Monday, February 15, 2010

Mini Challenge: League of Reluctant Adults - Jaye Wells

Yes, another review for Literary Escapism's New Author Challenge!

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells, Orbit

Sabina is a mixed-blood, having had a Lilim (vampire) mother and a mage father.  But since she was raised by her grandmother, she only knows the world of the Lilim.  Sabina is an assassin, and her latest assignment has her infiltrating the cult that demon-vampire Clovis has established, with assassination of the leader her ultimate goal.  Along the way she has to deal with a demon sent to kill her and a hottie mage that is determined to follow her and introduce her to the mage side of her family.

I did enjoy this story. It was an interesting take on the vampire world, with the added bonus of including mages, faeries, demons, etc.  I rather liked Adam, the mage sent to follow Sabina, and I liked that she didn’t fall head over heels for him.  I particularly enjoyed the nymph Vinca, who becomes Sabina’s roommate, because she turned out to be more than what she seemed at first.  The big niggle I had about the book include Sabina’s density. It just takes her forever to figure out that which is so obvious, and her thought processes about it got to be tedious.  Still, there was a good amount of humor, and there is a central mystery around Sabina that makes me curious to see what will happen in the next book.


  1. Oh oh, when the character takes a long time to figure out what seems obvious, I start to get that character-slapping urge I get...

  2. I can't deny I had those urges off and on throughout the book.

  3. Ice Cream on the Side is all over the place today - both Obsidian Bookshelf and Erotic Horizon. :) Go, you!


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