❰BOOKS❯ ✭ Red-Headed Stepchild Author Jaye Wells – Horse-zine.co.uk

Red-Headed Stepchild chapter 1 Red-Headed Stepchild, meaning Red-Headed Stepchild, genre Red-Headed Stepchild, book cover Red-Headed Stepchild, flies Red-Headed Stepchild, Red-Headed Stepchild 92914bfc0367e A USA Today Bestseller In A World Where Being Of Mixed Blood Is A Major Liability, Sabina Kane Has The Only Profession Fit For An Outcast Assassin But, Her Latest Mission Threatens The Fragile Peace Between The Vampire And Mage Races And Sabina Must Scramble To Figure Out Which Side She S On She S Never Brought Her Work Home With Her Until Now This Time, It S Personal

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  1. says:

    And The Cat Steals The Show Buddy Read with my MacHalo Freaks LOST REVIEWING MOJO If found, please call the Murderous Crustaceans Hotline 1 800 We Swim To Slaughter urgently, and ask for Fleet Admiral DaShrimp, my go to decapod for highly sensitive issues such as this one Reward for returning my reviewing mojo VIP access to my Harem for one night I kid you not But hey, don t get overexcited, it s for one night only And NO, entrance to the high security area where my most prized possessions are safely stashed away will NOT be granted I may have lost all inspiration for writing reviews but I haven t entirely lost my mind Yet If in a review emergency, drink copious amounts of vodka dial 1 800 All Sarahs Are Awesome, 1 800 Sometimes Shelly Doesn t Read Smut, or 1 800 Choko Is My Favorite Wife This should satisfy your curiosity about this book Maybe I mean, these lovely girls here write pretty crappy reviews, but the situation is desperate, so this will have to do for now view spoiler I hate love you too, lovely girls hide spoiler

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    Sabina Kane is half vampire, half mage, and basically an outcast, considering vamps and mages hate each other Her parents had a forbidden romance and she ended up an orphan, raised by her bitchy grandmother, who leads the Dominae vampire elders mostly a stuffy, boring bunch Not good enough with her half breed status to rise in the vamp ranks, she was trained to be an assassin instead She gets a mission which leads her to discover she s been lied to, betrayed, deceived, and makes her question everything you know, all the good mind blowing, life changing stuff.For some reason, all vampires have red hair in this world The older they are, the deeper shade of red Not sure why, but okay World building thing, I guess So this was a decent start to an urban fantasy series UF is a love hate thing for me and I ve stayed away from it for awhile I liked this, but there was a little something missing Mainly, I didn t really feel anything for Sabina She s that sort of typical UF heroine immature and feisty, which came off as too bitchy to me She s socially inept, doesn t have friends this seems to be another fairly common stereotype in UFs Admittedly, it does make for good potential in future books to see growth and character development I just feel it s an easy go to for authors to use Sabina disregarded important information because she didn t trust anyone There are good reasons for it, considering her background and how she was raised.As usually, the supporting characters kind of steal the show I liked Adam Lazarus, the powerful mage and romantic interest He was a hottie The demon Giguhl was great The villains were a little too villainy Clovis was kind of one dimensional The grandmother will obviously be back in the future and she is kind of fun to hate.Overall, this was a decent read and I m curious enough to give book 2 a shot, but there wasn t anything really special about this one view spoiler I was not expecting the sister twist, but it could be interesting I hated that Vinca died hide spoiler

