November 8, 2012

Review: Midnight Predator

Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 9th 2003
Pages: 256
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Book Description:

Though she was once a happy teenager with a wonderful family and a full life, Turquoise Draka is now a hunter. In a deadly world of vampires, shapeshifters, and mercenaries, she’ll track any prey if the price is right. Her current assignment: to assassinate Jeshikah, one of the cruelest vampires in history.

Her employer: an unknown contact who wants the job done fast. Her major obstacle: she’ll have to hide her strength and enter Midnight, a fabled vampire realm, as a human slave. . .

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“In this world, there are predators and there are prey; only the former survive.” – Bruja’s Motto, Midnight Predator.

I forgot how much I loved this story. I know I always say that when it comes to Amelia Atwater Rhodes’ stories, but it’s true. Midnight Predator follows Turquoise Draka, a vampire hunter and mercenary that gets hired to kill Jeshikah, a high ranking vampire with no regard for humans. Turquoise pays Nathaniel, a friend and vampire to sell her into slavery at Midnight a club for vampires and their slaves.

I love Turquoise. She’s strong and badass, but she’s also got this soft side that even she doesn’t always understand. She’s got this impenetrable wall around herself and her heart, but somehow Jaguar managed to crack through it and make her trust him, at least to some extent.

One of the many things I love about Turquoise though is that she has a past and we get to see snippets of that past through her flashbacks. I also love how she overcomes her past and faces her fears, something that even she doesn’t think she can do at first.

There’s one scene in the courtyard with Turquoise, and Jaguar and his pet that just touches me. I’m not sure what it is about the scene, but just reading how some big bad vampire is tumbling around with this big cat, it’s affectionate and very human of him. I think the reader learns a lot about Jaguar in this scene.

I mentioned my love for Jaguar right? He’s a great character, most of Rhodes’ character’s are. She is incredibly talented and one of the things that makes her stories so great is the fictional world that she creates. Everything is so meticulously planned out and there’s this realism that really makes her stories that much more fun to read.

Rhodes characters always speak to me and this story, like the rest delve into a mystical world that literally pulls you in and takes you for a journey you won’t soon forget.

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Author Bio:

I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school plays as a performer, I enjoyed being involved at other levels; the music and drama community at CCHS was the highlight of my high school career. I was also on the fencing team for two years, an experience that actually inspired a couple storylines, and regret that I did not continue with that sport.

I now live in Massachusetts with several pets... as well as, of course, my family. I am a student at the University of Massachusetts, with an English/psychology double-major. I hope to work either as an English teacher at the secondary level, or in special education. I have strong opinions about literacy, education, and how our educational systems are treated- strong enough that most of my friends know not to get me started on the subject.

My non-writing hobbies are eclectic, and cover everything from rather domestic pastimes like cross-stitch and cooking to aquarium keeping, playing piano, gardening, carpentry, Harley-Davidsons, driving, and arguing- there are few things I enjoy more than a good debate with someone who knows how to argue, which might have something to do with a best friend who works in politics. I love to learn, so if I have down-time and nothing to do, it is not at all unusual to find me pouring over some book, website or video designed to teach me some new skill, from belly dancing (something I desperately want to learn but have not yet been brave enough to sign up for classes on) to JavaScript.

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