28 janeiro 2011

Review: Queen of Shadows (Dianne Sylvan)

Publisher: Ace (2010)
Format: Mass Market Paperback | 389 pages
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Description: "Meet Miranda Grey - music and magic are in her blood.
Overwhelmed by her uncanny ability to manipulate people's emotions through her music, Miranda Grey comes to the attention of vampire lord David Solomon. Believing he can help bring her magic under control, David discovers that Miranda's powers may affect the vampire world too..."
This book was just... "okay". Maybe I expected a lot, from all the raving reviews and also because I've read somewhere that Sylvan presented her vampires and their society in a refreshingly different way, but really... I don't think so. I actually thought this books' vampire society was pretty much the same as most UF or PR books. Also, I couldn't connect to any of the characters; the author tried to show us how different vampires were from humans, but then had the main character (Miranda) and a vampire girl having "girl talks".

Another thing that bothered me was that this book is being marketed as "Urban Fantasy" but I'd place it more under the category of "Paranormal Romance"... and a pretty melodramatic one, at times. The main focus is the relationship between the hot vampire and the helpless human.

As for story, it was mildly interesting, but nothing I haven't read before... you know, some vampires like to kill their prey while the goody-goody Lord (or Prime, here) of the vampires doesn't want them to do it... so they have a war and all that. Truthfully the whole thing has been done way too many times. Also, you just have to look at the cover and read the first two or three chapters to know what will happen to our heroine.

The characters were equally uninspiring. Miranda grows a lot during the book and she doesn't transform into a kick-ass warrior in one day (kudos to the author for that); but at the same time I didn't think she had that much personality. She was pretty flat and stereotypical. As were David Solomon, Faith and Kat (who I really disliked, she was pretty one-dimensional).

Overall, this book was a good first effort, but it doesn't really stand out when there are already so many Urban Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance books in the market.

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