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Review – Taunt June 14, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 3.5 stars, Urban Fantasy.
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Title: Taunt

Author: Claire Farrell

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Claire Farrell

Publish Date: May 21, 2011

ASIN: B005232SDW

Available at: AmazonBarnes and Noble

From the publisher:

All Ava wants to do is forget about the vampires, but they won’t leave her alone. Between her failing business, angry landlord, disloyal friends, and vampire stalkers, life is starting to feel pretty stressful. When Ava finally deals with her biggest problem, she is caught up in the chain of events it triggers and taken along a path she can’t escape from.

Ava has to figure out what exactly is her biggest threat: the humans, the vampires, the Council—or her true heritage.

Review:

The second book of the Ava Delaney series starts out strong. She’s down on her luck with rent money and she’s being stalked by vampires. Suddenly she’s taken in by the Council to stand trial.

Unfortunately it’s all downhill from there. Ava turns into a petulant, sulky teenager. She whines and she bemoans her fate. She lashes out at everyone. She’s anything but the spunky and strong heroine I had come to love in Thirst.

The rest of the cast even remonstrates her for it yet she continues to act out as if she’s only sixteen. I’m not sure what the author set out to achieve with such behavior but it only served to turn me off.

There were tantalizing bits of plot to keep me reading though. Bits of action that kept me interested. I had to see what would happen next. What would be revealed at the Council trial? I had to know!

I also had to know whether or not Peter would smack Ava. Unfortunately he didn’t. What did happen was a huge revelation in the end that made it worth my while after all. It was enough of a teaser for me to eagerly read on to book three.

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