Jun 122012

Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Michelle Rowen
Source: Local library – audiobook read by Cynthia Holloway
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires. But she’s just become a living, breathing weapon against them. Attacked by a desperate scientist, she is injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to vampires. And when the scientist is gunned down in front of her, his secrets die with him.

Declan Reese was only half-vampire, but he hates them with all his heart. He knows that the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the undead kingdom. Also, the serum has had an unintended effect, making her blood irresistible to all vampires—including Declan, whose bloodthirsty traits are driven into a frenzy by her.

Driven by duty to protect her and by instinct to crave her, Declan takes Jillian into his shadowy world of blood and battle. But he soon realizes his increasing need for her may be a different kind of hunger…

This story featured a sarcastic, attitude-giving, strong heroine and an alpha maleis-he-good-or-bad hero on a vampire adventure. It was full of twists and turns and surprising revelations that kept the action moving. The story was exciting and fresh.

Jill was a reluctant heroine who got sucked into the adventure by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Throughout the whole story, she maintained an innocent victim vibe that showed she just wanted to survive and escape back to “real life”.

There were some hot and steampy scenes, and lots of profanity. This is not a book you would give to someone who objects to strong language. It is not used lightly, but is definitely very present.

I listened to the audiobook version, and would highly recommend it. The narrator had an attitude that fit Jill’s character perfectly. She was invested in the story, and sounded true. It really felt like Jill was telling her story, not like you were listening to a reading of someone else’s story.

Challenges read for:

2012 Audio Book Challenge

The Canadian Book Challenge 5

Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012

  One Response to “Nightshade”

  1. I like the sound of this! Sounds exactly like the kind of book I would love!
    Glad to hear it makes a good audio as well. I never know what to listen to next.

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