House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

Posted May 23, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen PainterHouse of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City #1
Narrator: Elijah Alexander
Published by Hachette Audio on May 13, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
Source: Publisher
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Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia's been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It's time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city's Guardian.

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First Thought

Kristen Painter continues to weave a complex world and characters. She is a master at world building and a great example of what Urban Fantasy is all about.

What I liked

I liked that Painter gave us more Fae with the House of the Rising Sun. Her other series is more about vampires so it’s nice to learn more about other supes. And what better city to have as a back-drop than NOLA?

Augustine is a great character. He’s complex. Even though he is the hero and main character he has a dark side. He had a rough childhood with that momma of his.

I like that our other main character, Harlow, is not likeable at first. She comes off as a little selfish and naive but by the end of the book she has grown up some and I think she will only get better over the course of the series.

What Could Have Been Better

The story takes place in the future 2040+ but everyone is still acting very old South. With the advancement of technology I think some of the manner of speech is a little too old school even for the South.

Will I continue the series?

Yes. I really enjoyed the world that Painter has created and I can’t wait to read more about Auggie.



Elijah Alexander has a rich and masculine voice. I enjoyed his portrayal of Augustine, Harlow and the non-dialogue parts of the novel. But his voices for all the females (save Harlow) were so distracting that it pulled me out of the story and I felt like I was loosing important information at times because I could not connect with what was going on.

After I thought more about the narration I did enjoy it once I just let go of the fact that Alexander took great liberty with the accents of many of the characters. After quizzing Kristen Painter on Twitter I learned that all the characters are for the most part NOLA natives and should not have foreign accents. So I continued to listen while suspending by disbelief. I  believe I will listen to the next installment with that same attitude. I’ll listen for enjoyment of the story and not judge the choice of voices the narrator picks for the characters. It actually kind of made some of the characters more interesting.






About Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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4 responses to “House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

  1. It’s funny that you enjoyed how dislikable Harlow was in the beginning because that was the very thing that annoyed me most about this book. LOL Oh well, to each their own, right? I’ll have to check-out a sample of the narration to figure out whether I should read or listen the next installment.

    • Jennifer

      I don’t really think she was that dis-likable. Sure she had a right to know the info she wanted but did she really have to be that pissed about not getting, no.

      And how many characters in other series/books disliked being a supe and tried to hide it?

      I don’t get why a lot of people disliked her so much. (shrugs)

      • I think it touched a nerve on account of the mom thing. Most of the reviewers I’ve spoken with who’ve had similar feelings to mine have lost their parent. Harlow’s mom dies & all she sees is dollar signs.