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Monday, June 1, 2009

Hunger by Barbara J. Hancock

Hunger by Barbara J. Hancock
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full (264 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Wild Plum

Love might stand a chance…if they can keep from killing each other.

Holly Spinnaker is a monster. Really. Fangs and all. Never mind the petite figure. Pay no attention to the once-bouncy blonde mane. When Jarvis Winters first encounters…it…he prepares to exterminate freak number one hundred thirty-two without a flinch.

Mistake number one: following it back to its lair. Mistake number two: watching and listening to her…it…replay voice mail messages from loving, clueless parents again and again and again. Mistake number three: having an actual conversation with a bloodthirsty fiend.

“Make them see you as a person.” Holly remembers the advice from a self-defense class her mother made her take her freshmen year. She couldn’t save her own sister, who ended up a pile of ashes at her feet only one month ago. The night they both found out monsters were real. The night her sister embraced the change. And Holly began to fight it.

“Make them see you as a person.” Kind of hard when you aren’t even sure if you are a person anymore.
Jarvis Winters is a vampire slayer; one night he spots a woman having her nightly feed. He follows Holly, the vampire, home and learns about her family. Her sister wants to kill their parents and their sire wants Holly. Jarvis makes a decision; he must kill Holly’s sister first and then Holly.

Dillon is able to escape when Jarvis makes his move on Holly’s sister; Holly doesn’t want to die so she offers to help him track Dillon down.

Hunger starts out slowly. At first I was afraid I was going to be bored. But as the story progresses it becomes interesting and much more action packed. Ms. Hancock gives us a vision of Holly and the other vampires in her novel, and she sticks to this vision throughout the entire story. Holly is romanticized in many ways-- she is an unhappy vampire. She should be happy Jarvis saved her parents, but she and Jarvis both are trying to fight their attraction towards each other. There is a happy ending to the story; I was beginning to wonder if there would be one. There is some violence, gore and a very intriguing villain. If you can get past the first few chapters the story really livens up and turned out to be a great read.