him like a mother figure then decides he's become attractive), f**k's him, drinks his blood in a Yummy You Are So Tasty way as often as she can, becomes dementedly possessive, then locks him up (for weeks) underground in her lair and cuts him off from everything and everyone because a crazy vampire from her past is out to kill him ... just like she brought about the untimely demise of some of Kat's other ... pets.

When I say she locks him up I'm talking no phone, no internet access, no fresh air. Total seclusion. And she ignores him most of the time as she works to "save him". She refuses to tell him what's going on, and scolds him when he tries to assert any form of self-sufficiency. Caleb should have been running the other way screaming. Oh right he couldn't because her ultimatum to him was, "Stay, give me complete control over you like Lady Dracula Gone Bad, and I'll protect you." Or "Leave and die because I won't protect your sorry ass if you decide to leave me and escape my talons of woe and despair." (Totally paraphrasing there, the writer was more eloquent in delivering this insanity).

The girl needed to take some prozac, lie down, and sort herself out.

And Caleb ... my god. He goes along with it. All of it. He even encourages her crazy behavior. He has a few "fits" here and there, but all she needs to do is belittle him, tell him how stupid he's being, and all is well again. Worse, he is AFRAID of her. Like, properly scared she's going to hurt him.

The beginning of this book was amazing. AMAZING! It sucked me in and I was close to forsaking all other vampire books for this one. Then the rest of it happened, and it was like the author had snuck into my house and was repeatedly slapping me with this spiel of a crazy female under the guise of a loving, strong willed girlfriend.

I'm strong willed, that b'tch be crazy.

I don't give one or two stars very often because most books sit okay with me, but this gets a 2.5. I liked the concept, the writing style is great, but god those characters. *screams silently* It was just too creepy, and not in a sexy way. It was creepy in a, I need to shower, read the bible, and sleep with a blade under my pillow, way.

I considered for a split second if the problem here was that the author is male and wrote from Kat's point of view more than Caleb's. But no. It is clear to me this author is an amazing writer, but just got the whole dynamic between these too wrong (again, my opinion, no doubt many will love this book). I actually think if Caleb grew a pair, asserted some dominance, and Katrina swallowed some of her arrogance before it choked her, this book would be damn near perfect.

In closing, I always encourage people to read books for themselves. What's good for the goose....
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