Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Review: Dying Bites

TITLE: Dying Bites
Book 1 in the Bloodhound Files
AUTHOR: D. D. Barant
GENRE: Urban fantasy, werewolves, vampires, mystery
PREMISE: Jace gets pulled from our world into a different universe where vampires, werewolves, and magical beings are abundance and humans are a dying breed. But she's not there for fun, she's been asked to catch a killer...
MY REVIEW: Now if Dead on the Delta is an example of how UF can be pretty damn average. This is an example of how to make your series stand out amongst the pack and create interest.
First off, Jace is an interesting and likeable protagonist. When she says she's an FBI agent, I believe her. The author uses first person POV effectively and makes me believe this is a tough FBI agent speaking. Second, the sending her to a alternate reality thing is again, used effectively. We aren't just told it's a alternate world, we're shown it. I can tell the author has sat and thought about how things would be different. Not just in the presance of magical creatures but in things like how government works, what's on TV, how music is different, etc. The MC and ourselves are reminded time and again that this world is different and it's great reading to see how much things have changed. Plus, there's a interesting mystery and villain! Not everything is black and white. This made for a nice change of pace in a world of straightforward UF.
See, not every Urban Fantasy has to be the same. This series proves that the genre isn't totally dead. If you are a adult urban fantasy reader who has become somewhat irritated with the same old, this might be a good change of pace for you. It still has the usual suspects in there of course, but it's well done.
WHO SHOULD READ: Urban fantasy fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five guns

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