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Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks
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Apr 17, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: paranormal, romance, 2015, vampires

Oh angels, how I am leery of angels - especially when an author decides to go for the conventional, traditional (yet modern) take on angels as per a conservative (yet modern) understanding of the Bible. I quite like it when authors play around with the trope and provide a whole new framework for the concept of angels - as in Sharon Shinn's Samaria series - but Vampire Mine played it safe. That is to say, boring.

Marielle is an angel cast down from heaven for disobeying orders, three times. Each time related to her compassion getting in the way, and saving someone - against orders - who later went on to do terrible things. Now it is final. Her wings have been torn from her and she has become visible; even worse, for Marielle, she can no longer hear the heavenly host or God - for the first time in her existence, she is utterly alone.

She if found by Connor Buchanan, a vampire nearly five hundred years old, who has been fighting the Malcontents - those vicious vampires who still feed on humans as if they were cattle. Connor's main focus is finding and stopping Casimir, their leader, once and for all, while Marielle's is to prove herself worthy in order to be taken back. Meanwhile, the Vampire Network presenter Corky has betrayed the 'good' Vamps and aligned herself with Casimir, proving herself quite as blood-thirsty and power-hungry as the Malcontent leader.

Vampire Mine is quite light on plot, leaving plenty of page-space for Connor and Marielle to get to know each other in a secluded cabin in the woods - necessary for character development when you introduce a new species of other-worldly being. Marielle is, as you would imagine, sweet and loving - and an obvious contrast to Corky's shrieky fanaticism. The blatant good-versus-evil angel, prevalent in the entire series, is particularly strong here and, at times, hard to stomach.
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Reading Progress

April 17, 2011 – Shelved
July 7, 2011 – Shelved as: paranormal
July 7, 2011 – Shelved as: romance
Started Reading
June 2, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 3, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015
June 3, 2015 – Shelved as: vampires

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