Sunday, June 1, 2014

Night Moves by Kristen Strassel

Title:  Night Moves
Series:  Night Songs #2
Author:  Kristen Strassel  
Published:  March 26th 2014 by CreateSpace
Length:  332pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

We bonded in darkness, over darkness.

Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.

When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clan leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.

Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.

The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in uncharted territory.

My Review:

Strassel’s writing takes off from the first page of this novel and doesn’t stop until the very end. Her approachable and vividly charismatic writing paints this enticing world right before your eyes. There’s much more intrigue and suspense in this novel than the previous ones in the series. There’s also a much more intense storyline. I love Strassel’s take on Vampires. It’s unique without rebuilding the entire supernatural world.

I do have to take a moment to comment on the ending of this novel, or lack thereof. There is something to be said for cliffhangers in a novel but Strassel goes way beyond that. She stops writing & switches POV. That said, she also includes chapter 1 of the sequel, We Own The Night, at the end which does give the reader a sense of foreboding & hope while leaving them hanging for so much more. It also gives you a sneak peek into how the two storylines in this amazing series will come together as one.

There was definitely a wide range of characters in this novel. Each was developed in their own right and was a sight to behold. I will admit that there are times that I had a hard time connecting with the female lead. She was very real and understandable but got whiny when she didn’t get her own way. That said, I love the mood swings in the female characters. Strassel’s women go from happy-go-lucky to bat crap crazy in the blink of an eye.

I definitely enjoyed this unique novel. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next. I’m personally hoping to see a melding of Immortal Dilemma & Soul Divider, or a meeting thereof.

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