Published: October 7, 2008
**my personal copy
Series: Dorina Basarab
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Book Depository
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half human, half vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.
Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.
Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on Earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get .
Kick ass is all I can really say about this book. Dorina may have been dysfunctional (along with the rest of her family), but in Karen Chance’s world dysfunctional may be the new sexxy.
First all I have to say that I really didn’t like Dorina when I started re-reading this book, but she just grew on me. The more I read and discovered her back story, I really could not help but love this chick…crazy as she may be. Dorina is half human/half vampire, a dhampir. In this story, they don’t get along with vampires…too bad her father is just that! But Dory doesn't get along with anyone..especially not her family. And lawd…what a family the poor woman has…I mean to have one of your uncles as Dracula? Uh…no, I’ll pass and rather go straight to jail...thank you very much.
Anyways, Dory has been asked by her dad Micera...who is Vlad’s older brother to once again help capture and imprison the nutty man. She, along with everyone else just wants to kill him and I gotta tell you, after reading this book, family or no...I would have killed his ass too. Straight drove a stake in his warped heart. But Dory’s dad has this weird sense of family and again forbid Dorina NOT to do so….but of course the girl already has other plans.
What I loved most about this story were the emotions that the author was able make you feel…I felt I was truly able to connect with Dorina. After loosing so much in her long life...how she managed to stay alive was just something short of amazing. The relationships or lack of them in this story between Dorina and the people around her were a mixture of many things…sad, hilarious and a whole lot of violent. The other thing Karen Chance was able to do is make every single character in her story count. Everyone had a back story, no matter how much or little. So even though Dorina is the main focus of the book, the secondary characters were written to be just as important.
As far as romance goes..I honestly couldn't tell you if Dorina & Louis-Cesare (yes...that is the man's name) wanted to kill or fuck one another. They were definitely attracted to each other and I sorta liked the tug-a-war between them..usually, I don't go for that in a story, but I felt it fit here. The sexual tension between these two was like trying to look through a fog on a damp rainy morning...it was thick! I'm itching to see where this relationship goes...
Midnight’s Daughter is a punch in the face type of story, shocking and completely surprising...I completely loved it (and that's not to say I like a punch in the face).
So my friends, if you love a chick that sometimes goes off in fits of rage (family inheritance) and kicks ass all throughout her story…then this is definitely the series for you.
The only thing I didn't like AND really wanted to know was HOW Micera and his brothers became vampires, because it seems they were all turned at different times. That wasn't covered and man I wish it was!
Highly recommended series read. So much so, I'm adding it to my reading challenge for 2013.
I gave 3 flames because it was only one sex scene it the whole book. BUT! lawdy, Louis-Cesare makes oral sex a wet dream come true *shivers*