December 22, 2011

Darkness Descending by Devyn Quinn

Synopsis and excerpt
Series: Vampire Armageddon
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
Fallen angels in the form of vampires are infecting humans one by one, creating an army fit for Armageddon. Jesse Burke, driven by vengeance to destroy the vampiric angels, has been protecting New Orleans from the onslaught, unaware that she has a much greater destiny awaiting her in the face of the oncoming apocalypse.

Set in New Orleans post Katrina, this is another action packed vampire story whose plot and premise sounded promising but the execution left me wanting for more or maybe it needs a little fine tuning.

The myth behind the story is solid. It promises this epic Armageddon when the chosen one comes. And the forces of good is slowly losing to the enemy because they are outnumbered, for every vamp killed, 10 more are created. I like the odds because the drama and the action lie on their struggle to win the war and Quinn's vamps are Fallen Angels so that will multiply their strength and resources further.

The heroine, Jesse Burke, is the prophesied female who will deliver humankind from the monstrous vampire race. So far, she's the only human who was bitten but never fully turned. Vampirism in Quinn's version is like possession and Jesse can sort of control her demon inside. Of course her mentor/protector/lover won't be far behind, Frenchman Maddox deValois, a 200 year old vampire hunter.

The love story between these two turned me off from the get go. I don't know about you but bad hygiene and body odor is not an aphrodisiac for me. Maybe Quinn could've skipped mentioning that and just got on with the smexy part? So after a bath and the hot and heavy lovemaking, Maddox just acted so detached. It was far from romantic and there's no indication of any love connection happening on his part or how being with Jesse suddenly caught him off guard. Jesse of course is invested on her handsome savior from the start and it's understandable that she'd feel rejected afterwards.

So for Quinn to inject Maddox's desperation and concern for Jesse towards the end, hinting of unspoken love and passion is a little hard to relate to. It just didn't flow well because I wasn't made to feel like there's something special between these two in the first place aside from the usual sexual attraction that led to nothing more than just recreational sex.

So I hope that Quinn will just drop Maddox on the next of the book and give Jesse someone worth her while OR make Maddox suffer for his transgressions if he really wants to be with her. Right now, Maddox is just a big jerk pulling and playing Jesse's heartstrings.

Overall the story isn't really new, we've all read Fallen Angels turn vampires. So what I'm really looking at is the unique story which  lies on the characters. Sure, individually they have interesting backgrounds and rich on motive but how they all come together needs to be more fluid in my opinion.

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