Stone Cold Dead (Review)

Stone Cold Dead (Review)
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Title: Stone Cold Dead (Dark Secrets #1)

Author:  Shea
Publisher:  Thursday Publishing
Published Date: 1st February 2015
Rating: 2 stars
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

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Synopsis: When an ancient curse brings Anara
Whitecliff to Boston, she must choose between standing by and watching the city
suffer, or join a daring mortal in his fight to protect the innocent. A brand
new series from award winning author Shea Berkley. Step into the world of Dark
Secrets for unparalleled paranormal action, adventure and romance. Death stalks
the dark streets of Boston, but even death has enemies… Being a hero is Ryan di
Taro’s job. Eradicating the city of vampires and other monsters that hide in
the dark is how he got the title. When an unknown woman appears and saves his
life and then disappears, he’s not sure if he’s made a friend or enemy. Should
he accept her help in hunting down the undead, or is she part of an elaborate
plan the creatures of darkness have created to end his quest to see evil
eliminated for good? “Reading Shea Berkley is like watching magic unfold before
your eyes.” — Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author.
Review: I am
being a bit harsh on this book. It had a lot of elements in it that I didn’t
like, and yet I still managed to enjoy the book reasonably well and hope to
read the second book.
It had been SO long since I’d read a vampire book so I
was looking forward to it. I couldn’t help being a bit disappointed that this
book was mostly centered on the vampire hunters and not the vampires
themselves. In fact, we even get a bit of werewolf and witch-work in here. But
not that much focus on the vampires at all, so this really wasn’t what I was
The main character (Anara) and I did not get off to a good start. She makes a mistake when she is trying
to save a woman from vampires and then goes and makes the exact same mistake when she is going to save
someone else. I mean, hello, learn from what you did wrong the first time! I
will admit that her character started to grow on me, but at the beginning she
made some dumb decisions and seemed to over-play her mysterious element somewhat.
I also felt like this had a lot of movie-like moments in
them. Not where it seemed the author had been writing the words with a story in
mind, but more so like she had been writing it as a scene for a movie. That
gave it a strangely cliché and cheesy feeling to it? I wanted to read a book
and not a movie.
At the beginning we are straight away thrown into a
hunting of vampires. I felt like that was fine – but then we never get the
backstory at all! In my opinion I don’t like being thrown right into the story without
knowing anything about the past. So it bothered me somewhat, but I moved on
from that.
Ryan and Beau are basically Sam and Dean
 but specified to vampires
They are also hunting some children in this novel called
Sage and Baby. When we find out why they are being hunted, the reason was somewhat
disappointing. I wanted it to be because they were special for some reason or
so, but it ended up being something a whole lot more generic.
There was insta-love in this book and that is what
brought the rating down to two stars for sure where I was previously debating.
They knew each other for two days and were together… and then for four days and
were popping the words ‘I love you’. It was just too fast and not sincere
enough for my liking >.>
I did love the characters of Sage and Baby. They do make
some silly decisions as well but that can be excused because they are simply
children. Sage is pretty smart for her ages and a very good older sister to
have. And then Baby is just too cute and trusting, trying to be the best she
can be to make her older sister’s job of looking after her easier. Ryan and
Beau were nice characters but nothing special in my opinion. And though Anara
and I started on the wrong foot, she grew on me and we became okay.
In summary, this book was pretty cliché, a quick read and
typical as well. But at the same time, even with all its flaws it was strangely
enjoyable? I know I will be reading the sequel soon!
Olivia’s Question: Do you like looking after children?

Olivia-Savannah x

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