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    3.44 A buddy read with the Urban Fantasy maniacs at the MacHalo group I was almost afraid to start this series because the reviews I read were very discouraging I am not exactly sure why I understand it is neither too original, nor extraordinary, but the book has a charm that is undeniable I had a hard time connecting with Sabina, the main character, in the beginning However, as the story developed, I got used to the flippened way this Half mage half vampire girl spoke to everyone and once I accepted this is just how she is, everything else came to its place I would be dishonest if I say i was blown away by either the writing or the plot There were some inconsistencies with Sabina s credentials as an assassin as at times she did not act very assassin like There were also actions I found unreasonable or illogical, but as I always say, the story lines are where the author wants to lead us and I have to trust the one who created the story to take us where he she wants us to go But I still think that logistical missteps is a bit of a cheating plot device This was my biggest pet peeve with the book as a whole What I realy liked were the 2 side characters, who when on page, totally stole the show The Demon was my absolute and complete favorite Every time he said something, he cracked me up and was a great comic relief The Nymph was the softness to Sabina s hard ass persona and gave balance to the story and heart to the group of creatures surrounding our heroine The plot was well balanced between dialogues and action, but at the peak of the conflict point, I wish the author would have given us some definite and complete resolutions Again, I am not an author, this is just me being a humble Fantasy fanatic As a whole, after expecting a total disaster, I was very pleased to read a solid, even fun at times, entry in a beginning of a series Am I going to read the rest 4 books absolutely I want to know what happens in this mage and vampire laden world to a very lost and confused halfling who uses the tough and indifferent act as a shield from the rest of the world Thanks to my buddies from the MacHalo group it was a pleasure to share a read with you guys, as always To all, I wish happy reading

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    Red Headed Stepchild is the first book in the Sabina Kane series We re introduced to, of course, Sabina Kane, who is half mage, half vampire We re also introduced to a hilarious demon named Giguhl, a nymph named Vinca and a hot mage named Adam This is my first read by author Jaye Wells, and I enjoyed it There were some very funny moments, and I have to be honest here and say that I think Giguhl, who spent a good part of this story as a bald cat, is probably my favorite character of the book There were times I really liked Sabina, and times I didn t She s not a heroine I connected to in a big way, and found myself concerned about the outcome of the secondary characters than I did her In fact, it took me well over the book before I became interested in her at all, and to really love a story, I need than that from my heroines.One of my favorite scenes takes place with Giguhl and Sabina, when she tries to use magic to send him back home Are you sure you can handle it I mean, you ve never done magic before, right It seems pretty straight forward You game He jumped off the couch and looked back at me Sure What s the worst that could happen Twenty minutes later, we had our answer I can t freaking believe this I cringed I m so sorry I m bald Giguhl continued I look like a freak It s not that bad, I said But it was Oh my lord was it bad I d never seen an uglier cat in my entire life Look at the bright side, you won t have to worry about shedding any Urban Fantasy isn t my favorite genre, but that said, Red Headed Stepchild is a pretty decent beginning to a promising series And as I mentioned before, I did end up liking this book than I thought I would, but the world in general didn t grab me and suck me in as I had hoped it would, and even though I did enjoy Giguhl, Vinca and Adam, I m not sure I ll continue on with the series.However, I have been known to change my mind 3.25 5

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    Red Headed Stepchild is about a half mage, half vampire assassin called Sabina Kane She s been sent into the enemy s base to infiltrate their secrets and perform an assasination that gets complicated, as she finds out about the people and her own birth.At the very start of the book, there was a part that revealed that every vampire is a red head The ones with darker mahogany hair are older and powerful, while the ones with lighter auburn hair are newborns I found this reference to be interesting and a little comical, but it was unfortunate that it wasn t really followed through well for the rest of the book.There s this hilarious demon called Gighul in the book Later on, he gets stuck in the form of a hairless cat He steals every scene that he s in, and he does provide a bit of comical relief for the entire book.Unfortunately, Red Headed Stepchild failed to grab me with it s run of the mill story As I ve mentioned in the Serious Overload of Series Buddy Read thread, the story failed to convey a depth of emotion even though the circumstances affecting Sabina were personal I just found like I was reading a straight action story all the way through, and in the end I failed to care about the main character For an assassin, I expected her to be on her guard and less trusting of others, but that didn t seem to be the case The mythology covering Lilith and Cain in Adam and Eve s place was quite interesting, and the book does spend quite a lot on it s world building It seems character development was sacrificed in its place however A 3 stars read for me, but if I did pick up the sequels it would be to read about what becomes of Gighul.Check out Happy Indulgence for reviews

