Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review ~ Nightlife by Rob Thurman

TITLE: Night Life
AUTHOR: Rob Thurman
TYPE: Urban Fantasy
PAGES: 339
SERIES: Yes this is book 1

I had planned to finish this series since I own them all and thought I should refresh my memory on it.

SUMMARY (from the back of the book):
Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side- and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares – and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn’t exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out.

He and his half brother, Niko, have managed to stay a step ahead for four years, but now Cal’s dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they’ve always wanted him: He is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life…

THOUGHTS/OPINION:So according to Goodreads I read this book back in 2007 and I have to cry foul. First off I can’t remember reading and this is not a book you quickly forget about. Secondly with as many books out around this series there should be no reason why I never picked it back up. This story line so far is dirty, rough, and dark. This is not a series I would suggest reading before bed. This book will scare you and make you think of things you don’t want to. To prove that point it is hard to look at a mirror the same way and if you have read this book you would know why.

I can’t wait to see where Ms. Thurman goes with this series.

THINGS I LIKED:- I love what Ms. Thurman has done with the characters. I truly believed their relationship and their actions which is hard for someone like myself to buy into. Especially when I found out she was a woman writing a teenage boy. Cal is not a guy I would ever want to date but I found that I wanted to protect him from himself and the bad guys. That is what made me fall in love with him. He can hold his own in a battle but I’ll be damned he was so unsure of everything he did except when it came to his brother.
- Man can I just say the bad guys were BAD there was no grey area here. You knew clearly who to root for and how you wanted to see dead. Some people don’t like that but hey I like to know up front that I shouldn’t get invested in this character b/c well their just not good.
- The extra characters that we get introduced to in this series are awesome. I hope that we will get to know more about them such as Robin Goodfellow and Georgie. I would like to see where she goes with these secondary characters.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:- This book did move slow at times when it came to a build up. It did pay off in the end but I have to say there were times the descriptions were heavy and it didn’t need to be
- If you don’t care of first person POV you will not like this. The book is told from Cal’s POV and well let’s face it he’s a very lazy angry teenage boy who is half monster. So some might be turned off by it.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping I want to see where she takes this series.

Would you recommend this book? If you enjoy shows like Supernatural or shows that are darker but have a family bond to them then you will enjoy this book.

Favorite Quotes
“It seemed appropriate. It means grave. Tomb, Auphe hell. Whatever you want to call it. You’d be better off dead then to be there, trust me.” Now, there’s some information to be filed in the “too little, too late” column. Page 79

Me? I was lucky to get a grunt from the local pizza delivery girl. And I had nice eyes too, not to mention a killer ass. There truly was no justice in the world. Page 89

Yeah, smooth sailing. Was I wrong to think they probably had that embossed on the Titantic’s cocktail napkins? Page 236

Challenges:100+ Book Challenge
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