I wanted to like Night Rising by Chris Marie Green

Posted March 11, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 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.

I wanted to like Night Rising by Chris Marie GreenNight 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
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
Source: Publisher
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?

Mommy Issues

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.

The Voice

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.

Weird “Sex”

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.



About Khristine Hvam

Khristine studied acting for the theater and film and soon discovered a love of voice over. You can hear her in various TV and Radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably in over 100 audio book titles. Khristine has been honored with several Audie nominations and in the summer of 2012 earned her first Audie Award in the fantasy category for her performance of Lani Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” This year she is thrilled to announce three more Audie nominations!

“I sort of tripped and fell into the world of voice over and audio books and it’s been the best fall yet. I’ve discovered a real passion for this medium of acting, and consider myself very fortunate to be able to do it.” -K.Hvam

About Chris Marie Green

Chris Marie Green, former school teacher turned full-time writer, gets out of the office by taking long trips to places such as Japan, Italy, and New Orleans. When she’s not causing international incidents, she enjoys yoga, reading just about everything, plus movie-going. Chris Marie Green also writes as Christine Cody (Bloodlands series) and Crystal Green.

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7 responses to “I wanted to like Night Rising by Chris Marie Green

  1. Thank you for the honest review. I’ve had this one on my raider, but now not even going to try. I’m not big on mommy issues and well that sex scene you talk about is just to weird. I’ve read the same where the dude can do that, but he was always in the room with the chick. Thank’s!

  2. So glad I saw this review! I’d had this on my wishlist for years when I happened to see Green was offering her newsletter subscribers a review opp for the newly released audio. I’ve spent the last two months trying to make myself get into it and like it. I actually really dislike the narrator’s voices for the characters in this one but I’m having the same parent issues you had too. Glad it wasn’t just me. Maybe I can finally stop feeling reviewer guilt and DNF it too. 😛

  3. Sorry, it does sound ridiculous. And the mommy issue felt like she’s reaching for the purpose of having a disturbed heroine? What a letdown

    • That’s exactly how it felt (mommy issue). There was just too much head scratching for me to continue. The next book might be better but I don’t care enough about the heroine to find out. LOL