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    3.5 I really enjoyed this book I absolutely love a badass female assassin who isn t actually a bleeding heart I mean, I ve read so many books where the assassin sucubus badass mage whatever is actually a good guy but he she has no choice and boo hoo Finally someone who not only accepts her job but actually likes it I mean, c mon, you kill people for a living Don t tell me you cry at night after you killed 15 people that day So I was damn glad to see that Sabina is one of the good ones I loved the lore, the story behind the vamps and how they came to be Although it kinda made me curious about how the other species came to be and unfortunately, I didn t get my answers.For some reason, the female friend character looked something like this to meThe fact that she was a view spoiler porn star hide spoiler

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    By now, I should have learned that luck, if she was a lady, was a mean spirited bitch with a grudge against me Red Headed Stepchild s blurb drew me in with its intriguing sounding storyline, and of course the fact that I completely heart Urban Fantasy series and always hunt for to add to my growing obsession collection The story line promises a mix and blend of mages and vampires, so think of uber magic and an intricate world with a set up system Unfortunately the beginning book was a letdown for several reasons, which aren t the usual ones Generally I have a loose form of order I cover in reviews, with characters rarely being discussed first, but Red Headed Stepchild forces me to change my rule because my dislike for the main character overshadowed everything else Seriously If you truly despise the character it s hard to follow them around as they encounter situations, care about their issues, get into the plot without gritting your teeth, or even care much about the sideline characters.The heroine starts off the book by doing something unforgivable to a friend all in the name of misplaced orders She does feel regret, but to me it s certainly not enough Even if she is living in a world and mindset where the rules always come first something else I have a hard time understanding as I m not like that, remorse would have been appreciated as she carried it out.Her abrasive attitude is hard to take The annoying smugness and overbearing harshness were turn offs She thankfully does thaw out a bit as pages drag, but frankly she s so unlikeable it ruined most of the book for me, yech She so incredibly hot headed she acts and speaks without thinking like an enraged, assassin monkey.It s not just her personality that rubbed me the wrong way either, but that she s so clueless By the end of this book I was fed up with how amazingly blind and dull witted Sabina was I mean, seriously She never would face up to the obvious that sat in front of her face, that was constantly shoved down her throat, painted for her in pictures, and told to her by almost everyone she ran into.At least Clover and the Grandmother were twisted villains you also like hating, but hating because you should, but liking as villains Especially Clover.le sigh Sidekicks and friends were also engaging, especially with the injected humor coming from the unusual companion who starts tagging along with her, Giguhl.Now, to the plot It was certainly a unique one and I hold no faults with it I m not really into the whole Lilith vampire storylines, though, I see them sometimes and it doesn t do much for me, but will wait to reserve judgment on that The author does an admirable job of blending vampires, mages, fairies, and even unusually crafted demons into a bizarre, legendary mix The world building isn t as well structured as some but it s worthy for a start My other complaint of the book is an unusual one I don t see often A lot of Urban Fantasies and other genres can be dark, gritty, and deep and have humor that works incredibly well too This book attempted that The humor worked with flying colors, too Dialogue is especially funny But what s odd is how uneven the humor and the dark stuff was applied It stood out like a sore thumb It was like one chapter would be filled with humor and lightness, then the next chapter would be grim and depressing, and then it would keep repeating the cycle It was almost a merging of two different books or writing styles Bizarre.Bottom line is I ll give the second a chance, the first book may have been a weaker start to the series And, since Sabina was shown the error of her ways, maybe she ll start improving as a character I can only hope so Overall Sabina s negative outlook, childish temper, and blind devotion was a turnoff, and the humor and grittiness needs to be applied convincingly It s not a book I can recommend.

