Sunday, April 17, 2005

REVIEW: Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend (#1) by L. A. Banks

Date Started: Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Date Finished: Saturday, April 16, 2005

My BookCrossing Rating: 5 out of 10 stars

I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile before I finally decided to buy it. It had a good amount of negative reviews at Amazon, but I simply couldn’t keep myself from getting involved in another vampire hunter series. grin So when I saw this redone edition, I thought I’d finally pick it up, along with the sequel, The Awakening which got much better reviews. (As did The Hunted and The Bitten, books 3 and 4 of this series.)

Anyhoo, I liked the premise of the story, but I got aggravated with the writing so many times. Certain sequences would seem to drone on and on, boring me, so that I’d tune out and have to reread it to understand what I read because it was causing me to tune out. There were a few parts of the book that were like that. Which was funny because there were some other action scenes that made me feel the complete opposite! I felt that the author didn’t pay much attention to detail and how it all would sound to the reader by reading it back herself. Certain facts were repeated as if they were being introduced for the first time… perhaps that was simply a side effect of the added scenes or something… I don’t have the original version to compare it against to know for sure.

So that’s what I didn’t like, and where this book lost the most points for me. And though Damali’s character is okay, she hasn’t endeared herself to me the way Anita Blake has, but maybe that will come with later books. :)

All that said, I liked the premise of the story, the cliffhanger ending, and the high action scenes. The plot wasn’t predictable at all, and I was surprised at some of the “turns” that were taken. ;) I’m anxious to read the The Awakening to see how things turn out with Damali and the gang.

See the BookCrossing journal entry for this book for a more complete description and related links.

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