Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jane Wells

Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, #1) Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A mission that seemed simple, if not a little inconvenient to her reputation, soon gets complicated and Sabina finds herself making friends and enemies and discovering things about herself and her family that she never even dreamed of. None of which is helped by Adam Lazarus, a sexy mage bringing her an appointment with destiny and a promise of power. Whether she likes it or not.

In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she's on. She's never brought her work home with her---until now.

This time, it's personal.

My thoughts:
Red-Headed Stepchild is the first installment in the Sabrina Kane series by Jane Wells.
Let me start off by saying I loved this book. I heard so many good things, and was hoping it lived up to the expectations I had, and I'm happy to say it did. I'm a new fan of Jane Wells and I will be following her writing from now on! Red-Headed Stepchild was an awesome debut to the beginning of a new trilogy.(Wells says there might be more surprises or stories with the character Sabrina beside the trilogy, we'll just have to read on and find out!)

In this book the protagonist is the fierce and awesome Sabrina Kane. Sabina is a mixture of both vampire and mage which means her whole life she has been outcast amongst the vampires who are her family. She never knew her mage relatives and believes to be disowned from them as well.

At the start of the book we find Sabrina in a bit of a situation that battles with her conscience and pride. Sabrina is a great, passionate character that I find very interesting to read. The cruelty of the vampires ways and behavior are a bit different from usual urban fantasys, but I find I like the change.
Sabrina's occupation (offered by her grandmother , which is one of the head vampires) is an assassin for the vampires. Also, I liked that all vampires bear the mark of Cain. Sabrina has an eight pointed star birthmark that I found really cool.
My favorite character of the book(besides Sabrina) would have to be the demon cat named Giguhl. He's a funny input character and livens up every scene he's in. He kind of reminds me of the Demon Dog familiar in Katie MacAlisters 'Aisling Grey ' series and maybe a bit of Jenks from Kim Harrison's 'The Hollow' series. But it's sort of hard to come close to Jenks. :) Adam is also a great character. He's Sabrina's new mage friend who becomes a more permanent roll in her life during the book. I cannot wait to see how their relationship goes in the future books.

I can honestly the only thing I was disappointed with was that the story ended. I just wanted to keep reading, and found myself saying "Oh no, only 100 pages left." "Oh no, only 50 pages left." And so on. Ha! I found this read face paced and filled with all the best categories - action, mystery, romance, a bit of good humor and a bucket full of twists and secrets. For lovers of urban fantasy, this is the one to read! I cannot wait to read THE MAGE IN BLACK, which comes out April 1st, 2010!

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