Monday, October 6, 2008

ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY - Opening Chapters

Whew! I figured I'd better get writing if I wanted to have a "part one" review of Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin.

This novel marks a milestone for Fantasy Debut. Not only is this the first Urban Fantasy that I've read (since Charles de Lint, and the genre has changed quite a bit since then), but it's the first vampire I've read since I attempted (and failed) to read Interview With the Vampire. (She lost me with the little girl vampire. I hate seeing children tortured.)

Anyway, so far, Once Bitten, Twice Shy has been great fun. I just got to the part where she gets bitten, if you've read the book. Jaz is a likable heroine with a mysterious past. She's a headcase half the time, and she kicks ass the other half. Vayl, the vampire, is like a virtuous knight. He is definitely the good cop in their good cop/bad cop pair. Oh, did I mention that they are CIA agents? Yup, ole Vayl has been fighting crime since the 1920s. (Now wouldn't that have been cool? An urban fantasy set in the twenties with vampires?)

It's going to be a bit of a hurried post, but I wanted to get going with this novel and let you know how much I'm enjoying it. I can't imagine it disappointing me.

7 comments:

Kristen said...

I might have to give this one a try. Like you, I don't normally read vampire novels. I'll be interested in seeing what you think once you have finished it.

John Anealio said...

Sounds interesting. I like urban fantasy and some vampire novels, so this might be worth checking out.

Tia Nevitt said...

It's a lot of fun so far. When I'm done with this one, I may be in a good frame of mind to tackle some of those difficult reads from a month ago.

Daya said...

I really enjoyed OB,TS. Jaz and Vayl have great chemistry.

If you're interested in some backstory, Jennifer Rardin is posting When Vayl met Jaz Parts 1-3 on her site and soon will be doing when Jaz met Vayl.

http://www.jenniferrardin.com/?p=199

Tia Nevitt said...

I know; I've been reading it! It was great timing that she started that just as I started reading her first book.

SciFiGuy said...

Each new installment of this series is on my must read list. I love the action/thriller aspect of the stories. And daya thanks for the heads up about the stories on Ms Rardin's site.

Daya said...

No problem, SFG! I have to find things to entertain myself as I while away the long hours of 8-5 slavery ;-)