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(Cheshire Red Reports #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,301 ratings  ·  534 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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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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who don't like their UF hawt
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kelly
Shelves: urban-fantasy, dnf
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
Mar 13, 2011 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
Apr 10, 2011 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 21, 2011 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
Nov 17, 2010 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
Ranting Dragon
Sep 14, 2011 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
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 fi
Dec 05, 2010 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
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
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
Jennifer Estep
Nov 19, 2010 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
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
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
Nov 01, 2010 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
Brian MacPherson
Feb 14, 2011 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
Dec 17, 2012 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
Jeaniene Frost
Sep 10, 2010 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
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lot to love about Bloodshot. The protagonist is a flapper vampire with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who uses her skills to steal things and sort of looks out for two street urchins who’ve taken up residence in her warehouse. Her client is a blind vampire who may be able to control the weather, having been experimented on by the government, and her eventual sidekick is a crossdressing ex-Navy SEAL who looks fabulous in either male or female clothing, kicks complete ass, and is trying ...more
Ryan Mishap
Nov 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
I am less than thirty pages from the end and I just stopped reading. That's how much I care about this vampire thriller. It isn't that some of the scenes aren't exciting, they're ridiculous in the way of a summer-action movie, it is just that I feel no engagement with the characters. Everything here is paint-by-numbers--if you've read any spy thrillers, vampire books or stories with wise-cracking anti-heroes. Priest gives our anti-heroine Raylene OCD and she's a vampire, but we've encountered th ...more
Dana S
Apr 15, 2011 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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, fantasy
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
Snarktastic Sonja
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very disappointing to me. Because after I fell in love with it, I learned that the series would not be concluded. Very sad day. Second series in a row that the publishers deemed unworthy to finish. (just like with television, if you stop concluding stories I love, I will stop reading a series at all until it is concluded . . . )

I love Raylene. Most of this story takes place in her head. Her head entertained me. Ooo, following the train of her thoughts was quite the journey. I think
Good pair of books about a vampire who works as a thief and is used to going it alone... but that is definitely changing, rather to her chagrin. This was obviously intended to be a longer series, but... the second book came out in 2011, so it seems unlikely it will be continued. The second book concludes tidily, but there's a larger story arc that's left hanging.
Dec 29, 2010 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
Dec 19, 2011 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,
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thouroughly enjoyed reading Bloodshot. Even though Cherie Priest does not invent the vampire new ability-wise, it is Raylene´s 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. That´s why she has become something like a legend in her line of work and has allowed her to horde tons of cash and o ...more
Oct 19, 2011 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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Okay so I will admit, I wasn't sure how to rate this book after I got done reading it. I mean I liked it, it was different than other UF out there right now, way different in fact but yet I couldn't decide if that was a good thing.
I mean, I enjoyed the writing, Preist is a good writer, I just wasn't sure if I felt like I connected with any of the characters. I didn't really feel like I became invested in what happened to them. Did I like them? Sort of.
Raylene has a very dry sense of humor, whic
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Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, most recently The Toll, The Family Plot, The Agony House, and the Philip K. Dick Award nominee Maplecroft; but she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker. Her works have been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction, and have won the Locus Award (amo ...more

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