Friday 2 December 2011

Book Review: Ava Delaney series by Claire Farrell

Book 1: Thirst
Book 2: Taunt
Book 3: Tempt
Book 4: Taken (not yet released - expected Summer 2012)

Overall series rating (so far):
I am really enjoying this paranormal series and love the fact that it is a bit different to a lot of what is currently the market. The books are well paced with engaging characters and good story-telling.  I also love the fact that it is set in Dublin, seeing as many of the books in this genre are based in the US. I ordered book 1 as a freebie on the Kindle, bought book 2 as soon as I finished the first, then bought book 3 the morning it was released and had finished it within a few hours! I would definitely recommend this series to a friend.
Ava Delaney calls herself a hybrid - a living, breathing human who happens to have vampire poison running through her veins. The only thing greater than her thirst for human blood is her capacity for guilt. She does her best to avoid the human world, for everyone's sake. When Ava accidentally enslaves a human while saving him from a vampire, she realises she has to look for help setting him free. Despite her misgivings, she expands her world but finds herself dragged into a possible vampire civil war. With the help of some new friends with ambiguous loyalties, she tries to find a way to keep her human, and herself, alive. At approx. 45,000 words, Thirst is the first in a series of paranormal novellas.
As a freebie on the Kindle, I decided to give this book a go but once I got started, I didn't want to put it down and have recommended it to several friends since.
All Ava wants to do is forget about the vampires, but they won’t leave her alone. Between her failing business, angry landlord, disloyal friends, and vampire stalkers, life is starting to feel pretty stressful. When Ava finally deals with her biggest problem, she is caught up in the chain of events it triggers and taken along a path she can’t escape from.
Ava has to figure out what exactly is her biggest threat: the humans, the vampires, the Council—or her true heritage.
The follow up to Thirst, Taunt is approx. 57,000 words.
I had to part with some cash to buy this one but it was money well spent.  The story continues and takes you on an interesting series of events in Ava's life, with twists and turns and drama galore.
There’s a monster running around Dublin, and it’s up to Ava to catch it. The pressure’s on, and she’s becoming as cynical as Peter. But when a demon marks her friend, and a possible threat from England spells war, Ava’s left with a huge choice to make. The lives of one or many.
With a little help, Ava has the chance to win all of her battles… if the darkness doesn’t take her over first. At approx. 65,000 words, Tempt is the third book in the Ava Delaney series. Book one, Thirst, is now free..
Some new intriguing characters were introduced as well as some of the book being set in Liverpool.  Another good book in this series and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Not yet released - expected Summer 2012

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