Saturday, July 30, 2011
Review: The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Harper lost his lifemate, Jenny, during her turn and has blamed himself for her death ever since, so he's rather happy for the distraction when Tiny and Mirabeau arrive with a young immortal in tow.
Stephanie McGill is a young newly turned, immortal who is being hunted by a mad no-fanger named Leonius. When Anders and Drina Argenis (Argeneau) arrive to help, Harper finds himself working with the beautiful young Spanish woman.
But things get interesting when Stephanie decides to take on the role of cupid and bring Drina and a reluctant Harper together. How much trouble could a newly turned teenage vamp be?
I've always enjoyed the Argeneau series and this was probably my favorite title to date. Anytime you have a long standing series you run the risk of growing bored by the sameness, something that has happened to me more than once. What initially strikes you as being creative and unique can easily wear down and become repetitious as each new couple falls in love exactly the same way as all the couples before them. For me, it's the characters that keep a series fresh and alive, which is something that Lynsay Sands does incredibly well. She consistently creates new characters to mix in with a deep recurring cast, giving depth to an extremely well thought world and lore. I read every new book because I genuinely want to know what happens to these vampires, and because the Argeneau world is so vast we are able to revisit popular characters and see what happens way down the road.
Drina and Harper are an amazing couple that put a new spin on the mating lore. This time Drina knows that she is mated to Harper but chooses to keep him in the dark so that he can get to know her first. She wants to give him time to adjust, maybe letting the emotions come more naturally. Harper has some serious baggage and starts to finally come alive when he starts hanging out with Drina. Lust definitely comes first, with the heart following later. I appreciated this twist and found Harper's vulnerability and kindness to be very attractive. How they both interact with Stephanie, guiding her while letting her be a teen, is what makes the secondary story so compelling.
Lynsay Sands has an awesome website that includes all the book information, reading order, and downloads of the Argeneau and Notte family trees.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for VampChix
*This book was sent to me for review purposes.