Aug 14, 2012

Kindred by Nicola Claire

Kindred (Kindred, #1)
Kindred by Nicola Claire
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published: May 7, 2012 by Nicola Claire
Source: ebook from the author

Ratings: 4 STARS!


Goodreads Synopsis: Vampires, shape shifters, ghouls, and magic users abound in a world where the Norms, (those humans without paranormal abilities) are ignorant of the creatures of the night and the supernatural species that live alongside them.

Lucinda Monk is a bank teller by day and a vampire hunter by night, but she wasn't always a part of this world. Thrown into a heady mix of powerful people and sensual beings, she's had to find her way practically blindfolded in amongst the creatures of the night. But she's a capable and realistic kind of girl. Her motto: never show fear. But, there's something different about Lucinda, something those creatures she hunts, wants. In order to stay one step ahead of the enemy she has to let the enemy in. In all his compelling, seductive and delicious ways. Sleeping with the enemy has never meant so much before. But, can she trust him?

From the urban streets of the city, to the dark alleys and sinful bars that promise a wickedness a girl from the farm has never before been exposed to Lucinda gets drawn irreversibly into the dark side of life. And if the Master of the City had his way, she would always be his. For eternity.

My Review: Kindred is the first book in the Kindred Series by Nicola Claire.  WOW, what a start!

I love the character of Lucinda Monk. She is a feisty, kick ass, vampire hunter. Lucinda knows she is a vampire hunter with supernatural abilities. However, she does not know why she is different and why she feels a pull toward vampires preying on innocent humans.  Throughout the book, Lucinda makes discoveries about her family history and her fate.  Telling the story from Lucinda’s POV enhanced my connection to her character.  I really enjoyed her internal monologue and her sense of humor.

Now, what can I say about Michel?  Sexy, Sexy, Sexy Vampire!   He is the master vampire, who feels a connection to Lucinda.  His goal is to protect Lucinda and make her his.  I adored Michel; however, Michel’s characteristics caused me to flashback to Jean Claude of the Anita Blake Series. Michel is the Master Vampire of the city, he originated from France, had a pet name for Lucinda and was determined to make Lucinda join with him.   I wished Michel’s character would have been a little more original. 

I loved the originality of Lucinda’s best friend, Rick.  He is a Taniwha shape shifter.  This type of shape shifter is original to me.   In so many books, the shape shifter is a werewolf.  I really appreciated learning about the Taniwha’s appearance, supernatural abilities, and their connection to Lucinda.

Oh Nero.  I wish you would train me!  Nero is Lucinda’s friend, who teaches her about her heritage and abilities.  Her description of him is so intriguing.   I’m really hoping for a love triangle between Lucinda, Michel and Nero. 

I appreciated the glossary of terms provided by Claire. It enhanced the reading experience because I understood the terminology being used. It also allowed me to easily flip back to refresh my memory, as needed.

I highly recommend this book to adults.  The writing flowed nicely and kept me wanting more.   I found myself staying up late to read.  When I finished the book, it remained with me.  I would find myself daydreaming about the characters and the Kindred world. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series titled, Blood Life Seeker. I think I’ve located my new favorite series!

I rated The Kindred 4 STARS!  

Special thanks to Nicola Claire for providing me with a copy of The Kindred for review.  I loved it!  Looking forward to staying up late and reading the other books in the series.

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