Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Samantha Watkins by Aurielie Venem (Samantha Watkins #1)

Samantha Watkins

My Rating:

Written by: Aurelie Venem
Series: Samantha Watkins Series
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Paperback: 428 pages
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
ISBN-10: 1503952991
ISBN-13: 978-1503952997
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-Watkin...

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saman...

Young librarian Samantha Watkins has always been perfectly content with her humdrum existence. Never easily fitting in with anyone anywhere, she feels most at ease in silence, among stacks of books. Sam believes in leaving fantasy and drama to the characters in her beloved novels. But one night when she leaves work late, she finds herself center stage in a tale of vengeance and terror.

Samantha is rescued from a gang of vampires by Phoenix, a mysterious and otherworldly man. Suddenly her paranormal adventures take a far more extraordinary turn than any story she’s ever read. Phoenix, her savior, is actually a vampire as well, tasked with stopping his peers from killing. With no possibility of returning to her former life, Sam becomes his assistant. Together they investigate a series of mysterious disappearances and attempt to save the human race from a horrible fate. Battling vampires thrills and empowers Sam, but where does she stand with supernatural Phoenix? Could Phoenix, through their work together, become a different man?

My Review:
Samantha Watkins (Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life, #1)Samantha Watkins by Aurélie Venem

Librarian turned vampire assistant, Samantha Watkins’s, life has surely taken an unexpected turn.

Samantha gets caught up in a vampire attack and her savior just happens to have fangs himself, Phoenix.

Phoenix is part of a group of vampires that keeps other vampires from killing and keeping the vampire secret.

Since Samantha gets swept into this world of secrecy, her only choice is becoming Phoenix’s reluctant side kick in training or death. Faced with a foe imbedded deep in the vampire hierarchy, the stakes are high with the fate of the world and the secret of the vampires' existance balances on a razors edge.

The premise of this story was really great but I just feel something was lost in the translation keeping me from loving it. I say that because the narrative becomes stiff and impersonal at times when some of it is so utterly and completely enthralling. That leaves me to believe it was that transition into English that broke the marvelous rhythm of those scenes that just felt off and over the top. I kind of wished I was fluent in the original language this story was told, it just had that special spark that really caught me.

For the story itself, it was well conceived with wonderful world building.

I received this ARC copy of Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life from AmazonCrossing in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication Feb. 23, 2016.

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