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.Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
Series: Vampire Babylon #1
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Audible on 01-14-15 | 02-06-07
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
Audio | Goodreads
Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting - caught on film - of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.
Disclaimer: I DNF Night Rising with about 4 hours left in the audio.
I’ve had the Vampire Babylon series on my radar for a few years now, even before I started blogging. I ran across the series in one of my Shelfari groups back in 2010. I marked it as “some day” series to read. Once I saw that the series was released on audio and narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Khristine Hvam, I knew I had to finally try Night Rising.
The best part of Night Rising was narrator, Hvam. She is the real reason I didn’t DNF it sooner. So why did I have issues with it?
From the book summary: Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn’t been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died.
Dawn’s mother died not to long after giving birth. I think Dawn was like a month old. So clearly Dawn never met her mother but because the mother was a Marilyn Monroe type and Dawn was a total opposite, lived in her shadow. Ok I guess that could give a kid a complex but really I thought her mommy issues were a little over board.
Dawn is working with her dad’s co-workers to find him after he goes missing. Frank (Dawn’s dad) is a PI and his boss, Mr. Limpet (But don’t call him that for some reason. Yeah I didn’t get why everyone kept telling Dawn not to call him by Limpet. Just another confusing thing.) is a paranormal version of “Charlie” from Charlie’s Angels. Instead of a voice coming from a speakerphone, his voice comes from a TV and he uses the TV to hear and see with but you don’t see him.
Dawn either has a really high sexual drive or she’s a succubus and doesn’t know it?! She hooks up with The Voice (Limpet) but they are not even in the same room. He gets her off with his pyschic ability. Ok I’ve read PNR where the dude can do that but he was always in the room with the chick and it was added into the physical act. Dawn kept thinking about how she need to recharge with sex. I don’t know maybe in future books this is explained, like maybe Dawn’s a succubus??
Night Rising was not exactly what I was expecting. The premise was interesting, I mean a stunt woman turned vampire slayer that didn’t know that supernaturals were real sounds fun right? Khristine Hvam is what drew me to the audio and the reason I continued to listen as long as I did but sadly even a favorite narrator could not make me care about Dawn enough to want to finish the audio.
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).