Series: Awakening #2
Published by Forever Yours on May 6, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Post-Apocalyptic
Reviewed by: Kate
Sexual Content: Multiple explicit sex scenes
Starting where Book 1 left off, Duncan MacDonnough has assumed leadership of the local vampire conclave and changes are being met with resistance.
Kimber Treat, the necromancer everyone (including her) blames for starting the zombie apocalypse in the first place. Duncan and Kimber are new in their love and the complications of zombies and hungry vampires puts stress on an already shaky relationship. Duncan wants to keep her safe, but Kimber still believes she can end the Outbreak. Will the cost be too great?
The second in The Awakening series, VAMPIRE'S THIRST follows immediately after VAMPIRE'S HUNGER, and I was excited to see what Kimber and Duncan were going to do next. Turns out, it was have a bunch of sex, and fight. A bit more on the erotic side than most books we review here on All Things Urban Fantasy, VAMPIRE'S THIRST could have been so great, but unfortunately it fell flat for me, with characters behaving in a nonsensical manner in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, nearly a complete lack of world building, and a mish-mash of tangents that were annoying from the main plot.
From the fenced in road the vampires want to build from Cleveland to Akron, to the humans who lived in the compound (safely) but wanted to be able to go out to the park to exercise (did they forget the world was overrun by zombies?) VAMPIRE'S THIRST was frequently just so ridiculous that I wanted to laugh hysterically, which I'm guessing is not what the author was going for. Most of the time, the ridiculous parts were also distractions from the main plot line, which was (I think?) the necromancers' plan to kill all the zombies magically. That part was the most interesting, and had it gotten more page time, I think the whole book could have been a lot better.
Since the plot of VAMPIRE'S HUNGER started nearly immediately after Kimber precipitated the zombie apocalypse, we didn't get much of a chance to see the world that Garner had come up with. There was not much said about the existence of the vampires, the fae, or the necromancers, and how they interacted with humans. This was frustrating to say the least, and it continued in VAMPIRE'S THIRST. Instead, I felt that Garner used the supernatural elements as a way of writing herself out of a corner, with little to no explanation for them.
Whereas VAMPIRE'S HUNGER had a cohesive plot along with some hot sexual tension and chemistry between Duncan and Kimber (though it was light on the world building as well), VAMPIRE'S THIRST veered so far away from that formula that unless you were looking for even more passionate sex scenes (to say it mildly), you'd likely be disappointed. I will say that at the very least, it was action-packed and the writing was good, but that isn't enough to keep me coming back to the series if there's a book three.Series Titles:
- Vampire's Hunger
- Vampire's Thirst