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    Red Headed Stepchild is a debut fantasy novel from Jaye Wells with a good dose of sexual tension As a debut novel there was quite a bit of world building and scene setting, but the story still moved along at a rapid pace with not too much lag time The heroine is a kick butt assassin who becomes torn between her two worlds as the novel progresses Sabrina is the product of a forbidden union between a vamp and a mage Her mother died not long after her birth and she was brought up by her Grandmother note the captial G who is the Head of the Dominae vampires and as cold as they come Her Grandmother raised Sabrina in an almost vacuum, while teaching her exactly what she wanted Sabrina to know all other races are inferior, the Dominae is everything and as a halfbreed Sabrina owes her life and loyalty to those who raised her And finally, she also raised Sabrina to be a stone cold assassin who kills the targets selected by the Dominae without question Although Sabrina is frustrated by her inability to receive any kind of warm approval from her Grandmother, she still triesuntil the day her target is her best friend and she s sent to become a spy in an enemy camp.I admit to having some issues with Sabrina and her adamant refusal to open her eyes to the reality of what was going on around her I understand WHY the author began the book the way she didbut that doesn t mean I have to like it However, as the story unfolded I began to warm to Sabrina in spite of her mulishness and actually feel a bit sorry for her situation As first novels go, this one was pretty good The action was fast paced, the world is fairly complex without being confusing, and the heroine is certainly memorable There were some weak spots where I felt the author was trying too hard to spell things out for me ad infinitumbut I ll still put the next book on my to buy list If nothing else, I want to see where all that sexual tension goes

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    First off just let me say that I truly wanted to like this book I really did I was in love with the cover, the description of the summary, and even though I had seen many mixed reviews about the book, it sounded like a story that I could really enjoy.Before I start ranting about all the aspects of the book that I didn t like, let me begin with what I did like.I really enjoyed the author s take on vampires Having already done some research of my own, I was already aware of the legend of Lilith and Cain and how they spawned the vampire race I was pleasantly surprised when I read that and was happy to see a new take on vampire lore Yay for no sparkling vamps DOkay, so the story started out great and I thought that it would stay amazing throughout Well to my sad, sad disappointment, I found that fairly quickly, my interest in the book was dwindling I kept reading, hoping that the book could somehow win back its appeal, and it did later on, but only briefly I think that the author s voice was too overly sarcastic for my taste and was one of the main reasons I think the book was so quickly ruined for me.Now here s the bit where I m indecisive on how I stand Sabina Oh where to begin Well, I guess I should say that I loved how much of a bad ass she was But there was just something that I disliked about her that I couldn t quite put my finger on Perhaps she was too perfect Too whiny Or maybe she was to vain about how bad ass she was Who knows It could have been all three Either way that was a bit of a disappointment.And then the final battle scene Erm, clich much Well ok only the dialogue was clich but that kinda ruined the whole scene for me So this is kinda how it went down all paraphrased of course but it went something along these lines Evil Villian Silly girl Oh you re so silly to think that you could kill me Oh how you make me chuckle with giddy amusement evil cackle.Sabina Hmmwell even though I should probably kill you because so far through this book I ve shown how heartless and unsympathetic I am, I m just going to send you to hell so you can be tortured by demons even though you ll probably escape after awhile and ya know somehow I just don t have the heart to kill you right now POOF just sent him to hellEvil Villainess My only regret is that I should have killed you when you were born, Sabina Now you will die Sabina My only regret was how long it took to see how evil you were You re going down beetch Evil Villainess evil cackle really now What s with the villains and their evil cackle And in the end the Evil Villainess get s sent to Siberia of all places so that she will suffer but seriously She s a freakin powerful vamp What were you thinking Sabina Oh but I have to share this bit as well btw this part is not paraphrased These are the actual lines from the book Evil Villain I d be a fool to let you live Sabina You re already a fool Me ahem LAME ahem cough cough It was lame and I knew it but I was too busy trying to figure out how to overpower him Me Really I mean come on, acknowledging that it was lame dialogue doesn t make it any better At that point it just looks like an excuse because the author couldn t think of any better for the characters to say Sabina s a freaking assassin She shouldn t have to stall him with lame o dialogue before making her move. Now I m not sure if corny good vs evil showdown dialogue annoys any of you guys or if I m just being too harsh here, but I really think that the author could have done a much better job with this scene in all respects to dialogue.Yeah so that was a bit annoying but now with all that said, I kinda stopped caring towards the end of the book I just sort of skimmed through the dialogue and whatnot just trying to finish the darn thing I m sure that some people might like this book but it just didn t do it for me I definitely won t be buying the sequels but perhaps if a friend loans them to me I ll give the author a chance to redeem herself.

  10. says:

    Pretty sure I read this wrong, but I got to 40% and IDGAF about anything that is happening I m returning it to the library Sorry for giving up on this you lovely

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